Vest Pocket Derringer info needed

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  1. Dec 7, 2009 #1

    Poor Private

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    Today at a gun show i picked up a derringer.
    Traditions vest pocket .31 caliber. I need some info on it. I went to Tradtions web site not much there. I check on the web Blah Blah Blah about the same. Everything gives me the caliber, how long the barrel is, the fake ivory grips. But not the info I want such as: how much powder, what the heck the screw out rod below the barrel is for, effective range, ball size. What to use for a ramrod. Anyone have any info? This pistol is in like new condition I bought it for a whooping $55.
     
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    R.M.

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    :photoSmile:
     
  3. Dec 7, 2009 #3

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    this is the type of gun...correct?
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    these are produced by A.S.M and traditions...
    the on in the pic is priced $166
    SINCE THEY HAVE SUCH A SHORT BARREL..10 grains of 3 fff will be a good charge. Card table accuracy...Be careful loading it! If you use a small pistol stand or place the butt on a table while you are cramming the ball home the brass frame could break around the top of the grip!!!
    ( please dont ask me HOW I know... :redface: )
    These are the modern day renditions of the original Southerner derringers of days gone by which shot cased ammo.
     
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    Poor Private

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    Scalper,
    Yep thats the gun. Whats the screwed in rod below the barrel used for? I bought this gun with no manual or instructions.
     
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    torn moc

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    it's the ramrod....
     
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    Poor Private

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    Your kidding --right? How can it be a ramrod with a convex end, round end of rod, and round ball hmmm, equals sliding off and cursing an so short. So short to even grab a hold off. Looks more like a decoration to me. It would be easier to use a brass rod with a brazed on t handle with an indent in the end.
    But it's a cute little bugger. I am going to use it primarily for a blank firing gun for civil war events, heck the cap makes a decent nosie alone.
    Now to make a small holster to fit on my galluses.
     
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    I have a similar one made in the Phillipines. Its been awhile since I shot it but if my memory serves I put one grain of real black with 15 grains of pyro p on top with a patched .315 ball. At close range it can barely penitrate a 1 inch thick piece of pine. I use an old holster from a modern derringer to carry it, which is never. Still fun to shot though.

    Don
     
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    Thomas Beall

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    Let me warn you the grips cracked on mine after just a few shots. They replaced them with no hassle and no delay. However, the second pair (both sides!) cracked again after 5 shots.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg Nice piece! This one should be twice the fun! Only didnt even come with a ramrod....
     
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    Thomas Beall

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    I like that one better, now! I received word from them this morning that it is not worth their while to replace the new cracked grips.
     
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    I beleave the double barreled one is called SNAKE EYES?
     
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    Yes it is. .31/.32 cal. smoothbore. The original Classic Arms ones from the late 70's were better quality than the later versions.
     
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    No doubt they were! I can snap off a shot and hit a milk jug at 40-50 ft. with it, tho'. Now I just need to find someone who can make me some WOODEN grips.
     
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    Actually the snake eyes is 36 cal. and yes by Classic Arms from the 70’s
     

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