Derringer Question


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Rob G
February 24, 2012, 05:00 PM
A friend of mine is thinking about buying a derringer off some guy who needs some fast cash. I don't have a lot of details on the gun except that it's Stainless with wood grips, chambered in .22 magnum, completely functional, and doesn't appear at all worn or used. He sent me a fuzzy cell phone pic of it and it wasn't clear enough for me to really take a guess at the manufacturer.

Right now the seller is asking $80. I have no idea whatsoever if that's a fair price for any derringer much less the one in question. So I guess my question is, given the limited information what do you think? Is this one of those situations where the price is low enough that it's a good deal no matter the manufacter and model? Or are derringers cheap enough guns that this might not be a good idea?

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tdstout
February 24, 2012, 05:17 PM
Bond Arms maybe? Is it an over-under double barrel?

Rob G
February 24, 2012, 05:36 PM
Bond Arms maybe? Is it an over-under double barrel?

It's an over-under double barrel. Not sure about it being a Bond Arms, I looked at their page and it does look like their Cowboy Defender model but there's some differences in the hammer, trigger, and rear sight.

rcmodel
February 24, 2012, 05:47 PM
Various .22 RF derringers auction "sold" prices.
Most have also been chambered in .22 WMR.

http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=10697045

http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=10783546

http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=10795888

Persoonally the only .22 WMR Derringer ever made I would buy would be the old Hi-Standard one.
http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=10752266

rc

Rob G
February 24, 2012, 06:10 PM
rcmodel I think you've done me a big favor here. That third link you posted shows a picture of a Cobra derringer and it's identical to the pic my friend sent me. So I'm going to say that the gun he's considering is a stainless Cobra derringer in .22 WMR. Now for the big question.... is a lightly used one worth $80? Or are they no good?

theicemanmpls
February 24, 2012, 06:22 PM
Rob, do the math. The auction site sold at $64 plus $20 for shipping to your FFL. The transfer fee usually at least $25. It in good shape, why not? You may ask a nice cop (if you can find one) to run the serial number just to make sure it isn't hot.

Every gun safe needs one derringer.

Use ear protection with the .22 Mag. It does make a ear splitting crack.

hogrdr
February 24, 2012, 07:16 PM
don't think its stainless, probably chrome probably davis.

Ron James
February 24, 2012, 09:39 PM
When Davis firearms closed it's doors to escape lawsuits,, the new company, Cobra emerged, not stainless, chrome. Worth 80 dollars? Yes, but not any more than that. Very good warranty, Cobra will even honor the old Davis marked guns.. I have one in .22 mag that I carry sometimes ( loaded with CCI Snake shot ) on trips out in the boonies. Do not dry fire this gun, it will peen the chambers very quickly. Like all derringers it has a very heavy trigger pull and is really only accurate over the distance of a card table.

ArchAngelCD
February 25, 2012, 08:50 AM
Cobra Derringers are currently running between $130 and $150 new. You see lightly used ones going for ~$100 so a price of $80 sounds fair.

I like those Derringers for some reason and this one is in .38 Special:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o26/ArchAngelCD/DSCN2404s.jpg

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