Davis D38

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  1. castile

    castile Member

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    I have a Davis D38 I got from a guy I knew a long time ago. He sold it to me for 45 bucks. I have only shot it a few times. Its not a real fun gun to shoot. I was thinking of selling it now that I see them going for 150 bucks. I think when I got it they were going new for around 69 bucks. Mine was as new not used. I was thinking of selling it but I then thought it would be a good gun to keep for putting somewhere I may want a gun but its not the best place to either store a gun I.E a car, in a garage ect. This way if its lost damaged or stolen its not a great loss. I have over the years bought a Bond arms 45/410. I know that is a way better gun but it also cost me 315 dollars. Any major flaws to the D38 or is it that its just not a mid shelf gun but a bottom shelf gun that is the issue.
     
  2. PapaG

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    Fifty bucks and get a signed release.
     
  3. TTv2

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    I think the major issues with the Davis/Cobra derringers is the heavy/odd trigger and the extreme POA/POI differences. Even if the trigger and accuracy and ergonomics were better, the guns are still only gonna be capable out to maybe 7 yards. The derringer design was meant to be small and compact for point blank shooting, not target shooting.

    I thing I do think people make a mistake with these derringers is they buy a gun designed to shoot weak .41 Rimfire black powder ammo and they're stuffing it with .38 and 9mm and the blast and recoil are so much more intense than necessary.

    IMO, .32 is the caliber to buy for these derringers, you're never gonna get hollow point to expand with the short barrels and a solid 71 grain .32 ACP or 95 grain .32 Mag bullet is going to penetrate just fine.
     
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  4. castile

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    I have not shot it much an not for a long time. But I bet I can hit center mass at 5 yards all day long. I know its not for target shooting as I remember it was not a fun gun to shoot. I had the David 380 auto. I hated that gun so much I sold it a ways back. But to be fair my wifes LCR is very uncomfortable to shoot. The vibration makes my hand sting every shot. We had to sell it for here and she bought a PPK by interarms. Now she enjoys shooting with me. I think I may keep it for now. It may not be as easy to get a gun for the next four years at least. I can always sell it. Thanks for the comments.
     
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  5. commygun

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    I had a Davis D38. Yep, $70 new and it was very reliable. I don’t remember the trigger being notably bad. Perhaps that’s something Cobra started as a way to cut liability. Another gun I wish I’d kept, if for no other reason than to keep the derringer itch scratched. I went there twice more with ADC Model 1’s in .38 Special and .44 magnum (don’t ask). Had I kept the D38, I would have saved hundreds of dollars!
     
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  6. NIGHTLORD40K

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    .22 Magnum is quite controllable in a Derringer- not quite "fun" but not totally frustrating either. Lol.
     
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  7. TTv2

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    True, but if you really want a .22 Mag it's hard not to recommend an NAA mini revolver or if you want a double action the High Standard.

    The point of the Davis/Cobra/Bond derringers is they're centerfire.
     
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  8. Bo

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    I have a Davis 38. It's a real POS. Going for $130.00? I'll take the first sucker err, I mean the first buyer that comes along.
     
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