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So-called “pocket pistols” have been around for over 200 years. Beginning as small, single-shot flintlock handguns, these guns really exploded in popularity during the percussion era. The family is generally referred to as Derringers, after Henry Deringer, who is credited as the “father” of this ilk. Not to be left out of the mix, percussion revolvers evolved to include small, “snub nose” types, and when fixed ammunition made its appearance the numbers grew along with the term “pocket pistol.”

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