Henry Deringer

amer­i­can 1786-1868

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Although ‘Der­ringer’ is used as a term for any pocket pis­tol, it’s ac­tu­ally a mis­spelling. The in­ven­tor’s sur­name had just one ‘r’ and his first large-cal­iber, short-bar­relled model was the sin­gleshot, muz­zle-load­ing, per­cus­sion cap Philadel­phia Deringer in 1852. It was used by John Wilkes Booth to kill Pres­i­dent Abra­ham

Lin­coln in 1865.

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