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Henry Deringer

american 1786-1868


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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