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A small pistol with a large bore, which is very effective at close range.
- ‘But apparently, he already had his left hand on his backup gun, a derringer, in a pocket.’
- ‘With her help, they stockpiled an arsenal of shotguns, derringer pistols and an old AK - 47.’
- ‘Left alone, Jade finished polishing the derringer, then instead of placing it by her side she placed it in a velvet-lined case and closed the lid.’
- ‘The bullet from the derringer missed Anita's face by just a few inches.’
- ‘I'd been to the pistol range the day before and completely forgotten the derringer in the back pocket of my purse.’
Mid 19th century: named after Henry Deringer (1786–1868), the American gunsmith who invented it.
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