I was advised of a shop in Valencia that had soft-shooting .38 rounds, which is I think what I want in a derringer. The S&W Chief's Airweight weighed twice as much and flipped up pretty hard to me. I didn't like to shoot it, and I figure this one's gonna suck too. But, this is what I can make disappear and what I carry with me on my way around downtown LA.
Anybody else shoot a derringer? I don't know anybody else that has one...
I got one.
Davis Arms I think, in .38 special.
I've shot it a time or two, just to make sure it works.
It shoots alright, not very comfortable for more than a few shots.
If you have trouble hiding an Airweight you either need to eat more
or stop wearing Spandex.
You have to push the safety off
Then you have to cock the thing
And then, assuming you’ve survived long enough to actually get a couple of rounds off, you’re looking at a next to impossible fast reload.
Personally, I’d find some way of making the Chiefs Special work!!
Incidentally, if the recoil from a regular .38 Special bothers you, you might want to try wadcutters (which are a target load). They’re tame but not esp. powerful. Note that you’d still want your reload to be rounds with protruding bullets since wadcutters are difficult to load fast.
And I believe Federal is making some reduced recoil handgun rounds that might be worth looking into.
That said, in a life-and-death situation I wouldn’t think recoil would be that big an issue to you. I would never carry anything less than a +P .38 Special myself.
I've shot federal low recoil .380s out of my kel-tec, didn't notice a different hardly at all. So they might be worth checking into, maybe the difference is more noticable in a derringer or revolver in .38 spl...but I wouldn't expect much.
As for the derringer.....one might be nice to play around with, just a novelty to have at the range. But I'd seriously consider something else for carry. 2 shots isn't enough, plus as another poster mentioned, there are several steps before firing.
Having a gun in a gun fight is the number #1 rule...but there are literally hundreds of choices before a derringer...Kel-tec makes good guns, Kahr, NAA, ect, ect, ect,
The .38 isn't punishing at all....practice more and you'll get used to it.