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Old 09-12-15, 04:56 AM
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High Standard derringer DM-101

I remembered owning one of these in .22 mag way back in the 70's. As always, hindsight is better, and I regret selling it. On a fluke, I bought one through a gun auction site. Delivered yesterday and filled out all the paperwork, since it came from NY.

I forgot how powerful a .22 mag was. Just wanted it for a summertime pocket pistol. Anyone have any pros and cons on these? It seems to be solidly built.
 
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Old 09-12-15, 05:03 AM
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40 yrs or so ago I traded for a 22 mag derringer, I don't remember the make. It was a 2 shot - over/under. I do remember that it was next to impossible to hit what you aimed at While I was eager to get it, I didn't keep it long. I do believe there was a good reason that little pistol had been traded multiple times.
 
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Old 09-12-15, 02:16 PM
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I remember buying "bricks" of .22's for chump change way back when. I haven't bought any lately......until today. 50 rounds of .22 WMR was $25 And I had to go several places to find them. Wal Mart limits you to 3 boxes and are out of all .22's. Everyone was pointing me to a particular dealer. When I arrived there was a large poster board with "I have .22 Mags" posted on his door.
 
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Old 09-12-15, 03:58 PM
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There are several .22 Mag aficionados in the gun mags. A .22 Mag (with the right load) isn't much below a .380 or .38 Spl. Prob is, they aren't much smaller either.

I have to say though, the muzzle blast and flash is way out of proportion to the power. I have an H&R .22LR and a .22Mag convertible and I rarely shoot the Mag cylinder.

Neighbors Dad was over the other night, I could tell he was carrying right away (constant adjusting and checking) and I asked what he had. Ruger LC9. Couldn't believe how small and light it was even compared to my Colt .380 Lightweight. Why have something with 2 shots when you can have something more powerful and probably lighter with 6 shots?
 
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Old 09-13-15, 03:52 AM
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You are right on the muzzle flash. Probably out a foot or better. My regular carry is a Taurus PT111 G2 with 12+1 in 9mm, but, as you noticed in your neighbor it is uncomfortable to carry when wearing lightweight clothing. The High Standard fits quite nicely as a wallet (holster coming) in the back pocket without all the adjusting. Two shots is better than pointing your finger and squealing like a girl, I guess.

I noted the dealer had 6 versions (loads) of the .22 mag. He asked if I were hunting hogs. I hunt hogs with a .44 mag, and certainly would not consider a .22 mag for that, but he said it would work if placed properly. I'll wait for the movie to come out
 
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Old 09-13-15, 06:46 AM
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Well, you can hunt anything if the round is placed right. Heck, back in OH people spotlighted deer and used .22 LR. Some big hunter back in the day used a .17 Rem on everything up to elk. I think thats just stupid.

That LC9 was just so light it felt like a toy, of course that was with the mag out, but I doubt much difference fully loaded. I dunno, prob just me, but never been a fan of plastic guns. Could never shoot a Glock worth crud, same with the S&W Sigma(?). They just felt WRONG. Might have to try some of the newer ones.

I'd go with a Ruger LCR before any sort of derringer. 5 vs 2 wins everyday in my book.
 
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I have really been looking for a S&W .380 Bodyguard, but none at the latest gun shows and I don't like retail. 5+1 and small, skinny. The derringer is fine for now. Winter is coming on and I can bulk up clothing.
 
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If you were my neighbor I'd be asking if you wanted to buy my LC-9. It works but it has not become one of my happy guns. For some reason I can shoot a little Kahr or Kel-Tec 380 better than a larger frame like the LC-9.

Have you shot your High Standard yet? My father has a number Bond Arms and while they look cool I just can't stand the funky pivot point on the trigger.
 
 

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