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Colt Derringers
« on: July 28, 2021, 07:52:40 PM »
Is anyone playing with the little Colt 3rd or 4th model derringers? I picked up this .41 rimfire late 1870s 3rd model and have ordered reloadable .41 rimfire cases and bullets.

I also have this nickeled .22 short late 1950s 4th model. Its a fun little shooter.
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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2021, 12:57:43 PM »
Thirty years ago I had the "Lord & Lady" set from Colt, both 22s. Had fun playing with them and always wanted a 41 but no one made the re-loadable brass back then. Eventually sold the pair of 22s.

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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 07:42:38 AM »
I'm not a machinist, just a home tinkerer. But just for fun, I tried my hand at making a reloadable .41 rimfire short case for the 1870s Colt 3rd model derringer. After machining the case, I drilled an offset chamber for the .22 blank used as a primer. I test fired it in the little Colt and it went BANG

Next up is to load it with black powder, a 126gr heel bullet and go to the range  ;D
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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2021, 07:43:59 AM »
Side by side with an original cartridge.
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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2021, 01:22:29 PM »
ndnchf,

Since I don't have a lathe it's not like I can do anything like that, but I sure do admire anyone who can and try it.  Well done!

Now you have to give us a range report.  I'd say a good test range would be a bit more than the width of a card table. (smile)

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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2021, 04:49:43 PM »
I hope to shoot it across the chronograph this week. The original cartridge gave about 600fps out of a derringer. I'm hoping this will be close.
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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2021, 01:30:58 PM »
I went to the range to try out my ONE shop made .41 rimfire short cartidge in the Colt 3rd model derringer. The little .32 rimfire short Remington ring trigger was brought along too for a comparison. The Remington had a fail to fire on one round. That turned out to be a dud .22 blank primer. No fault of the pistol.


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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2021, 01:51:31 PM »
Pretty neat.  I have a number 3 and two boxes of ammo.  One box of Remington and one of the Navy Arms stuff they made a few years ago.  Was going to shoot it until I found out how much that ammo is going for.  Right now the ejector on mine is broke and I have not been able to find one anywhere.  So I am trying to make one.

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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2021, 02:04:20 PM »
Good luck with the ejector. Fortunately, mine works quite well.

Since the last video I acquired 10 empty, once fired Navy Arms .41 rimfire short cases. I reprimed, reloaded and shot them a few days ago. Last night I reprimed and reloaded them again. Will try to get back to the range soon.

Here is a short video of me shooting the reloaded navy arms cartridges.



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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2021, 09:39:00 PM »
Looking forward to the Chrono data.  They seem to have a pretty good pop.  Despite all the BS you read about the .41 I sure as heck would not want to get shot with one.

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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2021, 12:18:03 PM »
I don't even want to get shot with a BB gun.  A .41 still beats the heck out of a sharp stick.........
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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2021, 03:51:48 PM »
Here's my Number 3.  I guess I shouldn't be such a cheap bugger and shoot it.

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Re: Colt Derringers
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2021, 06:17:34 PM »
Yes - shooting them is a whole lot more fun than just looking at them  ;D

BTW, I loaded one with the original load of 12.0gr of Old E. 3F.  It clocked at 535fps.  Not too shabby!
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