Speaking of derringer type pistols, I struggled for a bit with how to spell derringer in the post below. While the kit refers to it as a “derringer” kit, I went back and forth for a bit on whether or not I should spell it with one or two “r’s”.
The reason for that being is that the first derringer type pistols were created by Henry Deringer (note the single “r”) of PA to fill the gentleman’s need for a powerful pistol that could be concealed with relative ease. The first Deringer pistols were spelled with the single “r” as they were named after their creator. The pistol type was so popular that it was readily and often copied by other gun makers, who would often slightly change the spelling of Deringer by adding a second “r” to the spelling to create the word “derringer”.
It’s not known when the word derringer came to become synonymous with pocket pistosl, but I’d hazard a guess that it had something to do with Remington’s massively popular double derringer, the pistol which has seen almost as much action in western films as Colt revolvers.
I still believe that derringer-type pistols can fill a pretty valuable niche in today’s self defense market as well; even a little .38 Special derringer with two shots is a better choice (to me) than going un-armed or just packing a fighting knife.