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Deringer Pistol
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Deringer Pistol

Catalog #: 68332MA    Accession #: 250307
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


Henry Deringer (Inventor)

In 1826 Henry Deringer of Philadelphia created and introduced the "Deringer" handgun.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 3" H x 4.75" W x 1.25" D

Physical Description

Wooden handled with steel barrel.

General History

A small yet effective weapon, the Deringer is the type of weapon a woman spying for the Confederacy might have kept in the pocket of a dress or in a handbag.


Country: United States
State: Pennsylvania
War: Civil War
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