Deringer Pistol - Small
palm-sized pistol created by Philadelphia inventor Henry
Deringer in the 1850s.
The deringer was the gun-of-choice for New Orleans
Yancy Derringer (Jock Mahoney) who carried a deringer in his fancy hat on the western YANCY
On the western HAVE GUN WILL
TRAVEL/CBS/ 1957-63 gun-for-hire Paladin (Richard Boone)
carried a deringer as a back up firearm (a palm-sized gun
favored by gamblers).
And on the western THE WILD, WILD
WEST/CBS/1965-70, secret service agent James T. West (Robert
Conrad) carried a concealed deringer inside his right shirt
sleeve that popped out into his hand when activated.
The ever-so-polite Yancy Derringer
TRIVIA NOTE: The popular misspelling of "Derringer" (with two
"r"s) is now used to describe a small pocket pistol created by
Henry Deringer (spelled with one "r").
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