Cobra Derringer pistols are not safe for carry

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by B81, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
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  2. Glanoril

    Glanoril Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2015
    Reminds me of that writer/SWAT member some years ago who very tragically killed himself when his non-drop safe Colt 1903 fell out of his waist band as he was getting ready to go for a jog. I love small guns, I love antique guns, and I love unique guns. However there are some things that just aren't safe enough to have on my person while loaded. I was happy to read that in this case the man survived.

    Having never owned one of these little derringers I'm curious. What sort of internal safeties do they have built in? (Apparently none?) Can you just smack the hammer from the rear with an object and touch off a round?
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  3. Tactical Rico

    Tactical Rico Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2016
    I don't know about the actual gun in question, but......the one pictured above has a hammer block "safety". That silver colored circular piece is pushed sideways and blocks the hammer. Some are spring loaded the "unblock" when the hammer is cocked, some are strictly manual. Again, I don't know what the gun in the incident had......
    if any.

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  4. 12VMan

    12VMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    This is a sad story, and I'm glad to see it seems like the individual is recovering/has recovered.

    I really hate to sound like a gun snob - if someone isn't into guns and chooses to defend themselves with a Hi-Point, that's much better than a rock and a sharp word - but it is surprising to me that someone who owns 20 firearms chose to carry a Cobra derringer.
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  5. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Well... they didn't say what those 20 other firearms were. Maybe he has 20 other Cobra Derringers ;)
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  6. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    Just because it fits in your pocket does not always make it a good idea to carry. A year or so ago, a guy at work had a nice Colt 1911, he shot himself in the leg putting the gun in his pocket. It was NOT the gun's fault...
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  7. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    Just about everything with that guns screams cheap and an accident just waiting to happen to me. I carry a 5 round .22 Mag for just because in my pocket but the trigger is completely covered and the Hammer rests between the rounds in the cylinder.....Needs to be SA cocked, trigger guard turns into grip and exposes the trigger.....NAA also made in Utah.


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  8. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    I am not a fan of an exposed trigger like that, but with some common sense, they sure make a great "any gun is better than no gun" option.

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