Deringer, Henry

Deringer, Henry
SUBJECT AREA: Weapons and armour
b. 26 October 1786 Easton, Pennsylvania, USA d. 1868
American gunsmith and inventor of the derringer [sic] pistol.
Deringer was the son of a gunsmith and was apprenticed at an early age to a firearms manufacturer in Richmond, Virginia. In 1806 he set up his own small-arms plant in Philadelphia, his contracts coming from the US Government. He concentrated primarily on long-barrelled, percussion-cap pistols designed to fit in the belt, but from 1825 devoted his main attention to the design and production of single-shot pistols small enough to fit in the pocket. These became very popular during the 1840s and several manufacturers took up the concept. It was after John Wilkes Booth used one to assassinate President Lincoln in 1865 that they became known by the generic term "derringer" as a result of a journalist's misspelling.

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