American Rifleman - October 2016 - 54

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Colt .41 Derringer

Q

Could you provide any information regarding the
firearm I have enclosed photos of? It appears to be
.41-cal., and it may have been assembled from two different derringers, as the barrel serial number does not match
the serial number of the receiver. Any information that you
could provide would be greatly appreciated.

A

This pistol is a Colt 3rd Model Derringer, but the model
is more commonly referred to as the Thuer Derringer
after the weapon's designer, Alexander Thuer. The
pistol has a brass frame which was either bare or nickel
plated, and a nickel-plated or blued steel barrel. Production
of the pistol ceased in 1912 after about 48,000 had been
made. There were two basic types with the first having a
raised area, or bolster, on the forward underside of the frame
into which the barrel screw passes. The first type also had a
shorter and more vertical hammer spur than did later pistols.
The second type does not have the bolster on the frame. Early
second type pistols had the shorter hammer, while later guns
have the hammer like the one in your example.
The numbers on the frame and barrel should match, so
you are correct in saying that this example has parts from
two different pistols. By submitting a request to the Colt

The Colt 3rd Model Derringer fires a
.41-cal. rimfire cartridge.

Archives Department at P.O. Box 1868, Hartford, CT 06144,
additional information regarding the pistol may be available.
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