FINE CASED Antique NATIONAL ARMS No. 1 Derringer
Very Scarce Precursor to Colts Deringers
Here we present an antique National Arms Company No. 1 Deringer (also known as the All Metal No. 1), made circa 1865 in Brooklyn, New York. Only about 3,000 of these were made by National Arms before the company was purchased Colt. They are significant as the first large bore, single shot derringer made to accept metallic cartridges.
This scarce little Deringer is chambered for a single shot of .41 rimfire, a likely choice for very concealable self-defense in the last half of the 19th Century. The entire barrel swivels on a hinge for loading, when the hammer is put into half cock and the release button is pushed. The hammer is split and acts as the rear sight when in full cock. These pistols were of all metal construction and nickel plated. It is of historical firearms significance in that it was the first large caliber metallic cartridge Deringer. In fact, after Moore’s was purchased by the National Arms Co., the Colt Firearms Co. bought National Arms and started making the pistol in 1870!
The top of the barrel is marked “NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y.” It comes in a nice little wooden case with black felt lining.
The overall condition is fine. About 98% of the original nickel finish remains. The markings are clear and legible. The grips are good. The bore is clear and bright with strong rifling. The action on this pistol is strong.
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .41 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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