I picked up a nice old Great Western Arms derringer in 38 S&W
over the weekend. Made in 1957. It's a copy of the original Remington derringer.
Planned on using it for work carry, small, very easy to conceal.
However after checking it out good it has one issue I'm a bit concerned about. It does have a half cock safety or rest, depending on the correct term? It will sit there all day until you cock it to fire. Half and full cock are fine, good heavey trigger pull as expected with a derringer.
The issue I am concerned about is the firing pins. There just like a simple single shot pin set up. Pin, spring, flash plate. However the firing pin is sprung so that the pin is pushed through the firing pin hole, so basically when a round is chambered the firing pin is held firm against the primer by the firing pin spring. Unloaded the pins stick through the flash plate (firing pin hole) you can push on them and feel the spring pressure.
Is this normal for this particular brand of derringers? I have checked the parts diagram I have and it appears like it was designed like this. Going to pull the pins and have a look just to make sure.
Seems to me under everyday carry this could be a bad safety issue, week primer a good bump and instant hole were your probably not wanting an extra hole!!
Anyone? Any ideas on this rig?