Monday, July 7, 2014
Cap Gun Monday: NICHOLS DERRINGER
This derringer was one of very few Nichols "shell firing" guns - sort of their answer to Mattel's Shootin' Shell line. This one came with three-piece bullets (a shell, a casing, and a red "pellet" tip). The red pellet was the piece that was actually propelled out of the barrel. Though the gun has two barrels, only one is hollow and functional. These days, a single three-piece bullet is worth more than the gun itself.
The most common Nichols derringer was the Dyna-Mite, at right, which did not fire a projectile. The Derringer (capital D) is about 3 3/4", while the Dyna-Mite is just over 3". Stick around. The Dyna-Mite will get its own pictorial sometime soon.
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