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COLT Third Model “THUER” Single Shot .41 Caliber RF NEW MODEL Deringer C&R BRITISH PROOFED / LONDON RETAILER Marked Pistol
COLT Third Model “THUER” Single Shot .41 Caliber RF NEW MODEL Deringer C&R
BRITISH PROOFED / LONDON RETAILER Marked Pistol
Here we present a C&R British Proofed London Retailer Marked Colt Third Model Thuer Deringer, also known as the New Model Deringer, made between 1875 and 1912. During this span, Colt manufactured 45,000 of these deringers. The serial number series ran from 1 to 45,000, though the yearly production numbers are not known. In 1870 Colt’s purchased National Arms Company and began producing a Deringer pistol based on its design. This became Colt’s First Model Deringer, and it was Colt’s first single shot pistol. It was followed in quick succession by a very similar pistol, called Colt’s Second Model Deringer.
Both of these pistols were chambered for .41 rimfire and featured a barrel that rotated counter-clockwise for loading and unloading. In the same year, a Colt employee, F. Alexander Thuer, patented an altogether different design. His Deringer had a barrel that pivoted to the right on a vertical axis for loading and unloading. Instead of using a manually operated latch to open, his used a very positive, spring-loaded catch and detent that did not require anything but a firm twist of the barrel. This spring-loaded catch also acted as an automatic ejector, which was very handy for a single shot self-defense pistol. These were sold alongside the other two models as the Third Model Deringer but are now known to many as the Thuer Model. The Thuer was far and away the most successful of the three. These were very refined, very handy conceal and carry pieces all the way through 1912, when semi-automatic firearms took the lion’s share of the market.
This example is London proofed and has a London retailer marked backstrap “F.T. BAKER GUN MANUFACTURER LONDON.” This little deringer would have come in very handy on the busy streets of London during the tumultuous late 19th century.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue and nickel finish. The action is excellent. The bore is in good shape with strong rifling. The grips are smooth and solid. The markings are clear. London proofs.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .41 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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Price: $1,500.00 Buy Now