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What is the Davis Industries Derringer?

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Davis Industries derringers, or pocket pistols, were popular and economical handguns manufactured from 1992 to 1999. The line of Davis Industries derringers included the smaller-than-average Standard Series in a range of calibers, including .22, .25 and .32. The company also manufactured .38 Special and 9 millimeter derringers.

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The company, which opened in 1992, was one of six companies known to manufacture the majority of "junk guns" in the United States. Their derringer models made up 25 percent of the company's annual production and earned enough revenue to cover annual overhead. The company closed its doors and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999, but Davis Industries derringers are still available through private sellers.

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