SOLD FOR: $1025.01
LSB#: 220331RC001 and 220331RC002
Model: Derringer, Fourth Model (Firing)
Serial Numbers: 11906N and 11907N
Year of Manufacture (Both): 1960 – 1963, C&R
Caliber (Both): .22 Short
Action Type (Both): Side Pivot Single Action Pistol
Markings (RC001): The top of the barrel is marked “ — COLT —”. The left side of the barrel is marked “22 CAL. SHORT / COLT’S P.F.A. MFG. CO. INC. / HTFD., CT., U.S.A.” The left side of the frame is marked with the serial number “11906N”.
Markings (RC002): The top of the barrel is marked “ — COLT —”. The left side of the barrel is marked “22 CAL. SHORT / COLT’S P.F.A. MFG. CO. INC. / HTFD., CT., U.S.A” The left side of the frame is marked with the serial number “11907N”.
Barrel Length (Both): 2.5”
Sights / Optics (Both): The front sight is a blade integral to the top of the barrel above the muzzle. There is no provision for a rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition (RC001): The grips are two-piece faux ivory panels screwed into the grip frame. There are a few light scratches and scuffs primarily on the right panel. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Fine overall condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition (RC002): The grips are two-piece faux ivory panels screwed into the grip frame. There is a light scuff on the right grip panel. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Fine plus overall condition.
Type of Finish (Both): Nickel
Finish Originality (Both): Original
Bore Condition (Both): The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition (RC001): This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, just light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Excellent condition.
Overall Condition (RC002): This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is a moderate patch of light discoloration on the left side of the pistol. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun Fine plus condition.
Mechanics (Both): The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories (Both): These pistols come in a cloth lined case that has been stylized to look like a book with the cover marked “A LIMITED EDITION BY COLT” in a gold framed design. The spine of the “book” reads “COLT DERRINGERS / LIMITED EDITION / 1836 – 1960”.
Our Assessment: It’s easy to see whenever a manufacturer creates a set like this, it’s meant to be memorable. These derringers were given every aesthetic considered sophisticated for a pair of pocket pistols including consecutive serial numbers, faux ivory grips, nickel finish, a posh box inset for them to rest in a sense of yin/yang balance with the box itself made to look like a vintage or rare book. All these little details all for the purpose of releasing serotonin directly into your limbic brain. Not as much as a Lamborghini in the driveway but still a healthy dose of ownership pride. Let it be yours. Good luck in your bidding!