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The pocket pistol concept began with a single shot—literally one barrel and one round. Among American armsmakers who made pocket carry possible was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, gunmaker Henry Deringer. Not long after, other gunmakers began copying the design. Some competitors even went so far as to call their guns Deringer 
pistols, or, as became 
common, “derringer” with 
a double “R”. Modern ver
sions of this classic design
 offer plenty of defensive
 capability, and the derringer
 is one of three distinct categories that make up this top-12 list of deep-cover pocket pistols, along with revolvers and semi-autos.

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