American Derringer DA-38

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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photo, user ratings and user comments for the American Derringer DA-38 pistols.

Manufacturer’s Description

The American Derringer DA-38 is a two-shot double action derringer chambered in 9mm, .40 SW, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .22 LR or .22 WMR. The barrel, receiver and internal parts are made from high-strength stainless steel.

The DA-38 from the left.

The DA-38 from the left.

The guns feature a hammerblock thumb safety, and asatin stainless finish. Available grips include rosewood, walnut or other hardwoods.

The Specs

Capacity BBL OAL Height Width Weight
2 3.3″ 4.84″ 3.3″ 1.1″ 14.5 oz.


MSRP: $655–$705

Shop for this item at Gander Mountain, SWVA Arms or Blue Ridge Firearms.

Posted in $501-$750, .22 LR, .22 WMR, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .40 SW, 9mm, American Derringer, Over/Under, Subcompact • • Top Of Page

2 Responses to “American Derringer DA-38”

Comment from Phillip
Time November 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I own a American Derringer model DA 38/357. It is not a primary selfdefense gun. It is a gun that is best used at very close quarters or defense against a knive attack at close quarters. I purchased it new many years ago and I had to send it back one time 10 or 15 years ago for an ejector problem. You really have to hold on to it tight when shooting 125 grain Remington JHP. I would not pay the MSRP price as listed above in this article for this little gun. NOt because it not good quality but because there are so many better choices out there at those price ranges. I always say any gun that functions the way it is suppose to is still better then a rock. I carry two Bianchi 357 speed strips for reloads and it has worked out very well. The little gun makes a nice hideout gun for those times when STHF incidents. It also a good gun loaded with snake shot out here in the west.

Comment from bonner jones
Time January 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I think the da38 is just what it is. Close quarters protection when you need something fast. I carry as back up.

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