COP 357 Derringer [Single Shot & Other Pistols]:

The COP 357 was specifically designed as a police off duty weapon or a backup handgun. The now defunct COP Inc. of Torrance, California, originally produced the COP, or Compact Off-Duty Police. The weapon is no longer produced but is still available used.

The weapon is basically a four shot derringer and is designed to combine the flatness of an automatic pistol with instant readiness of a revolver. It provides the abity to fire quick sucessive shots while it can be carried in the loaded and firing position with little chance of accidental discharge. This is due to having a heavy trigger pull.

The COP has an intersting and unusual firing mechanism. The weapon has an internal hammer and the pistol has one firing pin for each barrel. As the trigger is pulled, an internal ratchet is actuated that lines up to a cocking hammer and one of the four firing pins. After the trigger has traveled to the end of its stroke, the internal hammer is released, exerting force on the ratchet which in turn pushes one of the firing pins forward, igniting the primer, and firing the bullet. Each subsequent pull of the trigger causes the ratchet to line up with the next firing pin in the sequence and firing the bullet in that chamber, until the gun is out of ammunition or the shooter stops pulling the trigger.

The weapon is made entirely of Semi-matte stainless steel, except for the grips, which are made of checkered wood. It is very tough and is relatively heavy at 28 ounces unloaded. It is fairly blocky which makes it harder to conceal than many two barrel derringers are.

Weight: 1.75 lbs (0.8 kg) empty.
Caliber:.357 Magnum (Can fire .38 as well.)
Overall Length:5.6 inches (14.2 cm).
Width:1.062 inches (2.7 cm).
Height:4.1 inches (10.4 cm).
Action:Double Action.
Range:70 ft (21 m).
Payload:4 rounds .
Cost:$350 to $550.
Made in:USA.
Special:Highly Concealable, Stainless Steel Construction, Tough Construction

[ COP 357 is copyright of its respective owners. ]

Writeup by Mischa (E-Mail Mischa ) and by Kitsune (E-Mail Kitsune).

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