My offering him a chair, but being all the time obliged to cover him with a derringer under the bedclothes.
He could see I was losing my temper and took a little pistol from his pocket—a derringer.
Those who hurried to his cell at the report of the derringer found Haas dead.
He composedly tucked the derringer into his waistcoat pocket again.
Dyer caught sight of this little manuvre, and he goes into his tent and quickly slips a derringer into his pocket.
Doctor Hissong leaped from the stand, a derringer in his hand.
We were jumped not ten miles out of town, and before any one could draw a derringer every man of us was covered.
derringer: a pistol, so called from the name of the inventor.
Do you know that the soldiers always carry a derringer in their pockets?
The pistol you hold in your hand is a derringer, I presume, loaded.
1850, for Henry Deringer (1786-1868), U.S. gunsmith who invented it in the 1840s; prevailing misspelled form is how his name appeared on the many counterfeits and imitations. "A small pistol with a large bore, very effective at short range" [OED].