COP 357 Derringer
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).|
|Range:||70 ft (21 m).|
|Payload:||4 rounds .|
|Cost:||$350 to $550.|
|Special:||Highly Concealable, Stainless Steel Construction,