Butler Derringer 22 short

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  1. mzfire

    mzfire New Member

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    I have a pair of Butler 22 short pistols. One with a pearl white handle and a silver barrel. The other with a pearl black handle and a black barrel. They look to be quite old and not in perfect condition. I was just wondering what they may be worth.
  2. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    These are modern firearms , made during the 1970's. Colt reintroduced their Number 3 derringer in .22 Short in 1959. These were made on and off by Butler for Colt until 1978, In 1978 Colt dropped the derringer and Butler then sold these derringers under their own name until 1980. They were sold singularly and as sets such as " Lord and Lady". The bad news , they were made of very soft Zinc alloy without even a barrel liner. Even shooting the .22 Short will strip the rifling in a very shot period of time, so they are not even shootable "fun" guns. Really for display only. Value, in the condition you described, maybe a hundred dollars maybe less.
  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    The earlier ones did have a steel barrel liner.
  4. mzfire

    mzfire New Member

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    Thanks for the information.
  5. benellim1

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    I have the "lord and Lady" set in near mint condition, still in the box, and serial numbers that are about 20 numbers apart. Any idea on the value of this set?
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    These were more of a dorcortive item than real firearms { but they did fire real bullets }. If mint and in the display box, maybe 150 to 200 on a clear day.
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