.45-70 Derringer – Crazy In Handgun Form

Nathan S
by Nathan S

I’m not one to typically like Derringer handguns, but know they have a sweet spot in the market for simplicity. However, I don’t know where the place in the market is for the “M-4 Alaskan Survival Derringer” from American Derringers. Chambered in .45-70 on the top and .45 LC / 410 Shotgun on the bottom, this is taking the concept to an extreme.

Big Daddy Hoffman tackles the handgun with some gusto, and I am glad he did, for I do not want to actually test the handgun for fear of breaking a hand. While nice to have the title of “most powerful pocket pistol”, I’m not sure its a title that I would be shooting for as a manufacturer.

From the video description, “not appropriate for women or inexperienced shooters.”

The M-4 Alaskan Survival .45-70 is a derringer chambered in .45-70 on the top barrel and .45 LC/410 gauge on the bottom barrel. This model has been called the most powerful defensive pocket pistol in the world. It was produced by the American Derringer Corporation in Waco, Texas. This is the model 4 “Alaskan Survival Model” that has the bright polish stainless finish. This gun came with letters from the manufacturer that warn about severe recoil. A quote from the letter says, “This pistol is not suitable for women or inexperienced shooters. This gun was designed for the ultimate short range hide-out for police officers who demanded a lightweight compact pistol with one shot stopping power. This is the worlds most powerful pocket pistol. As a result of being the most powerful pocket pistol it also has the most severe recoil of any pistol.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • IKocher Outdoors IKocher Outdoors on Sep 20, 2015

    I think maybe they should have said "not suitable for women unless your Ronda Rousey or similar"

  • Cymond Cymond on Oct 01, 2015

    I didn't realize American Derringer was still in business. Last time I checked, their website looked like it was 20 years out of date.