After my short outline on tiny guns, I thought I’d bloviate about a really neat little self defense gun that was briefly marketed in the 1980’s. It was a 4 barrel derringer chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge that went by the name C.O.P.
The gun was loaded by tilting the barrels up.
Four shots of .357 Magnum, an extremely potent handgun cartridge and my personal favorite. It could certainly get the job done if need be.
The gun was intended to be carried by off-duty police officers while they went about their daily routine. It was constructed of stainless steel, and was of rather high quality. I had a chance to put twenty rounds through one a few decades ago, and found it to be very serviceable. I wasn’t putting each bullet through the same hole at ten yards, but every round was kind enough to strike within walking distance of the X ring.
There were two main complaints. One was that the trigger pull was heavy and long, and the the other was that the gun was rather heavy for the size.
The design never was popular, and the remaining examples fetch premium prices as collector pieces. It certainly is a distinctive handgun, and it keeps showing up in movies and TV shows as some sort of futuristic firearm.
While searching the Internet for pictures of a C.O.P., I came across a post at No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money from February 2015. It seems that a company named Signal 9 Defense was looking to manufacture and sell their own version of the C.O.P.
This one would be chambered for a variety of calibers, and you could buy extra barrel assemblies so you could change the caliber of your gun. The .357 Magnum is not one of the choices available, alas. It has some polymer parts, particularly the grip, so it would be significantly lighter than a C.O.P.
The post at No Lawyers may be more than 2 years old as of this writing, but it appears that Signal 9 never did get their product to market. Not that I am in the market for such a gun, but it seems like a nice idea that some people may find suits their needs.