DAVIS INDUSTRIES Model D-32

PRICE: R 750.00 Incl. VAT
REFERENCE NUMBER: 1444

FEATURES:

MAKE Davis Industries
MODEL D-32
CALIBER 7.65mm (.32 ACP)
ACTION Single Action
CAPACITY 2
CONDITION Fair used condition

Item Description

FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:

Davis Industries was a firearms manufacturer established in 1982 by Jim Davis.
It produced a series of inexpensive handguns, which were sold as lower end firearms and marketed towards people with low income, categorized colloquially as “Saturday Night Specials”.
They was described by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as one of the “Ring of Fire” companies, a series of companies established around Los Angeles, California, all of which manufactured inexpensive handguns of similar design and all of which were connected to Raven Arms.

Davis Industries primarily manufactured and sold pocket pistols and derringers, chambered in .22 LR, 7.65mm (.32 ACP), and 9mmK (.380 ACP) (however, they also marketed some larger handguns in 9mmP and .45 ACP).
The firearms were mainly constructed of injection-molded Zamak, a zinc alloy.
In 1999, Davis filed for bankruptcy and went out of business as a result of a large number of product liability lawsuits being filed against him by cities and municipalities.

The D-32 is a Derringer pistol chambered in 7.65mm (.32 ACP).
It is two, over-and-under barrels, that pivot upwards for loading and unloading.
There is a small lever on the right side of the barrels which slides backwards in order to extract the empty cases.
The hammer must be manually cocked each time it is fired (for each barrel).
When the hammer is cocked, there is a cross-bolt safety that can be engaged in order to prevent accidental discharge.

FIREARM CONDITION:

This gun is in fair, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The black finish (not bluing) is fairly worn and scratched all over, although there appears to be no actual damage to the pistol anywhere, and there are no signs of rust or corrosion.
The wooden grips are still in good condition.
The pistol is still functional and actually seems quite clean and tight (for such a simple mechanism).

FIREARM SUITABILITY:

I honestly cannot imagine anyone seriously considering a 2-shot derringer in such a small caliber as a viable option for self-defense, but from a purely technical standpoint, this pistol could be used for that purpose.

7.65mm (.32 ACP) is still deadly with correct shot placement, and the pistol certainly is very small, light and concealable, however it could only be accurately and effectively utilized at very close range.

This pistol could possibly serve as a suitable, concealed back-up weapon.

It may also have some collectors value for a collector with a Derringer or “Saturday Night Special” collectors theme.

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