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Old 02-09-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
 
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semmerling 45

I have a semmerlig 45acp with a three digit serial # 2**. Can anybody tell me how valuable it is or give me a point of contact to collectors?
 
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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The Semmerling was made by two companies.
Semmerling of Boston MA was the original maker.
He had the gun parts produced in high-tech machine shops and he finished them out.
Production was fairly low.
These Semmerling manual operation .45's are high dollar guns.
Depending on condition, value runs about $2,800 for one in 98% condition.

The second maker was American Derringer Corp of Waco, TX who called it the Semmerling LM-4.
Value is a little lower for them with one in 98% worth around $2,400. Production was also low.

Note that gun prices are weird these days and your Semmerling may be worth even more, or possible less.
Again, condition and whether you have the box and papers plays a big part, with condition being the most important.

I don't know of any collectors sites, but you might try a Google search.
 
Old 05-03-2010, 05:04 PM   #3
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Interesting little pistols. I've only seen two, both made by Semmerling. Coulda bought one pretty cheap in those days, but I couldn't see spendin' even that kinda money for what was essentially a pump-action .45 ACP derringer that required two hands to operate...makin' it a single-shot affair if one hand was busy keepin' sumdood from shivvin' ya in the parkin' lot down at the local tap room. 'Course...one shot at muzzle contact range would probably make another shot an overstatement...but ya just never know about these things.

Rarely seen and collectible nowadays. Worth havin' one, if for no more than the cool factor...if you can spare the bucks.
 
 
Old 05-04-2010, 04:19 PM   #4
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You didn't use two hands.

The technique was to fire a shot, hook your trigger finger over the top of the slide, push the slide forward, then pull it back, all with the trigger finger.

I knew one owner who was very fast at this.
 
Old 05-04-2010, 04:22 PM   #5
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I guess where there's a will, there's a way. I just never had enough interest in the pistol to figure the way...but it was an interesting little gun. Still is.
 
Old 02-22-2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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If anyone knows where there is an exploded diagram, or better yet, has a Patent Number.....

Please let me know.

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Old 02-22-2012, 05:22 PM   #7
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American Derringer is still in business and still sells the Semmerling which is "Price on Request".
Contact them for an exploded view or information:

American Derringer
 
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