Czech Firm Rolls Out Modern .50-Cal. Black Powder Derringer

A modern muzzleloader for everyday-carry? (Photo: Czechgun)

A Czech company called Czechgun is unveiling a .50-caliber black powder derringer – for 2019. This surprisingly heavy-hitting two-shot muzzleloader in an updated design launched not too long ago in .45 caliber.

The market for the gun is clear. In the Czech Republic – and probably other markets as well – black powder pistols are less regulated to unregulated, and like in America, some people just don’t want to jump through any hoops and still be able to carry something, even if it means rolling back time.

Czechgun calls it the Gladiator .500 HD D1 or simply the Model D, and while it uses modern machining, finishes and materials, it loads just like any other percussion cap pistol. The manual includes loading data for different powders and projectile weights that vary from light, essentially practice loads to a handful of real wrist-snappers.

Loads for the Gladiator start at around a 140 foot-pounds which is fine for the range but not ideal for self-defense. For serious use, Czechgun offers loading data that tops out at over 400 foot-pounds which is all-around solid for a black powder pocket pistol.

The derringer has a steel barrel block with two 3.3-inch barrels and a black nitride finish. The two-piece frame is 7075 T6 alloy aluminum which should inspire a lot of confidence. Czechgun rates the guns to fire 1 million rounds.

Would you like a black powder derringer, even just for the novelty? (Photo: Czechgun)

Overall it weighs 22 ounces, measures in at about 6 inches long, just over 4 inches tall and a hair over 1.1 inches at the grips. The barrel assembly is thinner at just over .75 inches wide. Different grips are available which may change the width by a small amount.

Mechanically the Gladiator is considerably more modern than most derringers out there. It has a double-action trigger that fires the barrels in alternate succession. It also has sprung firing pins to make it drop-safe for everyday-carry.

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The safety is the double-action-only trigger and the sole control on the Gladiator is the takedown lever for reloading. It sports large fixed sights. Since it’s a muzzleloader the best method to reload quickly is to carry another muzzleloader, but its small size and short barrels will probably be easy to reload at the range quickly with a little practice.

The Gladiator has a suggested price that works out to just over 600 in US dollars, which is a little expensive but not that much of a surprise. American derringers often cost a lot compared to more common modern guns because they have a smaller market.

And like 80 percent kits, the Gladiator has an off-the-radar appeal that people worldwide are willing to pay a little extra for.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Edje October 21, 2020, 8:10 pm

    I love my Diablo 12 gauge pistol from AGC. I really want one of these pistols and their Gladiator F1 carbine shotgun! But like half of the other comments, I need to know how to get them in the states.

  • Christopher Rowbotham August 30, 2020, 9:39 am

    How do I purchase

  • Paul Villavicencio August 29, 2020, 7:25 pm

    How can I order the gladiator .45 in the usa i live in ohio

  • Carl Gula May 13, 2020, 1:40 pm

    I know that only two shots seems like not enough, but it should be enough to at least get away from danger and protect your life or your family.

  • Carl Gula May 13, 2020, 1:38 pm

    If i could find a .50 caliber muzzleloader black powder at any of my local gun shops I would buy it right now for $600.00 dollars, also I would buy the 12 gauge diablo pistol too at $500.00 dollars. but I have not found a gun store that has any in my area.

  • john chance April 25, 2020, 9:53 am

    how can i order a 500

  • Edje April 16, 2020, 2:22 pm

    I’ve had my eyes on these for a little while now. I love weird guns and I love black powder. I have the diablo 12 gauge pistol. I really want one of these. I have contacted some distributors so I can get some sent here to the US.

  • joseph david lahood February 14, 2020, 5:31 pm

    Are these shipping to the US?. Or any distributors in US. I’d get .45 maybe two.

  • Robert Moore February 5, 2020, 7:25 pm

    Please send info to purchase.

  • jack jones January 6, 2020, 7:57 pm

    Please send me info

    • joseph david lahood February 15, 2020, 9:05 pm

      Are you folks going to sell these in 🇺🇸. I like them. Basic .45 two shot percussion

  • Gregory Pryer January 4, 2020, 9:15 pm

    Please send me the website to order the Gladiator. 50 cal Black Powder Derringer. Thank you in advanced.

  • Dan November 5, 2019, 6:24 pm

    If you live in a may-issue (aka no-carry) state, then this would be a half-decent alternative to having nothing. Especially considering most attacks are stopped without ever pulling the trigger.

  • Keith Allver April 13, 2019, 4:22 am

    I hope somebody imports these to the states

  • Todd March 30, 2019, 11:14 am

    At 600 bucks – might as well make it yourself.
    As a manufacturer – I see 185 retail in that.

    But, like the man said: “You can always LOWER the price!”


  • Justin P March 30, 2019, 12:56 am

    I hope these make it to the United States market. The Czechs have some really cool big bore percussion derringers right now that need to make it to the states.

  • MikeRoss March 29, 2019, 2:52 pm

    I’d love one, but not at that price!

  • Ricky Price March 29, 2019, 12:57 pm

    Would not waste the time of day on it.

    • phillip kalaveras August 2, 2020, 8:22 pm

      You just did

  • Norm Fishler March 29, 2019, 11:31 am

    SIX HUNNERT U.S. ($600) for a two shot front stuffer? I think not.

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