“The Gun That Killed Abraham Lincoln”
This is the pistol that John Wilkes Booth used on the night of April 14, 1865, to shoot President Lincoln in the head. The pistol, on display in the basement museum at Ford’s Theater, was a .44-caliber pistol made by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia. Deringers are single-shot pistols that fired a round lead ball that weighed slightly less than an ounce.
“The gun was favored for its small size,” says the Park Service display. “[I]t could easily be concealed inside a pocket.”