"QUANTUM SHOT" #402
These guns may be smaller, but you'll be just as dead
"Do not move while I destroy you, Mr. Bond" -
In the first part of this series we saw some vintage miniature weaponry, showcasing the ingenuity and craftsmanship of pistol makers, and the deadly intent of spy technology in the past couple hundred years.
Modern spy-tech is definitely more deadly and efficient, but the information about it is pretty scarce (for obvious reasons). On this page we'll see some examples of the modern weaponry, and the weirdest of vintage mini-guns. Many images were graciously provided by Alan Trigger, from "Little Gun" collection in Belgium.
Officially the Smallest Pistol in the World, Manufactured Today
Made in Switzerland (of course!), by SwissMiniGun company. On their site you can see illustrations of this revolver in real size: no bigger than 5.5 cm (2.16 inches). Even though you can put this gun on your key-chain, it could be a deadly weapon. It fires 2.34mm bullets, with the range of 112 meters.
SwissMiniGun can also be more expensive than a luxury Swiss watch. In fact, one of the offered models is made in hand-engraved 18k gold, encrusted with the choicest diamonds (price starts at $50,000) -
(images credit: SwissMiniGun)
Note to collectors: SwissMiniGun can not be imported into the USA due to present regulations, however, it's readily available in Canada.
Other Modern Spy Guns
Seecamp LWS 25 (or LWS .32 - same size, larger caliber) model is also very small:
It is available for purchase through certain dealers, and can also be embellished with custom engraving (if you insist on making a deadly object as beautiful as possible) -
(image credit: Seecamp)
Flashlight Shotgun -
Currently produced by ARES Defense Systems. "A grenade-style pin removes the safety, and the flashlight fires a .410 shotgun round out the back when a button is pressed."
(image credit: ARES Defense Systems)
Cellphone Gun -
a very mean variety of covert weaponry, hunted by security forces around the world. "Hitting the 5, 6, 7 and 8 buttons on the phone fires four .22 caliber rounds in quick succession."
(image credit: virginmedia)
Miniature Firefighter's Pistol
Getting back to vintage-tech, this extreme example of palm-sized, spring operated pistol hails from the bad old days of prohibition and gangsters - when arson was the main occupier of the firemen. Max Johnson sent us the photos, adding that such guns "were widely used by Chicago firemen... My dad's dad had one he got from a friend who was one of these firefighters" -
(image credit: Max Johnson)
Update: They were manufactured by the Chicago Fire Arms Company, usually 32 caliber. One was used to assassinate President McKinley in 1901.
Here is David Kucer's Smith & Wesson
(image credit: littlegun.be)
Pretty cool Derringer DA 38 (caliber 9mm!)
Kolibri by Pfannl Franz - Vintage key-chain-sized gun (2.7mm caliber)
This is a fascinating model, much sought by collectors:
(image credit: littlegun.be)
Deadly miniatures from French history
Other miniature pistols and guns - this time a collector's scale models, but fully functional. They are mostly creations of Michel Lefaivre of Paris, France (see more here)
P08–Luger (a working miniature). The 2/5 scale model represents about 600 hours of precision work:
The miniature craftsmanship and detail is often astonishing:
A French rifle, model 1874 - "Gras" fully functional at 1/4 scale, along with its bayonet:
(images credit: Michel Lefaivre)
The following is a series of strange-looking small pistols and other guns, which we hesitate to identify without consulting with collectors:
(let us know if you aware of any of these models)
Update: thanks to all commenters for great info!
The first pistol is James Reid "My Friend" knuckle duster circa 1880s, 22 rimfire:
The pistol below is so-called squeeze pistol. Most were French, held four rounds and were six or seven millimeter in caliber:
German Brevete pocket pistol in 25 ACP, circa 1906:
Below is one of the "Duckfoot" pistols. "They were reportedly favored by sea captains and prison warders because of their ability to keep multiple people at bay" (see more here) -
The following is some sort of pepperbox pistol. These were popular in the US prior to the introduction of the Colt revolver:
"High Standard" pistol model number DM101. These were made in .22 LR and in .22 Mag, and were issued to certain state police agencies as a backup gun:
Here is a very endearing little piece: Pocket "Squeeze" Pistol from 19th century France:
(image credit: Trevino)
Another incredibly bizarre mini-gun:
Ten-Barrelled Pin-fire Pistol - again, France 19th century:
(image credit: Trevino)
A Noon-Day Gun
If your thing is to greet the mid-day with an exquisite cannon blast, then take a look at this: "A miniature brass cannon barrel and brass-mounted adjustable circular magnifying glass fixed to a circular white marble base", all only 23 cm in diameter:
Knife Pistol by Unwin & Rodgers, England, circa 1830 - (more info)
(image credit: aaawt.com)
Here is a key flintlock from the 18th century. Very ornamental, almost fantasy-like piece:
(length: 23 cm)
How about a portable cannon? Not much is known about this curiosity:
A deadly handshake: Glove Pistol (must be pretty awkward to carry it around)
update:"It was meant to be punched into someone's belly, to help soften the sound of the gun, and to shoot them".
Most beautiful gun powder flask
Gun powder flask with sundial (16th century) - more info
It is also a compass and a watch - only 10 cm in diameter. Made in Germany, in 1590...imagine that.
Spy Guns of the Future Past
We just have to mention miniature rayguns from the future that never was. Look at these Steampunk Rayguns - creation of antiMichael from Make:Blog
(image credit: antiMichael)
And a real beauty: The Distracted Alchemist's Ray Gun:
(image credit: Andrew Beal)
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