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World's smallest revolver doesn't have the world's smallest price

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August 6, 2012

The .09 caliber (2.34 mm) SwissMiniGun is dwarfed in this man's hand (Photo: SwissMiniGun)

The .09 caliber (2.34 mm) SwissMiniGun is dwarfed in this man's hand (Photo: SwissMiniGun)

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Here's one for gun collectors with an eye for detail. The SwissMiniGun C1ST is a double-action .09 caliber six-shooter that's just over two inches (5.5 cm) long weighing 0.7 oz (19.8 g). And the price? We think you ought to sit down first ...

The first product of the SwissMiniGun company of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the C1ST is a miniature double-action (shoots each time you pull the trigger – no cocking of the gun required before shooting) six-shot revolver.

The level of detail on such a small gun is amazing – the Swiss gunsmiths are experienced in jewelry and watchmaking crafts, and have orders to produce works of art that happen to be fully functioning guns. (Photos of the gold and diamond versions appear in the image gallery.)

Exploded view of the SwissMiniGun C1ST revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Exploded view of the SwissMiniGun C1ST revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)

The C1ST has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest working revolver. (Full disclosure - the Xythos double-action six-shot revolver is smaller and uses 2 mm pinfire cartridges, but it is only designed for firing blanks.)

The SwissMiniGun (inset) was modeled after the style of the three-inch .357 Colt Python. T...
The SwissMiniGun (inset) was modeled after the style of the three-inch .357 Colt Python. The guns appear at their true relative sizes (Photo: SwissMiniGun and PremierArms.com)

The SwissMiniGun is similar to, although about 23 percent of the size of, the .357 Magnum Colt Python. Most of the dimensions scale properly with size:

  • Revolver ..................Colt Python ...............SwissMiniGun
  • Caliber .....................357 Magnum .............09 rimfire
  • Length .....................9.25 in (23.5 cm) .......2.16 in (5.5 cm)
  • Weight .....................2.65 lb (1.2 kg) ..........0.0044 lb (0.0198 kg)
  • Barrel .......................3 in (7.6 cm) ..............0.7 in (1.8 cm)
  • Cartridge length .......1.58 in (4.0 cm) .........0.36 in (0.91 cm)
  • Bullet weight ............130 gr (8.4 g) .............2 gr (0.13 g)
  • Muzzle velocity ........1400 fps (427 mps) ....400 fps (122 mps)
  • Energy .....................580 ft-lbs (785 J) ........0.72 ft-lbs (0.97 J)

The C1ST revolver comes with a fine leather holster for unconcealed carry. If nothing else, it keeps the revolver from getting lost in your pocket change.

The C1ST SwissMiniGun revolver comes with a fitted holster for unconcealed carry - here se...
The C1ST SwissMiniGun revolver comes with a fitted holster for unconcealed carry - here seen dangling from a belt loop (Photo: SwissMiniGun)

"Since the product's launch three years ago, the firm had sold around 300 of the guns, mainly to collectors in the Middle and Far East," says Paul Erard, owner of SwissMiniGuns. "We are producing in very small quantities – perhaps 25 gold guns and 100 steel guns a year, and there is a six month waiting list to get one."

SwissMiniGuns will customize the pint-sized shooter to customer wishes. The options to date include guns made of gold (save for the chamber, spring, and barrel), ebony grips, diamonds in pave, colored precious stones, and the like. Photographs of such ornamented guns appear in the image gallery.

Ammunition? The C1ST is sold with 24 live 2.34 mm rimfire cartridges, costing a bit over $10 per round. This makes target shooting an expensive outing – oddly enough, only slightly less expensive than buying 600 Nitro Express rounds for the world's largest revolver, the Pfeifer-Zaliska 600 Nitro. This revolver weighs over 13 pounds (6.0 kg) and is 22 inches (55 cm) in length. At 3 1/2 inches in length, the 600 Nitro cartridge is about 60 percent longer than the entire C1ST, and weighs almost six times more.

The bad news for collectors living in the U.S. is that the C1ST cannot be imported legally. (Yes, that includes bringing it in on your keychain.) It is too small to pass the ATF's standards as a "sporting gun" and AFT import regulations are seriously discriminatory against foreign-built guns – neither of the U.S.-made guns mentioned in the first paragraph would be legal to import if of foreign manufacture.

Oh, right – the price. The C1ST SwissMiniGun sells for just over CHF6,500 (approx. US$6,705). No, not a gold and diamond version, just the basic gun. We told you to sit down.

Source: SwissMiniGuns

About the Author
Brian Dodson From an early age Brian wanted to become a scientist. He did, earning a Ph.D. in physics and embarking on an R&D career which has recently broken the 40th anniversary. What he didn't expect was that along the way he would become a patent agent, a rocket scientist, a gourmet cook, a biotech entrepreneur, an opera tenor and a science writer.   All articles by Brian Dodson
10 Comments

How much damage will the bullet do to the wall after it has hit the fly?

Slowburn
7th August, 2012 @ 12:49 am PDT

"It could lodge under the skin and cause a very bad infection." It is cute, though.

MBadgero
7th August, 2012 @ 05:36 am PDT

Even smallest than the Kolibri: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_mm_Kolibri

Leon Aguilera Radford
7th August, 2012 @ 12:04 pm PDT

Thanks for the interesting details about my miniature.

SwissMiniGun

SwissMiniGun
7th August, 2012 @ 12:05 pm PDT

Just enough gun to be totally useless and still get you arrested in a public building.

kellory
7th August, 2012 @ 04:59 pm PDT

Can't be legally imported, but if it was on your key-chain, would anyone realise it was a working gun and not just a miniature novelty key-chain toy?

I think it would be cool to make a little police officer / cowboy doll to go with it. Then you could have a miniature shooting range and everything.

Scion
8th August, 2012 @ 12:06 am PDT

At this scale Dirty Harry would be about the size of a chihuahua.

"It can blow your earlobe clean off!"

nutcase
8th August, 2012 @ 06:52 am PDT

Please consider these (actually working) guns from Tula (Russia) masters when talking about "world's smallest" things.

These are much smaller. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-luJG9ZReCX8/Tc91dfvS8LI/AAAAAAAAA7s/BnFtd_jV16I/s1600/IMG_2005.JPG

Peter Green
10th August, 2012 @ 03:18 am PDT

I had the privilege of photographing extraordinarily small working firearms handcrafted by Mexican artisans, most of whom actually went insane and died over the unfathomably delicate work.

The size of the pistol shown in this story is a leviathan, a juggernaut, and elephantine by comparison.

The Mexican firearms featured every part of the original weapon, a 100% duplication at very, very, very small size, essentially to the limits of metallurgy and machining. When I shot them, I placed U.S. coins, like a dime, to truly show the scale, as the weapon, blown up many times its actual size, looked too much like a full size gun. Seeing a giant dime clued the viewer in as to the achievement.

ArtsLA

ArtsLA
26th November, 2012 @ 11:21 am PST

"The bad news for collectors living in the U.S. is that the C1ST cannot be imported legally. (Yes, that includes bringing it in on your keychain.) It is too small to pass the ATF's standards as a "sporting gun" and AFT import regulations are seriously discriminatory against foreign-built guns – neither of the U.S.-made guns mentioned in the first paragraph would be legal to import if of foreign manufacture."

Dave B13
25th January, 2013 @ 10:37 am PST
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