Tiny pinfire guns

These tiny Austrian 2mm pinfire guns look to be exquisitely engineered. From the video description:
Originally made by Austrian watchmakers as decorative pocket watch chain fobs or as cufflinks, these miniature pinfire pistols are now prized collector's items. These are some from my own collection dating from 1904 to the 1970's. All of them fire 2mm blank pinfire cartridges. The revolvers are the world's smallest working double action blank firing pistols. They measure just 38mm in length and are smaller than the famous Swiss Mini Gun which measures 55mm.
(via MAKE)


  1. Ah, yes. Now, where’s the handheld 2mm electric gatling-style minigun for criminal mischief at?

  2. Hey, Kay, nah nah. Come on, man, y-you get a Series Four De-atomizer and I-I get a little – little midgy cricket?

    WHOA! kid…

    Feel like I’m gonna break this damn thing.

  3. I have owned several of these. Some include a 9mm screw-on flare adapter. These are packed with multi-color flares in a small hardshell case for mountain climbers who may get stuck and use this to send a signal to rescuers. Without the flare adapter they only shoots blanks (very loud). They are still sold by Xythos.

  4. @ #3: I feel like any terrorist would be too embarrassed to be using such a diminutive weapon, even if they could sneak it on a plane.

  5. When I worked in a camera store on Ste. Catherine street in Montreal a little over thirty years ago, one of our regular customers, David Kucer, used to make miniature guns.

    Just now, ! looked him up. He’s still making them!! W00t!

    Some beautiful stuff!

  6. Two-millimeter pinfire guns don’t surprise and amuse people, people surprise and amuse people.


    No I’m not a gun nut, that’s just basic gun safety, even if the bullet is tiny. Right at the 1:30 mark the guy points the gun at himself, looks down the barrel, points it to the left and fires it. This was 10 seconds away from being a fark headline; “Watch collector shoots self in face with tiny gun while making youtube video”

  8. While the wadding used in a .45 blank can kill you at close range, a 2mm pin fire blank’s wadding MIGHT scratch a cornea (if it’s lucky).

  9. It’s possible that was NOT a Rule 2 violation, if the camera used was on automatic and there was no human behind it. I’m willing to destroy a piece of camera equipment for the sake of art…but even with an auto-timer for, say, still photography, you also have to remember Rule 4, know your target and *what lies beyond*.

    If there *was* a cameraman holding the camera to film the above, then yeah, that was a safety violation.

  10. No more will I meekly skip that dark alley shortcut when that intimidating hornet is buzzing around it. Prepare to meet thy maker, sir!

  11. It’s disturbing that they need to clarify that they’re the smallest blank-firing pistols. Does that mean there are smaller ones that fire live ammo? Little tiny live ammo?

  12. Bizarre ambient electronica soundtrack.

    Like the background music in a bad German goth drama with vampires. Little tiny vampires. “I’ve come to suck your blood! Or at the very least, check your blood glucose level!”

  13. Wow! I’ve had one of those for ages and I thought it was just a toy gun.
    My neighbour gave it to me when I was a kid, it’s attached to a pocket watch chain.
    Now I just need some bullets ;) Mine is a single shooter.

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