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

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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The incredible manufacturing tolerances required to produce the C1ST revolver are clear in this extreme close-up (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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The incredible manufacturing tolerances required to produce the C1ST revolver are clear in this extreme close-up (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Exploded view of the SwissMiniGun C1ST revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Exploded view of the SwissMiniGun C1ST revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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)
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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 C1ST SwissMiniGun revolver comes with a fitted holster for unconcealed carry - here seen dangling from a belt loop (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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The C1ST SwissMiniGun revolver comes with a fitted holster for unconcealed carry - here seen dangling from a belt loop (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
The Pfeifer-Zaliska 600 Nitro Express revolver - the world's largest currently manufactured revolver (Photo: Pfeifer Waffen via vincelewis.net)
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The Pfeifer-Zaliska 600 Nitro Express revolver - the world's largest currently manufactured revolver (Photo: Pfeifer Waffen via vincelewis.net)
The SwissMiniGun has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest working commercial revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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The SwissMiniGun has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest working commercial revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
.09 caliber ammo for the C1ST revolver. These rounds cost a bit over US$10 each (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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.09 caliber ammo for the C1ST revolver. These rounds cost a bit over US$10 each (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
.09 caliber ammo for the C1ST (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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.09 caliber ammo for the C1ST (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Full side view of a custom gold and diamond revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Full side view of a custom gold and diamond revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Frame, cylinder, and enlarged trigger of a custom gold and diamonds revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Frame, cylinder, and enlarged trigger of a custom gold and diamonds revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Frame and gold/diamond grips (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Frame and gold/diamond grips (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Top portion of gold and diamond grips (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Top portion of gold and diamond grips (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
The business end of a custom gold and diamonds revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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The business end of a custom gold and diamonds revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Barrel of a custom gold and diamonds revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Barrel of a custom gold and diamonds revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Exploded view of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Exploded view of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Side view of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Side view of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Cylinder and action of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Cylinder and action of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
View of the barrel of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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View of the barrel of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
Frame and ebony grips of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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Frame and ebony grips of a custom gold revolver (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
The .09 caliber (2.34 mm) SwissMiniGun is dwarfed in this man's hand (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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The .09 caliber (2.34 mm) SwissMiniGun is dwarfed in this man's hand (Photo: SwissMiniGun)

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. The guns appear at their true relative sizes (Photo: SwissMiniGun and PremierArms.com)
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 seen dangling from a belt loop (Photo: SwissMiniGun)
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

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11 comments
Slowburn
How much damage will the bullet do to the wall after it has hit the fly?
MBadgero
"It could lodge under the skin and cause a very bad infection." It is cute, though.
Leon Radford
Even smallest than the Kolibri: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_mm_Kolibri
SwissMiniGun
Thanks for the interesting details about my miniature. SwissMiniGun
kellory
Just enough gun to be totally useless and still get you arrested in a public building.
Scion
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.
nutcase
At this scale Dirty Harry would be about the size of a chihuahua. "It can blow your earlobe clean off!"
Peter Green
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
ArtsLA
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
Dave B13
"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."
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