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Swiss Mini Gun is Tiny, Lethal, and Expensive

Posted in Just Cool by Joe Colburn on the March 6th, 2008

Leave it to the Swiss to use watch-making technology to come up with the world’s smallest working gun.

Swiss Mini Gun

Swiss Mini Gun

It sells locally for 6’500 Swiss Francs (about $6,400 US) and as I understand it, can not be purchased in the U.S. The announcement of this thing has the internet buzzing for a couple reasons. First of all, it’s kind of cool, so of course, everyone’s passing the link around to their friends, blogging about it, etc. But there’s a more somber buzz about this potentially deadly little device, too. Some have raised concerns about how easy it might be to get one of these on a flight, for example. And what about court rooms, and other places where there is a high risk of someone walking in with a gun? Here’s what the site had to say about exporting the mini gun to the States:

Our Miniature Revolver ref. C1ST is not importable in the United States.

We have received a letter from the US Department of Justice mentioning that our Miniature Revolver does not meet with the minimum size prerequisites referring to the Factoring Criteria For Weapons ATF Form 4590.

Our revolver therefore is classified as not sporting and is not importable.

That still doesn’t answer all the concerns, but it sure helps to know that they’re not welcomed here (even if I DO want one to play with). Perhaps, one day, we can get these with RF chips in them that will trigger an alert if taken too close to a federal building, school, or public mass transportation like an airport.

Swiss Mini Gun Bullets

The bullets from this gun can fire at just under 400 feet per second, making a kill at close range possible. They’re just over .35 inches. It’s hard to imagine that something so tiny and cute could kill someone.

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4 Link Suspension
4 Link Suspension

I find this hard to believe. Is this a photoshop picture? Could be real as I have seen some engineering wonders lately.

Chiropractic Marketing
Chiropractic Marketing

What is stated in the first part of your post is exactly what I was thinking before I read it. All the places something like this could be smuggled into without anyone knowing. Pretty scary.

Used Auto Sales
Used Auto Sales

The Swiss Mini Gun is a tiny double action revolver that looks and functions like its regular sized counterpart.

Stress Care
Stress Care

I have seen this gun in history chennal, It was amazing also it can kill the people

Psiddiqi
Psiddiqi

@Stress Care Any thing can kill people size does not matter a pocket knife can kill people don't be surprised guns don't kill people kil people .

Seo Manipulator
Seo Manipulator

Wow that is pretty sick little gun.  Good point about maybe one day having some sort of device that would trigger an alarm if too close to a federal building.

bobmac3
bobmac3

I have a fully operational 2mm. pinfire revolver (not the little keychain single-shots, although I have them, too). It is about an inch smaller than this. I still want one of these, though.

stephen
stephen

i really want to buy one of these i live in the UK email me at stephen_1610@hotmail.co.uk if you want to sell. I am prepared to offer a big amount for one of these with ammo.

armour thyroid
armour thyroid

Hello Joe Tech,

This gun is looking fine, But i wonder if it works fine because it is very small gun compare toother professional guys

dave
dave

you can get this gun in canada all you got to do is go there spend the weekend get one and come back and know one would know cause they dont check you when you come back unless you give them a reason to. but at over 6 grand you can keep it. pull something that small i may fall over from laughing so dam hard then beat you to death with a limp noodle.

diego
diego

how much is it and where can i buy it?

john thr hunsmith
john thr hunsmith

IMHO it might be worth it to plan a trip over there for vacation just to buy a few and bring them bacl. a dozen would fit inside a marlboro package! you could put a bunch of them into an altoids mints tin and put them in your checked luggage and no one would ever know. you could even ship them to youself via express mail as " silverware samples" and wrap them all up in aluminum foil and theyd get thru customs and be in the states at your door the next day....LOL!

Packin
Packin

Guess what else can be concealed? Larger pistols, knives, stun gun, hammer, pills, pepper spray, etc... There are tons of things that can kill you, and if someone is determined to do it, they will find a way no matter what restrictions or laws there are. By the nature of it, criminals do not obey laws.

Frank
Frank

What Cymond said, A plastic spork from KFC could potentially be more lethal than this tiny toy. I would personally prefer a chopstick as it is more sturdy and with enough force can puncture the jugular swiftly. My son's C02 pistol which shoots 480 fps doesn't even do that.

Geoff
Geoff

Yet another example that our country (USA) is run by idiots. We can't carry a tiny keychain knife in courts, airports, etc, so how would one expect to get a keychain gun in?!? Banning americans from owning these is outright stupid! Telling me I can't have one makes me want one more, and I would find a way to get one, except for the $6k+ price tag. I can't stand dumbass people telling me what I can and can not have, expecially when it's so illogical.

Cymond
Cymond

Idiots! Fools! It "could be lethal" in the same way that a toothpick "could be lethal"! Frankly, I'd choose the toothpick as the superior weapon. I'm all of 130 pounds and I've never been in a fight, yet I would still prefer to be unarmed than rely on one of these tiny pistols "lethality." (I may not be a fighter, but I DO know ballistics.) Virtually anything can be lethal because virtually anything is possible. That doesn't mean it is an effective weapon. I wish more troublemakers would arm themselves with these. We'd all be safer.

joe
joe

Thomas: Very carefully

Curt: I think even suggesting the RF chips poses the threat of controversy. It's the old safety versus privacy debate.

karuzel: That is just awesome! Thanks for sharing that link.

Curt
Curt

Simply amazing the technology that's available! And I'm glad they're not legal in the U.S.

That would be great if we could get RF chips in guns, etc.

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Stephan Miller
Stephan Miller

I am estimating that the diameter of the bullet would make the gun a good ear piercing tool if the length is .35 inches. The diameter would be about .1 inches which would make it smaller than a BB.

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MarcRoger
MarcRoger

wow, if this could kill and is so tiny? You could just hide it somewhere that cannot be detected or something and kill someone. This shouldn't just be sold to anyone, must be a collector or something.

Andrew Pavelski
Andrew Pavelski

Very interesting find Joe. Those mini-guns look pretty sweet, but could prove to be a big problem if selling and production isn't closely regulated!

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Wogan May
Wogan May

Hahaha. Yep, leave it to the swiss.

Man, how do you aim with that thing? I'm sure that barrel's much too short to ensure any sort of accuracy. And as sqlbullet pointed out, it's probably not lethal.

A nice toy, to go in the pocket with the little Swiss watch. Other than that, not much else, heh. I find it funny that the US Justice Department has a "minimum size" restriction for guns. Back when the Tommy Gun was invented, it was street legal, whereas pistols needed permits.

I wonder if anyone's taken a db reading to determine how loud it is? With all 0.1g of gunpowder in there, it can't be that noticeable :)

~ Wogan

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joe
joe

Mommie: Right you are, except I can see them creating it as a novelty item, but maybe they should only let it fire blanks or something.

sqlbullet: Actually, people have been killed before as a result of being shot with a BB gun. I'm not saying it's the most lethal weapon every created, but I certainly wouldn't want it in the pocket of someone on the same flight as me. I love the choking comment, though. Laughed my ass off.

sqlbullet
sqlbullet

Ramifications of this gun? Lets have some perspective here. It is NOT lethal. Energy at the muzzle is .699 ft-lbs. This is between a spring powered airsoft pistol (.599) and a Daisy Red Ryder bb gun (.900) I have been shot by both airsoft pistols and bb guns. Both drew blood, but did not penetrate. The 'effective' range of the bullet is less than 10' (by effective, I mean ability to break the skin).

I am older and wiser now, and am not volunteering to get shot by this gun. But, shoot me with it and I will stab you to death with a spork from KFC. I am sure it is more lethal at 10' or less

I suppose someone could put it in a donut and trick you into choking on it....

Mommie
Mommie

I was wondering about that too, the only reason to make it that small is to conceal it. So what are the ramifications of a tiny gun that can be hidden pretty much anywhere? Not good.

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joe
joe

Yeah... It's crazy... I'm not a gun person, myself, but it just looks cool, so I want one to play with.

Seo Manipulator
Seo Manipulator

I wonder why after all the arguments about gun control recently that guns are not made with RF chips that would alert security to guns in the vicinity. I guess they would need to have special ones to verify it was a law enforcement officer.   

BigPappa
BigPappa

Wow, that is TINY. I wish you hadn't showed me that. Now I want one. I have an FFL but it won't do any good if they aren't even allowing that to be imported. That thing looks like a clock inside (as most revolvers do) no wonder the swiss came up with it.

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