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