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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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  1. BigPappa said,

    on March 7th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    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.

    BigPappa’s last blog post..It’s Time To Give Away Another $100

  2. joe said,

    on March 7th, 2008 at 1:32 am

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

  3. Mommie said,

    on March 7th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    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.

    Mommie’s last blog post..Momnesia

  4. sqlbullet said,

    on March 7th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    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….

  5. joe said,

    on March 7th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    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.

  6. Wogan May said,

    on March 7th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    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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    on March 8th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

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  8. on March 10th, 2008 at 5:32 am

    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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  9. MarcRoger said,

    on March 10th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    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.

  10. on March 12th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    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.

    Stephan Miller’s last blog post..Riding Waves of Productivity

  11. joe said,

    on March 12th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Stephan: I don’t know about that…

  12. Thomas Sinfield said,

    on March 14th, 2008 at 3:37 am

    how do you go about pulling the trigger? haha…

  13. Curt said,

    on March 15th, 2008 at 7:26 am

    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.

    Curt’s last blog post..WordPad Ever Try It?

  14. karuzel said,

    on March 17th, 2008 at 1:31 am

    The smaller, the deadlier – guns. Please have a look

    karuzel’s last blog post..Harvey Danger – Little by Little

  15. joe said,

    on March 17th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    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.

  16. Cymond said,

    on May 6th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    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.

  17. Geoff said,

    on November 2nd, 2009 at 5:44 am

    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.

  18. Frank said,

    on December 9th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    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.

  19. Packin said,

    on February 15th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    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.

  20. john thr hunsmith said,

    on February 20th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    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!

  21. diego said,

    on March 10th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    how much is it and where can i buy it?

  22. dave said,

    on May 11th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    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.

  23. armour thyroid said,

    on June 21st, 2011 at 5:40 am

    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

  24. stephen said,

    on July 7th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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

  25. bobmac3 said,

    on July 27th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    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.

  26. on April 11th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    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.

  27. Stress Care said,

    on April 30th, 2012 at 12:11 am

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

  28. Psiddiqi said,

    on August 5th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    @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 .

  29. on October 2nd, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Wow. The technology is getting more and more advanced in these days, Even though technology advancement is there, many people can be affected by these kind of stuffs.

  30. on October 11th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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

  31. on February 27th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    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.

  32. on March 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    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.

  33. on March 18th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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

  34. on April 8th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I like this article. Very fun reading. Thanks.

  35. Portland SEO said,

    on April 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Here is a related article. Blows me away people put time and energy into something like this. Seems to me if  this energy was spent helping society rather than making destructive tools we would live in a better world.

  36. on December 22nd, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    HAHA! Pretty awesome. Truthfully, I’ve never seen this before and you posted this in 2008! Looks like some people are scared of this, but really it probably would feel like a bb gun shot. Who knows though.
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