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Got a CHL? New carry gun for everyone.

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Introducing the world's smallest gun that fires deadly 300mph bullets - but is just TWO inches long | Mail Online

Meet the pistol that fits in your pocket - and packs a hell of a punch.

The SwissMiniGun is the size of a key fob but fires tiny 270mph bullets powerful enough to kill at close range.

Officially the world's smallest working revolver, the gun is being marketed as a collector's item and measures just 2.16 inches long (5.5cm). It can fire real 4.53 bullets up to a range of 367ft (112m).

The stainless steel gun costs £3,000 although the manufacturers also produce extravagant, made-to-order versions made out of 18-carat gold with customised diamond studs which sell for up to £30,000.

Swiss Minigun

At just over two inches long it is the world's smallest gun - but the 300mph bullets it fires mean it is still deadly

It cannot be imported into the UK, and buyers in Switzerland and Europe must produce an import permit from police to obtain one.

The gun is banned from being imported into the US - because it's barrel is less than three inches, meaning it is deemed too small to qualify for sporting purposes.

Jonathan Spencer, consultant forensic scientist and firearms expert, said that although the gun, which fires bullets at a speed of 399 feet a second, was tiny, it could still prove fatal and in the eyes of the law was as dangerous as a machine gun.

He said: "The general threshold for perforating the skin is about 330 feet a second.

"Apart from bone, skin offers the greatest resistance to penetration. If it can pass through the skin it is potentially lethal, even if the bullets are small.

"If you shoved something 3mm across into someone's chest you could kill them. It's the same with these bullets, they could penetrate the heart.

"It is capable of killing someone. Under section 5 of the Firearms Act it would be a prohibited weapon. It would be on the same scale as a machine gun."

The gun shoots 2.34 mm calibre rim fire ammunition especially developed for it as the smallest rim fire ammunition in the world.


Swiss Minigun

The Swiss Minigun, which is being marketed as a collector's item, is just 5.5cm long, and fires 4.53mm bullets up to 112 metres

Swiss Minigun

It weighs in at just 0.7oz (19.8grams) and fires live and blank ammunition.

The gun is the first product of the SwissMiniGun company, a gunsmiths based at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

Owner Paul Erard said that 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.

He said: "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.

"We will make whatever the customer wishes for. The most expensive version we have sold cost £30,000 and was covered in diamonds and came with a gold chain."

Other bespoke finishes available include ebony grips, hand engraved grips, gold grips with diamonds or collared precious stones.

Mr Erard said that although the double action revolver is similar in appearance to a Colt Python full-size weapon, it was actually based on a Swiss-made revolver.

In September 2006 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF) in New York issued a warning about the gun after being alerted by a police officer who spotted it on a website.

Special Agent William McMahon said the gun was so small it could pass for a key fob, and warned it made the perfect stealth weapon for serious criminals.

But Mr Erard denied the gun was deadly and said it was only a tenth as powerful as some air guns.

"Since September 11 there has been a lot of paranoia in America", he said.

"It is ridiculous. Why would criminals want my gun when you can go out and buy a Kalashnikov there already?"

A Guinness World Records spokesman confirmed the gun held the record as the word's smallest working revolver.

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thats rediculous.

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I'd be careful carrying that in my pocket since it can penetrate skin-ouch
Looks like it is a high quality piece, nice fit and finish.

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I carry concealed,...but I kinda WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW....

That can go one of two ways.

If a criminal can see it,..he could possibly prepare for it.
If a criminal can see it,...maybe he'll think twice

It's 50 / 50....
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Fires REAL 4.53mm bullets. Can you say bee sting?
Who would waste their time carrying something like that?

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I carry concealed,...but I kinda WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW....

That can go one of two ways.

If a criminal can see it,..he could possibly prepare for it.
If a criminal can see it,...maybe he'll think twice

It's 50 / 50....
If a criminal can SEE it, you're breaking the law. At least in Oklahoma.
You an lose your permit and be prosecuted if your concealed weapon
inadvertently becomes unconcealed. Not saying it's right, it just IS.
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There seems to be something wrong with this statement:

"The gun is banned from being imported into the US - because it's barrel is less than three inches, meaning it is deemed too small to qualify for sporting purposes."

First example that comes to mind is a Taurus Model 650. Barrel length 2 inches and made in Brazil. Not to mention I don't remember there having to be a "sporting purpose" for guns to imported to the US.

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That is pretty cool. Too bad it cost 3000 pounds...

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There seems to be something wrong with this statement:

"The gun is banned from being imported into the US - because it's barrel is less than three inches, meaning it is deemed too small to qualify for sporting purposes."

First example that comes to mind is a Taurus Model 650. Barrel length 2 inches and made in Brazil. Not to mention I don't remember there having to be a "sporting purpose" for guns to imported to the US.
You are exactly right...i caught that too. But the media wrote it so it must be true...

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...But the media wrote it so it must be true...
You got that right bud!!!

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