By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
It may look like a toy, but the two-inch SwissMiniGun C1ST a fully functional firearm that's banned in the U.S.
What you're looking at is the world's smallest revolver. It may look like a toy, but stick a few miniature bullets into the .7 inch barrel and it becomes a fully functional firearm.
At two inches (5.5 cm) long and weighing under an ounce (0.7 oz), the SwissMiniGun C1ST is a highly sought after collectors item. Making the parts and assembling the gun requires the skill of a master craftsman, all of which are trained at jewelry and Swiss watchmaking. Thus about only 100 are handmade each year, with each order customized to the client's specifications, including the option for a special model made of 18k gold. Adding the double-action .09 caliber six-shooter to your collection will run you at least $6,705.
"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 owner Paul Erard told the Daily Mail. "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."
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However, the fact that a firearm this tiny actually works makes gun regulators quite nervous. For instance, the bullets are so minis cue that firing a cartridge essentially smashes the bullet, making them impossible to trace to the original model. And being that it fits in the palm of your hand or inside your shoe, it's also highly concealable. U.S. gun laws prohibit firearms that can slip by undetected at airports and require that working guns come with a barrel that's at least 3 inches long. Needless to say, the C1ST has been banned in the US and the UK.
But Erard has derided such fears surrounding the C1ST as simply irrational. In an interview with the Daily Mail, he pointed out that the gun packs only a tenth the firepower of 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 close analysis of the gun's mechanics shows that while concerns over the C1ST's ability to inflect physical harm might be a bit overblown, it isn't entirely unwarranted either. According to HowStuffWorks:
The SwissMiniGun's 2.34mm-caliber ammunition travels just under 400 feet per second. Its bullets pack a punch of about 0.71 foot pound of energy [source: SwissMiniGun]. By contrast, the Remington 300 Ultra Mag round carries 4,220 foot pounds of energy with it [source: Remington].
On the other hand, according to the United Kingdom's House of Commons, it takes at least one foot pound of force to inflict a penetrating wound, like a gunshot injury. Anything less (like the force delivered by SwissMiniGun cartridges) "is incapable of penetrating even vulnerable parts of the body, such as the eye" [source: House of Commons]. But ballistic experts claim that even when fired at close range, a projectile with less than a foot pound of force can still penetrate the skin -- especially the eye.
In the meantime, Erard is working on designing a second gun that would meet U.S. standards.
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Aug 8, 2012
"Minis cue"???? Just because it didn't have a red line under it doesn't mean it is correct. Try minuscule. Just like the THREAT from the subject matter... It really isn't getting any smarter 'out there'.
less than a foot pound of force, i think you could shoot a toothpick out a soda straw with more force than than. if a person shot someone with this 'minis cue' gun, it would probably just piss off the person that got shot, and in the process they would have a real good reason to kill the person that shot them. Tuan, can't you see this is just a toy? i have an air powered BB gun that has more power that that and it is not regulated at all. why do you spread rubbish like this?
This is like a quality watch with the same precision of manufacture it's a fun toy but nothing to fear . The U.K government is terrified of violence even self defense is strictly regulated and could land you in jail .
Reminds me of a very funny piece by Mark Twain, "The Great French Duel". About like the French dueling pistols he satirically describes - "Water pistols at 50 yards would be more deadly". These things are not weapons. You might be able to kill a mosquito with one, but I have my doubts.
There are no gun laws in the USA that limit a barrel length to 3"!! I have owned several with barrels below that number.Any Gun catalog will verify my statement.
Can't spell and fills his articles with overblown concern. What rot! Tuan, go back to your socialist hole...
What a waste of $7000 ..lol And have to say it....."minis cue"?? lol It's "miniscule" or "minuscule".
Well, SmartPlanet continues to verify how irrelevant it is! You could choose to chronicle the fact that hundreds of thermometers recording world temps have been located in the warmest areas of the earth, while hundreds more have been removed from coolest latitudes. Instead you choose to run a ridicules story about how the world is being flooded with a hundred non-lethal seven thousand dollar trinket guns every year. A hat pin is more dangerous and even less detectable! Let's outlaw them! Heck, my son's and my paintball guns fire with more energy, and paintball guns have been proven lethal.
A slow news day for this idiocy. Both that people are up in arms about the 'fear', since the thing could barely damage anyone. And just that something like this is even 'new' news, because these, and others like it, have been around a while.
Other than a tee shirt that says in large red, bold lettering - "Hi, I'm stupid." I can't think of a better way of identifying yourself and demonstrating it - than buying one of these - and I collect firearms.
Your average BB gun is probably more dangerous. And at nearly 7-grand, I doubt this will ever be the weapon of choice of your average street thug or mass murderer. Just more FUD from the anti-gun crowd.
I doubt if that tiny Swiss mini-gun will ever become popular; it's so VERY tiny that it can't use conventional ammunition -- or, for that matter, any sort of really effective ammunition -- and it's hard for normal-sized human fingers to control. A far better choice is the North American Arms .22 mini-revolver, which fires standard .22 ammo and can (barely) be controlled by normal-size fingers. --Leslie < Fish
let me guess you think global warming is a hat trick? The thermometers you think are recording the temps are in outer space...what a fool that watches Faux Noise for facts. They do record daily temps of the ocean but the air is not the issue. The sun is heating the oceans and has already risen the earths temps by .8 of a degree. 20 years ago they were saying that a 2 degree rise would bring devastation and now that number is closer to a degree. The ice is melting from the Greenland continent and thats something even your blind eyes can see. http://ct.smartplanet.com/clicks?t=1145903223-3fce156ed019e7f0402356e551e56bb3-bf&brand=SMARTPLANET&s=5
Oh, you mean that altered Alas map that shows dirt where snow pack still exists or the one with the false colors showing white as snow cover and pinkish tan where the snow has glazed over with ice? LOL! And you believe that the Twin Towers was an inside job, don't you!
...by linking to that particular SmartPlanet story to bolster a "global warming" argument. It's not a "science" story at all, but one about how the west is being extorted om the name of "global warming". "Faux noise" indeed!