I think I’ve finally done it. This has to be the smallest pistol ever. Certainly it’s the smallest one I’ve ever pulled the trigger on. It measures just over 1 ½”–and I have no idea who made it. I’ve been over it with a magnifying glass and see no marks other than those when it was created.
It’s a pearl-handled single-shot 2mm pinfire, a “Berloque” in French or “Breloque” in German, according to the Charleston Mini Gun Works.
The first Berloques, or miniature guns, were invented Zwei neue werden herausgebracht, die dann in den Microgaming-Casinos uber Download, Flash oder Quickfire-Plattform gespielt werden konnen. and produced by watch maker Franz Pfannl in Austria in 1899 as an accessory. Perhaps as a watch fob. And they’re still being made and collected today. There’s even a Miniature Arms Society (www.miniaturearms.com).
To give you a little perspective on my miniature pistol’s size, that’s my wedding ring below it.
I thought it must have been made as jewelry, a conversation piece, but it came complete with a pill capsule of blank cartridges. We have a dozen cartridges and they all fit inside a pill capsule with room to spare.
The barrel is hinged to fold down and away from the body of the pistol for loading.
For a comparison, top to bottom, here is a .45mm casing, a .38mm cartridge, a .22 cartridge and the 2mm pinfire cartridge.
I can’t find any proof of who made the pistol, but I plan to wear it on a silver chain the next time I meet up with my Cowboy Action Shooting friends. I have no doubt it will start a few conversations.