Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mini Gun ?

Really tiny blank firing 'Mini-Pistol'


That's a .45 ACP casing for size comparison.

You've all seen those videos of various mini-guns being fired from helicopters and so forth, but here's a little different mini-gun. I got it sometime in the late 1950's, along with a couple of packages of ammunition. There's no name on it, and "Japan" is stamped on it's side.

The cartridges for it are very tiny copper cylinders with a tiny wire sticking out the side. When you put the round into the chamber, the firing pin wire points straight up through a small slot on the top of the chamber. The hammer is then pulled back to cock it, and pulling the tiny trigger drops the hammer, which hits the detonator pin, firing the round. The barrel is not bored to the muzzle, and there is a outlet port on the bottom of the barrel for the hot gases to exit. The report was amazingly loud, louder than a .22 rifle, as I remember. You could also get a good burn on your finger if you hat in near the exhaust port under the barrel.

Does anyone know any more about this little blank pistol? Is there a source for ammunition out there?

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13 Comments:

At Thursday, June 28, 2007 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Mors said...

other then that I want one now you mean? sorry no information from me. but I wait with joy to hear from somebody that does.

 
At Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:32:00 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Looks to be a 2mm Pinfire cap gun. I found one similar to it at: http://www.cyruskemp.com/berloques/berloques7.html

I noticed some references to ammo being available, but nobody seems to be able to find it.

Cute little bugger, isn't it :)

 
At Friday, June 29, 2007 6:53:00 PM, Blogger George said...

I've seen these little pinfire guns, and have never seen extra ammo sold with them.

BTW, Mr. C, just how are you going to put the Red Dot sight on THAT?

 
At Sunday, July 08, 2007 7:45:00 PM, Blogger goozer said...

The one that I have is still in its original envelope with seven gelatin capsules. Each capsules has 10 to 12 cartridges in it. According to the envelope this is called a LITTLE ATOM. I wonder if it is OK to list this for sale on the internet with the cartridges, and how would one ship them.

 
At Thursday, April 01, 2010 7:58:00 AM, Blogger bartsart said...

Check out www.minipinfireguns.com

 
At Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:35:00 AM, Blogger Ginny Crandall said...

Wow, Mr. C, thanks for sharing this awesome gun with us. I would love to have one myself or to give one to my father-in-law (to earn more brownie points). I have no idea where you can get the ammunition for sale, but if you find another one somewhere, let me know!

 
At Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:37:00 AM, Blogger Bill said...

For cartridges and information try
http://www.25thctc.com/page4.html

An old family friend gave me one of these Little Atom 2mm pin-fire blank pistols about 30 or so years ago. He said his dad had gotten it in Japan.
There have been others marketed through the years. The most recent that I am aware of is the Berloque "Bigshot" made in Germany ... to serve as another data point in your search ....

 
At Sunday, February 06, 2011 8:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly the worlds smallest pistol. My father handed 2 of them down to me in the late 60's. One pistol is in a chrome finish with a more ornate design on the handle than shown above and includes a leather holster. The second pistol is the brass finished tie clip style with pearl handles. Both pistols have cleaning rods, instruction envelope, one round of the pin ammo with capsule and one original hinged cardboard box. Any idea what they are worth?

 
At Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:35:00 AM, Blogger Ken Crofutt said...

Back in the 1950s, the Japanese were copying everything they could. This mini-pistol is obviously a rip-off of the Berloque Pistole made in So. Austria by Gerhard Gobharter since 1905. I have one of these Austrian-made ones which has a much more detailed, engraved handle-butt with the head of a hare on one side and of a deer on the other side. When I bought it back in the late 1950s, it came with a lot of tiny copper shells which made a very loud bang and shot fire out the end of the muzzle. You can still but these from the Austrian manufacturers (also the ammo)and now they even have an attachment that shoots colored flares up into the sky. The ammo might even fit this Japanese version because it seems to be made to the same specs. Mine's for sale in case anybody's interested...you can write me at berkeley@katamail.com. In any case, hope this info has been helpful.

 
At Friday, March 11, 2011 2:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try: http://minipinfireguns.com/ or http://minipinfireguns.com/

These pinfire blanks are hard to come by.

wtaeng1@comcast.net

 
At Friday, April 01, 2011 5:11:00 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

We have several of these in original box.we also have the cuff links in the original box. Have hundreds of the rifles like this too but they are out of box. Trying to find someone to buy them for the right price. I know what they are worth and would like like to sale them.

 
At Monday, April 11, 2011 6:54:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Wendy, If you are looking to sell your pinfire guns,Please contact me at info@PinfireGuns.com. We may be able to help.

Thanks,

John

 
At Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:28:00 AM, Blogger mach05hi said...

Hi Wendy...I am a collector and buy pinfires on ebay..contact me at mach05hi@cs.com

Would like to buy some...

Aloha...Mark

 

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