These tiny guns shoot very real bullets

These little doll-killers are awesome.

I don’t like guns as a general rule, but I’ve been fascinated by the miniature kind ever since I saw a video on Instagram:

That particular 1mm caliber mini was handcrafted by a Russian watchmaker who claims she made it of gold and Siberian mammoth bone (what?!). It also comes with 10 rounds and bullets made of steel.

Tiny guns of various scales have been around for a long time. They first appeared in England in the 15th century, where royalty appreciated them for their artistry. Historians also believe that apprentices crafted miniatures to prove they had the talent to become master gun makers.

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Antique miniature wheellock pistol made by the earliest known miniature maker, Michael Mann, in England, between 1580 – 1630 (currently for sale for 22.5k)

The tiny objects have provided enthusiasts with plenty of technological hurdles through the ages, as miniaturists rush to keep up with new gun models.

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A handmade miniature Glock 17, 2mm pinfire that measures 4.4 cm across. Made by Luis Pita.
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A handmade functional miniature replica of a Dutch matchlock musket from the 17th century, made on 1/25 scale. It’s the smallest working matchlock musket in the world. Crafted by Luis Pita.
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Even more pistols for your enjoyment, from the very talented Luis Pita

And finally, a video that makes me realize I don’t want to be shot by any gun, no matter how small:

If you’re interested in browsing through miniature guns, make sure to check out Wayne Driskill Miniature Firearms. Their site is huge and filled with interesting minis, including antiques and tiny swords. Luis Pita runs a pretty interesting youtube channel. And if you’re looking for a true master, David Kucer fits the bill.

Via Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine

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