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C1ST Miniature Revolver

C1ST Miniature Revolver

Swiss Minigun C1ST is the world’s smallest revolver...

When it comes to small firearms, there’s only one that’s recognized as the smallest functional revolver in the world, and that’s the C1st Revolver.

Made by the Swiss Minigun company, the C1ST measures just 5.5cm long, 3.5 cam tall, 1cm wide and weights just 19.8 – around 2/3rds of an ounce. It fires tiny 2.34mm rimfire cartridges, which also hold the record for world’s smallest ammunition.

While still being classed as a weapon, the gun is almost harmless. Each round travels at a slow 400ft per second, produces less than one joule of energy, and impacts with 0.71lbs of force. In comparison, bullets from a 9mm revolver travel around 1,200 – 1,600ft per second, and produce between 700-1000 joules of energy.

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Swiss Minigun C1ST


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Swiss Minigun C1ST Revolver

Image Credit: Swiss Minigun, 2012.

Producing such little force, bullets from the C1ST won’t even break the skin, and are completely harmless – unless fired directly onto the eyeball or in the ear.

Nevertheless, the firearm is still banned from import to the United States and the UK. In fact its small form factor actually has disadvantages in the eyes of the law since its too small to meet the minimum requirements for a sporting revolver set by ATF.

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Swiss Minigun C1ST Revolver


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Swiss Minigun C1ST Revolver

Swiss Minigun has been producing the C1ST since 2005 in batches of around 300 a time. It doesn’t come cheap either. The double action revolvers retail for $5,500 for the base silver on a wood handle model up to $20,000 for one made of 24-carat gold with a diamond-encrusted handle.



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  1. Andrew Tarantola: The World’s Smallest Revolver Packs 19.8 Grams of Harmless Heat. Gizmodo, 08/13/2012.
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