Berloque Pinfire Pistol: Size Really Matters


When it comes to concealed carry, size matters. For centuries firearm designers have tried to strike the delicate balance between concealment, caliber and controllability with these smaller firearms. But one of those bad boys takes small guns to a new limit. And it’s quite lovely…

The Berloque Miniature Pinfire Gun, or Japanese Charm Gun, is one of the smallest functional “firearms” in existence. It is nickel plated and even leaves room for a slight etch towards the pistol grip. Developed in the 1930s, these guns are only intended to fire 2mm pinfire blanks. Instead of a saddle ring, each gun often comes with a loop near the stock so it can be used as a key chain. Personally, I have two and I plan to make earrings. Not sure if it would pass TSA while traveling.

These pistols often appear at gun shows and exist in many museum collections. Not alone, the miniature market is a very popular market for some; reviled by others. And while it looks, dare I say, cute, it’s not up to par for a real carry. You’re probably more likely to accidentally shoot yourself – especially if you have big sausage fingers – but hey, it’s a cool conversation starter if you add them to your key ring or wear them as jewelry or buttons. cuff. They are historic and functional – exactly what every person is looking for in fashion.

[Editor’s Note: Photography Courtesy of the Cody Firearms Museum.]


Volcanic pistol above to show the scale of the Japanese pinfire pistol which is part of the collection of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Berloque Miniature Pistol

Caliber: 2 mm blank
Length: 1 7/16 inches
Action: Spindle


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