Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Miniature Deterrent

I own a few guns, though i am by no means a collector. However, I have long appreciated both the workmanship and the need for weapons to provide personal protection since the police rarely can arrive in time to prevent criminals from attacking. Thus I was fascinated today to see a report of the world's smallest handgun- the Swiss Minigun. According to the report in the United Kingdom's Daily Mail,
This is the world's smallest gun - and although it might look like a harmless toy to some it is anything but as it is capable at firing deadly bullets at a speed of 300mph.
The Swiss Minigun, being marketed as a collector's item, is two inches long, and fires 4.53mm bullets.Costing £3,000 in stainless steel, a gold-plated, diamond-studded version is also available.

The official site for the company contains more information. The Swiss Minigun measures a mere 5.5 centimeters (2.2 inches) long and weighs only 19.8 grams (0.7 ounces). In other words, it is the perfect crime deterrent- for women in particular as it is small and light enough to be easily carried in a handbag. Unfortunately for US gun enthusiasts, the weapon is illegal in the United States as it is too small to qualify as a sporting weapon. Pity- carrying one of those would be reminiscent of the classic scene in the first Men in Black movie where Will Smith's character is issued the Noisy Cricket pistol- which turns out to have a punch far exceeding its size.

In any event, I find the Minigun to be a wonderful weapon- I just wish we could own it here in the United States. Just why does a weapon have to be classsified as a 'sporting weapon'? I don't recall the Second Amendment mentioning anything about the militia being 'sporting'? Just a thought....

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