The Internet Craftsmanship Museum Presents:

The Miniature Arms Society—Various Makers

Added to museum: 1/30/13

Excellence in miniature arms built for the discerning collector

Typical of the very high quality demanded by high-end collectors, this miniature Berretta by David Kucer duplicates every function of the original full-size version at 1/3 scale. It includes a fitted wooden presentation box. A US Dime is typically used in these photos to illustrate relative size. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)

Introduction

Two of the winners of the foundation's Metalworking Craftsman of the Year award, Michel Lefaivre and David Kucer have made a specialty of producing weapons in miniature. While Michel Lefaivre builds for his own pleasure and does not sell what he makes, David Kucer has made a lifelong occupation of making and selling miniature guns to collectors around the world, illustrating two different approaches to the avocation. In addition, gun engraver Roger Ronnie has also built several scale model weapons, while his occupation is to engrave the full size versions. Represented on this page are some additional makers of miniature arms who have achieved worldwide acclaim. These examples were loaned for display by the Miniature Arms Society to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA in January, 2013 for a year-long display so the public can get a first-hand look at the work of these master craftsmen. If you visit the San Diego/Orange County area, you can see them in person during the display period. Once they are returned, we will leave this page in place as a way for others to enjoy and learn about them.

About the Miniature Arms Society

Founded in 1973, the Miniature Arms Society is a group of miniature arms enthusiasts who have joined together to promote and encourage interest in making and collecting all kinds of miniature arms including pistols, rifles, cannon, suits of armor, knives, swords, etc. Emphasis is on artistic beauty and craftsmanship. Due to the rarity of most of the pieces, the investment value is also a factor, as items of fine craftsmanship made in limited numbers have historically increased in value at a rate that outpaces inflation. Their web site can be found at www.miniaturearms.com where they offer membership information and a gallery of photos of some of the fine pieces available.

Collecting miniature arms is a fascinating hobby, partly because the pieces combine beauty with fine craftsmanship and are a joy to possess. The fun of "the chase" also appeals to the collector of a valuable item made in limited quantities. There are several makers worldwide who have achieved top reputations among collectors. Their work is in high demand. In addition, there are many other craftsmen out there who may build only one or two fine pieces for their own enjoyment, but these pieces may eventually find their way into the market. Some collectors own upwards of 150 miniatures, while the typical collection probably numbers about 15. Of course, one of the values of working in miniature as well as collecting miniatures is the small amount of space taken up to work on and display them compared to the full-size counterpart.

The rate of production or fabrication of miniature arms has hardly changed since the 16th century when master makers were few. Today there are still relatively few master miniature arms makers throughout the world. There are, however, several hundred craftsmen and hobbyists who make a few miniature arms now and then for their own collections or to make a few extra dollars. These are the ones the collector sometimes finds by his own efforts or by a network of friends who locate the makers for them.

The origin of the word "Masterpiece"

The term "masterpiece" derives from the world of the traditional craftsmen. In early times, a master gun maker would employ an apprentice who he was teaching the trade. The apprentice would do much of the more laborious work while learning the fine points from the master. Generally, the apprentice worked for free or low wages during his apprenticeship. His goal was to eventually become a master himself. When he felt he was sufficiently skilled to take the title of "master," his master would test him by having him build a miniature gun. He had to make every part and master each aspect of the production process, with the additional challenge of making it at a small size. When he presented his "masterpiece" to the master for inspection it had to be perfect. If it was up to the master's standards, the apprentice was then allowed to call himself a "master" and go into business for himself, finding his own apprentice to whom he would pass on the secrets of the trade. (One can imagine that the test must have been very critically judged, for if the apprentice passed, the master would be both looking for a new apprentice and losing a highly skilled, low paid employee. He would also now find himself competing with his former apprentice unless he was old enough to retire.)

This Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle in 1/2 scale by Mike Barrett features engraving by Roger Samson, Checkering by Jim Corpe and bluing and case hardening by Doug Turnbull. It was awarded a silver medal at the 2008 NRA show in Louisville. It is about 21" long. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)

What's the difference between a "model" and a "miniature?"

A model is a replica that looks like the original item at either full size or more often a reduced size. It is not a requirement that it duplicate the functionality of the original. A miniature, on the other hand, does represent every feature and function of the original, generally using the actual materials and processes used to make the original, but at a reduced size. For this reason, miniatures are much more difficult to fabricate and are correspondingly more valuable than mere models.

Miniature arms of the highest quality do duplicate all the functions, materials and finishes of the originals they represent. It is often asked if they actually fire small bullets. In most cases, particularly with smaller scales the answer is "no" for two reasons: 1) Functional bullets are not produced in scale sizes and 2) The corrosion caused by burnt  powder would eventually destroy the value of the weapon unless properly cleaned—a task that would require a very skilled person to disassemble, clean and reassemble such a delicate piece. Dummy rounds are often provided, however, so that functions of the gun can be demonstrated. That being said, some makers specialize in making weapons that do fire small, specially made "pinfire" rounds that make a satisfying "bang" and cloud of smoke much like a fancy cap gun.

Popular scales for miniatures

A large portion of the miniatures displayed in the photos below are built to 1/3 scale. This is a size that is considered small enough to be a "miniature" while still large enough to be able to duplicate functions in even a fairly complicated weapon. Some craftsmen also built in 2/5 scale. Models at 1/2 size have been built, but they are large enough that some question whether they can actually be considered miniatures. A 1/2 scale Gatling gun, a popular model for home shop builders, for example, can fire .22 long rifle rounds at the same rate as the original that fired .45-70 caliber rounds. It would usually be considered a functional scale model rather than a miniature for collecting purposes.

View photos of the work of various miniature arms makers:

(Click on any photo to veiw a larger image.)

2013.3.83

"Brown Bess"

Maker: Robin Armstrong, Dereham, Norfold, England

1/3 scale, steel lock "in the white" etched wil all appropriate markings, gold plated brass trigger guard, butt plate and end cap, steel ramrod and bayonet, walnut stock, leather covered fitted case

Length: 19-1/4"

2013.3.84

Harper's Ferry .56 Cal. Model 1805

Maker: Robin Armstrong

1/3 scale, steel lock etched with all proper markings, steel barrel, walnut stock, brass trigger guard and butt cap, leather covered case

Length: 5-3/8"

2013.3.85

U.S. Martial Flintlock .54 Cal. Model 1819 pistol

Maker: Robin Armstrong

1/3 scale, steel barrel "in the white," stell lock etched with proper markings, pan lightly gold plated, walnut stock, iron swivel ramrod, leather covered case

Length: 5-1/4"

2013.3.35

Beretta 6.5 Automatic

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, matt finish aircraft aluminum frame, hard rubber checkered brips w/ Beretta mongram, extra magazine, rosewood box

Length: 2-13/16"

2013.3.81

Kentucky Long Rifle

Maker: Stan Blashak

1/3 scale, browned lock, barrel and trigger, german silver trigger guard, German silver butt cap and end cap, inlaid German silver engraved spring loaded patchbox, carved "superb" tiger stripe maple stock, German silver furniture and engraved inlays, walnut case with ivory handle patchknife

Length: 21"

2013.3.82

Winchester Model 1886 .30 Cal. Lever Action Rifle

Maker: Mike Barrett, Forest Lake, MN

1/2 scale, blued finish, color case hardened lever, hammr butt plate and end cap, blued trigger and adjustable folding target rear sight, burl walnut stock and forearm, engraving, gold and platinum inlays by Roger Sampson, 40-line/inch checkering by Jim Corp, bluing and color case hardening by Doug Turnbull

Length: 21"

2013.3.47

Borchard 7.65mm Semi-Automatic Pistol with Wooden Stock

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #3, Checkered hard rubber grips, fully functional w/ all accessories, detachable shoulder stock, extra magazine, oak box

Length 4-5/8"

2013.3.48

Mauser 7.6mm "Broom Handle" Automatic Pistol

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, "In the white" with walnut hinged top shoulder stock/holster, grooved walnut "broom handle" Grips, walnut case

Length: 4-1/2"

2013.3.58

.38 Cal. Sidehammer Percussion Pistol

Maker: Ron DeWalt

Engraved steel lock "in the white," tiger strip maple stock, nickel silver furniture, ivory tipped ram rod, nickel silver cleaning rod w/ brass hex knob, walnut case

2013.3.59

.44 Cal. Flintlock Pistol Set

Maker: Ron DeWalt

1/2 scale, steel lock "in the white," 8" brass barrel, half octagon/half round, walnut stock, nickel silver blade front sight and furniture, ivory end cap and ramrod tip, ivory and wire inlay, engraved, decorated bone and walnut powder horn, walnut case

Length 6-7/8"

2013.3.73

Luger 9mm "Parabellum" Automatic Pistol

Maker: Miniart/Russian Artisans

1/2 scale, Serial #44, blued finish, checkered walnut grips, Oak case w/ oak cartridge block. Includes manual

2013.3.74

Smith & Wesson .44 Cal. Model 3 Russian, Second Model

Maker: Miniart/Russian Artisans

1/2 scale, blued finish, 6-shot fluted cylinder, spurred trigger guard, gold plated hammer and trigger, walnut grips of rounded butt profile, 6 dummy brass cartridges in walnut holder, walnut case with S&W medallion inlaid into cover

Length: 6-3/16"

2013.3.75

Winchester Model 1894 .30 Cal Saddle Ring Carbine

Maker: Miniart/Russian Artisans

1/3 scale, 20" round barrel, blued finish, heat blued lever, hammer and trigger, adjustable rear sight, blued steel butt plate, burl walnut stock

Length: 12-1/2"

2013.3.40

Ruger .256 Magnum "Hawkeye" single-shot Pistol

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #9, blued finish, walnut grips w/ inlaid Ruger medallion, miniature Ruger reproduction box with miniature manual, Walnut case w/ enbroidered Ruger patch inside and Ruger decal on cover.

Length: 4-11/16"

2013.3.41

Colt .25 Cal. Automatic

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #2, blued frame, black, hard rubber grips checkered with Colt name and rampant colt, silver case.

Length: 2-1/4"

2013.3.87

CETME Rifle

Maker: Spanish Government Arsenal (approx. 70 made)

1/4 scale, winner of NRA silver medal # 72 at the National rifle Association Annual Meetings on May 16, 2010.

This is a fully functional 1/4 scale miniature of the CETME rifle made at the Spanish government arsenal in Spain. The CETME rifle was developed by the Spanish arsenal to be their front line battle rifle. It was in .308 caliber. H & K later developed the select fire HK G3 and the semi-automatic HK-91 from this rifle. The miniature is 100% fully functional and comes complete in a wood case that includes 17 rounds of machined brass dummy ammunition. You can load the magazine and it will feed, chamber, extract, and eject. This is a select fire weapon and the selector and safety both work.

2013.3.61

Winchester .22 Cal. Single Shot "Thumb Trigger" Rifle

Maker: Ron DeWalt

1/4 scale, blued finish, laminated walnut stock, fires 2mm rimfire cartridge, water buffalo butt cap, water buffalo handled cleaning rod, walnut case

Length: 8-5/16"

2013.3.62

Winchester .22 Cal. Model 67 Bolt Action, Single Shot Rifle

Maker: Ron DeWalt

1/4 scale, blued finish, walnut stock, water buffalo butt plate, walnut case

Length: 10-1/4"

2013.3.34

Colt 1911 .45 Cal. Automatic

Maker: David Kucer, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1/3 scale, Blued finish, Ivory grips w/ carved eagle, Leather holster stamped with US logo, rosewood box

2013.3.36

Colt "Lightning" .38 Cal. Revolver

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #13, blued finish, checkered rubber grips, leather covered case

Length: 3"

2013.3.37

Colt .36 Cal. New Police 1862 5-shot Revolver

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #2, blued barrel, cylinder and hammer, color case hardened frame, brass trigger guard and backstrap, bead front sight, blued 2-cavity bullet mold, blued nipple wrench, copper round cap container, walnut box

Length 3-1/2"

2013.3.38

Remington .36 Cal. Navy 6-shot Revolver

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, octogon barrel, brass trigger guard, rosewood grips, copper powder measure, 2-cavity bullet mold, blued nipple wrench, brass round cap container, ebony trimmed walnut box

Length 4-3/8"

2013.3.39

Smith & Wesson .32 Cal. #2 Army 6-shot Revolver

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #5, blued finish, walnut grips, replica cartridge box, S

&W cleaning rod, birdseye maple case

Length: 3-5/8"

2013.3.51

Brown Mfg. Co. .41 Cal. Southerner

Maker: Ron DeWalt, Rockwood, MI

1/3 scale, blued barrel, brass frame, ivory grips, ivory knob cleaning rod, cherry case

Length: 2-3/8"

2013.3.52

2mm Rimfire Inline Pistol

Maker: Ron DeWalt

1/5 scale, steel barrel "in the white," brass frame, ivory grips, ivory cleaning rod, cherry case

Length: 1-1/2"

2013.3.53

2mm Rimfire Spur Trigger Inline Pistol

Maker: Ron DeWalt

Barrel "in the white," blued trigger, brass frame, ivory grips, ivory cartridge holder w/ 5 rimfire blank cartridges, ivory knob cleaning rod, cherry case

Length: 1.8"

2013.3.54

2mm Rimfire Inline Pistol with Shoulder Stock

Maker: Ron DeWalt

Steel barrel "in the white," bras frame ivory grips, ivory knob cleaning rod, ivory stock, cherry case

2013.3.55

4mm Rimfire Inline Pistol

Maker: Ron DeWalt

blued steel barrel, brass frame, rosewood grips, brass knob cleaning tool, cherry box

2013.3.56

4mm Inline Pistol with Fluted Barrel

Maker: Ron Dewalt

Blued barrel, blued on top, rounded on bottom. Blued trigger, brass frame, rosewood grips, rosewood knob on brass cleaning rod, cherry case

Length: 3-5/8"

2013.3.57

French Underhammer Percussion Pistol

Maker: Ron DeWalt

1/3 scale, ring trigger "in the white," blud barrel and nipple, combination hammer/mainspring :"in the white," walnut case

Length: 3-1/4"

2013.3.42

Queen Anne Boxlock Percussion Pistol

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, side-by-side turnoff barrels, barrels, frame hammer and trigger "in the white", brass grip and trigger guard, bullet mold and barrel wrench "in the white", copper bag shaped powder measure, round brass cap container, brass knob cleaning rod, tulipwood case

Length: 2-1/16"

2013.3.43

6.4mm French Pinfire Fist Pistol 6-shot Revolver

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, brass frame, blued cylinder hammer and trigger, ebony grips, ebony/ wood display case with oval silver Kucer crest on top.

Length: 1-3/4"

2013.3.44

6mm French Pinfire 6-shot Revolver

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, 3" barrel "In the white" with blued cylinder, hammer and trigger, mother of pearl grips, silver case

Length: 2-1/4"

2013.3.45

French Pinfire Cutlass Knife Pistol

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #15, 6-shot revolver, 4" barrel "in the white" with blued cylinder, hammer and trigger, ivory grips, silver w/ ebony case

Length: 4-1/8"

2013.3.49

Smith & Wesson Handcuffs with Key

Maker: David Kucer

1/3 scale, steel "in the white", fully functioning with locking key, round maple container

2013.3.50

Frank Wesson .32 Cal. Twist Barrel Derringer

Maker: Zavie Kucer

1/3 scale, Serial #6, blued steel barrel, bold plated brass frame, concealed, sliding 1/1/2" long dirk between barrels, cocobolo grips, cocobolo case

Length: 1-7/8"

2013.3.88

Russian 7.62 x 54mm snow Maxim Medium Machine Gun

Maker: Miniart/Russian artisans, 1994.

1/4 scale with white paint finish, blue steel, and bright in the white steel. 100% fully functional and it will feed, chamber, extract, & eject the included solid steel dummy cartridges. The top of each grip handle unscrews to reveal a cleaning brush. The rear sight has the graduated distance markings. The top cover marked with a 5 point Russian star, 1994, and 0006 which is the serial number. There were a total of 14 of these Maxims made of which 7 were the white snow Maxims. The others were olive drab green. The snow Maxims have a large lid on top of the water jacket secured with a bail type latch. This was so that snow or ice could be put into the cooling jacket when temperatures were below freezing. Almost mint perfect condition with just a couple of tiny handling mark chips in the white paint. The blue steel absolutely mint. Complete with a green canvas ammo belt with brass tabs and rivets, and eight dummy cartridges. One of the finest miniature firearms to ever come out of Russia.

Length: 15-1/4", Barrel: 7-3/8", Wheels: 2-15/16" dia. with wooden spokes

2013.3.90

Emerson .22 Pistol Set

Maker: Bob McGinnis, Cross Plains, WI

Designer, Emerson Farrell, Eagle River, WI

Full scale and 1/3 scale, includes cleaning rods for each scale and cleaning patches in fitted wooden box

2013.3.70

Colt Patterson .36 Cal. Pistol Set

Maker: Larry Smith

1/3 scale, Serial #235 and 236, nickel plated brass frame, blued barrel, cylinder and trigger, hammer "in the white" with walnut grips, round brass powder measure, blued bullet mold with walnut grips, walnut knob cleaning rod, brass cap container, walnut case, 1836 Colt Patterson Plaque on box cover.

2013.3.72

2mm Pinfire Pepperbox Pistol Set

Maker: Larry Smith

1/3 scale, brass p lated steel frame and cylinder, blued trigger, ivory grips, 2 round brass Eley Brother cap containers, walnut knob cleaning tool, walnut case

2013.3.76

Colt "Fifth Ace" #3 Derringer

Maker: Herschel Kopp

1/3 scale, 2mm rimfire, includes 2 unfired and one fired cartridge, nickel finish, ebony grips, walnut case with four aces

Length: 1-11/16"

2013.3.77

Colt 1922 .45 Cal. Automatic Pistol (Silver)

Maker: Herschel Kopp

1/4 scale, cast silver case engraved by Tom Hicks

2013.3.78

Colt 1922 .45 Cal. Automatic Pistol (Gold)

Maker: Alex Baez and Herschel Kopp

1/4 scale, cast silver case engraved by Tom Hicks

2013.3.80

Pair, Colt .41 Cal. #1 Derringers

Maker: Ray Hutchens

1/2 scale, blued barrels, curved all metal engraved frame, macassar ebony box

Length: 2-11/16"

2013.3.64

Remington-Elliot .41 Cal. Derringer

Maker: Tom Weston/Mexican Artisans

1/2 scale, chambered for 4mm rimfire cartridge, six 4mm cartridges in case, blued steel frame, hammer and trigger, ivory grips, mahogany box

Length: 2-9/16"

2013.3.65

Sharps .22 Cal. 4-barrel Derringer

Maker: Tom Weston/Mexican Artisans

1/2 scale, chambered fro 2mm rimfire cartridge, 4-barrel blued steel sliding barrel, brass frame, blued hammer and trigger, metal brass knob cartridge box, ivory knob cleaning rod, ivory grips, mahogany box

Length: 2-3/4"

2013.3.66

Colt #3 Derringer

Maker: Tom Weston/Mexican Artisans

1/2 scale, chambered for 4mm rimfire cartridge, blued barrel, hammer and trigger, nickel plated brass frame, ivory knob cleaning rod, ivory grips, Mahogany case, 5 rimfire cartridges

Length: 2-3/4"

2013.3.67

Remington Rolling Block Pistol

Maker: Tom Weston/Mexican Artisans

1/5 scale, chambered for 2mm rimfire cartridge, blued steel, ivory grips, ivory forend, name and patent dates engraved, walnut box

Length: 2-5/8"

2013.3.68

Frank Wesson .32 Cal. Twist Barrel Pistol

AKA: "Watch Fob Pistol

Maker: Larry Smith, Parrish, FL

1/3 scale, Serial #49, blued barrels, brass frame, mother of pearl grips, brass knob cleaning rod, walnut case

Length: 2-1/2"

2013.3.69

Remington .22 Cal. Vest Pocket Pistol

Maker: Larry Smith

Chambered fro 2mm pinfire blanks, blued frame, barrel and trigger, Hammer "in the white," ivory grips, brass knob cleaning rod, wooden box.

2013.3.71

Manhattan Firearms Co. "HERO" .34 Cal. Percussion Pistol

Maker: Larry Smith

1/2 scale, round, blued barrel, brass frame, ivory grips, brass knob cleaning rod, walnut case. Eley Brother cap container tin.

Length 2-1/2"

2013.3.60

Stevens Gem Pocket Pistol

Maker: Ron DeWalt

1/2 scale, blued barrel (swings to side to eject and load), chambered for 4mm cartridge, brass frame, rosewood grips

2013.3.63

Rupertus .22 Cal. Pepperbox, Circa 1864

Maker: Charlie Williams, Beltsville, MD

1/3 scale, 8-shot tapered barrel, fire blued barrel, hammer and trigger, spur trigger, brass frame, walnut grips

Length: 2-7/8"

2013.3.79

Colt #3 .41 Cal. Derringer

Maker: Ray Hutchens, Indianapolis, IN

1/3 scale, blued finish, ivory grips, barrel swings to side for loading, macassar ebony case

Length 2-1/2"

2013.3.86

Remington Vest Pocket Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, Serial #1, ivory grips and front sight, wooden insert in small cardboard box

2013.3.18

.22 Cal. Smith & Wesson Model #1, First Issue

Maker: Dan Osterman, Junction City, OR

1/2 scale, Nickel plated cast nickel silver frame, blued barrel, blued 7-shot smooth cylinder, walnut grips

Length 3-1/2"

2013.3.19

.41 Cal. Remington Double Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, Cast nickel silver frame and barrel, steel hammer and trigger "in the white", Cast black resin checkered grips

Length: 2-3/8"

2013.3.20

.41 Cal. Colt Third Model Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, Cast nickel silver frame, blued steel barrel, steel hammer and trigger "in the white," Cast brown resin grips

Length: 2-7/16"

2013.3.21

.41 Cal. Remington-Elliot Single Shot Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, Cast nickel silver frame, cast engraving, blued steel barrel, blued hammer and trigger, cast brown resin grip

Length: 2-3/8"

2013.3.22

.41 Cal. Remington-Elliot Single Shot Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, Cast nickel silver frame, fire blued steel barrel, blued hammer and trigger, cast brown resin grip, hand engraved by Dan Osterman

Length: 2-3/8"

2013.3.23

 

.41 Cal. Colt First Model Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, Cast nickel silver frame and barrel, cast engraving, blued steel hammer and trigger, blued knurled round barrel release button

Length: 2-3/8"

2013.3.24

.41 Cal. Colt Second Model Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, cast nickel silver frame and barrel, cast engraving, blued hammer and trigger, cast brown resin checkered grips

Length: 2-9/16"

2013.3.25

.41 Cal. Colt Second Model Derringer

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 scale, cast nickel silver frame and barrel (Gold plated), cast engraving, blued hammer and trigger, cast brown resin checkered grips

Length: 2-9/16"

2013.3.26

.22 Cal. Remington Vest Pocket Pistol

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/2 Scale, Cast nickel silver frame and barrel, steel hammer and trigger, cast engraving, Ivory grips

Length: 2"

2013.3.1

Colt Open Top Revolver

Maker: Bob Urso,Bellingham, WA

2mm pinfire with ivory grips, nickel plated steel hammer, trigger, 5-shot cylinder and cast brass frame.

Length: 1-7/8"

2013.3.2

Pinfire Rifle

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm pinfire with nickel plated cast brass stock. Engraving cast into stock

Length: 3-5/8"

2013.3.3

.25 Cal. Colt Automatic

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm pinfire with mother of pearl grips, Nickel plated cast brass frame and slide

Length: 1-1/2"

2013.3.1

High Standard

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated steel frame, barrel, hammer and trigger

Length: 1-5/8"

2013.3.5

Twist Barrel

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated steel w/ hardened slide, hammer and tirgger, Ivory grips

Length: 1-5/8"

2013.3.6

Stevens Tip-Up

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated cast brass frame, hammer and trigger, steel barrel, ebony grips, Stevens original side-button barrel release

Length: 2-7/8"

2013.3.7

Elgin Cutlass Knife Pistol

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated steel frame, blade, hammer and ring trigger, cast brass, engraved grips

Length: 2-5/8"

2013.3.8

Wahl's Patent Knuckleduster

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated cast brass frame, hammer and trigger, barrel and side plate, Engraved "WAHL'S PATENT" on side plate

Length 1-7/16"

2013.3.9

French Delvinge Derringer

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated cast brass, Ironwood grips

Length: 1-7/8"

2013.3.10

Kolibri Model 3

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Rimfire, Nickel plated w/ hardened hammer and trigger, Scroll engrave cast brass grips

Length: 1-7/16"

2013.3.11

Banner Blank Pistol

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Solid cast brass frame and barrel, blued steel "swing-over" breech cap, "Banner" name cast into left side of grip, "Urso" cast into right side of grip

Length: 1-3/4"

2013.3.12

Beretta Model 1934

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated steel, Cast hard rubber grips w/ Pietro Beretta logo

Length: 1-7/16"

2013.3.13

Hopkins & Allen "XPERT" Derringer

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated steel, Rosewood grips

Length: 1-3/8"

2013.3.14

5-Shot Pepperbox

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Cast brass frame, bar hammer and ring trigger, Steel plum-brown barrel, Ironwood Grips

Length: 1-3/4"

2013.3.15

German Luger

Maker: Bob Urso

2mm Pinfire, Nickel plated steel, hardened trigger and hammer, hand engraved gold-plated grips

Length: 1-15/16"

2013.3.16

Bob Urso 4mm Magnum Twist Barrel

Maker: Bob Urso

Nickel plated barrel, brass frame, hammer and trigger, Hand engraved scrolls, Walnut grips

Length: 2-1/2"

2013.3.17

Henry Derringer Percussion Pistol

Maker: Bob Urso

1/3 scale, engraved steel lock, brass trigger guard, browned barrel w/ silver wire inlay, browned hammer and trigger, carved walnut stock w/ silver inlays

Length: 1-1/2"

2013.3.27

"Michael Price" California Style Bowie Knife

Maker: Jim Sornberger, Volcano, CA

2013.3.28

Mokume-Gane Folder

Maker: Jim Sornberger

1-5/8" blade, engraved script

Length: 4" long (open)

2013.3.29

Coffin Hilt Bowie

Maker: Dan Osterman

1/3 scale, 9" spear point blade w/ sharpened false edge

Circa 1835, German silver guard, wrapped pommel with rosewood scales, nickel silver escutcheon plate, Scabbard is red leather veneer w/ nickel silver throat, file work on tip, walnut French fitted green felt lined case

2013.3.30

Custom Dagger

Designer/Maker: Jerry Missimer, Reading, PA

1/2 scale, German silver hilt and pommel, Jim Ferguson Damascus steel, Spiral ivory grip w/ twisted German silver insert

2013.3.31

Bowie Knife

Maker: Jerry Missimer

1/2 scale, Brass pommel and hilt, water buffalo handle w/ brass spacers, deerhide inlaid leather sheath

Blade length: 4-1/2", Overall length: 7-1/8"

2013.3.32

Miniature Remington "Mini Bullet" Lockback Folder

Maker: Jerry Missimer

Bone grips with silver inlaid bullet, 1-5/16" Damascus blade

Length (open): 3-1/16"

2013.3.33

Miniature Drop Point Hunter

Maker: Terry Knipshield, Rochester, MN

1/3 scale, tiger striped maple scales,

Blade: 1-3/8", Overall Length: 3"

2013.3.89

Brass Canon—A beginner's project

Maker: Bob Shutt, Mansfield, OH

Length: 1.45"

To open a free set of dimensioned plans to make this little cannon yourself, CLICK HERE.

   2013.3.91

Thompson Submachine Gun

Maker: Miniart (Russian Artisans), S/N 0023

1/4 scale, fully functional mechanism, 30-round "stick" magazine.

Though 1/4 scale is quite a bit smaller than the more typical 1/3 scale of miniature arms, this machine gun still features a full working mechanism with safetys and a removeable clip with spring-loaded slide to hold tiny dummy rounds.

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