This miniature 2mm Pinfire Berloque pistol was made by Franz Pfanni of Austria. This small pistol fires pinfire “caps” that make a noise but do not fire a projectile. It was given to the donor, Don Gahagan, when he was one year old as a novelty memento of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Franz Pfanni started making Berloque or “watch fob” pistols in 1897. A similar pistol is described in Bob Urso’s book on 2mm pistols, Tiny Guns, and there is a photo of a similar model on the cover (shown in final photo below).

Exhibit added: November 16, 2013 - Last modified: June 1, 2023

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