Usually, miniature weaponry is constructed by fantasy hobbyists that have a fascination with toy-sized replicas and miniature wargames, like Warhammer or Gear Krieg. These handmade bite-sized weapons are just for show, accompanying their mini-armies with no actual functionality. But a different kind of hobbyist is showing us that miniature weapons can not only be small, but completely functional as well.
They usually work with diamonds, gold and silver, but when you combine a love of weapons with the delicate skill of jewelery making, you get dangerous combination. You've probably seen the work of Tsachi Shamir, a professional goldsmith who constructed that tiny medieval crossbow and those adorably lethal cannons. But he's not the only jeweler fascinated with fully functional, pocket-sized weapons. There's Alexander Perfiliev, who focuses on working miniature firearms like shotguns and machine guns.
Aside from having the intricate skills of jewelery making, Perfiliev is also a historian who's been hooked on replica firearms since he eyed some at an art exhibition in Tula, Russia. Since then, he's constructed 50 models in the last 40 years, with each working model taking anywhere from 7 to 12 months to complete. In the 1970, he constructed his first model, a miniature replica of a Mauser rifle. Since he didn't have any power drills back then, he was forced to drill longitudinal holes as tiny as 2mm in 3mm diameter steel rods using a primitive hand brace back. Now that's dedication.
Tiny Mauser C96
Most of his models are made of steel and wood and can be seen in person in an art salon in Zabaikal, Russia. Since most of you probably don't live in Russia, check out a few of his highly detailed models below, all of which can shoot bullets (if he were to make tiny cartridges), just as their full-sized counterparts.
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