The Kolibri Pistol is the smallest centrefire semi-automatic in the world. Invented by Austro-Hungarian watchmaker Franz Pfannl, it was produced from 1913 to the mid-1920s in both single-shot and magazine-fed variants. Since technology of the time could not drill rifling into such a small barrel, it is a smoothbore. About 1,000 were made, with the gun primarily selling as a novelty.
The Kolibri's 2.7mm round is the smallest centrefire cartridge ever commercially produced, with the 3 foot-pound muzzle energy around half the UK limit for an air pistol to be purchased without requiring a firearm certificate. This is somewhat ironic given that as a cartridge-firing pistol, the Kolibri is now banned in Great Britain. The combination of pathetic muzzle energy and the smoothbore barrel rendered the Kolibri extremely inaccurate and practically useless as a weapon. Reloading the magazine generally required the use of tweezers.
It is not the world's smallest working gun: even more ridiculously tiny "weapons" exist, such as 2mm pinfire pistols (most of which can be stored inside a matchbox) and the 2.34mm rimfire SwissMiniGun Miniature Revolver C1ST (the latter having 0.71 foot-pounds of muzzle energy, less than the 1 foot-pound required for a bullet to actually inflict a penetrating injury). Most such firearms are impossible to import into the US due to the minimum dimension requirements of ATF Form 4590.
(1913 - 1920s)
- Type: Pistol
- Caliber: 2.7x9mm Kolibri
- Weight: 0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)
- Length: 2.8 in (7 cm)
- Barrel length: 1.4 in (3.5 cm)
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Fire Modes: Semi-automatic only
The Kolibri Pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|The Doll With Millions (Kukla s millionami)||Igor Ilyinsky||Pierre Cuisinai||1928|
|Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades||"Kolibri9001"||10x Scale of normal Kolibri||2016|