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Miniature pistol – the best gift for a man!

 Do not know how to please your boss or a business partner at his birthday? The best gift, from which no one of men will ever refuse, always is a weapon. But in many countries it can not be bought legally. Sports guns or traumatic pistols look too simple. The models offered in souvenir shops are beautiful, but this is only an appearance: inside these firearms are empty, and you can’t get rid of the feeling that you were deceived... So what is the best option?

Choose a miniature pistol! Perhaps you did not know that such little copies, made on a reduced scale, completely retain all the qualities of the originals. Not only they look like real guns, but also can shoot live cartridges with tiny bullets. Because of the complexity of firearms mechanism, they are valued the higher, the smaller their size is. For example, the tiny "Derringer" presented in the photo is not just a gun, but a real work of art. Jewelers and mechanics worked on it simultaneously. The smallest pistol in the world weighs only two grams, but shoots hardened steel bullets that can strike even a metal target.

As a rule, the value of miniatures is estimated according to such characteristics: the scale, the manufacturing method and quality. The accuracy of proportions and the closeness to the original’s design also matters (although in very tiny pistols it is often simplified, since it is physically impossible to repeat all details precisely). These items are rare enough, so it’s a kind of exclusive. The best miniature pistols are made manually by private craftsmen. Serial production is extremely difficult and, as a rule, samples that come off the machine are not so highly valued. Materials must also be as authentic as possible - as a rule, miniaturists try to use the same steel, bone and wood that is used in the prototypes of their products. As a result, they create very beautiful and impressive things, many of which are shown in museums and at world-famous exhibitions. Their cost is often calculated in thousands of dollars - depending on the quality of work and the name of the master. For example, the Canadian craftsman David Kucher, who dedicated 60 years to miniatures, sells his products for no less than five thousand dollars. The French gunsmith Michel Lefaivre does not even put his creations on sale: making one exemplar takes more than a year. For him, they just don’t have a price.

However, there are more affordable options available in our country. Well-to-do people, who know a lot about the subject, sometimes collect large arsenals of such pistols, revolvers and guns. Perhaps, after reading this article you will also start your own journey to the enchanting world of beauty and romance, which amateurs of miniature weapons create in their homes. Learn more about miniature pistols here:

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