Watch: “Le Petit Protector” Ring Gun
Russ Chastain 05.17.17
It’s a 5-shot 5mm pinfire gun that can be worn on a finger, but it’s not actually old.
Ian tells us that although the pinfire era was long obsolete by the time these guns were made, they were made in the late 20th century “specifically to evoke that feeling of mid-1800s France.”
Although you can’t really cock it, index it, etc, without putting your hand in harm’s way, the ammo is quite low-powered. Per Ian:
This is simultaneously incredibly dangerous and not dangerous at all.
To load this tiny gun, you have to actually unscrew the cylinder pin so you can entirely remove the cylinder. It’s more of a curio than a real, useful firearm, but it’s still cool. I especially like how the central steel ring is actually the hammer spring.
This one sold at auction for $3737.50, which has go to be one heck of a lot more than it cost when it was new.