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From the Floor: Miniature Arms Society

Miniature Arms Society BannerI ran into some folks from the Miniature Arms Society at their booth in Phoenix, on the show floor, and again in Charlotte. I meant to blog about this last year, but just never got around to it. They say they will be in Pittsburgh, and if they are, I highly encourage stopping by. Hell, coming to Pittsburgh just to see their craftwork is worth the trip, I think. The scale version of the guns in their booth is, quite simply, amazing.

Lever Action Gun, Scaled Down

These folks basically produce scale versions of firearms. The are so well done, I had to start using something for reference, because just looking at pictures, you can’t tell they are scale. Here’s one of a lever action gun, that was probably only about a foot long.

At the booth in Phoenix I talked to a gentleman by the name of David Kucer, who David Kucer, Craftsman of Miniature Firearms and Veteran of World War IImade a number of the guns in their display case. He is a veteran of World War II, and the first miniature gun he made was a replica of the M1911, a version of which he carried in the service. He was kind enough to retrieve this very gun, which was not in their display case, and show it to Dan and me. In order to give a good idea of just how amazingly small this completely functional 1911 is, I had to take the picture in hand to scale.

Scale M1911 Made by David Kucer of Miniature Arms Society Slide Works on Miniature M1911

Bar Hammer Pepperbox by David KucerIt’s just completely amazing to me that the miniature 1911 has all functioning parts, including a functioning slide. Mr. Kucer also made this pepper box pistol, and I’m guessing they make all the cases for these items as well. The amount of craftsmanship and skill that has to go into making one of these, not even mentioning the time, is just fascinating to me. I have a step stool I built in wood shop in high school, but other than that, I don’t really have any creations like this to my name. Certainly not works of art like these. Their booth is literally filled with tiny little creations, including a brass knuckle, pistol combination, a Webley break top revolver about the size of an iPhone, miniature pen knives. You name it.
Various Items from Miniature Arms Society's Booth at NRA Annual MeetingIn their booth you could also find a lot of other various items, from scale artillery and mortar pieces, to scaled down rounds of ammunition. You can see some of those items in the picture to your left. How about the Weston 3mm Centerfire? Or the the cartridges meant to fire in the 1/6th scale Gatling Gun? One mike-mike percussion caps? All pretty neat stuff. If you can get out to Pittsburgh next year, they said they will be there. Stop by. You can tell these guys are very proud of what they do, and they ought to be. They’ll be happy to show you their craftsman and artisanship. And how would all you 1911 lovers out there like to hang this on your wall?

.45 Colt Miniature Part Breakdown

.45 Colt Miniature Part Breakdown

7 Responses to “From the Floor: Miniature Arms Society”

  1. Old NFO says:

    I’ve seen them at Tulsa also, and the level of detail and attention to detail ARE fantastic! You’re right too, they are justifiably proud of what they’ve done. Well worth the time to see it too!

  2. One of the women says:

    Interesting. Would any of the guns actually fire those miniature bullets?

  3. Sebastian says:

    I was told yes.

  4. Dixie says:

    I was told yes.

    Brady Bunch begin PSH campaign against these “ultra concealable guns” in 3.. 2… 1…

  5. Gareth A says:

    Amazing. I’ve seen a few damn good 1/6 scale replicas before, but nothing like these miniatures.

    The 1911 breakdown is amazing. That must take one hell of a steady hand to make at that size.

  6. When I bought a Sherline lathe and vertical mill, which are rather like miniature versions of big machine tools, I was surprised to find that much of the use of these is to make miniature versions of many common items.

  7. Jeanette K. says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen guns so cute before :) and tiny bullets… wow.

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