Better than a pack rifle?

Unless you live in somewhere like Australia there is a greater choice of ultralight and miniature firearms for hunting/hiking/self-defence & etc. I would like to have acquired a (repeating) Pack Rifle in .22 magnum such as the Packable Rifle, but though it would be legal in Victoria the cost of an individual importation was too high for me, so I received this Ultralight Hiker’s Xmas one instead – which I am quite happy with.

The magnum round packs a lot more punch though, so would be good for defence against wild dogs and to secure slightly larger game (than rabbits, possums etc. A follow-up shot would also be reassuring.The Mini Master from North American Arms at 10.8 ounces (308 grams) might be a suitable alternative.

Mini Master

It shaves nearly 200 grams off the pack rifle and has 5 (rapid) shots (in .33 magnum) though it would be less accurate at other than close range .having only a 4 1/2″ barrel. I suspect it would quickly ‘discourage’ a rabid dog or fox or etc though and could be readily carried in a shoulder pocket being only 7.88″ long x 3.69″ high and 1″ wide (200 x 94 x 25 mm).

I rather like the smallest of their range too (which can be carried easily in a hat, sock etc). Their .22 Short weighs only 4 ounces (114 grams)  and is 3.63″ long, 2.38″ high and .88 deep (93 x 60 x 22 mm) holding (obviously) 5 shots in .22 Short. Such tiny firearms are so easily concealed that few people would realise that you were armed at all, but they might be in for a nasty shock should they choose to intend you harm!

.22 Short Pistol

Other (even more) miniature firearms exist, though they are more in a category of toys than useful for hunting. defence etc. Such ‘weapons include the Pinfire a miniature 2mm round.

These exist in key chain, cigarette lighter, watch and even and even Ring Guns!

Here is an example of the Berloque Key-ring chain Kit:

Here is an example of a ring gun. It would certainly give someone a nasty shock, though they are intended more as an interesting (working) souvenir !

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