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The Xythos Derringer Animation Above
is Life Sized

The above picture and animations, the below detailed explanation of Figure 1,
are all Courtesy of Javier Ruiz de Azua


"The Tiniest Guns" book from
Mr. Robert Urso refers to this gun as "probably the smallest shootable pistol ever produced"

Being so small, the Xythos derringer is very well designed and there is no waste room in its interior. Also, the high quality manufacturing of its elements makes the workings of this gun be precise and secure. The materials used in the working mechanism are steel for the springs, pins and fasteners and brass (gold or nickel-plated) for the rest. Two side plates give shape to the body and are connected by the four pins BP, HP, TP and LP. Please see figure 1 for reference. The barrel is tight between the side plates by means of the riveted pin BP. The hammer H rotates around the pin HP, also riveted, and is composed of three pieces joined together by the fastener HF; the two side pieces are equal and the middle one has a protruding of rectangular shape that hits the cap when firing the gun. Also the middle piece has a cavity to allow for the head of a spring stabilizer SS. Element T behaves like a trigger and is pushed by the thumb. It rotates around the pin TP and is composed of three pieces joined together by the fastener TF; the two side pieces are equal and the middle one has a protruding of triangular shape that locks the lower end of the spring HS. This spring stores most of the energy we apply when loading the gun and is subjected to a high compression force; as it is slender it would become unstable if were not for the spring stabilizer; this element can rotate slightly in relation to the hammer. The spring TS, acting against the fixed pin LP, pushes the element T restraining its rotation and, finally, engaging it to the hammer.

To fire this gun we push the element T on its lower ridges; it is important that the direction of the applied force (indicated by the arrow) passes below TP. Firing this gun can be done even without touching the hammer ridges; simply hold the gun by its body and push the element T. However trying to fire it by pushing only the hammer ridges is more difficult and risks of excessive wear on the engaging edges and surfaces.

At this point I ask myself why I have not called "trigger" to element T. I think It should be.

The animation above shows the workings of this nice little gun.

From Derek F. Dredge's, Miniature Firearm Collecting

Vintage Andres & Dworsky Xythos Model 710 Derringer, Gun Gold Cufflinks

It's been fun finding and collecting these "toys". I am selling/auctioning my collection.

I have: Japan, German, Austrian - Burloques; USA, 1930's Dosick & Fisher Firesure (Mother of Pearl Grips, RARE "PAT.PEND.J.M.F.CO"); German "Kobold", "D.R.G.M." (RARE, Under-Hammer, w/ Bakelite Grips), Xythos Six-shot, Xythos Single-shot, 2mm pinfires, in Nickel & Gold Plated, Keychain, &
a JAPAN, 1950's "Little Atom" (Gold-Plated, MOP Grips, MOP Brass Pushrod & Square Pearl "BUTTON"?),
in a
Fitted, Cased Set (Crushed Blue Velvet, Fine Inlaid Wood).
[I will be selling my miniature pistols & cap guns, cap bombs, cap canes, "other", etc. too.]

I use a SONY Mavica (great close-ups!) to picture the items in 640x480 resolution, as I still get compliments on the "accuracy". I still have the original pictures of most I found in auctions though. Maybe you old timers will recognize the "one that got away". Follow my links below, or feel free to ask me for any additional pictures.

I learned much about my items found in (eBay) auctions, estate sales, flea markets and garage sales; from immensely helpful web sites by Derek F. Dredge, Bob Urso, et al; from valuable reference books used for identification. I recommend them and these three books, which I will keep to remember my "treasures".

#1 - "Miniature Arms" by Merrill Lindsay 1979

#2 & #3 - "Editions 1 and 2 of "The Tiniest Guns", Miniature and Berloque Pistols - by Bob Urso
The first edition of "The Tiniest Guns" was put together with the help of many collectors to fill a need for information on 2mm pinfire, rimfire and Berloque pistols. It was only 64 pages."

"The new, revised Second Edition doubled in size to 128 pages, and over 500 images. All of the chapters have been expanded, and there is much new information on the guns of Austria, Austrian Rifles, Austrian Revolvers, Austrian Automatics, France & Belgium Revolvers, Germany, German Revolvers, German Rifles, Japan, Japanese Rifles, Mexico, U.S.A., Unmarked, Customized & One of a Kind, Cases, Ammunition, Patents, Bibliography, Miniature Arms Collectors/Makers Society, Index."

"A17 - Anders & Dworski, OAL 7/8" Nickel or gold plated brass, black checkered grips. This tiny pistol is not a true pinfire, however, because it is probably the smallest shootable pistol ever produced - it fires a white, plastic, percussion like cap - it is sought after by berloque collectors. This model ceased production around 1970."

"The design of the Anders & Dworski is very unusual. The hammer and trigger are one piece, and the back strap of the grips is actually a spring."
"To fire the pistol, the gun is squeezed between the trigger, and the back of the grip. This compresses the grip/spring, releasing the hammer."

From The Tiniest Guns, A catalog for collectors of 2mm pinfire and rimfire miniatures, By Bob Urso, Second Edition With Twice As Much Information. (December 2002.)

Shipping & Handling $5.00 in Priority Mail box. Insurance is extra.

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