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The Xythos Derringer Animation Above
is Life Sized
above picture and animations, the below detailed
explanation of Figure 1,
are all Courtesy of Javier Ruiz de Azua
THE XYTHOS DERRINGER WORKINGS.
"The Tiniest Guns" book from Mr. Robert Urso refers to this gun as
"probably the smallest shootable pistol ever
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
At this point I ask myself why I have not called
"trigger" to element T. I think It
The animation above
shows the workings of this nice little gun.
From Derek F. Dredge's, Miniature Firearm Collecting
It's been fun finding and
collecting these "toys".
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,
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
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
"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."
& Dworski, OAL 7/8"
Nickel or gold
plated brass, black checkered grips.
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
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
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.)
& Handling $5.00 in Priority Mail box. Insurance is extra.