Ridiculous Media exaggerations over “World’s Smallest Gun”

And I thought the hysteria over a pink rifle was bad.  Check out the latest sensationalized, exaggerated gun story in the media:  “Introducing the world’s smallest gun that fires deadly 300mph bullets – but is just two inches long

World's Smallest Gun

“Meet the pistol that fits in your pocket – and packs a hell of a punch.”

“The SwissMiniGun is the size of a key fob but fires tiny 270mph bullets powerful enough to kill at close range.”

“Jonathan Spencer, consultant forensic scientist and firearms expert, said that although the gun, which fires bullets at a speed of 399 feet a second, was tiny, it could still prove fatal and in the eyes of the law was as dangerous as a machine gun.”

 “It is capable of killing someone. Under section 5 of the Firearms Act it would be a prohibited weapon. It would be on the same scale as a machine gun.”

Even Fox News had this ridiculous video (link) on this gun.

Wow, that is quite the sensational story.  Tiny bullets that travel 300 miles per hour!  Well since bullet velocity is normally measured in feet per second (fts) lets put this menace to society in perspective with a little basic math:

1 mile = 5280 feet
1 hour = 3600 seconds

5280 feet X 300 miles = 1584000 feet per hour
1584000 fph / 3600 sec = 440 fps

Ok, so in less sensational terms this tiny rimfire gun fires 2.34mm bullets at 440 fps and costs between $5,952.00 for the basic model, and up to $59,529.00 dollars for the extravagant 18 caret gold and diamond encrusted version.

Lets compare that to some common Daisy BB guns.

Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun: .177 Caliber 280 fps, $39.99
You'll shoot your eye out!

Daisy BB Gun Pellet 880: .177 Caliber 750 fps, $48.96
Daisy BB Gun Pellet 880

Daisy CO2 Powerline  15 XT BB Pistol: .177 Caliber 480fps, $46.99
Daisy 15 XT

The projectile from this gun could probably pentrate the skin if it was pressed directly against someone, but I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that it wouldn’t even penetrate simple clothing from a distance of two feet, although it may leave a nasty welt on your skin.  A small pocket knife or a 25 cent sharpened number 02 pencil would probably be a more formidable weapon than this hilarious collectors item.