Third Reich Belt Buckle Gun

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A buddy of mine sent me the following video (done by Forgotten Weapons) a couple of days ago of a WWII-era last ditch pistol supposedly built for the Schutzstaffel. “Supposedly” I say because there aren’t really any good records confirming it’s commissioning (and as you would imagine a number of clones popped up afterwards). In any case, the video does a great job of showing the mechanics of the four shot .22 rimfire.

This particular item went up for auction in September this year and was projected to go for $6,500 to $11,000.

What do you readers think? Authentic or not? What do you think of the mechanism and design?



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Topo Solitario

    “Du willt neverr suspect mein ubersized belt buckle ist ein pistolen! JAJAJA!!!”

    And that is the most I can say about it. It looks like a fun and well done fake to me 🙂

  • Dukeblue91

    Didn’t Claymore post a article about this gun / belt buckle a few weeks ago?

    • The last article was done by Steve back in 2010. That one had an Eagle and Swastika on it.

      • Doc Rader

        Yeah. Before I posted, I went looking and the links in that article are now dead.

  • Yep it went back and forth for some time. It didn’t seem like anyone could get a handle on it. If Ian says it’s a fake then it’s a fake.

    • Ian McCollum

      I still have some RKIs telling me that there are legit ones out there, but I haven’t seen any of them, and ones like this video are definitely fake.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        But still incredibly well-made ( judging from the video and photographs ) — not too shabby for a replica..

  • NewerHCE

    The good thing about that is that it is only 4 shots, so theoretically you will still have one finger not shot off accidentally.

    But seriously, it looks in too good shape to be real.

  • Doc Rader

    Regardless of authenticity, I really like the mechanical function. There is definitely a “steampunk” evocation for me.

  • ThomasD

    The brazed on eagle screams, not just fake, but cheap and poorly made fake.

  • JR

    I don’t know about that one in particular, but there is a Nazi belt-buckle gun in the display case in the NRA museum (it’s in the first room – to the right upon entering).

  • Sulaco

    There are real ones as I posted a photo on this blog recently. It is held by ATF in their collection that they show at conferences around the country mostly at LE conventions and trainings..Theirs looks very similar to the one shown but I don’t think it was .22 more like .32 but I didn’t get to handle it…