Review: Folding Matchstick Revolver

Almost a year ago, I posted about a simple matchstick gun. Click here to refresh your memory.

I was unable to find out where it was made let alone acquire one. However, I recently came across much better made matchstick guns made in China.

These matchstick guns are made of stainless steel. I was able to find places that sell them but unable to find much about these little guns in terms of reviews and videos online.

There are some videos online but they are mostly montages of still images.

Then you have less than stellar cellphone videos from China like this one.

 

I was curious what these matchstick guns could do so I had a friend help me order one. I went with the folding revolver.

From the pictures above, I was concerned that it would arrive in pieces. While it is a simple device, I do not have the highest confidence in Chinese instructions. Luckily it came assembled.

The quality and weight was surprising. All the corners are rounded and the gun feels much more heavy than one would think for such a small device.

 

I removed one of the side plates to check out the barrel and cylinder.

One problem with the cylinder is that the side plate encroaches into the gap in the cylinder. This means you need to chop down the matches if you want to load up the cylinder and have it rotate. The cylinder needs to be manually rotated but there is a spring loaded ball detent to index the cylinder properly. With the hammer down, the firing pin/screw protrudes into the chamber of the cylinder and prevents the cylinder from rotating.

The hammer spring is extremely powerful and you need two hands to cock the hammer. Since the matchstick gun is so simple it is single action only. Trigger pull is about 6-7 lbs.

 

 

Given the complexity and lack of reliability in the revolver, I think the single shot version of this matchstick gun would be more reliable. I have basically reverted to using my matchstick gun as a single shot. I  load a full-size matchstick in the cylinder rather than waste time trimming down matches, and having to rotate the cylinder for each shot. It is easier to just cock the hammer back and load a single match.

No you cannot fit .22 bullets in it. I suppose one could make a new cylinder and barrel to possibly have it shoot actual bullets but why not just buy a pocket pistol like those NAA revolvers?

How does it do on distance and accuracy? Miserable. The full-length match sticks hardly do much damage at even a short distance.

Not sure if these matches from Walmart are weak or if this box is super strong. Lol #matchstickgun

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Ordering this from China was a hassle. I had to enlist the help of my friend Irfan in Malaysia who ended up using a third party proxy buyer. It only cost me $68 shipped to get this. They are available on DHgate and Ebay but for a much higher price. For the cost it is a great little toy.





Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • GD Ajax

    Seems some blog posts didn’t appear on the front page. Did something break again?

    • Nicholas C

      Pretty much.

  • Andrew

    Not hard to order from China yourself. $49.84 on aliexpress and they have escrow service & buyer protection that’s better than eBay.

    • Nicholas C

      Couldn’t find this particular one. But yeah there are some places that are cheaper than others.

    • Drew Ajsbiorn

      Please tell me you’ve got a link. I’ve been searching aliexpress to no avail.

    • B. Young

      yea, seen it for close to $200 which I can buy a NAA .22 revolver being a real revolver

  • Tinkerer

    Well, that’s one way to get a firearm with a Match barrel.

    • oldman

      OUCH 🙂

    • thach1130

      They need to up their marketing and advertise it as “match grade accuracy out of the box”

  • hikfromstik

    In no time people will figure out how to shoot 22lr or shorts out of these .

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      So?

      In the US it’s legal to manufacture a firearm for personal use.

      • hikfromstik

        In the US that’s a no no for sure .

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          What on earth are you talking about?

          It’s absolutely legal in the United States to manufacture a firearm for personal use.

      • Drew Ajsbiorn

        hikfromstik is right. Of course with state law out of it, most of us can make our own firearms, however, A SMOOTH BORE firearm with no stock, a barrel less than 18″ or an overall length less than 26″ that can take fixed ammunition of some sort would be an NFA unregistered AOW.

        So you’d need to rifle it, -OR-register it and pay the $200 tax before you bored it out to .22 short of whatnot. (AOWs are only $5 to transfer, but still $200 for us peons to “make” one.)

        However, you might be able to figure out a way to make it function as a gallery gun, that used airgun pellets and a primer separately. Since the ammo is two parts, it’s legally the same as a black powder muzzle loader.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          None of this changes the fact that it’s still lawful to make a firearm in the US for personal use.

          • Wow!

            Yup. Bill holmes has some of the nicest modern designs out there, and his books are immortalized on the net as pdfs.

        • noob

          weapons man has a blog post about electrochemical machining – two tablespoons of salt, copper wire, a wooden or plastic helical form to support the wire, a battery charger kit to get 6 amps of current and a bucket of water made rifling.

          apart from the risk of electrocution, it seems like a practical way to put rifling in the barrel.

          • Drew Ajsbiorn

            Nice. I’ll have to look that one up. I’ve been 3D printing gun parts and some other things. Not that barrel blanks aren’t cheap, but being self sufficient in everything would sure be good.

            I also figure that sooner or later a small home size EDM machine that could do rifling will be along someday.

      • noob

        hmm it is a practical sheet metal firearm. I think there’s a pdf related to that somewhere 🙂

  • La Bicicleta

    nice gun,need those for homedefense.

    • Graham2

      Do you live in a doll house then?

  • Southpaw89

    Surprised that the pathetic excuses we have for strike anywhere matches here in the US will work in that thing.

    • Nicholas C

      Those are not strike anywhere. They are strike on the box matches.

      • The_Sargentos

        If they are strike on-the-box, how does the gun fire them? I goofily tried hammering a match to no avail of course.

        • Peter (BE)

          Confinement and impact strength probably has something to do with it. In our youth we put the heads of those matches in the front opening of an old style house key and ignited it with a hammer and a nail. Went bang all the time.

        • Nicholas C

          I think it has to do with the tight chamber. Probably the containment of the match head allows heat to build up from smashing the match head.

  • roguetechie

    NEAT!!

  • USMC03Vet

    Firearms not toys.

  • QuadGMoto

    Ummm… Why?

    • DIR911911 .

      ummm . . . why not? ever heard of fun?

  • Wetcoaster

    Looks like it’s actually spring powered. The match doesn’t look like it come close to sealing the barrel for combustion to do the job.

    Reminds me of the cheap spring airsoft pistols except all-metal

  • smitty26

    No way in Holland : according to our (stupid) gun laws it will be a “secret” weapon.

  • AD

    Leaving that one chamber empty was a wise precaution: you wouldn’t want to shoot your own foot off, after all…

  • jerry young

    How about a link to this

  • datimes

    What is the point of this object? I don’t see a use.

    • Nicholas C

      It is for fun and makes noise. Also you could shoot your friends just not in the eye.

      • datimes

        I suppose so but I’ll stick with firecrackers to make unnecessary noise.

    • DIR911911 .

      it’s my new carry gun

  • Tim

    And a 17lb trigger pull, too. Nice.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    If my vacuum cleaner ever becomes sentient and decides to rise up and overthrow its master I imagine it will arm itself with one of these.

  • Walter Keller II

    I want one – wheres the best place to order from?

  • commenter1

    OK. Now someone with one of these needs to find the matches with the most bang, then, using a match head and whatever size lead shot will fit down the barrel, get us some chronograph and group size data. I foresee benchrest “matches”.

  • Brett

    Anyone else getting the craziest sci-fi gun dreams from this?

  • DataMatters

    This is what the state of California suggests women use for self defense. Or nothing.