Miniature Arms Society | NRA 17

No that is not a comically over sized dime. I saw the Minature Arms Society booth as I was walking along the low number aisles of the NRA Annual Meeting show room.

They are a group of makers and collectors of miniature firearms. I asked one of them if these fire and their answer was “we do not make ammo”. That wasn’t a “no” so theoretically these could fire if you could find ammo small enough to chamber in them. They are completely scaled down replicas of their full size counter parts.

Zavie Kucer is the son of David Kucer who has made miniature firearms for decades. Kucer’s minatures have been on displau at the NRA Annual Meetings since 1989. Here are some samples of miniature firearms on display at this year’s Annual Meeting.


You can check out Zavie Kucer’s Instagram account for some great close up shots of his and his father’s work.

Winchester 1866. These markings on the top of the barrel are 1/3 scale. Made using a delightfully simple yet hard to master machine called a pantograph. the depth of the markings are about 1/5 the thickness of a piece of paper.


Dad is working on the British bulldog. This shows the original and the miniatures. Not bad for 94 years old. And by way, he carved the ring too.


A functional cutaway of a 1/3 scaled Colt 1911. Every part in the origiinal is visible though a cutout in the miniature.

Here is their 1/3 scale C96 mauser.

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  • Roguewriter

    Very slick. Would be great on the desk mounted on a little stand. Especially where I could play with it when no one is looking.

  • PK

    I was amazed with all of them, but a scale c/96? The full size is a nightmare to manufacture, that’s stunning model work.

    • Twilight sparkle

      I’m wondering if these could fire fixed ammunition then would you have to register the c96 as an sbr?

      • PK

        I highly doubt it, the tech branch would very likely say that as such an odd and unique item the likelihood of use in crime would be near zero, as would the danger, and it could be easily petitioned to be added to the C&R exemptions from the NFA.

        It’s been done with a lot of other things over the years, it’s only automatic due to 50+ years old but you can petition anything at all, even just one specific gun/serial/engraving you own/want to own.

  • John

    incredible work.

    I wonder – how do the prices compare with their full-size counterparts?

    • Madcap_Magician

      I would guess the inverse of the size reduction. 1/5 scale? 5x the price.

  • USMC03Vet

    Miniature Arms Society?

    • Longhaired Redneck

      Please avoid tasteless thalidomide jokes. Tasteful thalidomide jokes considered on a case by case basis.

  • John

    I wish I had the time to create such works of art….oh and the talent, I wish I had the talent.

    • Phillip Cooper

      I wish I had the machinery!

  • Disarmed in CA

    When I said I wanted a mini-gun this wasn’t what I pictured

  • B. Young

    Freaking awesome+

  • DIR911911 .

    hat’s off to the people doing this high quality work.

  • AD

    Amazing work!

  • Henrik Bergdahl

    Arsenal (the italians with that double 1911) make these as well. As ammo for them. There are some videos out there of them firing a tiny ak47 in full auto 😀

  • Evil Brad

    Those would be classed as prohibited under Canadian firearms laws. Barrels are too short…