World’s Smallest and Lightest Double Rifle by Peter Hofer

Peter Hofer Jagdwaffen is an Austrian firearms manufacturer. They are most known for making fine bespoke double rifles and all kinds of combination hunting firearms. In their catalog, you can see some unbelievable combinations and barrel layouts of break action shotguns and rifles. They make guns like quad barrel shotguns and five barrel combination rifles and much more.

The Peter Hofer Hummingbird rifle with a .17 HMR cartridge and a .600 or .700 Nitro Express cartridge for comparison.

One of their rifles is also very interesting not because it has an unusual amount of barrels, but because it is the world’s smallest and lightest double rifle. It is not a miniature copy with some scaled down specially made cartridges. It is an actual side by side double rifle chambered in production calibers. Both barrels of the rifle are chambered either in .17 HMR or .22 Hornet. Peter Hofer calls this gun Hummingbird Rifle, which is self-explanatory. This rifle is also not a rechambered or lightened version of an existing model. They’ve literally designed and built every part of the rifle from the ground up.

Note the hummingbirds engraved and gold inlaid all over the rifle.

As the title of this article implies, this double rifle is also the world’s lightest one. The Hummingbird Rifle weighs 2.2 lbs (less than one kilogram)!

I think this company does an amazing job pushing the boundaries of the classic break action design.

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Tassiebush

    If I was stupidly rich I’d definitely like this as my pack rifle

  • Giolli Joker

    Hofer does also a 4 bore on the other end of the scale.
    I’m pretty sure that the gargantuan round in the hand of the guy is the 4 bore.
    I’ve seen both this tiny rifle and the 4 bore at an exhibition and they are gorgeous, they inspire the same feeling of being next to a Ferrari or a Bugatti.

    • Tassiebush

      I imagine it’s one of those situations that leaves you yearning for what you’ve seen.

  • M.M.D.C.
    • M.M.D.C.

      They should send one to Hickok45 if they really want it to look small.

      • Matt Robinson

        Rifles always look so handy when he shoots them. Then I pick one up and remember he’s 5ft 19in.

        • iksnilol

          Meh, I’m somewhat tall (almost two meters) picked up a M16 lookalike airgun… It felt sligthly long.

    • Beju


  • Graham Best

    Nice, but it seems like a lot of gun to hunt hummingbirds.

  • Edeco

    Impressive, has some unusual stuff I like; scaled to cartridge, sidelock (visually anyway), dual triggers…

  • Some Rabbit

    Not to be picky, but saying 2.2 lbs is less than a kilogram is splitting a C-hair (one kilo = 2.2046226218 pounds). That aside, those are pretty guns. I suppose if you have to ask the price it would “less than an arm and a leg” rounded to the nearest ten thousandth of a penny.

  • ro

    quanto costa?

    • iksnilol

      Hella costa.

  • If I was extra rich, I’d love one in 5.7×28.

    • Twilight sparkle

      5.7×28 is a rimless cartridge so it wouldn’t work very well in this gun without changing the design a bit

  • ConcentrateFire

    I love my savage 22/410 over under form the mid 60’s. the perfect small game rifle

  • jerry young

    Thank you! this is a beautiful rifle and to my surprise it’s not another AR, I love the AR but I was just saying I’d like once to open a post about a new rifle and not see just another AR, by the looks of this rifle the craftsmanship is extraordinary, again a beautiful rifle!

  • Ah yes the Russian congressman, more or less, former boxer and bigfoot hunter these days. 7 feet and 300 pounds. Huge guy.

  • Old Vet

    I know, I know…..if you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it. Beautiful little piece of artwork, no doubt.

  • Richard Lutz