1:2 Scale Functional Copy of Volcanic Pistol

A company called Burke Gallery Guns manufactures functional (shootable) scaled down copies of American Old West firearms. What sets them apart from other miniature gun makers is that they make 1:2 scale guns (50% smaller). Most of other miniature replicas are much smaller. The most impressive of the Burke guns is the scaled down Volcanic pistol.

The original Volcanic pistol was shooting caseless ammunition (a.k.a. rocket ball). To make their gun shootable, Burke has redesigned the action. Their pistol fires 4.5mm steel BBs powered by #10 black powder percussion caps. That combination makes it reach muzzle velocities of 350-450 fps. Basically, it is a BB gun powered by percussion caps. Here is a video telling about how to load this pistol:

The company has set a goal not only to make a nice looking replica but also make it robust. That’s one of the reasons why all parts (except the springs) of these miniature replicas are CNC machined rather than being cast. Even the wooden and brass parts are CNC machined. However, at the final assembly stage, the parts are hand fitted.

All the Burke Gallery Guns replicas have a limited production run. They come in a wooden box and with a Certificate of Authenticity. The package also includes a museum display stand and cleaning tools. The Volcanic pistol copy has an MSRP of $599.95.

The company also offers custom shop services such as engraving, exotic wood grips, precious metal inlays etc.

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  • Well, that’s cool as all get-out.

  • Nick

    I’d love to have one of these things in a full size firing a modern cartridge of some kind (22LR maybe).

  • Bradley

    Seems like they could have made .22lr work.

    • BeGe1

      Seems like all their stuff is that way.

      I’m guessing they don’t have an FFL, and therefore cannot use .22LR in their builds.

      That’s pure guess though.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Shut up and take my money.

  • They need an experienced designer to fix the issues with the gun. If the gun can be jammed up so easily it needs a redesign. Hell simple pot metal or plastic BB guns do a better job of handling the BBs without jamming up the action.

  • ゴリラゴリラ

    I wonder how much black powder can be inserted between the bb and the percussion cap??? I know that’s what I would be doing if I had one of these.


    .22 short of flobert would be more interesting. Also, if the action is redesigned, is it really a copy?


    I would buy one of these in 22lr or 9mm in a second if they were $350 or below. It is a great idea. Lost interest when I saw it was a BB powered by a percussion cap. I really hope people are into these because i would love to see them expand to rimfire and centerfire cartridges.

    • Cymond

      $350 or below? That’s the price for a mass produced polymer pistol, not niche replica.

  • Will

    If it were .22 LR I’d be all over this.
    They screwed the pooch in that BB caliber.

  • jerry young

    I like it but $600 is just a bit too much for a single shot novelty BB gun, I agree with Nick below make this capable of firing a modern cartridge like the .22 or maybe .25 or a .32, still $600 would be steep for a novelty gun, maybe if it shot a modern cartridge and cost around $300 or under.

  • William Taylor

    Wish they had made it a little bigger, chambered for .22 short. That would be a very cool thing to have.