Welcome to Charleston Mini Gun Works (CMGW) in Charleston, SC. Where early settlers dropped anchor, the Civil War began and much of the historical architecture has been preserved. And with Charleston Mini Gun Works having much in common with its surroundings in producing miniature guns that were referred to as Berloques in Europe and noted for being quite vociferous in firing a 2mm pinfire blank and thus without an accompanying projectile. With the first one having been invented and produced by watch maker Franz Pfannl in Austria in 1899. And for those not familiar with pinfire cartridges, they were invented by Casmir Lefaucheux of France circa 1828 and along with percussion caps provided a vast improvement over flintlock guns and were used in the Civil War.
The Charleston Mini Gun Works lineup of miniature guns currently available are listed on the Online Shop, are designed by professional engineer/patent attorney/gun collector Ron Phillips and are made in Limited Editions. With each gun including a brass ejector/cleaning rod and a miniature corked glass bottle for containg the blanks. All contained in a hand-finished wood chest having a brass Charleston Mini Gun Works nameplate identifying the gun model. And in applying Bill O’Reilly’s rating system, Phillips considers himself a proud patriot and not a “pinhead” even though he is much about tiny guns. Which are hopefully admired for their design, craftsmanship and heritage. Also, please note that blanks or ammunition of any kind is not included with our miniature guns.
Currently, only a few of the recently released Limited Edition Model HR and BR rifles are available for purchase. And only 50 of each are being made because of the time required to make them.
The enthusiastic reception to these miniature endeavors is quite gratifying. With the Limited Edition Models B,H, D, R and T pistols having sold out months ago. But we are adding shortly two other very unique Limited Edition pinfire pistols by Phillips. Which are quite an eye catcher from their wood handle grips to their muzzle end and their robust size. And thus add in a complementary manner to the Limited Edition Model HR and Model BR rifles also designed by Phillips. Who continues to sail on past his 78th year while proudly enjoying watching his six grandchildren plot their course.
And still on the horizon is a revolutionary mini gun that is not a pinfire gun nor a “firearm” yet provides a big gun bang for just pennies each. But more about that later provided Phillips can locate more whale oil for his shop lanterns .
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