World’s smallest working gun cost £300,000 to make but is shorter than a matchstick

The world’s smallest working gun – which is shorter than a matchstick – cost a whopping £300,000 to make.

Looking like something fit James Bond, the petite pistol, which retails at £4,500, measures only 5.5cm long.

The world's smallest working gun has sold for more than a £300,000

The world’s smallest working gun has sold for more than a £300,000

With a height of just 3.5cm and only 1cm wide, the mini revolver could easily be hidden up 007’s sleeve.

The gun holds Guinness World Records for the smallest working revolver and smallest live ammunition.

The petite pistol measures only 5.5cm long

The petite pistol measures only 5.5cm long

Made by Swiss artist Paul Erard, the small shooter can be made to order in solid gold.

The specially-made ammunition was also invented by Paul – a former watch maker – and has an internal diameter of just 2.34mm calibre.

The gun holds Guinness World Records for the smallest working revolver and smallest live ammunition

The gun holds Guinness World Records for the smallest working revolver and smallest live ammunition

Paul, 69, said: “Each gun has 1 joule of power, which is a tenth of the power of the average air rifle.

“Each gun takes 3 months to make from order to production.

“It’s designed to be a piece of art but people need a gun license and export licenses to move it freely – as if it were a normal gun.”

Weighing in at just 19.8g, each gram of the tiny gun costs £15,000 so you might need to be on James Bond’s pay-packet to afford one.