PHUKET’S Thalang district police issued a warning to the public, youths and officials to beware of a new type of weapon with this being a small belt buckle pistol which looks as if it is fake but in fact can hold a .22 bullet, Matichon newspaper said today (June 14).
Pol. Capt. Kraisorn Boonprasob, deputy inspector at Phuket’s Thalang police station, told reporters to sound a warning that strict checks should be carried out for this new type of weapon.
Thalang police came across one such belt buckle pistol when they arrested Bandit Chaiwansuk, 38, in the same district on June 8 on a drug charge and in searching his house seized some drugs and guns including this sort of tiny pistol.
According to Wikipedia the belt buckle pistol was an experimental German World War II firearm consisting of four 7.65 mm or .22 long rifle barrels and lockwork concealed within a SS belt buckle. The barrels were 2 inches long and Smoothbore. A lever was pressed which allowed the spring-loaded buckle to pivot downwards, exposing the barrel.
Noted firearms authority S.P. Fjestad claims that they were designed by Louis Marquis while he was in a prisoner of war camp during World War I and that fewer than ten of these guns have been discovered.
Top: This photo published by Matichon newspaper shows the belt buckle pistol recently seized in Phuket’s Thalang district.