This odd-looking gadget is a Hungarian pocket pistol made in the mid-’80s. It is called Minimax 9 with the digit indicating its caliber – 9mm. It was designed to be chambered in various 9mm calibers including the 9x19mm Luger, 9x17mm (.380 auto) and 9x18mm. It was fed from a 4-round non-detachable magazine. This was a manual repeater, not a semi-auto pistol.
Instead of conventional spiral riflings, Minimax 9 had straight ones. It means that no spin was imparted to the projectile and it was not stabilized. It was done deliberately to make the bullet tumble and have a better terminal performance at close ranges. Judging by that design feature, one can expect that it was supposed to be used at extreme close range distances of a couple of yards or so. If so, then why didn’t they make it smoothbore? What is the reason to have riflings that are not going to spin stabilize…This post was originally published on this site