The world's biggest custom working revolver weighs a mere 99 lbs has a length of four feet two inches and stands approx one foot four inches from the butt to the top of the hammer.

Below is an image of the revolvers maker Mr. Ryszard Tobys with his super big creation.



When compared to a normal sized revolver as in the picture below, then this gun is truly a behemoth and one that can only leave you feeling awestruck!

Also, check out the size of the colossal 28mm (1.10 inch) ball shot that this massive revelover fires!



The revolver is so big that it is impossible to hold up to fire, even with both hands.  So it has to be loaded and indeed fired from a bench every time. Below we can see the percussion caps being carefully positioned onto the nipples of the cylinder.



Impracticality overrides any form of usefulness and the revolver is more of a showpiece, a display of skilful engineering than a practical firearm.

Something like this though would be great for educating groups of people on how historic black powder firearms were used and how they worked.  So from the point of view of education and history, then its a big thumbs up.

Below, check out that muzzle! All 1.1 inches of it! A black powder Anti tank revolver would probably not make it to next years international arms fair.



This exhibition  revolver would be one hell of a talking piece though and would presumably be a big crowd puller too.  The revolver has now been encased in a glass display box and can  be seen at trade shows and gun fairs.

At last we have a YouTube video of this revolver being fired and even being carried away two men!




When or if this revolver does a tour of the U.S.A or U.K, I will try to get any dates and post them up because it would be well worth the trip to go see this marvel of fine tolerance, scaled up engineering.



Indeed the revolver  is a fully working, exact scaled-up copy of an 1858 Remington New Model Army, black powder revolver.

It can be loaded and fired in exactly the same way as the original except of course that the revolver needs to be supported on something half a log before it can be fired!



The recoil that the revolver delivers can only be estimated to be quite noticeable, as no actual information of this has been detailed?

The fact that this is a black powder firearm though would suggest that the recoil would not be enough to throw the gun into the air or off the bench but would rather just buck back a few degrees, held in situ by its weight.



The revolver was constructed by Ryszard Tobys, pictured above and below, of Czempin, Poland. The revolver was successfully test fired on July 15th, 2002, whilst resting the end of the muzzle on half a you do!

As stated earlier though, sadly there is not a lot of information on the results.  If Mr. Ryzard Tobys would like to contact me though and furnish me with the details then this would be great.


" Reach for ya gun mister..."


The revolver has some amazing ballistic specifications with its caliber of 28mm, this is just over one inch! Each of the massive ball shot weighs 2,056 grains, this is 4.7 ounces.

Most normal sized .44 caliber revolver bullets weigh about 200 grains by comparison, so therefore this revolver is ten times bigger.

The charge of black powder is also ten times bigger, at 22 grams instead of 22 grains. Just for comparison...22 grams is 339.5 grains...that's a lot of powder for each shot!



I must remind you here that this is  a copy of a historic black powder cap ' n ' ball revolver.

Black powder revolvers had no cartridges to load up, instead the revolver was loaded by first charging up each of the cylinders six apertures with black powder, the ball  (bullet) was then positioned on top of each charged cylinder aperture and was then pressed down by the ramrod under the barrel.

A percussion cap was then placed on the firing nipples on the end of the cylinder and finally the hammer was manually cocked to fire the piece.

Below is shown a screen grab from the video of Ryszard Tobys and a colleague as they struggle to reload the revolver.  Indeed it takes two men to reload it, one to hold the gun with both hands, whilst the other does all the intricacies.



It was a long drawn out process to load these revolvers. However, the 1858 Remington New Model Army had a quick release cylinder and shooters used to carry preloaded cylinders that they would change over when the gun was empty. 

Therefore 1858 Remington New Model Army could be reloaded in seconds, just as fast as modern day shooters load up a revolver with a speed loader.




Despite what has been said about this revolver on several other websites...this is copy of an 1858 Remington New Model Army, it is not an 1859 Navy or an 1850 Colt.  Also, it is not a Nitro Express and it is not a Colt Navy or a whole host of other misinformed things that  I have seen on the Internet. Also and more importantly for all gun enthusiasts...


I wish authors of websites would do all the research before blindly posting up incorrect information.  During extensive research and cross referencing, I have discovered so much disinformation, myth and total baloney purported as truth on the internet that it defies belief.

Even in books and magazine articles, I have discovered incorrect, apparently made up information about this big revolver, it is truly annoying to say the least.



Consequently, I have seen several webpages on the Internet stating that the revolver featured on this page is a Pfeifer Zeliska 600 Magnum most definitely IS NOT.

If you do not know what you are talking about then PLEASE do not publish disinformation and do your research before posting up absolute tripe!

I often try to contact the originator or company of the article that I am creating the webpage about, like I did when featuring Pfeifer Small Arms, Smith & Wesson and Colt to name but a few. I like to offer a guarantee to my visitors of 100% or at least 99% accurate information.

If I am not sure of some information, then I research and cross reference it and even try to contact the originator or company of the item in question.

Hence I publish ipso facto information, not my best guess  information. It annoys me when others don't do the research because they are just too damned lazy.



Information off my website can be confidently used in schools, colleges, lectures and for general reference. I also encourage visitors to write in if they find any typos or errors so they can be amended...this is rare by the way.

Incidentally...Mr. Zeliska, the gentleman who ordered the .600 Nitro Express Magnum Revolver from Pfeifer Small Arms in Austria, has had nothing to do with the production of this revolver whatsoever and the company of Pfeifer Small Arms did not construct it or have anything to do with the revolver featured on this webpage.

As far as my extensive research can deduce, it was a completely sole effort by Mr. Ryszard Tobys and his great engineering skills. Also and therefore the revolver can officially be designated as a Tobys-Remington




The late Mr. Dwight "Rhyming Rex" Macbeth of Mankota County, Minnesota, U.S.A owned a replica of a Colt Peacemaker which is "strung up" at the roadside.  It is eight and a half feet  long and weighs in at 175 lbs.

Below is an image of the revolver with Mr. Macbeth standing next to it to give an idea of the guns scale.  Quite impressive I'm sure you will all agree.


Photo source: Martin Ince.

The revolver was actually created sometime around the late 1940's, it was made from steel and houses wooden grips.  It is unlikely that this revolver actually fires though and can therefore only be considered as a big scale model.

More information will be sought about this piece and will appear here if and when I can legally source it.

Sadly I have to report that Dwight Rhyming Rex  Hoffman Macbeth, passed away July 14th, 2006, from bone marrow cancer. He was 71 years old, condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace.



I would like to mention the worlds largest working firing rifle. It was constructed by Mr Arnie Lillo of Good Thunder, Minnesota U.S.A in 2010 and is based on a Winchester Model 94. The rifle weighs in at 1,200 lb and measures 36 feet long.


It is so big that it has to be trailered to the shooting range! Although it certainly looks the part, I suspect that it is just a big mock up that has some ability to shoot objects out of the barrel.

The large cartridge seen on the front of the trailer is a dummy mock up round to show the comparative size the rifle would fire if it was real.



Indeed my research has shown that this big rifle fires tennis balls that are propelled by a charge of black powder. It is a great looking rifle but I suspect that it is more of an attraction than a fully functional weapon of any description.

Arnie Lillo is a sheet metal worker who creates many interesting items, you may visit his website by clicking here.



Page created September 24th 2007.     Updated September 28th 2014