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Battlefield 1: the tiny Kolibri pistol is ridiculous - here's how to unlock it

This is like the opposite of compensating for something.

Battlefield 1 is finally arriving for fans of the series via EA Access and Origin Access members ahead of its full-blown launch - and with that launch fans are discovering some of the easter eggs hidden away in the game.

One such easter egg is the inclusion of one of the most infamous guns in history, the 2mm Kolibri. This is a tiny, tiny gun. YouTuber JackFrags uploaded the first footage of it in action. Here's a gif of it in-game via reddit, who describe it as a handgun for ants:

You've got to love those reload animations. So delicate!

How to unlock the tiny Kolibri gun in Battlefield 1

The Kolibri is really intended as little more than an Easter Egg for fans, but it is a historically accurate gun that belongs in Battlefield 1's world war 1 setting, and so the developers at DICE have put just as much love and attention into it as anything else.

In order to get your hands on the Kolibri, all you need to do is reach rank 10 through playing multiplayer. Do this by completing objectives, kills, kill assists, and helping out your team by throwing down weapon ammo, healing them, spotting enemies, reviving downed team mates and so on. We've got a little more on how the weapon unlock and level up systems work over on a dedicated page.

Once you hit rank 10 you'll be able to purchase the Kolibri in the side-arm section for just 150 war bonds.

You'll want to keep in mind that this is the weakest gun in the game, doing just 4 points of damage for every bullet that hits.

This gun might look funny and ludicrous, but it's actually the real deal. The 2mm Kolibri Pistol was made by an Austrian Watchmaker between 1910 and 1914, making it ideal for Battlefield 1. It was intended as a self-defence weapon but was actually pretty rubbish - bullets had poor penetration and low accuracy.

It only fires at around 4 joules - that's less than some paintball guns. If you shot one of these things into plywood, it'd only make it a couple of centimetres deep... which explains why this tiny pistol does so little damage in Battlefield 1. These days original Kolibris are pretty rare and are quite valuable as a result.

Here's a little history lesson on the real Kolibri and some video footage of the real thing on YouTube.

Battlefield 1 is out now via EA Access and Origin Access for Xbox One and PC. Buyers of the Early Enlister edition will join these players on the 18th, and the game finally launches a few days later. Stick with us for loads about the game.

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Alex started out his career in the games media as an over-eager kid working on fan sites, and now has decades of experience. He's the resident expert on esoteric matters such as Pokemon Go, gaming hardware, and genres like RPGs, fighters, and strategy games. Outside of VG247 he's the co-founder of genre-dedicated website RPG Site. He also collects original arcade machines, Lego, and considers himself a whiskey buff.

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