New from Century International Arms: MDL 38-3 (“The World Slimmest Revolver”)

 Century International Arms MDL-38.3 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

While the crowds were busy having posters signed by Minsk-born “Red Army Girl” Yulia (if you have to ask Y, I can’t explain it) my eyes were drawn to Century International Arms MDL 38-3. MDL for I forgot to ask what, 38 for .38 caliber and 3 for three-rounds. Ladies and gentlemen (hey guys! over here!), I present the “world’s slimmest revolver.” Which is a bit like the world’s most fire-retardant paper hat. But it’s a thing, right? Not yet it isn’t. Century may not take as long to bring the gun to market as their name suggests, but there is no firm release date for the MDL’s arrival at your LGS. They’ve promised us a T&E sample when the first batch is released. To which I replied “Baba s vozu — kobyle legche.Luckily, Yulia didn’t smack me. Make the jump for the reveal . . .

Century International Arms MDL-38.3 revealed (courtesy The Truth About Guns)


  1. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    3 rounds and not semi auto?-
    Cuomo’s soon to be favorite gun……..

    1. avatar Lying Bastard says:

      Nope; it has 4 rounds too many for his taste

  2. avatar PGT says:

    Chiappa called and said “not so fast”

  3. avatar rosignol says:

    Luckily, Yulia didn’t smack me.

    Pretty sure you would have deserved it if she had.

    1. avatar Bluesman007 says:

      If you had seen her cleavage, you would have gawked too! Yipes

  4. avatar former water walker says:

    For technically challenged people. 3 rounds? Really?

    1. avatar Lying Bastard says:

      Better than a derringer for probably 2x the price!

  5. avatar Gerald says:

    Well that’s one more than the Double-Tap. If it’s reasonable I would at least give it a look.

  6. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Before the image loaded I was hoping for NAA sized pistol but this looks more like .380 sized. Hmm.. Only 3 and slower to reload or 6-8 quick plus extra mags. Unless this retails for $100 or less who will be buying?

    Idea… Backup gun for a family of three or the last three people on earth during the zombie invasion.

    1. avatar VSN says:

      People that wish HiPoint made revolvers.

  7. avatar Rabbi says:

    No one ever said after a gunfight that they wished they had fewer rounds.

    I don’t choose a gun that’s best for carrying, I choose a gun that’s best for fighting.

    I’ll pass thank you.

    1. avatar Clay says:

      So you carry an M4 then?

      1. avatar Aaron says:

        I was thinking something very similar before seeing your response to Rabbi. Any handgun is inferior to any rifle chambered in 5.56 mm or higher. I get tired of hearing from condescending caliber-snobs who don’t have a clue that even their favorite large-frame pistol is not “best for fighting”.

        1. avatar Barstow Cowboy says:

          The Rabbi is an expert, not to be contradicted. For crying out loud, he’s a firearms trainer for “a New Mexico police agency”.

  8. avatar DrVino says:

    Fugly, ftupid, fhit…

  9. avatar Swarf says:

    It looks cool, at least.

    Also, MDL stands for Maximum Density Leadchucker.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Might be minimum density leadchucker considering its size.

    2. avatar james says:

      I thought it stood for Might Depend on Luck :}

  10. avatar Noishkel says:

    Hmm… make a good back up. I’d be into that. If the price is right.

  11. avatar ProfBathrobe says:

    Looks very neat, except for the grip. The overall effect is of a state of the art cellphone with a dead rat stapled to it.

    1. avatar Gregolas says:

      Winner: most perceptive and hilarious analysis!

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        +1–not that I totally agree, but that is just too funny!

  12. avatar Lord Wulfgen says:

    This is a solution in search of a problem. A J frame is not hard to conceal, and if you need something slimmer, buy an LCP or the like.

    Thumbs down.

  13. avatar Accur81 says:

    Hmm, looks hideous. It’s also tactically inferior to a 5 or 6 shot .38, which is arguably tactically inferior to a 6-7 round subcompact single stack pistol in 9mm or above. While a few shooters like Jerry Miculek can reload a revolver with incredible speed, most of the rest of us can’t. I’d try one on a range for the novelty, but that’s about it. Hard pass.

  14. avatar Ralph says:

    A three shot revolver is a great idea — if you intend to carry ten of them.

  15. avatar Josh says:

    Well, looks like with the barrel aligned at the bottom of the cylinder instead of the top it’ll at least have reduced muzzle flip compared to other snubbies.

    1. avatar Jim R says:

      That was my thinking as well. Lower bore axis, less felt recoil. So it oughta be a fairly soft shooter. I think this would make a decent back-up gun. As a primary CCW? I…don’t think so.

      1. But you could fit more than one…

  16. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    It’s the shittiest part of a snubby, made shittier…

  17. avatar Hannibal says:

    Wow, that’s… really something in that image, there.

  18. avatar Lolinski says:

    Well, it ain’t that bad – if you use a class mod that increases mag size.

    1. avatar Jim March says:

      We could cross-breed it with Maurice…

      Slap a 9rd mag on the little booger…

      1. avatar lolinski says:

        That is not bad idea, but my first post was a reference to the game “Borderlands”. Where you can equip items which increase magazine size, resulting in a three-shot sniper-revolver having 5 shots while the character still reloads 3 rounds.

        Still, it seems like a good idea. Maybe you could check with them (Century) whether they would like a collaboration or something.

  19. avatar Tommy Knocker says:

    Hells bells… commie too !!!

  20. avatar El Mac says:

    “Make the jump!”

  21. avatar Another Robert says:

    Well, if the price was low enough, I might consider it for a glove-box gun for my daughter’s car (would beat a Bond Arms derringer by one shot)–but I can tell you right now, the price won’t be low enough. But I’m glad someone saw fit to post a booth babe, anyway…

  22. avatar DV says:

    It may be thin, but its huge considering it holds three rounds. And that front sight? The ports? Wtf who designed it? Someone’s elementary-aged kid?

  23. avatar Martin B says:

    Aww, the Chiappa Rhino and a J frame got together and made a baby! So ugly but cute at the same time. The 19th century wants its handgrip back.

  24. avatar Ronin48 says:

    Another problem, aside from grip angle, overall size, and limited capacity, is that you have to manually rotate the cylinder to make sure it clears the frame for ejection and then manually rotate it back into position so it starts on the first chamber after reloading.

  25. avatar Clay says:

    It looks to have more than 3 rounds in the photo.

    1. avatar Ronin48 says:

      It’s three, and only three.

  26. avatar Fred says:

    They’re just creating a product in case New York law is expanded to the entirety of the US. If that ever happens we’ll be talking about “New York reloads”, and “throwaway guns” in the same sentence. This model fits that mold perfectly. Unfortunately for Century Arms and this design that will never happen.

    Although there is one market segment that might like this; purse gun carriers.

  27. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    I sent a link to Dallas Archer.
    I don’t see much use for the rest of us.

  28. avatar dh34 says:

    I was at the gun show in Cedar Park, TX today. The man standing next to me looking at handguns picked up the NAA mini revolver and whispered to his wife/GF, “this is the one the girl hid in her XXXX.” She didn’t seem impressed, but did add “good thing it’s stainless, who knows what that would do to a gun..”

    It took all I had to not laugh out loud.

  29. avatar ConnorMN says:

    One shot more than a derringer and with complicated lock work to boot?


  30. avatar Lfshtr says:

    I wonder if +P can be used, hmm, avg. gun fight being 3 shots, reliable, no fte, ftf with rubber grips, I’ll give it a try. Put on my ankle now I have a back up.

  31. avatar vincent daniel says:

    it cant be a 3 shot. because you can see 2 chambers, im betting a 4 shot. the timing would be impossible by the looks of it. if it was a 3 shot that would be difficult.


    give me one in 22!!!!!!!!!!

  32. avatar cknarf says:


  33. avatar JAS says:

    Sorry but no. A Sig P238 with 7+1 beats the crap out of this thing.

  34. avatar racer88 says:

    My Chiappa Rhino looks sexy by comparison. And, it holds 6 rounds of .357-Mag.

  35. avatar MojoRonin says:

    Jeff Quinn will love it.

  36. avatar JD says:

    world’s first 3 shot derringer…the Heizer 2 shot is jealous, even with it’s “tactical reload”

    1. avatar roger says:

      There is no 2 shot Heizer…it is a single shot derringer. Double Tap made the 2 shot.

  37. avatar Sebastian Lcf Daniel says:

    Perfect!!! Two in chest,one in head and throw it in the river…

  38. avatar Aaron says:

    How much does it weigh, and how much does it cost?

    If it beats Bond Derringers on weight and cost, it might have a market.

  39. avatar roger says:

    A similar one already made. the Cobray / Leinad Pocket Pal – a convertible revolver in 22lr (5 shot) and 380acp (3 shot). Really inexpensive too.

  40. avatar roger says:

    So far this is November and CAI has given no date nor expectation. Maybe nest year or it will become a vapor-gun?

    1. avatar roger says:

      Got a reply from CAI on Face Book NOT in 2015

      “Not at this time, we refocused engineering time on our AK lineup of the C39V2 and RAS47”

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