Go Go Gadget Credit Card Gun!
The shooting industry isn’t short of novelty guns. We’ve seen companies get creative with designs, like the company that shaped a pistol like a cellphone, but Trailblazer Firearms’ new LifeCard .22LR is definitely unique — even if it looks like something Inspector Gadget might have.
Tagged as “The last gun you’ll leave behind,” the LifeCard .22LR is a folding, single-shot .22LR pistol that’s literally the size of a couple of stacked credit cards. It is a ½ inch in thickness and weighs 7 ounces. Shipping for the new pistol is listed for mid-August 2017.
How does it work?
Usage of the LifeCard .22LR is fairly simple, though the manual does come with many warnings. A slide latch on the bottom half of the gun allows the pistol to fold and unfold. Once unfolded, to load the pistol, simply slide the barrel release latch fully and lift up on the barrel. Close the barrel, pull the bolt to cocked and you’re ready to shoot.
The LifeCard .22LR has two safety features built into the design specifically for promoting safety operation. The first is the half-cocked bolt position. The half-cocked position is readily identified when the bolt is flush with the rear pistol frame. It’s is recommended the pistol be kept in the half-cocked position when not being fired. It also needs to be in the half-cocked position when loading and unloading.
The second safety feature is the trigger pocket built into the handle. The pistol cannot be cocked or fired when the handle is closed around the trigger. Also, when the gun is cocked, the handle cannot be fully closed.
Why would I want a single-shot pistol?
That’s a fair point, but let’s think about this. The LifeCard .22LR provides a new option for public safety and self-defense. Though it has only one shot, that’s a shot that could be needed in a nasty situation. For those who carry concealed, the LifeCard .22LR creates an easier, more discreet option, even if you just use it as a backup gun. The credit card-sized pistol is not going to pay your tab, but it could save your life.
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The LifeCard .22LR’s discreet shape has a sleek design. It features a full-sized handle for easy use when it’s unfolded and is completely ambidextrous. It also has built-in safety features. MSRP is listed at $399.
Length: 3.375 inches (closed)
Height: 2.125 inches (closed)
Thickness: ½ inch
Weight: 7 ounces
Materials: 4140 pre-hardened steel (barrel, bolt, trigger), aluminum (frame, handle), 100 percent machined billet
Finish: Corrosion Resistant Isonite steel, Hard-coat anodized aluminum
Safety: Will not fire when closed
Would you carry one? Comment below and let us know what you think about Trailblazer Firearms’ new creation.