The internet has been buzzing this week with news of a new handgun. The LifeCard. If you’ve not yet seen one, here it is. This is a .22 that is about the size of a credit card, and not much thicker than a typical iPhone. It folds up, fits in your pocket, and has caused some heated debates about concealed carry.
The Truth About Guns begins their article on the LifeCard by quoting Trailblazer Firearms’ press release. “Are you ready for the one gun you will most certainly want to buy this year? Nestled in the hills of North Carolina, a new firearms start-up launches LifeCard, a truly innovative .22 LR in a super-compact, no-snag design that folds to the size of a credit card.”
It is certainly easy to carry concealed. The machined aluminum frame holds a steel barrel and a steel trigger. It can’t be fired folded, but is easy (if not exactly fast) to set up.
TTAG reports that the design, built by Trailblazer Firearms’ Prez Aaron Voigt, has been in the works for a while. “Voigt tackled the jungle of patents, trademarks, prototyping, machining, licensing, marketing and more. Now, seven years later, the dream that started as a sketch on a piece of paper can be held in the hand, aimed down range and fired.”
It is a single shot, though you can store more rounds in the handle. Four of them. But you will have to reload manually, which as many people point out is likely not a viable solution during a self defense situation.
The round used by the small weapon, a .22LR, is usually more at home in a rifle used for squirrel hunting, or in a competition target pistol. It was obviously chosen as the caliber of choice for its compactness which allowed the firearm to be made very thng.
While some commentators in the firearms community are not taking the new gun too seriously, the company behind it hopes that it can catch on as a viable self defense option.
This is certainly not the first tiny concealed carry gun and it certainly won’t be the last. As more and more states expand their carry rights, people will continue to look for smaller and smaller firearms to carry.