Palm Pistol update

Constitution Arms has made some changes to the design of their upcoming Palm Pistol. It will be chambered in .38 Special instead of 9mm Luger/Parabellum in order to paid extraction. Thankfully the combination lock was removed from the device! unfortunately it still contains, in my humble opinion, far to many safety gizmos. These include: two independently operable grip safeties, two trigger covers, latch safety, striker block and disengaged sear block.

A rapid prototype plastic model

The MSRP they are currently aiming at is $300.



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  • Erich Martell

    Wouldn’t this be neat in .45 AR?

  • Travis

    Today on the history channel there as a show on “strange weapons”, and an old palm pistol was shown. It included animation showing the cylinder rotation, and loading. Also was the alternate name “Assassins pistol”. Besides such a name and history, are those types of weapons banned or classified as AOW these days? Seems like a useful design for modern times. And even it a modern version would be an AOW, thats still a $5 tax in a free state.

    http://www.genitron.com/unique20.html

  • Lance

    An Assissins gun of choice.

  • Maigo

    What kind of ballistics do you get out of a 1 inch barrel? Might as well go with a .22short or gyrojet.

  • Freiheit

    I’m actually OK with the extra safeties. Given the short barrel length I’d want those in place to have some reasonable assurance that the users finger isn’t in front of the muzzle.

  • Whatever

    This product is stupid in that it’s a wet dream product for those who want to ban guns. What good is this other than something you can conceal in your hand and then use to deliver a fatal sucker-punch?

  • Bill Lester

    Does anyone else remember this was the same company that tried to B.S. Medicare into paying for these weapons, saying they were a “medical device” for the disabled?

    http://www.medgadget.com/archives/2008/12/fda_pulls_back_on_prescription_pistol.html

  • zach

    that’s the stupidest thing ever. unsafe. without all the safeties, accidental discharge risk is HUGE. With all those ridiculous safeties, it’s doubtful it would be fast enough to use, especially for senior citizens, the target audience of this concept

  • Aces n 8s

    if you are close enough to use you might as well just stab the fellow with a trusty knife

  • Paul

    All I can say is since it has so small a barrel and forces you to point with your fist to fire it, it needs a laser. Not a long range one but one that is strong enough for 10 yard (or more likely 10 ft.) distance shooting.

    As for changing from 9×19 to .38 Spl. Considering it sure isn’t a fast reloading weapon, I’d stayed with 9mm and just issued a pencil to push the empties out.

  • Paul

    And hey, Erich, that IS a good idea. .45 AR is shorter than .38 Spl. Not a bad idea at all!

  • me

    Well when Glocks came out the media had a heyday with the “plastic Pistol” concept.

    Recently it was the OMG!!!!! Cell Phone Gun hysteria. Have yet to see a “in the wild pic” of one of those yet.

    And now the Palm Pistol! Cant wait to see the MSM hysterics over this one. It should be more than entertaining.

    Steve think you meant aid extraction instead of paid there.

  • Cymond

    Travis, my state only allows us to carry handguns concealed, so carrying an AOW is out of the question for me.

    Several comments decry this weapon as ineffective, while several others paint it as the perfect weapon for assassinations. To those of you who haven’t heard about this product, it is intended as a defensive weapon for the partially disabled.

    A feeble person may not have the strength to swiftly plunge a blade into an attacker or even the hand strength to operate a conventional firearms. I know a young woman who literally cannot operate a Nerf gun. This is a poor weapon, but it may the only weapon some people can operate.

    An assassin could find a far superior weapon for $300. Seriously, 1 shot of 38spcl out of a 1″ barrel with no sights? And you think anyone would choose this weapon over a conventional design? $130 gets you a Cobra derringer with 2 shots, a conventional grip, (poor) sights, and slightly better ballistics out of the 2″ barrel. No assassin will ever use this design unless it is the only weapon available … or an action movie (like that ‘ceramic’ Glock in Die Hard!) Btw, I guarantee the finished product will require metal parts, including the barrel.

  • El Duderino

    Dumb idea. Who cares about the caliber? Gramma is going to end up shooting her leg, or a bystander. I mean, c’mon…

  • jaekelopterus

    I agree with Cymond. Anyone too feeble to operate a traditional handgun is probably going to lack the dexterity to use this thing properly. It’s just a design that’s asking to be banned.

  • jaekelopterus

    I mean to say, El Duderino.

  • Don

    Just wait…

    This will go down in history as the “nursing home suicide pistol” and then the company will bankrupt.

    -D

  • snmp

    You have old French pistol name Le Gaulois with the same way.

    => http://www.armes-anciennes.fr/pages_collection/gaulois.htm

  • Not to be a Negative Ned, but I have never been convinced this is a good idea. Single shot, slow to reload, and a rather expensive gun considering that it is nothing more than a derringer.

    I’m also less than impressed with the claim that it is oh-so-wonderful for those with reduced physical function due to age or disability, and I should know.

  • me

    for those who deride this weapon and a silly or junk item you have no understanding of its intended market, it is a gun for severely disable persons and people afflicted with arthritis.
    these people mostly cannot activate a double action firearm with ease and would have trouble drawing a slide back on a gun

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