[GAO] Palm Pistol by Constitution Arms

I came across this interesting pistol design at The Great American Outdoor Show. Constitution Arms makes a unique single shot break action pistol chambered in .38 spl. They advertise that it is designed for the elderly and disabled shooters. Typically people who want to shoot but have grip strength and dexterity issues.

The inventor was inspired by a T-handled screwdriver.



The palm pistol has two independent trigger safeties that must be pressed to close the chamber and to fire. You typically have the barrel between your middle and ring finger so that those fingers will squeeze the two safeties. Then the top or bottom of the grip has protective caps that you flip up to access the firing trigger. The “trigger” button is about an 8 lb push however you can use your support hand to push the bottom button and that will reduce the “trigger” push to 4 lbs.



Having the barrel in this position is the best possible low bore axis that one could achieve with a pistol.



Constitution Arms is even making a carbine version.



Here are the available accessories. You can get a barrel extension to aid in closing the barrel, a picatinny rail for a laser or flashlight, a strike bezel or simply a thread protector. You could thread on a suppressor with the right thread pitch.

barrel-extension-lo-resb2 picatinny-lo-resb2 strike-bezel-lo-resb2 thread-protector-lo-resb2


I have my doubts that this Palm Pistol can be used for the disabled. It seems like quite a bit of manipulation and coordination to get this pistol to fire. You have to squeeze the two safety triggers while flipping the protective cap to depress the trigger. Added to the fact that this is a single shot pistol. Now the bigger issue at hand, the cost. The Palm Pistol base price is $1,350. Yes you read that correctly. It is over $1,000. Those barrel accessories you see above? They are $100 each. That is rather pricey for a threaded tube cut to different lengths and a short rail section. If I recall correctly, the carbine version of the Palm pistol is $1,800. That is rather steep.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Vhyrus

    You should put a warning at the top of this article. I’ve almost certainly ruined my keyboard now as a result of blowing cereal and milk all over it after seeing that ‘carbine’.

  • mosinman

    this would actually be interesting if it didn’t have so many “safety” features

  • Nick

    April 1st already?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Its early, but this is the dumbest thing ive seen all day.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Nonsense, it’s brilliant:

      • Tom

        Doesn’t he know anything its heel then toe!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        What an idiot.
        Hes got the front wheel mounted all wrong.

        • M.M.D.C.

          Not very smart, but he’s got sole.

      • kschmadeka

        I’d hate to be the cop studying these tracks away from a crime scene…

    • Mechman13

      Go up a couple stories, there’s a $2800 camouflage safe that can only fit a couple rifles.
      Apparently the GAO is for things that were too silly for SHOT

  • Edeco

    Too bad the term “lemon squeezer” is already used.

  • Bill

    IIRC, a very similar “pistol” was done in the 1800’s or early 1900’s.

  • TJbrena

    My reaction to this.

  • Andrew

    “The inventor was inspired by a T-handled screwdriver.”

    No, he was inspired by the many other “palm pistols” that have been around since black powder days. Ladies of the night were using similar contraptions to dispatch handsy johns 150 years ago.

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  • JoshCalle

    Holy balls they finally got this vaporware into production. I swear I almost pissed myself laughing at the carbine. “Hey elderly and disabled people, here’s a single shot .38 special that’s supposed to be easier for you to shoot with 12 pounds of unnecessary tacticrap on it”. An 8 pound thumb trigger? Really? How is a trigger that is twice as heavy as my glock easier to shoot? How is this any better for the recoil sensitive than a full size all metal .380 or a full size .22lr?

    • Budogunner

      8 pound pistol triggers are for defense attorneys, not people in self-defense situations.

      That said, step one is to survive. Step two is to fight for your innocence so you don’t spend the rest of life you saved in prison. Step two doesn’t get as much thought as it should.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Dead men tell no tales.

        • Jwedel1231

          Their families sure do sue a lot, though.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Cant argue with that.
            “My son was a good boy. He was in your house at 3 am because he thought it was a 24 hr church”

          • Jwedel1231

            There’s a cop in Chicago who is countersueing the estate of a kid who attacked him with a bat to the tune of about 5 mil. Turning the tables on them, for sure.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Good for him.
            My friends dad was a cop and ended up shooting a knife mugger on a train platform. Killed him but one round went through his torso and hit a woman jogging. Flesh wound, just a scratch. Anyway the woman and the family of the mugger both sued him.
            One night he pulled into an empty car wash and shot himself in the head.

          • Bill

            No good deed goes unpunished.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, that was a bad time.

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          • Jwedel1231

            Jeeze, that sucks. In the case I mentioned the cop shot a round that exited the attacker and hit a woman behind him, also.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            People need to realize that its the criminals fault when things like that happen not the cops. Not always anyway.

          • Bill

            It doesn’t match that, but one of the judges back in the day would make perps reimburse us for torn shirts, damaged watches, hospital bills and anything they damaged or destroyed in an arrest. We collected maybe 10 cents on the dollar.

          • Old Vet

            Dang, wish I would have had that judge back in the day. We had a good one, but not for recovery of uniform damage. Also in those days no one considered wearing a protective vest, they were just too bulky/expensive. Can’t be without one now with all the targets painted on their backs.

          • Top lol.

        • Budogunner

          But grieving families can claim malicious intent for such a “sneaky knuckle gun”.

          Never forget we live in a highly litigious, predominant anti-gun (or right to self-defense ignorant) society. They would be your judge and jury, literally.

          • Jwedel1231

            Get a legal defense service, like Second Call Defense. No matter what you do, you could be sued. If you get training to better defend yourself, “He was training to be a killer!” If you don’t get training, “He was an incompetent man who didn’t know what he was doing!”

          • Budogunner

            Very good advise. I use Legal Shield, which is a more general service, but better than nothing.

            Also, you are right about the dammed if you do, famed if you don’t situation. What’s worse, if you find yourself in the position where you have no option but to defend your life with deadly force you will not likely be in a fit state to represent yourself to anyone. You may be in shock, traumatized, or in some other way in need of care before speaking with authorities who will count you as guilty until proven innocent. Be sure you have qualified legal counsel to be your advocate.

            A lot of people have a macho attitude when it comes to carry and self-defense. Mine is a more humble and sober one. I hope I never, ever find myself with no other option because I understand the responsibilities and frankly don’t want to take a human life.

            As one of my instructors once said regarding CCDW, “The moment you firearm leaves your holster your life has changed forever and for the worse. The only question is how much worse and/or how much longer it lasts.”

            To be clear, I believe it is a fundamental right to defend yourself. I’m not saying just give up and die. However, once you have succeeded in staying alive you must begin to fight for your ‘life’ as you know it. That is something many don’t think about our prepare for when making the choice to carry.

          • maodeedee

            That’s why It’s good to live in a gun-friendly state. I live in Washington state which is a shall-issue state and just about every case of self defense that’s occurred where I live, the prosecution has ruled in favor of the armed citizen and no civil suit filed against armed citizens has held up in court as long as the shooting was justified

            It’s almost as if the country that we live in now is divided into Free states and “Slave states” where people are like slaves because they aren’t allowed to use firearms for self defense.

    • maodeedee

      Better yet a Sig P238 locked breech 380 that can be carried cocked and locked and has decent trigger.

  • wetcorps

    I’m used to see AR stocks added on everything, but this one caught me off guard.

  • Budogunner

    I was nodding, following along add I read about this product which was first announced many years ago. Then I hit, “…carbine version…” and proceeded to laugh until something inside me broke.

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  • Swarf

    Haaa ha ha ha!!

    Wow. That is so many different kinds of stupid, I’ve lost count.

    Here’s one: It’s been done, and significantly better, 150 years ago. I’ll bet you could buy a Protector from the 1880’s that functions better than this crap laden crap and costs less.

    • iksnilol

      Amsel didn’t exist in the 1800’s.

      Besides, they’re DDs now.

    • Secundius

      @ Swarf.

      The Protector Palm Gun, in .32-short (8×14.6mmR) is actually French in origin. First introduced in 1882, and 1883 in the USA…

  • Giolli Joker

    I was sure that the carbine was a joke… then I saw it’s priced…

  • Vizzini


    I’m sure the marketplace will give this the treatment it deserves.

  • Davep.

    the idea of a pistol designed for last-ditch defense by people too arthritic to use a normal handgun is a good one- I personally know people who can’t make a fist anymore, much less handle a 8-pound trigger- but that price! Even “msrp vs. street price”, it’s so spendy its priced out of the target audience it’s aimed at. $300-450 would be better, if still steep. For what they want I’d be wondering if I could get my local gunsmith to put some kind of palm or ‘winter’ trigger on one of my existing guns.

    • lbeacham

      Maybe get it included in the ADA requirements and make Medicare cover the cost for the elderly and disabled. Heck, tax money goes to much less valuable items than self protection. Or tax criminals and thugs, they’ve got money.

      • My mother’s insurance is paying $113 a month for a 30pk of those sticky e-stim/TENS pads. Ridiculous. $15 on Amazon.

        • lbeacham

          Amazon buyers use their money. The Government spends with our money. The former is hard earned and limited, the latter is just tokens in a board game.

  • smartacus

    I’m gonna be the first kid on my block with an SBR version 🙂

  • JamesRPatrick

    I am literally can’t evening right now.

  • jeffrey melton

    Originally they sought fda approval for the disabled to commit suicide using this device.

  • jerry young

    the palm pistol is nothing new they have been around for a long tome I’ve seen these in books before, this guy didn’t invent it he refined it

    • Cotter Sayre

      Believe me, he didn’t “refine it” — the original is far more potent and usable.

  • William Elliott

    call me when they work out the bugs, fix the trigger issue, and chamber it for .410/.45 Colt …

  • John

    It makes perfect sense, I added a laser sight and AR stock to my coffee mug and it made mornings much more “tactical”….I can’t drink from it anymore but who cares when you look that cool!

    BTW, it was MY idea to make a gun in the shape of a suppository and everyone laughed…well….WHO’S LAUGHING NOW?!?!?

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  • Secundius

    I have a Friend with Advance Rheumatoid Arthritis, who CAN’T because of Extreme Pain and Deformity of the Finger’s operate a Normal Firearm Anymore. If you Love to Shoot, and what to Keep On Shooting. GET ONE…

  • Dan Moore

    My wife is paralyzed on her left side from a stroke. This thing takes two hands with a lot of muscle control to use. It is absolutely useless for her.

  • Cotter Sayre

    This is a WAY step back from the original 7 shot 1883 (Chicago) Palm Pistol, which could actually be somewhat effective, even in 32 Rimfire. This new single shot plastic Palm Pistol thing is laughable, and I can’t believe they FINALLY got a few manufactured — and that they actually think some people are dumb/ignorant enough to purchase a few is quite amazing…

  • maodeedee

    Oversized, overpriced, and unnecessarily complicated. It’s basically a D/A only pistol and doesn’t even need a safety any more than a DA revolver does. Just don’t squeeze it if you don’t want it to fire.
    They should have just made a replica of the original Chicago Palm Pistol but make it out of modern materials and chamber it in 32 or .380 Auto. and maybe reduce capacity from seven shots to 5 so that the chamber walls could be thicker.
    Or even make it a single shot but make it more compact.