Trailblazer Firearms Announces Folding “LifeCard” Pistol

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Trailblazer Firearms a new gun called the LifeCard. This new firearm is a single shot handgun chambered for the .22 LR. While many people would call it underpowered for any defensive use, the gun has a feature that might change a few minds: it folds in half.

When folded, the LifeCard has a length and width similar to that of a credit card. However, it is substantial thicker than a bank card at 0.5″. The steel barrel is a tip up design that allows you to directly drop a single rimfire round into the chamber. According to the manufacturer, the gun should not be carried with a round in the chamber. The aluminum body of the gun does have a small compartment for the storage of four .22 LR cartridges.

Folding guns are nothing new to the firearms industry. However, folding handguns are still relatively rare. For many people the added benefits of concealment are outweighed by the additional action required to place the gun in a useable state. If the LifeCard can overcome that concern, the gun still has to deal with being a single shot weapon chambered for the relatively weak .22 LR cartridge.

The new gun has a suggested retail price of $399. The company plans to begin shipping these handguns in mid August.

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  • NINJA del TACO

    Interesting. So it’s not an AOW?

    • Kevin Craig

      It would be AOW if it could be fired while not looking like a firearm. This looks like a gun when it’s unfolded to fire.

      • Bierstadt54

        If they are going to go that route I’d rather they made a folding gun out of one of those bolt action pens.

        • SGT Fish

          the non-AOW pen guns are out there. youll see them on gunbroker from time to time. prices just keep going up. I regret not buying one 10 years ago. But I think I would use this more. the pen style ones were much harder to reload and use

          • Bierstadt54

            Cool, and ty, I didn’t know they were available. But I cannot imagine any of these being particularly useful unless one is James Bond. How confident would I be of disabling an armed attacker with one of these… one .22 round, not very confident at all. A full mag, sure, but not one shot.

  • Giolli Joker

    “According to the manufacturer, the gun should not be carried with a round in the chamber.”
    So basically it’s just a conversation piece rather than a last resort defence gun.
    “dear criminal, please let me take this “rectangle of metal that is definitely not a gun” out of my right pocket while I pick up a .22 LR round from my left pocket…”

    • flyingburgers

      “Always keep and carry your firearm empty with the hammer forward” –Colt AR Manual
      “Do not load the pistol until you are ready to use it, and unload it immediately when you have completed shooting.” –Ruger LCP Manual
      “Completely unload your firearm before storing, travelling, standing it against an object, laying it down, entering a house, car, truck, boat, RV/camper, building, or handing it to someone.” –Springfield XD-S Manual

      • PeterK

        Yeah I was gonna say. Sounds like CMA language.

        • retfed

          This gun looks a lot cruder than a Colt, Ruger, etc. If they say “Don’t carry it loaded,” I’d believe them.

      • John

        What about the Sig manual “Do not drop the firearm, a dropped firearm may discharge”.

        Say WHAAAAAT!?!?

        • Some Rabbit

          Cops yell “drop the gun” because they’re hoping it goes off so they can all unload their mags into the suspect.

      • “Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in
        mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out

        • noob

          Sounds kinky

          • iksnilol

            Tooth brushing?

          • noob

            If I’m not mistaken these are the instructions on a packet of American toothpicks (or mint flavored floridated dental sticks)

          • noob

            American toothpicks (like the TePe brand) have a triangular cross section so that you can put the back of the triangle against the gum and avoid cutting your gums. If your gums are already tender from chewing tobacco this can help you keep your teeth from falling out.

          • iksnilol

            Today I learned indeed.

      • Mystick

        “Do not insert into ear canal.”

  • Edeco

    That is neat! This no round in chamber thing better be just a CYA move. I could deal with the price (since it may cause a delightful folk hysteria) but not something that isn’t drop safe or goes off when squeezed like a nambu or whatever. Also looking at the width of a Double Tap derringer I’m surprised the couldn’t shave 0.05″ or so more off the width.

  • allannon

    Huh, neat. Not really useful, but neat.

    Kinda appeals to my inner 12-year-old that loves James Bond gadgetry.

  • Vhyrus

    If he had made it so it telescoped out of the grip I think it would be much more compact and useful.

  • SGT Fish

    I’d be in for one at $200. might get one if street prices are around $300. Its a very cool conversation piece and I’d sit at my desk and fondle the crap out of it. Grown mans fidget spinner

    • Edeco

      Yeah, I’d pay $200 for the machine and amusement of firing it. But $200 more (or hopefully 100 depending on how serious the MSRP is) to possibly fuel a moral panic 😀

      • LGonDISQUS

        .22lr zip gun is $200 but as reliable as a flaky college kid with ADD.

        • Edeco

          I had a pang of want when those were announced but then seeing the specifics and reviews, bleh. It’s bizarre how USFA went from ultra premium SAA’s to crummy weirdness. Dissapointing. I’d prolly never pay that much for an SAA, but they were doing or at least announcing neat stuff, gave hope of future goodies like maybe a repro Remington 51 or that the Zip Gun would be well made

    • Sledgecrowbar

      This is what the Zip gun should have been. That thing is an affront to thoughtfulness. This is at least interesting. I hope more folding handguns start coming out, I’d like to see a semiauto .380 along the lines of the Full Conceal thing that just made the rounds but in the style of this folded shape.

  • Kelly Jackson

    This is dumb and you should feel dumb for covering it.

    • Shankbone

      There will be a “BREAKING AR Acessories Announced” post along soon to soothe any chaffing you may have experienced.

  • Joel

    It looks scalable to some larger calibers.

  • TheNotoriousIUD
    • LGonDISQUS

      Fav movie.

  • ironked

    I found this article because my LBS just posted that they would be carrying then soon. In areas where there’s no problem having a gun, well away from gun control jurisdictions, it might be a viable novelty. Around here in the VA suburbs of DC, I would always worry that I would forget having it on me and drive into DC or MD. Jail time possible. Wonder how hard it would be to bore out to more useful .22WMR.

  • That guy

    This looks like the type of firearm the USSC specifically banned in the Miller decision. It’s not anything close to in common use and seems to be more of an assassination weapon.

    Normally I’m all for “Shall Not Be Infringed”, but this is a bit out there along the lines of cane guns and other really out there oddities.

    • wartzilla

      Not ‘banned’. But it is an AOW. If the manufacturer doesn’t realize they’ve made an AOW they’re quite dumb.

    • m-dasher

      it needs to be folded into a “gun shape” inorder to be fired…therefore its legal.

      just like the stinger pen pistol

  • John

    Interesting, although for $250 you can get a 5 shot NAA .22 Mag that fits in your ear.

    • A.WChuck

      It is almost as if they did zero marketing research before announcing this product. Heck, you can even get a folding grip for the NAA revolvers.

      • Edeco

        If I had serious personal safety concerns and had to choose one I’d take the NAA. But I checked, the max width of the NAA is greater than the card thing.

        • John

          Yes, but it holds 5 rounds and has a safety notch for carrying loaded.

          • Edeco

            Oh ok. The Lifecard doesn’t just damage paper or flesh though; by being a gun with a different shape it zaps a hole in social order.

    • B. Young

      no, its the NAA .22 short version that fits in your ear-lol

      • John

        Oh that’s right, the .22 mag version fits up your…never mind.

        • iksnilol

          Was a lady that once did that when she went to prison.

  • TangledThorns

    We’ve gone from folding phones to folding guns. What will they think of next??

  • Don Ward

    And yet four stories down, Andrew posted a spit-flecked rant about small guns being stupid.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Folds in half for better concealment? 1894 had that and in 12 gauge!

    • Stan Darsh

      …and Gun Jesus said unto them “Break thou self and repent thy wicked ways.”

    • Giolli Joker

      Somebody should make a modern version of it.
      A Benelli Inertia action could be a good base to make it semi-auto.

  • m-dasher

    for the size of it, they should be able to make it .25/.32/.380 acp without much difficulty

    • iksnilol

      .300 winmag you mean?

  • “Hold on… hold on… gimme a second here… almost got i– oh dangit I dropped the… wait wait wait… hold on… okay, now I’m ready to shoot! Wait, where did all these clouds and those big pearly gateposts come from? Why does that guy with the big book have wings?”

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I really hate to be one of those guys that’s always complaining about prices. But.

    That’s REALLY expensive for what you get, the parts, materials, labor, etc…

  • lucusloc

    Yeah. . . This would only be useful if you could carry loaded, and even then might as well get one of those folding .22lr revolvers.

  • Mystick

    Didn’t you just have an article like two seconds ago about how small guns suck?

  • iksnilol

    Literally wouldn’t use that to even kill myself with.

    A micro sized sex toy is a more formidable weapon than that toy.

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  • Some Rabbit

    At least you didn’t have to unfold a pen-gun to fire it.

  • Uncle Webkins

    I would add to cart if it was offered in .22 WMR.

  • 22winmag

    Alex, I’ll take Minimag to the face for $400.

  • Kwoath

    Carrying a .22 for self defense is almost as stupid as a CCW that you have to unfold, then load a single round before firing. It will help clean out the gene pool though.

  • Nicholas C

    I’ve always wanted a Stinger/Braverman pen pistol but they are fetching ridiculous prices. This will be a good stand in.

  • Neil Hamilton Hightower III

    To much money for to little. The naa isnt much bigger folds can be carried loaded and more than one shot