This is one for all of you who are into the whole backpack or survival rifle concept. Trailblazer Firearms, whom many of you know for creating the single-shot .22LR LifeCard pistol has just announced their newest offering – the Pack9. The Pack9 is a collapsable, lightweight 9mm pistol caliber carbine that uses a unique rotating stock to collapse itself into just 21-inches in OAL when folded. The new rifle is set to be made available to consumers beginning in the first quarter of 2022 and yes, it takes Glock mags.
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Trailblazer Firearms Unveils the New Pack9 Compact Rifle
ACTION: Semi-Automatic, Magazine Fed, Direct Blowback
LENGTH (FOLDED): 20.9″
MIN. FIRING LENGTH (STOCK COLLAPSED): 26.7″
MAX. FIRING LENGTH (STOCK EXTENDED): 29.7″
WEIGHT: 5 lbs.
MATERIALS: Aluminum / Steel / Polymer
FINISH: Corrosion Resistant
SAFETY: Will not fire when closed / Manual Safety
By far the most striking thing about the Pack9 is the way in which it collapses down for transport. The pistol caliber carbine pivots the top portion around the grip module and snaps into place 180 degrees into its firing position. The rifle features integrated iron sights as well as a generous amount of both top Picatinny rail space and side M-LOK rails. The barrel is also threaded meaning you can mount a suppressor or other muzzle device if you wish. Another cool feature I noticed was that the rifle feature a non-reciprocating charging/cocking handle and it is oriented in much the same way that the MP5 charging handle is (I wonder if you could HK slap this thing without damaging it.)
Trailblazer Firearms makes specific mention that the rifle is incapable of being fired when it is in its folded/collapsed position which adds a layer of safety to the design that would be important for storing it in a backpack. During the company’s keynote address on the Pack9, they were very specific to mention that they will also be offering a customized Pack9 backpack to pair with the Pack9 rifle. The pack doubles as a portable and somewhat discreet range bag that looks like it would be just as good to take with you out on a hike or walk around your ranch. Absent from the keynote address on the Pack9 were the specific release date as well as the pricing.
I find it really impressive that they were able to make the rifle a scant 1.15-inches side as this makes for a much more concealable and space-saving platform. I would be interested in seeing what you guys think about the reveal of the Pack9. Does this rifle look like it has the potential to make it into your collection or are there already options out on the market that you think you would prefer over it?