The newest baby of the NRA, dubbed the “ideal conceal” looks just like a cell phone. It’s small, black, compact, and, not surprisingly, shaped just like a cell phone. When it comes to concealed weapons the entire purpose is to look like you’re not wearing anything. If your piece is printing on your shirt then it’s not very well concealed. Smaller weapons, pea shooting Derringers, ankle holsters, a sport coat, a looser shirt, there’s many ways that concealed weapons can be hidden in plain sight. So what’s the fuss?
This one’s a little too effective.
While it won’t fool an X-ray machine or an air port scanner, the side of it is enough that if you looked over someone and saw it imprinted on their pocket you would very much assume it was a cell phone and not a firearm.
Their booth at the NRA convention recently was one of the busiest hot spots for people wanting to check it out, and there’s even some grumblings that a 9mm version will be next.
- The company hails from Minnesota
- The gun is a .380 caliber
- Plastic with a metal core.
- $395, available in October 2018, prototype release in June
- 3″x 5″ x 0.75″ (folded)
- 18.3oz (unloaded)
- Double Strike Capable
For those who want to carry this is about the size of a Glock 42 when unfolded. However, it’s thinner, lighter, and could be in someone’s hand and you’d likely dismiss it as a cell phone. The trigger pull is about 10lb, it takes a long, long time, especially when you’re dealing with something that is about half the thickness of a grip you’re used to it can get a little uncomfortable. So it’s not something you’re going to be able to hit bullseye without some practice if you’re used to a wider and more stable weapon. The thin-ness alone feels alien to anyone who has held a handgun as it’s barely wider than the bullets themselves. The recoil is surprisingly decent, especially when compared to something like a revolver.
As a concealed weapon this is impressive. But only time will tell once it’s released if it ends up being nothing more than a quirky fad.
What Could Go Wrong?
Only last month a man was shot and killed by police for a firearm which later turned out to be nothing more deadly than a cell phone. The construction itself makes question if even security agents would be able to pick it out if it was dismantled as the plastic outer could easily be left on a person without setting off a metal detector as long as the metal inner passed through undetected. Fortunately, any agent looking is going to notice a trigger, hammer etc of what makes up a pistol – so no need to panic on that account.
The fact that it hides in plain sight is an effective method. It looks like a phone, is sized like a phone, and for the law abiding carrying citizen it’s perfect. But, like most things, it’s an entirely different risk when it comes to people who aren’t interested in the law. There’s going to be deaths because of this, and the NRA is just shrugging it off. There’s something terrifying about that, a normalcy that doesn’t speak well.
It’s going to be something to watch for sure. As a conceal weapon, it’s definitely genius, but if it ends up making everyone else, especially police, more trigger happy because of the greater risk then maybe it’s not such a great idea after all.
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