This credit-card sized, single-shot .22 has definitely turned heads because of its discreet size and obvious concealability.
Trailblazer Firearms definitely got people talking with the announcement of the concealed carry LifeCard .22LR recently. They recently put out this video that gives a somewhat better insight into the gun's features.
Make no mistake, this single shot pistol chambered in .22 long rifle is designed for extremely discreet carry and self defense purposes only.
Meet the Trailblazer Lifecard in .22 long rifle.
This is likely one of those "love it or hate it" ideas for many firearms owners. Some will like the slim design of the LifeCard .22LR that's the size of a credit card. Others might think it's a gimmick and opt for a more traditional derringer from Beretta, Remington, Sig Sauer or Ruger that might hold an extra round.
Still others are probably going to prefer a full-size semi-auto handgun like a Glock with a longer barrel length for more accuracy and more safety features. You likely won't find a firearms instructor who would advocate this as your only everyday carry piece. Most are going to recommend at least .380 ACP as a defensive round. But as a "last chance" scenario type of backup gun, this might get people interested.
Not that this single action gun doesn't have some things going for it. It's made of hard coat anodized aluminum and weighs just seven ounces. The thickness is just 0.5 inches, which Lifecard proudly touts is "thinner than a stack of credit cards," thus the name. It is cool that it eliminates the need for holsters, which can become uncomfortable when worn for long periods. There is also an area in the handle that holds a few extra rounds of ammo. Trailblazer also says the gun cannot fire when locked into the folding position, which is a nice feature.
One thing is for certain, you can't say Trailblazer Firearms Lifecard isn't being innovative with trying to come up with a new firearms design! As for the Lifecard 22's price, the MSRP on this gun is around $400.
Many people have questions regarding Lifecard's firearms as far as legalities go for California. The Lifecard website specifically says in the fine print that this gun is not available for sale there or Maryland and Massachusetts.