Thursday, December 4, 2008

Granny Might Be Packin' Heat

Gizmodo- the Gadget Blog shares some 2nd Amendment technology with us:
Thanks to the Second Amendment, even the elderly have the right to keep and bear arms. The problem is that many of the guns out there are a bit unwieldy for an older person to handle. However, the inventors of the Palm Pistol are planning to change all that with a weapon that is ideal for both the elderly and the physically disabled. The firearm appears to be a redesign of the classic "Chicago Palm Pistol" first patented in the US in 1883—the difference being that the modern Palm Pistol is a single shot device with a thumb trigger. According to the product site, "point and shoot couldn't be easier"
It's interesting that these weapons may be available to some of the most vulnerable people in our society - the elderly and the physically disabled. It would seem that anyone should have the ability to protect themselves or engage in target practice, especially if they have handled firearms in the past. One shouldn't lose the opportunity to own and use a firearm if they have developed arthritis or have other disabilities.

The truth is that palm pistols have actually been around for quite awhile.

The Palm Pistol website says:
The Palm Pistol is an ergonomically innovative single shot double action only defensive firearm chambered in 9mm that may be fired using either hand without regard to orientation of the stock. Suited for home defense, concealed carry or as a backup gun. It is also ideal for seniors, disabled or others who may have limited strength or manual dexterity. Using the thumb instead of the index finger for firing, it significantly reduces muzzle drift, one of the principle causes of inaccurate targeting. Point and shoot couldn't be easier.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has approved these palm pistols too.

So next time, don't mess with granny! She may not just hit you over the head with her handbag ... she might just be packin' heat!

(H/T Jeff A.)