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Are you wondering what to get your elderly neighbor for her 87th birthday? Fear not because I have found the answer: the Palm Pistol. This isn’t some electronic device that helps keep your calendar items straight. Invented in 2008 by Matt Carmel, the purpose of the palm pistol would be to allow people to fire a defensive firearm who normally would not be able to physically shoot a typical handgun. But here’s the strangest part: It was once considered by the FDA to be a “medical device”.
The palm pistol is essentially a one shot “in case all else fails” firearm that has a .38 special chambered. It was meant to be used for the elderly or those with arthritis as they would not normally be able to handle the recoil of other handguns. It is held cradled in the palm, with the wrist absorbing the maximum amount of shock, and it is fired with the thumb instead of the index finger.
When Matt Carmel first filed the device with the FDA, they approved the device under a “Medical” category with the reasoning of the help-the-elderly-fire-weapons mentality. Pretty soon after, however, the Brady Campaign pressured the FDA to remove that categorization, which they did.
The Palm Pistol has unique features worth diving deeper into. For instance, it has no external moving parts and as a result it can be fired from within a purse or pocket. Thus, making it a super-concealable gun!
It has not been mass-produced as of yet, however the inventor is taking plenty of deposits for
when the final product does come out–which would give the elderly and physically inferior people an easier way to defend and protect themselves.
Edited to correct the FDA filing 8/25/11.