A Folding .22 LR Pistol No Bigger Than A Credit Card? The LifeCard from Trailblazer Firearms

The LifeCard from Trailblazer Firearms. MSRP $399.

Meet the “LifeCard” from Trailblazer Firearms, a .22 LR single-action, single-shot folding pistol no larger than a credit card.

Billed as “the last gun you’ll leave behind,” it’s clear that this folding firearm brings pocket carry to a whole new level

Specs:

  • Caliber: .22LR
  • Action: Single-Action, Single-Shot
  • Length: 3.375 inches
  • Height: 2.125 inches
  • Width: 0.5 inches
  • Weight: > 7 oz.
  • Barrel: Steel, Tilt-Up
  • Frame: Aluminum (includes folding handle)
  • Features: Ambidextrous, built-in safety features, ammo storage in handle for 4 rounds
  • MSRP: $399

The frame and the grip of the pistol are made from fully-machined aluminum billet with a hard-coat black anodized finish. And the tilt-up barrel, bolt and trigger are made of steel with an Isonite finish for corrosion resistance, according to the press release.

This the first design from the up-and-coming Trailblazer Firearms, which apparently has more head-turning products in the works.

Folds up into one small package.

“Trailblazer Firearms fully intends to spearhead innovative new firearms products starting with the LifeCard, available later this month,” Aaron Voigt, President of Trailblazer Firearms, explained in a press release. “New designs and true innovation have been the exception and our goal is to be the pioneer laying new trails for gun enthusiasts, designers and manufacturers.”

Voight, a veteran of the Army and USMC, started working on the LifeCard in 2010.  Seven years later he is ready to bring this baby to market.

“Initially, I had no idea that going from concept to actual product would take seven years, but in essence, that time spent was valuable and will show in every aspect of this remarkable product. I am looking forward to putting this pistol on the market and can’t thank my family and friends enough for all the support and patience,” Voigt said.

Perfect for pocket carry.

“We expect product to hit our distributors, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center, in about three weeks,” he added. “We look forward to the feedback from our customers regarding our initial product offering and look forward to continually innovating new products.”

Let’s face facts, .22 LR is a less than ideal self-defense round which means the LifeCard wouldn’t be my first choice for a concealed carry pistol.  But I doubt it was built to be a primary concealed carry option.  From my vantage point, this has backup gun written all over it.

Of course, there is a survival aspect to it as well.  Due to its compact size and the ease to which it can be carried, it does give off the “never leave home without it” vibe.  I can’t wait to give it a try.

As mentioned, the LifeCard should be available later this month.  It has an MSRP of $399. To learn more about it, visit the Trailblazer Firearms website.

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  • Clay Rogers November 6, 2017, 4:27 pm

    Can you please provide any/all dealers you have in the S.W. Missouri region?

  • Lawman October 19, 2017, 9:21 am

    I bought one from my dealer who has the ability to get unusual guns most of the time. I bought it as a collector’s item, as it will be a collectible most likely. It is functional, but don’t plan to put it into action very quickly.

  • Jon September 23, 2017, 11:50 pm

    Does it come with the option of a picitiny rail? I wonder if they will come out with the option for a bayonet lug… just in case shit gets to hairy. Maybe streamlight will come out with a light for this Cadillac of a piss someone off gun. Pray to god treyvon don’t come rollin up on my house with his buttpirates trying to steal all my knick knacks. I’d be able to poop my pants, wipe, then put on a pair of depends by the time I got the credit card out and functioning.

  • Rob McGill September 21, 2017, 12:05 pm

    Can’t find anywhere to get one yet, are they available yet? Could someone point me in the right direction.

  • cisco kid August 30, 2017, 10:55 am

    I remember when they made a wallet holster for the Beretta 950 pistol. The ATF simply outlawed the holster by making a new ruling and bypassing Congress. I am wondering how and why they let this pistol be manufactured????? I would like to own one but I think they will all be confiscated when they ATF changes their minds about it.

  • Joseph King August 26, 2017, 9:35 pm

    This is obviously not meant to be a primary defense gun. Think of it as a back-up gun to your back-up gun.
    As a last ditch gun it may have its place. Wish it had some type of meager sights, but it looks fun. Plus, as a dealer, I won’t have to pay msrp. 😉

  • Lew Mokrasch August 6, 2017, 6:35 am

    Thanks to all the writers for their alternate suggestions!

  • Fred Ziffle August 5, 2017, 10:43 am

    Whenever I’m in need of hyper-opinionated, nay-saying negativity I read the comment section of any Guns America News & Review article. There’s nothing quite like hearing a self-proclaimed “expert” bloviate.

  • george August 5, 2017, 4:00 am

    well let’s see, the credit card gun, great for camping, fishing trip, your not trying to kill anyone, just scare them
    while being car jacked, mugged, home invadsion, great for warning shot, while you get the big one, the price $399.00
    is greed, i have north american arms, each fire 5 shots and extra barrel $324.00 for eached well worth it for both,
    great concept but to dig in your pocket that deep you must have money to burn i don’t you have a 15 month payment plan

  • Ringo Lapua August 5, 2017, 12:01 am

    They should change the name to “Suicide by .22”. If you want the best small gun on the planet, carry the North American Arms Black Widow or the NAA Pug. Both are .22 Magnum….and carry 5 shots. They are virtually undetectable and totally bother free in shorts and tight jeans.

  • Jacob Mcpherson August 4, 2017, 11:04 pm

    Is this a joke? What’s next a key gun? Stop wearing skinny jeans, plan your pant size for carry and reach down to make sure you still have a pair. Then practice shove draw kill drills until your finger is numb.

  • Kb31416 August 4, 2017, 9:42 pm

    My Ruger LCP is only slightly larger, is less than $200 or half price, conceals perfectly in my Recluse holster, and I get 7 .380 XTPs instead of one 22 LR. Hmmm…

  • MB August 4, 2017, 7:50 pm

    I would assume ( maybe incorrectly ) that this is a NFA “any other weapon”… not worth the hassle or the $5.00 tax stamp… since it’s not really a pistol in normal configuration.

    • ejharb August 5, 2017, 2:40 pm

      Nope,when its fired it has a pistol shape like the cell phone 380 and the braverman pen pistol,as long as you cant fire it in carry mode

  • OFBG August 4, 2017, 5:38 pm

    The billing as “the last gun you’ll leave behind,” just doesn’t cut it.
    I know that AMEX might get upset, but I think that “Don’t leave home without it” rings better, don’t you?

  • Joe August 4, 2017, 3:38 pm

    I might by it for $50.00 or $75 but $400, no way. I’d rather buy a cheap 9 mil or 380 for half the price. Maybe they would jam on the second or third shot, but even then I would have a better chance than with A single shot .22

  • LARRY TOOMEY August 4, 2017, 3:37 pm

    what ever happened to the PEN SHOT I have one that was made back in the 60,s it would fire a flare are a 22 LR. it was part of the survival pack in every aircraft in the NAVY.

  • Chas August 4, 2017, 1:17 pm

    If you only have a shot or two, they need to be big ones. Bond Arms, Granbury, TX. Excellent quality!

    • Robert Bradley August 4, 2017, 3:41 pm

      Have you ever carried a Bond Arms deringer? They really show their weight if you carry in a pocket—otherwise you may as well carry a Glock compact in a IWB holster.

    • stacy hoege August 4, 2017, 6:45 pm

      the best pocket cannons ever built love my bond arms c2k in .410/.45

    • shelton harrell August 5, 2017, 12:04 am

      I have a North American Arms derringer that shots 22 longs and 22 mag. folds up like a knife with a pocket clip and holds 5 rounds now thats a hell of a lot better and cost $235.00 love the pocket popper.

  • Charlie August 4, 2017, 1:03 pm

    It may not be the best choice,but if your life is on the line it will be better than not having anything but your finger up your nose!

    • Vinny August 5, 2017, 9:50 am

      That’s certainly true, but I’d think that only your best options should be considered in the case of self defense.
      More is usually better. Actually,this is almost as bad as the finger up the schnozzolla. I wouldnt depend on that.

  • Dan August 4, 2017, 12:40 pm

    One of the benefits of programs like “Shark Tank”, is that experienced business people critique potential products before investing capital. I sincerely hope this man recoups his investment by selling enough of these to continue innovating, but despite our propensity to splurge on novelty items, I wonder if there will be enough of us willing to part with $400 when there are better (and less expensive) options available to us.

    On the other hand, perhaps this idea will stimulate him, or someone else, to come up with a concealed carry option that is similarly less obtrusive, but with less obvious flaws like its inability to be carried with a round in the chamber.

    I am one of those people who grew up with firearms, believe they are the best option for the average person to protect themselves from crime, but in the unlikely event that I ever do need to protect myself or someone else, probably won’t have one on me. Not because I haven’t tried the latest holster options, or that I don’t own every single one of the leading concealed carry pistols on the market, or that I don’t want to have a pistol on me at all times, it’s because carrying any of the concealed pistols I have is not very practical for me most of the time. This guy is heading in the right direction, but there may need to be additional breakthroughs in technology before we will have a credit card sized option that is practical.

    • Robert Muxlow August 4, 2017, 1:08 pm

      A very thoughtful and respectful (i.e. no ranting and raving and chest-thumping bluster) observation.

  • Larry August 4, 2017, 12:38 pm

    WHY?

  • William M. Quirk August 4, 2017, 12:01 pm

    Should Have Made it in .22 Mag ,2 shot for that price !

  • Bryan August 4, 2017, 11:28 am

    I hear they’re coming out with a suppressed full-auto version as well…and a shoulder holster! 🙂
    Novelty, I guess….not practical in any way…leave home with something else..please..
    I think I’ll keep my NAA .22 mag in my pocket..

    • les August 4, 2017, 12:09 pm

      NAA is great for small , have carried one for over 30 years

    • mocatz August 4, 2017, 12:26 pm

      Carry both!

    • LJ August 4, 2017, 3:04 pm

      If for what ever reason I don’t feel like strapping on my usual CCW piece, i.e. walking to the mail box or just goofing around outside, I’ll drop two of the NAA .22 mags in each of my front pockets, even wearing swim shorts – always! I doubt this credit card single-shot is much smaller in overall size and not only is it a .22LR, but it’s single shot. What’s the point of it?

  • William Eisenberg August 4, 2017, 11:02 am

    That’s why I didn’t like my pen guns,too much fumbling around for that one Shot

  • Norm Fishler August 4, 2017, 10:55 am

    Has anyone out there ever heard of the Downsizer WSP (Worlds Smallest Pistol)? It too was a single shot but came in .357, .40 S&W & .45 ACP. It’s profile could be covered with a playing card. Been looking for one for a long, long time. The item discussed seems to me as being little more than a novelty piece. Possibly an assassination piece . . . I have had the Stinger in .22 and couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. Absolutely the most unsafe factory firearm I have ever handled. For tienie-tiny I have the NAA in .32 ACP. Still looking for a WSP in .357 though.

    • Harvey Wilson August 4, 2017, 10:52 pm

      I did a quick search, and found 2 WSP’s or sale….not exactly cheap at $1500 and the other a bit less. A third sold for $1050.

      • Charley D Vick August 8, 2017, 10:51 pm

        Personally I carry 2 Taurus snobby. 357 in my pockets 1 for each hand. Well concealed no real weight issues, tho would entertain the thought of a smaller magnum. Would keep in each pocket then. I heard of a naa .22 mag necklace tho not seen it yet.

  • Keith Rockefeller August 4, 2017, 10:27 am

    I’m not going to pay $400 for something like that. It’s ridiculous. If the gun was under $100, then the gun might be worth it, but a basic Bryco-Jennings .22 is much cheaper and as readily concealed. A basic Cobra Arms Derringer is more affordable, as easily hidden, and has two rounds going from .22lr to .45 Colt. No way on this one.

    • Big Jim August 4, 2017, 12:00 pm

      A Cobra Derringer will also fall apart in your pocket. I knew a guy who bought a brand-new one and he had to send it back to the factory – twice – because the trigger kept falling off. He died before it came back the second time. The first time, they were having problems in their office, someone got divorced, a secretary walked out, and it took them about a month to respond to a request for warranty work. Once they got around to taking care of the derringer, they were pretty quick about putting it back together and getting it back to this guy but the gun was STILL BROKEN and the trigger fell off again. I don’t know if they gun got fixed the second time since its owner was dead and his heir that (eventually) inherited the gun lives several hours away. After seeing all that, I don’t think you could run fast enough to give me a Cobra derringer which is a shame because they seemed like a worthwhile last-ditch option prior to that.

      • Bill August 4, 2017, 3:40 pm

        The poor guy must hve had a bad one. I know what you mean about the Cobra customer service…or lack of responses coming from them. For me it was a minor sales issue. My derringer however has performed admirably for several years. I shoot it at least 3-4 times a year just to keep up with the maanual of arms and how it shoots. It’s a .38 spl and has never failed. The only time I “needed” it was while walking my pooch in the grasslands when we found ourselves actually being approached by a number of small aggressive rattlesnakes. Luckily I had 2 rounds of shotshells and quickly dispensed with two of the more aggressive ones. Thank you Cobra. I don’t know what I would have done with this “Life Card” however.

    • Dave Wright August 4, 2017, 4:07 pm

      You will out grow that silly idea with age…………my 5 1/2 lb Blaser in 308 stalking rifle is one of the most popular in my safe.

  • Ron Wilson August 4, 2017, 10:10 am

    Being just seen with this is analogous to having \”stupid\” written on your forehead.

  • Ron Wilson August 4, 2017, 10:08 am

    Being just seen with this is analogous to having “stupid” written on your forehead.

  • Vic vapor August 4, 2017, 10:06 am

    wow,
    the bashers really piled on for this one, The poor fella was just trying to make a firearm that would give ya one more shot if you really needed it.

  • G Miller August 4, 2017, 9:36 am

    $400? Seriously? I can get over the small caliber, but its usefulness is greatly diminished by all the moves it takes to actually use the gun. Unlock; fold open, cock then shoot one round. The other four are loose in the handle – even more moves for round #2. All this after you retrieve the weapon and figure out which end is up. It is perhaps still better than nothing, but in a desperate situation all this will take even longer. Check out the instruction sheet on the product website:
    http://www.trailblazerfirearms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/lifecard-manual_web.pdf

    • Mike Mackay August 4, 2017, 10:06 am

      Pocket derringer, two shots, .45 caliber. Forget this novelty.

      • Vinny August 6, 2017, 12:50 am

        Thats an excellent option….

    • Dan August 4, 2017, 12:00 pm

      You forgot one very important step that will relegate this to one of those novelty items that ends up buried in the back of the safe. It cannot be carried or folded with a round in the chamber, so in addition to the, Unlock, fold open, and fire, you also have, Unlock, fold open, retrieve one of your four cartridges stored in the handle, load, and fire.

  • Tim S. August 4, 2017, 9:19 am

    An inventive idea, but not at all practical. First you have to pull it out while fumbling in an panic situation, unfold it, cock it and then fire (one shot…lol). There are plenty of 2 shot derringers out there in .45 LC that pack significantly more punch. To most people hopped up on drugs or adrenaline, if you miss the vitals with a .22 LR it’s going to feel like a bee sting and they are going to keep coming at you. Yeah…I think I’ll pass…

    • Dan August 4, 2017, 12:01 pm

      Also, it cannot be carried with a round in the chamber!

  • mka August 4, 2017, 9:04 am

    Circus is back in town,and the trained squirrels are getting their nuts with something worse than useless.
    This toy will get you killed.

  • Cary Kieffer August 4, 2017, 9:02 am

    I’d consider one for the novelty of it, I have several “novelty” guns, just because they are unique and make great conversation pieces. As far as usefulness, NAA has this market whipped and you get 5 shots instead of 1. I have two NAA’s, 1 LR and 1 Mag. Both are excellent for being the “last gun you’ll leave behind”.
    Taking that 1 step further the LCP, Keltec 380 and Kahr 380 all dissappear in my pocket almost just as well.

  • Tim S. August 4, 2017, 9:00 am

    An inventive idea but totally not worth carrying. One shot of .22LR while “fumbling” to pull the card out, open it up, retract the bolt and fire one shot? Yeah…I think I’ll pass. Bond Arms makes deringers in .45 LC that are just as easy to conceal, have two shots and will actually kill a person.

  • Frank August 4, 2017, 8:49 am

    WOW! Would be nice with a can on it..

  • Larry Rogers August 4, 2017, 8:48 am

    Wouldn’t pay $400. for one shot gun.

  • GT August 4, 2017, 8:36 am

    Not impressed. I have an original Kolb Baby Hammerless .22 6 shot REVOLVER that has an overall smaller silhouette than this thing. Turn of the century gambler’s pistol, about half the size of a playing card (though much thicker!).

    I just don’t see the point of this “Lifecard”. Would still need to jump through all the hoops to get a CWP to be able to carry one legally, and if it ever came down to having to use this thing in a legit self-defense situation, I’m not so sure I would want to bet my life on a single shot of .22 L/R.

  • Mike August 4, 2017, 8:04 am

    Why don’t people understand that a .22 LR & .22Mag are much more powerful than a .25acp caliber? Look at the ballistics people. Especially a hyper 40gr. bullet.

    • ejharb August 5, 2017, 2:55 pm

      22Lr is tested alot from rifle length barrels,25acp from 2.5-3″
      Very different readings, write down your 25acp and go look up 22lr from north american arms website where it is tested in short barrels,

  • Robin Rhyne August 4, 2017, 8:03 am

    I think that a knife would be a wiser use of the space.

    • BRAD ROBBINS August 4, 2017, 8:17 am

      x 200…..

    • Roger Mansfield August 4, 2017, 8:48 am

      Why not carry a knife and the Folding 22. If you get jumped by two thugs and one has a gun, shoot that one and stab the other!! If they both have guns?? Well I hope your affairs are in order?

  • rt66paul August 4, 2017, 7:30 am

    Just look at how many people have been killed with .22 or .25 and then say they are no good. A .22 round in the shoulder or arm should stop most anyone from advancing on you. Most people that want to do you or yours harm are not hopped up on PCP and would have to be truely dedicated the keep coming after taking a slug. .380 or even .32 is much better at close range, but the .22 should do the job.

    • Mad Mac August 4, 2017, 9:16 am

      The objection to .22LR is that it is a rimfire.
      .25ACP enthusiasts believe that a centerfire is more reliable.

      • Vinny August 6, 2017, 12:57 am

        Thats true. I have the NAA 22MAG and every 3 or 4 wheels ill get a ftf. Makes me wish it was DA,that would be great…

  • roger August 4, 2017, 7:23 am

    I am excited and only $400. I would buy it in a heart beat. I collect derringer and it would go will with a men gun… should have went 25ACP however. 22LR can go bad if left in a pocket carry gun for a long time. Just my opinion.

    • roger August 4, 2017, 7:23 am

      Opps PEN gun not men gun. Sorry

  • TP August 4, 2017, 7:20 am

    A neat idea but this is A $ 99.00 firearm all day long.

  • James Tanner August 4, 2017, 7:19 am

    MSRP $399.00???? Are you kidding? I paid $70.00 less than that for my Ruger LC9S pro and it is a 9mm with 7 round mag and can carry it inside the waist band barely knowing it is there. You’ve got to be kidding.

  • Ricky wyatt August 4, 2017, 6:56 am

    To all the people putting down the lowly .22 …. find a video of someone shooting a watermelon with a cci stinger 22……but, other than the novelty of a square folding single shot I’d still opt for a naa mini with 5 shots. @ same size and weight

    • Joe Diedrichs August 4, 2017, 8:25 am

      I agree Ricky. I carry one every day. I have other carry guns, but this one gets the most carry time. My WASP and it gives me great piece of mind.

    • Bruce August 4, 2017, 9:25 am

      I was just thinking the same thing! 5 shots and much better looking.

  • Cyrus August 4, 2017, 6:47 am

    As Stupid as the day is Long!

  • RONALD HEACOCK August 4, 2017, 6:45 am

    Not a bad idea. At least someone is trying something different.I will purchase one just to have it.
    “BETTER THAN NOTHING”, but a bit pricey. Good luck to Trailblazer and keep thinking !!

  • Bubba Mustafa August 4, 2017, 5:47 am

    Can I get one with a silencer? 🙂

    • Archeion Arms August 4, 2017, 9:04 am

      Silencer would be being up close and personal pressed to the body of the assailant.

    • Mad Mac August 4, 2017, 9:14 am

      And a laser.

  • Joe August 4, 2017, 5:22 am

    I guess you could use it as a last ditch weapon to end it all if you are surrounded by zombies and you are finally out of ammo after using up all those tens of thousands of rounds you have been stockpiling after Obama went full bore anti gun.

  • singleshotcajun August 4, 2017, 5:21 am

    See here 007 this may look like an ordinary bank card but…………………………….Niche,novelty item so it is $$$$$$$$ for what it is. This or North American .22 s ,don’t know. I’ve shot NA derringers and they are no treat but multiple .22 lr at bad breath distance might just back off an attacker, just one shot you better have other tools and skills.

    • shelton harrell August 5, 2017, 12:19 am

      Got to know were to shot someone with a 22 long trust me it will kill you dead as hell….

  • shane connor August 4, 2017, 5:18 am

    A custom plastic case with USB port would have it appear at a glance to be one of those little back-up batteries for charging phones, would explain the heft of it, too. Just saying…

  • Kevin J. Jensen August 4, 2017, 4:53 am

    It seems that we live with a big bore hi-capacity mentality any more. We can’t use a 22 long rifle to hunt deer with these days. Besides being against the law it would be nuts to hunt deer with a 22 right? A little over 100 years ago the dimuitive 22 was commonly used in hunting smaller deer. Most weren’t hunting for trophies, they just needed to put some protein on the table. Is the single shot 22 an ideal self defense weapon? I think probably usually not and sometimes yes. If you have nothing else and it stops an attack then it was the perfect weapon for the job. Most people don’t want to be shot, even with a 22. If it is a crazed junkie then a double stack 45ACP might not seem to be enough at the moment. Would I carry one? I think I would usually do so as a backup or where anything larger might not feel appropriate to the situation. My Father would hunt squirrels and even an occasional rabbit with a thrown rock when he was a boy and I’m told he was fairly good at it. Choose what fits you and allow others their own fit as long as it doesn’t endanger you. Over penetration is a real concern with some larger calibers. To each situation the proper tool.

    • Schizy August 4, 2017, 10:16 am

      That’s a good alternative! Carry a rock and pocket $399.

  • Brian August 4, 2017, 4:48 am

    Whatever happened to the cellphone gun? I liked that idea. Ideal-conceal I think it was called?

  • Brian August 4, 2017, 4:44 am

    If it were a large caliber, I could see the advantage. Not that I would want to be shot by a .22 mind you. I have seen what a .22 can do and it would ruin someone’s day. Maybe not a raging lunatic. Maybe if it were .380 or a 9mm? Or maybe a 17 wsm, that could mess someone up.

  • Sick karr August 4, 2017, 3:59 am

    I want the folding 22 gun

  • Dennis August 4, 2017, 3:48 am

    “.22 LR Pistol No Bigger Than A Credit Card”??? ….umm how thick are YOUR credit cards? may as well use a regular pocket gun, kel-tec .3AT or PF9, at least then you have something.

  • Rick August 2, 2017, 1:34 pm

    I have to have one of these for no other reason than, “just because…”.
    Wonder if they’d do a 22mag version…. Again, just because….

  • Robert Smith August 1, 2017, 11:39 pm

    Reminds me of the Stinger Pen Gun that was made about 15 years ago. Same thing only in the shape of a pen. It never sold very well. It still won’t get by a metal detector or X-ray, so how “covert” really is it? Someone looking for a deep-cover gun is probably going with a little .380 like the Ruger LCP, or S&W Bodyguard. More size and weight but not by much, and there are a lot of holster options to help you. Much more effective than a single-shot .22.

    • roger August 4, 2017, 7:40 am

      I have a Stinger pen gun. This life card gun is much simpler. The bolt has to be manually cocked after opening and trigger does not drop down. It does look easier to grasp then the Braverman

  • Matt williams August 1, 2017, 7:10 pm

    That is an assassin\’s gun, besides one to the back of the head it would serve no other purpose. Maybe a novelty item I guess

  • Matt williams August 1, 2017, 7:07 pm

    That is an assassin’s gun, besides one to the back of the head it would serve no other purpose. Maybe a novelty item I guess

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