SHOT Show is always good for a few off-the-wall products, and 2022 was no exception. Leading the way was the Ounce Oz semi-auto .22 LR handgun from Third Bay, LLC.
The Ounce actually weighs 8.5 ounces full loaded, but it takes as its motto Benjamin Franklin’s famous line: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Whether the Ounce would effectively prevent much of anything remains to be seen. The gun is designed to be carried folded in a shape that measures 3.75” x 3” x 0.75.” Users point the red barrel away from them before hitting a switch that unfolds the handle and joins the firing pin and trigger mechanism.
Ten rounds of .22 LR are loaded into the top, and the semi-auto gun drops the spent casings down through the handle.
Inventor Bill Osborne was inspired to design the Ounce after a friend was violently assaulted. She was uncomfortable carrying a loaded gun, so he set out to design a firearm that could not be accidentally discharged while being carried.
The Ounce is incredibly light and incredibly small, and we found the unfolding mechanism to be quick and intuitive.
But without testing it ourselves, we can’t speak to reliability or durability. That gun derives its light weight from the thin metal used in construction, and the feeding mechanism is full of small moving parts.
It also goes without saying that having to unfold a firearm in a stressful situation presents safety risks of its own.
Osborne told us he’s tested the gun with a variety of ammunition, and he imagines most users opting for “self-defense” .22 LR like the Federal Punch, CCI Stinger, and CCI Velocitor.
The Ounce Oz will come with an $899 MSRP and should start shipping within the next 2-3 weeks.