We’ve seen some pretty inventive handguns crop up in the past few years, including chopped Glocks and credit card pistols. But, perhaps, none are more imaginative than the Ideal Conceal cell phone pistol.
At NRAAM 2018, I got a chance to see and handle a functional prototype. Chambered in .380, this two-shot derringer features an 8-pound trigger, a metal frame, an extremely low profile sight, and a collapsible handle.
My initial impression was, well, it was heavier than I thought it would be. Because it is metal, not polymer, there is a definite heft to the design. The majority of the weight is at the front of the gun, and I was told by the gentleman at the booth that this helps to reduce muzzle flip.
Size-wise, as you’ll see in the photo below, it is about as big as a larger iPhone. Carrying it concealed on or off body would be no problem at all. It slides right into a front or back jeans’ pocket. And you can easily put it into a bag or backpack or glove compartment — wherever.
Deploying the pistol involves drawing from the pocket, orienting it towards the target and releasing the handle with the push of the button. A process that takes around two seconds for those familiar with the system.
What I did notice is that the handle feels rickety. Maybe because I’m used to conventional pistol handles or maybe because the handle is thin and hollowed out to fit around the trigger guard, I don’t know, but it would take some getting used to.
This is not a gun you can shoot at distance, methinks. It’s a get-off-me tool. Or a backup gun. Something to have on hand when your primary concealed carry pistol fails. Without shooting it, it’s hard to really assess it’s viability or lack thereof as a reliable carry gun.
With that said, I’m excited to see the final production model when it’s ready. Testing is still underway to work out some of the kinks but I was told that the Ideal Conceal might be ready for market as early as next month. Stay tuned. We hope to get one in for review in the near future.
Oh, yeah, pricing for the Ideal Conceal should be in the neighborhood of $500. For more information visit: IdealConceal.com.