When Bill Osborn’s close family member was raped twice in one night, he decided he could help stop rape by creating a firearm that’s more concealable and more accessible to those who are wary of owning a gun.
The Ounces Pistol transforms from a thing in your pocket or purse into a bullpup 22.LR pistol with the press of a button and a flick of the hand. But it still has a real trigger and a 3.75″ barrel and weighs just 7.5 ounces.
Bill figures that this totally non-gun design makes it feel safer to carry. There is absolutely no way it can discharge while folded, and it doesn’t look menacing. But, if the situation is looking hairy, it can be deployed and still concealed in a pocket.
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It pops open like a Transformer toy from the ’80s, and it’s pretty cool.
It utilizes a Locked bridge-style semi-automatic action. The magazine is on top and feeds horizontally backward to the action, then drops the casings out the bottom of the grip. The bore axis is very low.
Bill says they’ve got thousands and thousands of rounds through them without failures. He recommends using Federal Punch .22LR ammo.
It’s also very easy to open and load or clean. It pops open to expose the magazine and reveal the barrel and action, which removes easily for cleaning.
The magazine holds 10+1 and it cocks and chambers when it is opened, though he recommends carrying it with one in the chamber.
This gun is available now directly from Third Bay, though orders are high and they are growing production “organically.” The good news is that he’s taking orders, but not taking cash until it’s your turn for production. The current cost is $899.
Specs and Features
- 10+1 semi-automatic 22LR pistol approx 8 oz loaded
- Compact size, lightweight, and secure in the closed state leading to superior convenience for conceal carry
- Cannot be fired in a closed state but may be deployed rapidly and re-closed as quickly
- Full-length handle and long barrel length for better control and accuracy
- Bolt/slide is enclosed – no “slide bite”
- Very low barrel axis for rapid fire accuracy
- Very low recoil
- Locked breech design for power and cleanliness, unique for rimfire
- Indicator for chambered round
- Spent cartridges drop out the bottom rather than flung to the side
- Easy to load magazine with no spring to push against, simultaneous access to magazine cartridges
- “Racking” is done without having to pull against the main spring and uses the handle for leverage
- Fast tool-free access to barrel and bolt for ease of cleaning and jam clearance
- Simple to operate, easy to learn design
- Doesn’t imprint when conceal-carried
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The engineering involved with this is intriguing. I do question how quickly it can be deployed and if it is truly reliable.
It’s an interesting concept, I like it better than the other folding options that have come out in the past. It’ll be interesting to see how well they perform and if they can bring the price down on them. I do have doubts about the consistency of a rim-fire cartridge and personally prefer .32 ACP, but I think it has potential if it can work consistently.
Theres a rape going on alright and its to anyone stupid enough to plunk down $900 bucks for this stupid little pistol. Whats a Ruger LCP 22Lr cost? Just because you can build something dosen’t mean you should. They’ll be gone in a year.
A Ruger LCP chambered in .380 is much smaller and packs alot more punch especially with hollow points.Any felon regardless of size getting a gut or chest full of these would certainly get an attitude adjustment real quick!!!
Despite comments something else around longer and proven, the innovation here is rather astounding. Those predecessors faced the very same rejection, in a far narrower field to boot. .22RF and that ammo not to be sneezed at.
One advantage, it appears so non-threatening, so light weight and compact, it doesn’t need a IWB holster, not even a pants pocket. Undeployed, and being therefore so unfamiliar it’s unlikely to be used against owner, should control of it be lost.
Cost, once they ramp up, could improve, yet to be seen.
For that price, why not carry $899 in your pocket to bribe the rapist not to proceed? Much more effective than this conbobulation.
A Keltec p32 is cheaper, simpler, more powerful, just point, shoot. With extreme penetrators is viable for sd. It’s way more pleasant to shoot than the 380’s. Carry the most power you feel comfortable with!
Amen. The P32 is the American Express ‘don’t go anywhere without it” option. Reliable centerfire cartridges and option for a 10 rnd mag. Been around forever and just keeps going.
Look pretty neat. Hope it works in the real world.
Too expensive, too complicated to deploy under stress. Better guns for this purpose have been around for 100 years. Still looks like a gun when folded.