Trailblazer Firearms, makers of the famously discreet LifeCard folding single-shot rimfire backup gun, just announced a totally new kind of survival rifle, the Pack9. This straightforwardly named pack gun, chambered for 9mm Luger, uses a pivoting design for compact storage.
“In 2010, I came up with the crazy idea to fit a pistol in a candy tin, and that same innovative spirit that brought you the LifeCard now brings you the Pack9,” said Aaron Voigt, president and founder of Trailblazer Firearms. “We believe the years of work poured into the Pack9 have resulted in a 9mm rifle at the intersection of design, innovation, performance, and survival.”
The Pack9 features a thin, subgun-style receiver on a rotating stocked action that flips around to pivot the stock underneath the barrel when not in use. This allows the Pack9 to fold up into a package that’s not much longer than the bolt and barrel.
When folded up the Pack9 measures less than 21 inches long with a 16-inch threaded barrel. It’s also extremely narrow at just 1.15 inches thick, about the same as most handguns. Folded, the barrel extends just past the stock to clear any muzzle devices.
That gives the Pack9 an unloaded weight of just 5 pounds. It has an unfolded length of just under 27 inches and the stock can be extended to just under 29 inches long. The stock also doubles as a spare magazine carrier for 9mm Glock and compatible magazines.
Capacity will depend on the magazines used and obviously there are a lot of Glock-pattern magazine options on the market. The button-rifled barrel has a 1-in-10 twist for use with a wide range of ammunition types.
Other features include a split 12-o’clock Picatinny rail for use with optics and rifle-style iron sights, although the receiver is cut for pistol sights. The gap is for the charging handle is angled to the left side of the sightline, and locks vertically.
The Pack9 has modular M-Lok slots along the sides of the forend for lights and other accessories. It also has an ambidextrous safety selector above the trigger.
The Pack9 is a compelling design that will make the wait that much harder. Delivery is expected to start in the first quarter of 2022.
It’s possible, likely even, for some of the design elements to change while it goes from prototype to production, and any pricing announcements will probably also wait until next year.
But still, this is a clean and clever pack rifle, so to sign up for more information when it’s available, visit Trailblazer Firearms today.