Palm Pistol Production Update
MAPLEWOOD, NJ – -(AmmoLand.com)- It has been several months since we last communicated with you concerning the development status of the Palm Pistol. Interest in the product remains high with well over 400 pre-production units reserved. We are working diligently in an effort to bring it to market by late 2010 as originally anticipated. Here are some highlights of our achievements to date:
- On October 6, 2009 the USPTO granted trademark protection to the product name PALM PISTOL. Design and utility patents and trademark registration for CONSTITUTION ARMS are pending.
- Critical components including the frame, barrel, receiver, latch, latch pin and barrel hinge pin are being evaluated and further refined using finite element analysis.
- The barrel was re-chambered from 9 mm, a rimless cartridge to the rimmed .38 special. This was necessary to achieve ejection rather than extraction of the casing after firing. Additional chamberings may be considered after successful release of the first model.
- The threaded muzzle was increased from ½ x 28 to 5/8 x 24 to accommodate increased barrel wall thickness.
- The integral three-digit combination lock was eliminated. This feature proved to be inordinately expensive and would have increased the Palm Pistol’s retail cost and development time. It may be reintroduced at a later time based on customer feedback.
- The estimated unloaded weight of the Palm Pistol was calculated to be 14 ounces, subject to change.
- Completion of specification drawings for all components is anticipated later this year at which time we will be seeking bids from our suppliers for producing the first set of working prototypes.
We appreciate your patience and know you realize how difficult it is to bring a new product to market in the highly regulated area of firearms, current economic conditions notwithstanding.
The Palm Pistol is an ergonomically innovative single shot double action only defensive firearm chambered in 9mm that may be fired using either hand without regard to orientation of the stock. Suited for home defense, concealed carry or as a backup gun. It is also ideal for seniors, disabled or others who may have limited strength or manual dexterity. Using the thumb instead of the index finger for firing, it significantly reduces muzzle drift, one of the principal causes of inaccurate targeting. Point and shoot couldn’t be easier.