Task and Purpose, Jared Keller
Security, North America
Touted as “the last gun you’ll leave behind,” the LifeCard is a single-shot, single-action .22.
Here at Task & Purpose, we have a deep, abiding appreciation for all manners of firearms-related ingenuity, whether it’s the 19th century-inspired MA Loader or the double-barreled pistol designed to resemble your average smartphone. But when it comes to combining gunsmithing with the logic of everyday carry, the LifeCard from North Carolina’s Trailblazer Firearms may take the cake.
Touted as “the last gun you’ll leave behind,” the LifeCard is a single-shot, single-action .22 designed to resemble an innocuous credit card. Fashioned from lightweight anodized aluminum with a steel trigger and tilt-up barrel, the 7 oz. pistol folds up into a 3.375 inch by 2.215 inch card that, despite its half-inch thickness, can fit with relative ease inside your back pocket or average wallet.
With ammo storage for four rounds, Trailblazer hopes that the LifeCard — which, incapable of firing when folded, is in compliance with the National Firearms Act, according to Guns.com — will pack a punch as a last-ditch firearm in sticky situations, a modern, more civilized update to, say, the garter gun of the Wild West or the turn-of-the-century Chicago palm pistol.