Constitution Arms sent out this email alert re: progress on their unique pistol. The brains behind the operation reckons his weapon might need a PDX-1-style defensive cartridge . . .
Endurance testing of the Palm Pistol prototype was completed in August, 2010. The procedure consisted of firing 10,000 standard rounds and 100 proof loads. Every 500 rounds, the gun was completely disassembled and subjected to wet fluorescent magnetic particle inspection (MPI) by an ASTM certified non-destructive testing laboratory . . .
The five structurally critical components (barrel, latch, receiver, barrel pivot pin and latch pivot pin) all withstood the test and passed with “no indications found.” Findings concluded the design was robust and structurally safe. The next task is the drop test.
There were some functional/ergonomic issues that surfaced which will be addressed in the production model.
We have started the process of obtaining production quotes from the various manufacturing specialties such as investment casting, wire EDM, plastics injection molding, stamping, etc. We do not yet have an estimate on production start date or retail cost.
Concurrently, we are exploring the development of a multi-projectile .38 special cartridge optimized for the Palm Pistol. This will be suitable for other short barreled self-defense firearms such as Derringers and snub nosed revolvers.