We’ve been covering the Palm Pistol since the asthma inhaler-a-like firearm hit the net in July 2010. To say that inventor Matthew Carmel was unhappy with TTAG readers’ lack of enthusiasm for the concept would be like saying I was disappointed Barbara Palvin failed to make the scene at the latest Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Since then (the Palm Pistol’s introduction) Carmel’s been struggling to get his baby off the ground. I received an email blast update today, posted after the jump. If persistence is the key to success, four years on, Carmel’s bound to prove the Armed Intelligentsia wrong. At least in theory . . .
Dear Potential Palm Pistol Customer:
Further progress has been made since our May 2014 update. The current part count, exclusive of optional accessories, stands at 69 custom machined parts; and stock pins, screws and springs. A total of 43 out of the 69 are on hand in finished production quantities. A finish coating design change was made. Now, only the barrel, frame and receiver will be Cerakoted in Shimmer Gold (H-153Q). The other externally visible metals parts will be nickel plated stainless. We have baselined the receiver, latch, frame, trigger bars and safety bars and are waiting on delivery of these parts. The longest lead time and outstanding parts remaining are those that will be plastic injection molded. These will be baselined shortly so that tooling production can be started.
We current are testing different barrel rifling twist rates at various lengths to determine the optimum combination for maximum muzzle velocity and minimized keyholing while keeping the barrel as short as possible. The ejector rod throw length was increased to make extraction of spent casings easier by allowing finger nail access behind the rim.
We have succeeded in sourcing all parts production with US domestic companies. Raw materials are either domestically produced or from a DFARS complaint country. Attorney review opined this meets the FTC “all or substantially all” definition of “Made in the US” claims.
We have updated the Palm Pistol (www.palmpistol.com) and Constitution Arms websites (www.constitutionarms.com). The latter includes a shop for T-shirts and hoodies with our logo. We also had a slight QC issue with one vendor who made the sear. Rather than scrap these, they were Sterling Silver plated and made into necklace pendants. These might make a nice holiday gift for that special someone : )
A Palm Pistol Facebook page has been created at www.facebook.com/palmpistol. A photo of some of the fabricated parts has been posted. Our plan is to provide future updates, perhaps more frequently as interesting news develops, via this method rather than sending out blast opt-in emails. Those who wish to continue receiving updates should visit the Facebook website and “like” us.
Have a happy holiday season.
Matt Carmel, President
When we asked for a model to review, we got the following email this afternoon from Matt Carmel:
I won’t have production units until next year. Since I want to avoid any controversy about testing non-production models and accusations of bait and switch, this will have to wait. Also, I am only producing 500 standard units and 20 special editions (gold plated, hand engraved, custom presentation box, etc.) so I am not going to have any extras. If the first run sells out, I will have a second larger production run.