As I weaved my way through the booths on the NRA show floor heading for exit for the last time yesterday, I ran smack-dab into the Ideal Conceal booth. You probably know them as the makers of the infamous “cell phone” pistol.
I only wish this was some kind of joke.
— Kim (@kim) May 7, 2018
An unarmed black man was killed ~6 weeks ago because the cell phone in his hands was misidentified as a gun.
The NRA and gun manufacturers are working to produce guns that look like cell phones.
This is fucking sick.
— robyn🌵 (@robynyourbank) May 7, 2018
When I told the guys manning the booth that they were mentioned at the previous day’s anti-NRA protests as an example of the depravity of the gun industry, they decided to take that as a badge of honor. It’d be hard to displace the AR as the most-despised rifle by the forces of civilian disarmament, but if there’s a runner-up, the Ideal Conceal would be a definite contender.
Their pistol is, in fact, intended to resemble a cell phone when closed (it’s about 3″x5″ and about a half inch thick…I should have measured it, but forgot…mea culpa).
That makes the Ideal Conceal ultra stealthy as you can carry one openly and no one will be any the wiser. As they say, the gun you have is better than anything back home in your safe.
In fact, the Ideal Conceal pistol is a two-round tilt-barrel .380 Derringer. It feels solidly built and operated smoothly while dry-firing it, with a decent trigger that continually alternates firing each barrel.
The only caveat: the folded metal “sheath” that covers the trigger when closed and becomes the grip has two metal edges at the front when opened. We’d guess that means you won’t want to be putting a couple of hundred rounds down range with it, but that’s not really the gun’s intent, either.
The pistol has a small front sight and Ideal Conceal will offer an optional laser (that’s what that “button” is just forward of the trigger). It was an awfully long reach for my un-naturally small hands, but this is a bad breath distance gun, so I’m not sure it’s even necessary.
We’ve asked for one to review and hope to have one in the weeks ahead.