SHOT Show Range Day: Standard Manufacturing’s Switch Folding Pocket Revolver

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Options are good. We aren’t all going to carry a duty-sized 17+1 pistol with a red dot every day. And in the end, carrying something is better than carrying nothing.

Standard Manufacturing’s new Switch-Gun is a folding, pocketable 5-shot revolver that deploys like an auto knife and is designed to make it packable, portable and affordable. Something you won’t have a problem slipping in your pocket as you head out the door.

The single action Switch-Gun springs open quickly and surely with with a flick of the side-mounted slide switch and gives you a full-handed grip. Closed, it protects the trigger and can’t be cocked. It’s designed to be about the same size (if not thickness) as a cell phone.

It unloads via a small sprung lug under the barrel (the same design as NAA’s PUG-T revolver).

  • Frame and Barrel: CNC Machined Stainless Steel
  • Action: Single Action Folding Revolver
  • Barrel Length: .88”
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Weight: 9 Ounces, Loaded
  • Dimensions: 2.125” x 3.75” x .75” Folded

As Standard’s Lou Frutuoso tells us in the video above, the new Switch-Gun will ship in about 30 days and is priced at $449.

 

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    • I’m certain I don’t. Perfectly satisfied with my DAO 642-2 and my XDs9 Mod. 2. Went out of the house this morning with both: 642 in coat pocket and XDs9 Mod. 2 IWB. Neither one folds up, but both are easy to carry.

  1. Under 1″ barrel length combined with a largish cylinder gap oughta’ make for the wimpiest 22 Mag firearm EVER… and we were laughing at the British air pistol just last week ??

    • My first thought as well. A barrel length so short, it does little more than send the bullet in a general direction, and at a questionable velocity. I’d like to see a ballistic review of this gun.

      • avatar Geoff "A day without an apparently brain-damaged mentally-ill demented troll is like a day of warm sunshine" PR

        Aren’t spur trigger guns like the NAA mini-revolvers ‘verboten’ in California?

        And NAA already has something similar out, and NAA is proven reliable, unlike a new gun from those folks…

        • Yeah but that’s just to hard to do putting all them springs in holes and pressing and clips and holster clips and wrong sides and right sides and indents a catches and thimbles and notches and rotating, whew, I wore myself out just thinking about it.

  2. They’re useless, except for a backup to your backup.
    I’ve gotten into collecting NAA revolvers. Accuracy for crap, but they’re fun for the range.

  3. I said, “No crap!” That binary thing was a toy. This looks like something the uninitiated might seriously carry. And that’s dangerous. If something is better than nothing. I’ll take a Louisville Slugger. You guys need to go find some serious rifles and handguns to shoot.

    • Never really understood why “it’s better than nothing” is held up as genuine praise by a lot of gun guys. An AMC Gremlin beats walking, but… why would anyone set out to buy a Gremlin? By that token, why go with “better than nothing” when it’s also worse than most other things?

      And since some unclever moron will invariably offer to shoot me with their little .22 popgun to prove its effectiveness: I will take you up on that, sir, so long as I get to empty my G23 into you at the same time.

      • I’m of a similar mindset.

        I also think there’s a point one can reach where something actually is worse than nothing. In that the owner has confidence in that the tool/gear he’s carrying *is* sufficient for the task at hand, when it is not. I see it as a variant of the “magic talisman” mindset.

      • an amc gremlin, with their stock 400 plus cubic inch v-8, bolted onto the baby amc eagle, (px4?), 4×4 frame—!!!!!!!!!—what a dream car

      • An AMC Gremlin is ugly and the straight 6 will need a new distributor at 80K miles, but that car will go 300k, you might wish it does, because it is so ugly and slow. It is wide enough to sit 4 adults and starts and will get you to work.
        Kind of like a Hi-Point, or dating a fat chick. It does the job, but just….

    • avatar Geoff "A day without an apparently brain-damaged mentally-ill demented troll is like a day of warm sunshine" PR

      “This looks like something the uninitiated might seriously carry.”

      GF, lots of them are already out there, if you look at pocket pocket clips as you go about your day.

      Oh, and the NAA is 280 bucks, not the 400 those folks are asking :

      https://northamericanarms.com/shop/firearms/naa-22ms-hg/

  4. useless novelty.

    But… someone will justify it in some way as the greatest and most concealable defense gun of the century.

    • Booger, what I want to know is what idiot woke up one morning and thought, “I want a defensive handgun that I have to unfold before I can use it.” It’ll be on Hollywood’s big screen soon.

    • Bought one for the wife, and she loves it. She couldn’t carry her S&W model 60 at work, so I picked one up 4 years ago. Modified a nylon/velcro ankle holster for her to carry it. At 10 feet she can keep all 5 shots in the X ring. Beyond that accuracy really goes down.
      With her RA, she has trouble with the Semis.
      While not my first choice for her to carry, emphasis in training is for her to cock and fire til it’s empty. .22 LR or WMG isn’t noted as a one shot kill out of a 1.25″ barrel. The Hornady Critical Defense in .22WMG expands reasonably in gelatin with 12 to 13″ penetration. Sub optimal by Defense Standards, but you’re right, anything is better than nothing.

      It is actually a fun gun to shoot. A bit of a pain to load/reload, but in such a small space, an extraction system would be difficult.

      What I’d like to see NAA do, is come up with a model that will fire their proprietary .25 NAA or .32 NAA. Using a half or full moon clip. Those two loadings have some pretty impressive ballistics. The big drawback to the two proprietary cartridges is that there’s only one manufacturer (TIAO), Cor-Bon offering the 2 cartridges.

      I don’t consider them a novelty, anymore than a Bond Arms Derringer. Neither would be my first choice as a backup, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it as a B/U if that was my only option.

  5. Well, folded up, it is smaller than my LCP MAX. I suppose if I’m wandering around in just a Speedo, it would be just the ticket. πŸ˜‰

    • Just live in a place where dressed means shorts and a tee shirt, because it is too f’en hot to wear more. Having a defensive firearm that will fit(without printing) in a cargo or carpenter’s jeans shorts pocket is a good thing. That or a wallet gun(illegal in Ca) would be the only drop you could get on a carjacker or rapist.

  6. I think I’d be better off with a concealed fixed blade than such a tiny caliber. No silencer needed, No mag needed.

  7. If this is what TTAG thinks is big news or important at Shotshow they should have stayed home. Why even bother with this crap?

  8. This would make a great gunm for suiciders, flicking it open and shut , open and shut, might just be what is needed to take theirs minds off losing their ass on cryptos .

  9. This gun fills two rolls:
    1). 1st gun for someone who doesn’t know any better
    2). Novelty gun for a collector.

    I’d buy one to put in the collection, right next to a smart gun. I’d never actually carry either one.

  10. IF somebody is goona shootyou one thing is for sure Rambo of not you s won;t get the chance QWork on this principle. If the bad guy holds you up with a handgun and demands your wallet GIVE IT TO HIM OR HERvery very carefully. Because if the intent was to kill you as a first i9ntent you would already be bloody dead. If however you are one of those wannabe Rambo’s and go for it you are dead because the bad GUY or GAL WITH THE GUN has the advantage I know because I was a combt arms instructor in the UK Forces that me with a gun intent of killing would niot give you a chance, and I also know that if I wanted you wallet and thouigh you could draw and shoot me holding a gun you WOULD be very, very dead.

  11. If I were limited to choosing NAA’s Mini Revolvers or NAA’s Guardian Semi Auto, I’d go with the Guardian, but I’d also go with one chambered for their proprietary .32 NAA. That little cartridge has some amazing ballistics. Moving a 60 gr JHP at 1220 fps out of the 2 1/2″ barrel. 199 ft/lbs of energy. The Guardian pistol itself borrowed and was influenced by the Seecamp. That 70% increase in Muzzle Energy.
    The NAA cartridges were developed by Cor-Bon, who has ceased to manufacture it, but Hornady has added a Critical Defense Loadings with 80 gr FTX.

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