In good news for US "seniors, disabled or others with grip limitations due to hand strength, manual dexterity or phalangeal amputions" wishing to pop the odd cap, the Palm Pistol .38 Special is finally available for their shooting pleasure.
It's apparently taken nine years for the "ergonomically innovative single shot self-defense firearm" to hit the streets, amid a bit of a rumpus surrounding the Food and Drug Administration's alleged original classification of the firearm as a "medical device".
To clarify, manufacturer Constitution Arms states:
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined the Palm Pistol® is not a medical device under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because it is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man.
According to medGadget, the first production run of 500 Palm Pistols should begin shipping in December, at $1350 a pop.
The weapon features "easy breech access and loading", "loaded chamber indicator" and "dual independently operable grip safeties". Handily, it's also designed for use with the "LaserLyte Subcompact V4 laser sight". ®
Thanks to Ben Sutton for the heads-up.