Palm Pistol .38 SPL defensive gun, designed for people with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, and other degenerative joint and muscular conditions, is now coming to the market. We’ve been following the device for many years now, since the initial brouhaha when there was a rumor that the FDA has formally designated the gun as a medical device, and so eligible for Medicare coverage of associated costs for qualified patients. Since then, the FDA has supposedly rescinded its registration of the device. In any case, this defensive single shot weapon,
… is an ergonomically innovative single shot self-defense firearm chambered in .38 special that may be held in either hand without regard to orientation of the stock. It is an adaptive aid intended for seniors, disabled or others with grip limitations due to hand strength, manual dexterity or phalangeal amputions. The zero bore axis eliminates muzzle rise during firing and directs recoil forces directly into the palm. It can be fired using the thumb or combinations of other fingers.
We plan an initial production run of 500 units. Sales are restricted to US citizens and resident aliens as permitted by law. All transfers must be made through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). Not for sale in CA, DC, MA or MD.
The above quote is from the company. Constitution Arms of Maplewood, New Jersey also tells Medgadget that,
..after nine years, the Palm Pistol(r) will be shipping on or about December 2015. The first production run of 500 units will be released in lots of 20 and offered to those persons who had originally given deposits and shipped in the order those deposits were initially received. Specific serial numbers cannot be reserved and all sales are final. The base price is $1350 plus 10% federal Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB) Firearm and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET). The optional accessories are $100 each and include a thread protector, crenelated strike bezel, Picatinny rail and barrel extension.
Those wishing to reserve one or more units should complete the Ordering tab on the product website at www.palmpistol.com.. We will be exhibiting at the Great American Outdoor Show, February 6-14, 2016 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA and at the NRA Annual Meeting May 20-23, 2016 in Louisville, KY.