A company invented a gun that looks just like a smartphone when it is folded for concealment. The Ideal Conceal Company that makes the gun that conceals itself did so because there is a need for a firearm that doesn’t look like a gun, cites the inventor Kirk Kjellberg. He found that out shortly after securing his own gun permit.
As a gun owner Kjellberg cites an event that got him thinking about a gun that conceals itself. He went into a restaurant and a child spotted his traditional handgun and yelled to his mother, “Mommy that man has a gun.” The child’s voice was loud enough for other patrons to hear and immediately all eyes were on him, said Kjellberg. He said with his new concealed gun, it will just slip into his pocket, reports according to NBC News on March 30.
In this day and age, a person carrying a gun can be a scary thing to folks after all the random shootings in the news. Kjellberg not only doesn’t want to make himself the center of attention because he is carrying a gun, he doesn’t want to make others around him uncomfortable. The Ideal Conceal gun will take care of that problem.
The Indy Star reports today that this gun is getting a lot of attention and it isn’t even on the market yet. They also suggests it gives an entire new meaning to “conceal carry.”
The gun folds to the size of a smartphone and it easily slips in and out of your pocket. One click of the safety opens the gun and has it ready to fire. The .380 caliber plastic gun with a metal core is a two-shot weapon. The Ideal Conceal gun is the same size as the Galaxy S7 phone with a protective case on it, which brings its measurements to about 3 inches by 5 inches.
Local ABC News reports that the gun will sell for $395 and the prototype will be ready in June. Kjellberg expects the gun to go to market in October. He said he has received over 4,000 requests on this gun so far, including requests from law enforcement agencies.
The Ideal Conceal Facebook page sits with more than 13,000 likes, but there are folks seeing this new type of folding phone as a security risk in airports. Kjellberg eases folks concerns answering their worries by saying;
“It’s kind of an erroneous idea that this is any different from any other pistol, because when you run it through an x-ray, it has barrels and triggers and hammers — all the things other guns have. It has enough metal in it that it can’t escape the metal detector.”
This concern didn’t get past Homeland Security who recently contacted Kjellberg regarding his phone. The inventor said he sent them X-rays and specs of his Ideal Conceal gun, so they can see for themselves what TSA agents will need to look for at the airport checkpoints. Again, it really isn’t any different than a traditional gun coming through the X-ray machine.