Trailblazer is known for their folding Lifecard .22LR pistol, at least for now
The North Carolina company that brought the world a “fifth pocket-sized” folding .22 pistol now plans to bring a 9mm rifle to the market.
Trailblazer Firearms last week announced the planned Pack 9 rifle, a 9mm blowback-action carbine with an innovative folding design that compacts the gun down to 20.9-inches in its smallest format.
Pack 9 folded. Note that the barrel is oriented over the end of the stock! Also note that it cannot be fired in such format.
Using Glock compatible double-stack magazines, the Pack 9 has a 16-inch threaded barrel, weighs a very light 5-pounds, and expands to 29.7-inches overall with the stock extended.
The Pack 9 unfolded. Note the barrel orientation now.
And here is the kicker, the action and barrel swing into place 180-degrees on a horizontal axis.
With a narrow profile and an excellent reputation for “stopping power” (in certain calibers) coupled with a host of on-board safety features, John Browning’s big M1911 format single-action pistols can be exceptionally accurate, and, if given a few tweaks and made correctly, can last a lifetime so long as the small internals and barrel are swapped out when overworn. Plus, there is probably no other platform other than the Glock that is backed up by so wide a spread of aftermarket parts and skilled smiths who know how to wring every ounce of performance out of them. Little wonder that gun companies seem to always be introducing new takes on the same gun.
Speaking of which, Springfield Armory this week came out with a new version of Mr. Browning’s single-action single-stack.
Using a forged steel barrel, slide, and frame, Springfield’s new Emissary sports a two-tone finish, with a blued carbon steel slide and a stainless-steel frame with a squared trigger guard. Carrying a “Tri-Top” cut to the slide, the single-action pistol runs a bushing-less heavy stainless steel bull barrel with a one-piece full-length guide rod. For those who want texture in their grip, the Emissary is fully wrapped in a grenade pattern texture from its slimline G10 VZ grips to the matching machining on the mainspring housing and front strap.
The Emissary is billed as blending defensive and custom pistols to create a striking .45 ACP railgun that looks great while still being very capable.
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