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.
It’s an escape gun that is just 3.5 inches longer than the super compact HK MP5K, and is chambered in hard-hitting .300 Blackout, which Sig bills as still being accurate and dangerous in the platform out to 200m– something that a 9mm just isn’t. Thus, Sig says the new gun, likely aimed at a contract hinted at earlier this year for SOCCOM, gives “M4 ballistics in a subgun-sized package.”
Released in both a pistol and SMG format, each model features a 5.5-inch PDW barrel with free-floating M-LOK handguards and top Picatinny rail. A gas piston design, the SBR uses a folding stock that gives the rifle an overall length of 16-inches when closed while the pistol has a telescoping 3-position brace that gives it an overall length of 19.3-inches at its shortest, which ironically is slightly longer than the rifle.
The rifle tips the scales at 5.7-pounds while the pistol is 5.1.
More in my column at Guns.com.