Got an e-mail this morning from Matt Carmel, inventor of the Palm Pistol. I hadn't heard from him in some years, and assumed his interesting project never panned out. Well, I was half right. First, here's his e-mail:
After a two year hiatus, the Palm Pistol is back on track for production. Three second generation fully working prototypes are under construction. These have incorporated design improvements and lessons learned from the initial endurance and drop testing in February 2011. This includes tightened select tolerances; improved ergonomics and manufacturing efficiencies; and final material selection, metal finishing and production colors. One prototype will be submitted to ATF for determination of compliance with 18 USC 922(p) the 'Undetectable Firearms Act.'
Large quantity orders for baseline versions of certain parts that are not subject to revision for the initial production release have been placed, delivered and passed redundant QC review by the part supplier and our independent design consultant. Notable additions to the design include a small and large back strap that permits customizing stock size for individual comfort, and a grip assist ramp on the outboard side of the latch. This feature positions the stock in easy-to-grasp position when lying on a flat surface such as a bedside night stand.
The production model color and finish scheme has been finalized. The barrel, hand guard, latch and receiver will be protected with Cerakote Shimmer Gold (H-153Q). The ejector rod, cocked striker indicator (striker shaft) and optional Picatinny rail, thread protector and crenulated strike bezel will be stainless. The plastic injection molded parts consisting of the grip panels, safety pads, trigger covers and back straps will be matched to Cerakote Blue Titanium (H-185Q). The trigger button will be red for safety reasons.
We have endeavored to manufacture the firearm entirely from US suppliers and manufacturers.
Due to the uncertain development and production lead time, all previously received deposits were returned to customers in 2012. Once shipping is imminent, we will be contacting each customer in the order their deposits were initially received, and extending an offer to purchase. We will not be accepting new pre-production deposits.
We will communicate again when there is additional significant progress to report.
I checked in on Matt for some more info regarding the Palm Pistol's seeming demise and resurrection. He explained that tumultuous times for his family and the complexity of government regulations derailed the project in 2012, but he is determined to see the Palm Pistol come to fruition as a product firearm enthusiasts can purchase with ease. "I held deposits from over 200 people and was so concerned that some would think I had absconded with their money, I opted to refund everything and take the public relations hit," he told me. "The desire to avoid a claim of 'vaporware' was intense, and this was causing me great stress. The 2nd generation prototypes are now in production, however, so there is light at the end of the tunnel."
For all those intrigued by this innovative handgun, stay tuned—we have not seen the last of it.