Over the years, Guns & Ammo has presented stories on folding guns. One that comes to mind is Les Apaches (The Apaches), a revolver developed and manufactured by Louis Dolne of Liege, Belgium, from 1869 until 1900. The Apaches offered three weapons in one: a knife, a handgun and brass knuckles.

The Apaches: A revolver, brass knuckles and knife all-in-one.

The Apaches: A revolver, brass knuckles and knife all-in-one.

Folding guns, like The Apaches, have often been developed as a discreet way of concealing a tool for self-defense, but not this time. Aaron Voigt is the founder of Trailblazer Firearms and has launched the new Lifecard .22LR. It wasn’t developed as a self-defense gun as many people first think. Rather, it is the result of Voigt’s brilliant mind who had the idea pop in his head after watching a TV show spotlighting an impractical folding machine gun that would never be brought to market. He then set out in earnest on a design challenge for himself.

The Lifecard .22LR

The Lifecard .22LR

Voigt thought to himself, “What’s the opposite of that machine gun, has value and never burdens the user? The answer for Voigt was something much smaller.

“I saw it as a gun that could be part of someone’s survival kit,” said Voigt. “The person that carries a Lifecard is never burdened by carrying it and can just stick it in a pocket.”

He then latched on to the size of a credit card to see how small he could make such a utility gun. “It’s gotta fold,” he concluded.

Pencil hit paper in 2012. He shaped some wood, carving out his idea, and then hit a roadblock when he needed the help of professional solid works to move forward. You see, Voigt is one of those bright

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