By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Trailblazer Firearms has not one, but two exciting, innovative firearms that Gunpowder readers need to know about!


The first is the LifeCard. In 2010, after reading an article about constructing pocket sized survival/utility kits, they came up with the idea of designing a gun that could fit in one of those popular mint candy tins. After the smoke cleared, the LifeCard was born. The LifeCard is a folding, single shot pistol chambered in .22LR or .22WMR. It’s only a half-an-inch thick, 3.375 inches long.

To operate, slide the toggle on the handle portion of the pistol to unfold it. Then slide the toggle on the top portion to release the barrel. Load a round and pull the striker to the rear. You’re ready to go. The LifeCard is very concealabl,e and a hole through the handle portion lets you carry it with a lanyard. This is definitely a niche gun, but very cool indeed.


Action Type: Single Action

Caliber: .22LR or .22WMR

Magazine capacity: Single Shot with Storage for 3 rounds in the Handle.

Sights: None

Overall Length: 3.375 Inches

Height: 2.125 Inches

Width: .5 Inches

Weight: 7 Ounces

MSRP: $299 – $359



The second firearm from Trailblazer is the Pivot. The Pivot is an ultra compact folding rifle that’s designed to use Glock double stack 9mm magazines. Its unique folding system allows the Pivot to collapse in a unique way, maximizing portability when folded and function when unfolded. The stock design also acts as a safety system, as the Pivot will not fire when folded, and it will not fold if a magazine is inserted. It has a lot of great features, like a telescoping stock, picatinny rail for optics, as well as M-LOK slots, and space for an extra magazine in its stock. It comes with a 16-inch barrel threaded ½ X 28 TPI. The Pivot will start shipping in the second quarter of 2022.


Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Direct Blowback

Caliber: 9 X 19

Magazine Capacity: Accepts Glock Double Stack 9mm

Sights: None, with Picatinny Rail for Optics

Barrel Length: 16 Inches

Length Folded: 20.9 Inches

Overall Length: 26.7 – 29.7

Width: 1.15 Inches

Height: 5.9 Inches

Weight: 5 Pounds

Safety: Manual Safety, Will Not Fire While Folded

MSRP: $1,795


Take a look at the LifeCard and Pivot. They might be just what you need!

That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at