This iPhone Lookalike Gun Might Just be Our Next Problem


A Minnesota-based company called Ideal Conceal has an upcoming Handgun which is the same size as an iPhone and looks the same as one too. What’s more? The gun has already sold 12,000 units on preorders.

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The new handgun, whose patent is still pending, first came in news early last year, but with its growing popularity, the cops are worried too as the device is virtually undetectable to naked eyes given its physical properties.

The guns will soon be available via local dealers in the US.

The company has stopped taking preorders for now as they focus on creating their dealer network and handle the deliveries of the current pre-order stock.

Arguably, gun laws in United States of America have been a growing issue for the country over the past few decades, but this new gun priced at $395 (INR 27000 approx) can wreak havoc.

Quite aptly, the company website reads, “Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment. In its locked position, it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.”

This iPhone lookalike packs Power

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The gun is a double barrelled .380 calibre weapon which is built into a lightweight single-piece frame. It has a high-velocity firing mechanism and doesn’t need to be loaded before firing — just removing the safety clip makes the bottom side fold out, revealing the trigger and good to go.

The gun is slated to be available for purchase at local dealers by the end of March, 2017.

“From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim,” the website reads.

Ideal Conceal Pistol is is a small gun which can fit easily in your pocket or purse, making it all the more easier to conceal.

Tech Can be Disabling Too

While protecting oneself is of paramount importance, but this goes out to show that technology can be as enabling for one as it can be disabling.

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Making weapons to wage wars or defend has always been in the human nature which has slowly crept into the daily lives of people in certain parts of the world.

The Ideal Conceal Pistol, as enabling and appealing as it might look can also become a dangerous tool in the hands of wrong people.

Governments globally were alerted of the potential threat that looms with this smartphone lookalike pistol in the black markets of their respective country.

According to a Belgian publication, the Police in the country have been alerted about this weapon and a statement issued read, “To the eye, nothing can distinguish it from a mobile telephone. Most people possess a smartphone, meaning that it can pass completely overlooked.”

This gun can turn out to be a real issue in times due to its design, which is an added worry for law enforcement officials who are on constant lookout for concealed weapon.

Since this one looks something like a smartphone which is used by the entire population, it can lead to misunderstandings which, in the past, have had devastating results and resulted in innocent casualties in several cases.

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