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At Constitution Arms we belive in the citizen's constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We take it a step further and offer the worlds first Handgun for Handicapped.... more.
The firearm's inventor, Matthew Carmel - who is president of Constitution Arms - is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor.
Mr. Carmel developed the idea for the firearms after encountering numerous students who found it difficult to grip and fire a traditional pistol because of medical conditions. "One female student had such weak hand strength, she could not even rack the slide of a Walther P22" said Mr. Carmel. The Walther is a small semi-automatic handgun commonly used to train young children in the shooting sports. Mr. Carmel realized that if this student couldn't operate such a lightweight firearm, she would have no ability to operate almost any other design - and numerous other individuals suffering from similar disabilities would be in a similar position. He felt such individuals deserve the same opportunity to participate in the shooting sports as everyone else. He also believed a firearm designed for the disabled could provide opportunities for new therapies, helping them regain hand and upper extremity muscle capabilities and range of motion. The unique, ingenious design of the Palm Pistol® and Palm Carbine® were the result of that effort. In developing these products, Mr. Carmel has been working with experts to devise a series of exercises that use his firearms to help rehabilitate muscles and restore motion to joints. The Palm Pistol® and Palm Carbine® are also well-suited for redeveloping eye-hand coordination, gross and fine motor skills and proprioception. This makes the Palm Pistol® analogous to other rehabilitative exercise equipment, such as a stationary bicycle or treadmill, which the FDA regulates as medical devices when used to serve a medical purpose. "It may seem counter-intuitive that a firearm can serve a rehabilitative medical purpose. But the hand movements needed to shoot recreationally are precisely the same as those inherent in a variety of rehabilitative activities using other devices," said Mr. Carmel. "It's also worth noting that shooting sports are more popular than golf, in terms of the number of participants, and people with poor manual dexterity and other limitations should be able to participate in these sports." He added, "The fact that this device is a firearm creates a novel way to engage patients in what for them may be a critical rehabilitative program. Although the Palm Pistol is currently in production and for sale for use by the general public, it is still being developed for rehabilitative use and is not yet available as a medical device. Matthew M. Carmel is president of Constitution Arms, a federally and state-licensed firearm manufacturer located in Maplewood, NJ.
Matt Carmel - Inventor of the very first Firearm for Disabled
Matthew Carmel is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and has a formal background in regulatory compliance, industrial hygiene, safety, environmental laboratory and expert witness testimony. He also holds a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Master 50 Ton captain's license with sail endorsement. This professional experience has helped guide him in developing a superior self-defensive firearm that exceeds current industry safety performance standards. Mr. Carmel is also a strong Second Amendment advocate who has appeared on national TV and been the subject of several stories related to his activism. He is also the inventor of the world's first production handgun for the disabled.
Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, New Jersey, said the gun was "something that they need to assist them in daily living".
"The justification for this would be no more or less for a (walking aid) or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices," Mr Carmel told the magazine.
(GunReports.com) -- Matt Carmel, president of Constitution Arms, said the company has received its first working prototype of the Palm Pistol and that the pistol is undergoing endurance testing.
"It's something that they need to assist them in daily living," says Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, New Jersey, which hopes to manufacture the Palm Pistol - now just a patent and specifications.
"The justification for this would be no more or less for a [walking aid] or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices," he says.
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