Citing a combination of issues, the Minnesota-based maker of a double-barreled derringer designed to look like a smartphone when folded has now folded shop.
Ideal Conceal hit the scenes early in 2016 with its two-round capacity .380 pistol and a tagline that read, "From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim."
Drawing flak from anti-gun types including Chuck Schumer in record time – even before the guns were shipping. Nonetheless, Ideal Conceal's founder, Kirk Kjellberg, kept plugging away and by 2018 the little gun was in low-rate production.
We caught up with the Ideal Conceal crew at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas – their first time exhibiting at the industry trade show – where they had some mock-ups on hand to give a feel for the gun, then with an MSRP of $500.
However, in recent days, all the items on the company's site have been listed as "out of stock" and Kjellberg posted a "final update" video on Ideal Conceal's social media, giving an explanation as to why. In a nutshell, a mix of component issues and cash flow problems has spelled the end of the road for the company, leading him to refund orders and close shop.
To clarify, we reached out to Kjellberg who told us via email, "Ideal Conceal is closed. Supply chain and accuracy of parts ordered created a problem I couldn't get past."
Banner image: Ideal Conceal .380 pistol in the Guns.com Vault. (Photos: April Robinson/Guns.com)