Pocket Flamethrower: The Heizer PAR1 .223 Pistol

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Every now and then, you come across a gun design that just leaves you scratching your head and asking yourself, "why". Well it seems that the Heizer company is busy burning lean muscle through the night creating just those types of guns and their latest offering is one that is sure to spark some interest-- as well as maybe a few fires if shot off at close range.

In my man cave, I have a series of books that consume a whole wall. They are gun books. Some are long out of print tomes on obscure weapons that now only exist in the pages of works such as those. Other books are newer and cover items that just came out onto the market. Well one thing is for sure in my library, is that I don't have anything even close to the new Heizer pistol.

The concept

You know the Heizer people, right? The ones that came out with the PS1 pocket shotgun product?

(We give you the PS1, photo by Heizer)

Introduced last year the 21-ounce, 5.7-inch long .45 Colt/.410 chambered pistol made a big splash. From all accounts that gun is rugged (it is made by a subsidiary of an aerospace company) and, bottom-line, is a shotgun that you can fit in your pocket.

Well, a big pocket anyway as its about twice as heavy as a Ruger LCP.

In testing the PS1 shotgun endured 5000-rounds of .410 which gives you a certain feeling of reliability (although we can only hope that it was done from a vice and not some poor shop intern having to hold the thing while cycling through 20 cases of shells!)

Now they have taken the same basic design and rolled forth a .223 Remington
(5.56x45mmNATO) chambered pistol, dubbed the PAR1.

A noisy cricket

Gary Ramey, GM/COO of Heizer Defense noted, "The PAR1 Pocket AR Pistol has had an unbelievable response from the industry. The PAR1 will be a small IPhone-sized pistol chambered in .223 and use the same reliable stainless steel frame as the PS1 Pocket Shotgun Pistol. We use only certified American stainless steel with a radiussed grip that is ergonomically designed. That is a key reason our pistols are comfortable to shoot and can handle the .223 cartridge. The PAR1 is just one more step in our product extensions and planned new product launches for this year. We'll be adding more calibers and other new firearms shortly".

(Photo credit: Guns and Ammo)

(Photo credit: Guns and Ammo)

Unlike some gun makers who advertise a firearm years before it actually hits the shelves, Heizer advises that the PAR1 Pocket AR Pistol is slated to be available for shipment in July. The expected retail price of $449, however, gives a moment of pause.

Our unsolicited thoughts

The PAR1 is definitely something a little different. Sure, there are .223 pistols such as the SIG P556 pistol, but these beasts are in the 3-4 pound arena and, barring a parka and a single-point sling, could never be called a concealable gun. What the Heizer brings to the table is an ability to fire a single shot (it's a break action pistol) of any .223 caliber ammunition, which could be devastating.

However, be aware that in a rifle round fired from an extremely short barrel, there is propellant that does not have a chance to burn off in the chamber-- therefore it ignites when it is exposed to the air at the muzzle. This means that short-barreled rifle caliber guns always experience a huge fireball. Now special muzzle accessories such as breaks or baffles, of which the PAR1 does not have, usually contain these.

A .223 fireball from a short barreled AR

So just be aware that if you ever have to use one in a close quarters, bad breath range scuffle, you just could set the bad guy's clothes on fire.

For the same price and size, you can get a Glck 26 with 11-shots of 9mm, or an even smaller Kel Tec PF9 or Kahr CM9 that offer the luxury of a rapid follow-up shot or ten.

Still, there may be something to say about a gun that can deliver a nice 64-grain 5.56mm Gold Dot HP while still being able to fit inside a jacket pocket.

What do you think? Let us know below.

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April 25, 2014  •  10:08 AM
Conversation piece maybe? Range curiosity? Some people insist on carrying the same caliber in rifle and handgun so they may love it. Could be fun to fire at night just to watch the light show. Any gun is better than no gun but this one would not be on my short list as a go to weapon. Thanks for bringing it's existence to our attention.
April 27, 2014  •  01:11 PM
I'd be seriously concerned with the actual stopping power of any .223 out of this gun.

Correct me if I'm wrong but serious defensive pistol caliber generally push much larger, heavier rounds to compensate for their greatly reduces terminal velocity.

What is the muzzle velocity of the .223 out of this snub nosed single shot?

May 1, 2014  •  10:47 AM
I want one in a 300 win mag or 7mm rem mag just to see who has the nads to shoot it TWICE lol
May 4, 2014  •  08:33 PM
"I have a series of books that consume a whole wall. They are gun books. Some are long out of print tomes on obscure weapons that now only exist in the pages of works such as those."

Are your classic books listed somewhere? It would be good to know about interesting old books. Maybe they can be reprinted if they are out of print.
May 16, 2014  •  12:15 PM
Im betting a 22short would give it a good race in such a skimpy barrel length. The 9 inch ar pistols and sbr barrels are barely out pacing a 22lr in speed...