The Ounce – The Most Bizarre Little Pistol Is a Pound of Cure

The new product center is a great place to see the new, the weird, and the utterly useless. Today, we are looking at the weird. The Ounce from Third Bay LLC is easily the oddest handgun I’ve ever seen. I’m unsure of how to describe it, but I’ll try.

The Ounce handgun at SHOT Show 2022
The gun holds ten rounds of ammo, notice the Blue snap caps.

It’s a semi-auto, 22 LR bullpup pistol with a fixed magazine that sits above the barrel. The gun folds in half and conceals the trigger and barrel for deep concealment carry without a holster. 

The Ounce .22LR bullpup pistol, unfolded
Here the Ounce sits unfolded.

The Ounce weighs eight ounces, and it’s named Ounce because “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This little semi-auto 22LR has a very odd mechanism that I simply can’t explain. It’s unique, and the guys at Third Bay LLC are mechanical engineers, and it shows. The rounds feed from the top and eject out the bottom of the grip.

The pictures hardly do it justice, so watch the video. A video is worth a million words, so watch the video at

The Incredible Folding Ounce

The Ounce folds and unfolds easily, and a single control is required to fold or unfold the gun. When folded, the Ounce cannot be fired. The slide is internally concealed within the frame, so slide bite isn’t an issue. The gun also uses a locked-breech design instead of a direct blowback, which is unique for a 22LR handgun.

The Ounce .22LR bullpup pistol, half unfolded
The Ounce sits half folded…

The magazine doesn’t require a spring to be compressed. You just lay the rounds in the magazine. It won’t offer rapid reload, and it’s a last-ditch kind of concealed carry weapon. The Ounce certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s super small, very easy to conceal, and will have extremely light recoil.

The Ounce .22LR bullpup pistol, folded
…and here it sits folded.

I’ll have to get my hands on one before I can pass judgment. However, I like weird, and I like unique. I can see a purpose for this gun for those who might find it challenging to carry a more traditional gun. Its odd shape when folded ensures it won’t exactly print when carried. When it comes to deep concealment guns, this might be the most capable.

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner and a lifelong firearms enthusiast. Now that his days of working a 240B like Charlie Parker on the sax are over he's a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is probably most likely the world's Okayest firearm instructor. He is a simplicisist when it comes to talking about himself in the 3rd person and a self-professed tactical hipster. Hit him up on Instagram, @travis.l.pike, with story ideas.

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