Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Miami_JBT, Feb 3, 2021.
Pre-Heresy at least, maybe even pre-Imperial........
There was a 13MM rifle also as I remember. The drawback to the rocket projectile as someone said is that it took some distance to achieve velocity, you could catch it with a gloved hand at the muzzle. (I don't know about THAT!) It also had accuracy problems.
My first thought when I clicked on this was "Rogak thread?" But, ya, the Gryrojet works too, lol.
One, since it a rocket propelled projectile, barrel length doesn't matter. The projectile accelerates after it has left the barrel to reach max velocity.
Two. Not many listings at Internet Movie Firearms Databse IMFDb. Pistol and carbine were used in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.
The pistol version was used in 1966 Murderer's Row a Dean Martin as Matt Helm movie (as a fan of the tough guy Matt Helm novels by Donald Hamilton I hated those spoofy movie versions).
What's next, Dardick Tround magazine fed revolver?
There's a Mark 1 model B on Guns International now for $3200. Rock Island auctioned off a box of 24 " rockets" for $3738 a few years ago. It's been interesting reading about it. Even back in the sixties the ammo was $3 per round. Guess you'd have to reload I wonder what rocket fuel goes for these days.
Somewhere I have one spent round. it must have been fired more than 15 yards from the backstop as there is a dent in the nose so it must have been maxed out on velocity.
Bud had one for years and sold it unfired.
I have handled a total of three since they came out. I have owned as a kid far more substantial toy guns...
Neat Idea though. The smooth bore barrel was to be off set by the Gyro stabilization of the bullet by having the venturi vents cut at angles to spin the bullet rather than rifling thus the name Gyro (stabilized) Jet (propulsion)
The hammer struck the nose of the cartridge and drove the cartridge back onto the firing pin so the rocket had to develop enough thrust to cock the hammer before starting to move.
I have only handled one "rifle"
Going into battle I might rather have a 1914 Mauser in .25 ACP....While assaulting the volcano coldera base of a Super bad guy I would rather have a Japanese knock off of a Browning 1910/22 in .32 ACP than either a GyroJet pistol or rifle. ( Insert Bond fight Music here)
When the Suomi I ordered arrived at my LGS for the FFL transfer the manager said, "My mama told me don't you buy no ugly gun."
Then I had Don McClure tune it up. When the manager saw my range video of emptying a 72 round drum ON TARGET in under 20 seconds then the gun didn't look so ugly.
But that "handgun" (actually a handheld launch platform?) is interesting, but I wouldn't want to be around when somebody fires it at a hard target,..
Nah, the next one was the "smart bullet" gun Gene Simmons had in Runaway.
Looks like something Duck Dodgers of the 21st and a half century would use.
Yeah, like "made with aircraft grade metal". Oh, you mean aluminum?
One could likely fill a hollow based bullet with model rocket engine compound. Though getting the gyro stabilization might be a bit trickier.
You need to add "inefficient and inaccurate" to your title. Dad bought one and almost threw it away. His Dardick, about as cool, shot some better. Think "trounds".
don't knock these things , hell we might need them to arm space force !
That's a reach-unless your Hi-Point is chrome-plated.
I think that originally, the GyroJet rockets were 13mm, like you say. But then, maybe as part of the Gun Control Act of 1968, every projectile firing weapon over 12.7mm became a "destructive device", and the manufacturer reduced them to 12.7 or 12mm to avoid the legal problems involved with that.
A science fiction author named Larry Niven wrote at least one story where the the hero (a private investigator) carried a GyroJet; I think its special characteristics were a plot point.
All kidding aside, that would be a perfect gun in space.
Squeeze off a .44 magnum and two things happen.
The bullet goes towards the bad guy and, you (inadvertently) retreat at high speed because of the recoil.
Zero recoil guns have found their true niche!!
My only experience with one of these was back in the late 70’s. A friend brought me one in a bag, no two parts together. I’ll admit, there were not that many parts, but no such thing as Google searches or YouTube videos to go by. Actually, the reassembly was more like a cap gun than a “real” handgun. Anyway, the owner had a few rounds of ammo and offered me the opportunity to shoot it which I passed on but did keep one for my collection.
The grip...upon first look...reminded me of wrinkled duct tape. That is by far...one ugly handgun ....but hey I've been told my LCR's are ugly..so the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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