THE DARDICK GUN is stirring up a controversy in many quarters of the gun world today. Announced at the NRA show two years ago, the radical pistol-rifle using triangular cartridges has been a source of more commotion among gun fans than a cat at a dog show.. Heralded as the gun to obsolete all other firearms, the rotary auto-assisted double-action pistol of New York ordnance engineer David Dardick—himself no stranger to controversy in the arms field—has created a big fat question mark in the minds of waiting shooters.
When the gun was first unveiled in 1957, information on its development had been gathering in Guns' files for several years. But Dardick and his associate, well-known arms engineer Melvin Johnson (Col. USAR, Inact.), asked us to hold off until there was "really something to report." Now, at last, there is "something to report:" the first production models of the Dardick Gun came off the line at the Dixwell Avenue factory in Hamden, Conn., in May, '59. And there is definitely a "story" here in many ways. It is partly a story of a man and a dream.
The man is slender, engaging, enthusiastic David Dardick. Dardick before WWII was associated with the development of the American Armament 37 mm automatic aircraft cannon. When I visited the plant in Hamden, Conn., I saw a basement full of models of these interesting relics from (Continued on page 52)
By WILLIAM B. EDWARDS
Rotor mechanism bulks inside alloy "clamshells" of Dardick double action gas-assist pistol.
David Dardick (at right) shows pistol assembly being put into rifle-butt group to machine gun specialist, consultant Mel Johnson.
Handful of Fortiflex cartridges called "trounds" because of unique shape stack into magazine in rows as shown by diagram of Dardick open-chamber firearm.
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