Double post today with another great article from Kevin O’Brien
In the history of firearms, one of the obscure yesterday’s
“weapons of tomorrow” whose morrow never dawned was the Dardick “tround”
(triangular round) system. The idea was for the weapon to use special
trounds, or tround adapters that took a round of conventional fixed
ammunition — .38 Special, for the standard Dardick, although an attempt
was made at a .50 Dardick gun for aircraft usage. There was also a
The ammunition’s unusual sectional shape made it easy, at least in theory, to design feeding mechanisms.
Dardick never successfully commercialized his product, instead surviving for some years on R&D money from the military.
A seller at GunBroker has not one, but two, of these for sale in a single auction:
a Model 1500, the most common Dardick (although “common” in Dardick
terms means there may have been three dozen made), and a rarer Model
I don’t think it gets much more obscure than this! Up for
auction are my two Dardick pistols and small collection of Trounds,
pamphlets, etc. Both are original and complete.
The more scarce of these two is the Model 1100. It is said that only
40-50 firearms total were ever produced by the Dardick Corporation and
only a small handful of those were the Model 1100, one of which was
presented to JFK by David Dardick. This 1100 has not been test fired
with live ammo but functions/cycles flawlessly in both double and single
The Model 1500 is complete but will need some work to get it running
smoothly. As it sits, the cylinder and other components rub on the frame
and do not rotate/cycle without assistance.
Both pistols have the complete adjustable sights and fully functional
firing pin selector/adjustment features in-tact. These pistols have NOT
been refinished and the factory etched/white information is clear and
not painted over on the barrel and receiver of each.
Included in the collection are a selection of several live Trounds
(one .38 HiVAP, Two Well Busters, a .50 caliber and a standard Tround
with what appears to be a smaller projectile than the usual .38
projectile, possibly a .32?). Also included are an original box for the
Model 1500 and several original/old stock pamphlets and booklets.
via Dardick 1100 and 1500 Pistols : Other Collectible Guns at GunBroker.com.
The initial bid requested on the auction is $5,000. There are two
ways of looking at this. It’s a lot of money for a couple of guns you’ll
likely never have ammo to fire, that’s one way. And then there’s the
other way: two guns from a remarkable dead-end lineage of firearms
history, guns which personify 1960s Space Age firearms design, for about
the price of one relatively common WWII rarity like a Johnson or a
modern replica like Ohio Arms Works BAR.
Only you know if it’s worth $5k to you. We regret we can’t buy every firearm we feature in these pages. (Hmmm… how long till we qualify for a reverse mortage, we could monetize the Manor….?)
Former Special Forces 11B2S, later 18B, weapons man. (Also served in intelligence and operations jobs in SF).