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CORRESPONDENCE

READERS WRITE

On Gyrojets And Trounds

I

noticed and enjoyed Layne Simpson's
"Firearm Ideas That Failed" (May 2014,
p. 70), which included the Gyrojet
rocket pistol and the Dardick Tround gun. I actually had the-hah-
pleasure of firing a Gyrojet pistol at Camp Pendleton when I was in the
Marines back in 1970, and I was not impressed.
The gun I fired was a 13 mm and held six rounds. The gun itself was
lightweight, but the ammunition it fired was astonishingly heavy. The
sights were nothing short of pathetic; certainly nothing I would like to
stake my life on in a combat situation. The trigger pull was unpleasant
and heavy; I would estimate at least 10 lbs. Upon firing, it produced a soft
but sharp "snap!" and there was no recoil that I could detect.
But frankly-and I am being kind here-Gyrojet accuracy was for the
blue-jays. I fired at a 55-gallon steel drum full of water at a range of about
60 ft., and the rockets hit in an area a little bit bigger than a dinner plate.
Oh, there was no question about their hitting power-they pierced the
side of the drum facing me, sent a geyser of water into the air, and heavily
dented the opposite side of the drum. I understand that some CIA operatives used Gyrojets on occasion in Vietnam, and they were extremely
effective-when they hit anything. I told the Army demonstrator that I
would not recommend the Gyrojet for combat because, in addition to the
faults named above, it was far too slow to reload.
As for the Dardick Tround, my total experience with it consisted of seeing a movie about an electric-motor-driven Gatling gun like the Vulcan
cannon and the M-134 minigun, but it fired only Trounds, each loaded with
a single steel flechette. Now, normally chambering a cartridge requires
four separate motions: sideways, forward, backward and sideways again.
Use of the Tround eliminated all but one motion: Sideways. This meant
it had two feed stations instead of just one, which meant that each barrel could fire twice in one rotation. The result was a gun that fired 30,000
rounds per minute; it made a kind of BLAWP! sound when it fired and
reminded me of heavy canvas being torn. But I have learned nothing about
it since, so I daresay somebody sitting behind a desk trashed the idea.
D.W. REILEY, LOUISIANA

Seeing The Original

T

hank you for another excellent issue. As
an NRA member, collector, SASS shooter,
and lecturer on Old West guns, I was
especially glad to read Joseph G. Bilby's "The
Guns Of 1864" (May 2014, p. 92). The original
Don Troiani painting "Allatoona Pass" used
with the article was commissioned by the
Booth Western Art Museum (boothmuseum.org), with which I am associated, to portray a Civil War battle that occurred about 10 miles from the
museum. The large oil painting hangs with another dozen Troiani original
oils and art from half a dozen other artists in our "War is Hell" gallery.
The 120,000 sq.-ft. museum exhibits art about the American West and
over 200 paintings feature firearms as an important part of the subject. We
also have quite a few cases that display "Beautiful Utility" the art of engraved
guns, spurs, carved saddles, gun leather, and cowboy and Native American
crafts. If anyone wishes to visit, we are about 40 miles north of Atlanta, Ga.
JIM DUNHAM, BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM

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ULY

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