Handguns Enter ĎThe Ugly Pistol Clubí
by Aaron Samsel: Civil
Rights Leader and Gun-Owner Martin†Luther†King,†Jr.
it guys, most guns are a work of functional art that blends something
mechanical into something magical. However, what canít be denied
is that there are a few firearms out there that never really worked
out that magical part. Handguns
it seems are the worst of the offenders, with more than a few
horribly ugly designs floating around. Sure, this is a cosmetic
issue and as long as the gun goes bang reliably, who really cares
what it looks like? Well for those who do, we wrote this article.
in disposable, single-use pistols, the FP-45
Liberator was designed in World War 2 to be simple and cheap
enough to make that they could be thrown away, twice. The first
time was out of an airplane over occupied Europe. The second time
was after it was used to knock off your local wayward Nazi
the thinking was you could then grab his gun and keep trucking.
for peanuts, these bad boys cost a mint now to collectors.
have all seen the torture videos where they pull stuff on these
wonders and they just keep on banging away. However, you canít
say that they arenít as homely as your wife’s cousin Wanda.
Still, it looks better than the older Maverick/Stallard
JS potmetal designs that preceded it. Well, talk about comparing
apples to…well we canít think of a fruit as ugly as a Stallard
so we’ll stop there.
proprietary ammunition the Dardick fired was known as the tround
No, not the
vacuum cleaners on wheels that
chase Dr. Who. The term Dardick
in the world of oddball firearms refers to inventor David Dardick
who in the 1950s had some interesting ideas. He thought that the
gun should be all about the bullet it fired so he invented a triangular
cartridge called a tround and a series of guns to fire them. Not
only did it combine all the worst facets of a revolver with the
bad parts of a semi-auto *and* use a totally unique round, the gun
was also pretty hard on the eyes.
4. Rogak P-18
had an American importer by the name of Rogak run
away with their GB design in the early 1980s and tweak it a
little before selling it under his own name. It has a definite CZ52
look to it but had an 18-shot magazine when the
polymer Glock, itself not a beauty queen, only carried 17. Take
the Macchine Termo-Balistiche Model 6 Unica but known to the world
Mataba Auto-revolver, this Italian stallion looks so far out
there, its only
real home has been in a couple dozen of movies. It seems that whenever
a director wants a futuristic gun the prop master smiles and pulls
out one of these. With its cylinder above the barrel and recoil
that cocks the hammer every time, it is an interesting design that
collectors seem to love. Today the Mataba’s mantle has been
picked up by the
visually similar Chiappas Rhino and others, so it would seem
gun owners today still have a taste
for funky revolvers.
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