Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 609: Dardick Corp 1500 Pistol 38

Auction Date: September 10, 2011

Scarce Dardick Corporation Model 1500 Auto loading Revolver with an Extra Barrel, Two Rifle Sized Trounds and Seventeen 38 Trounds in Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Scarce Dardick Corporation Model 1500 Auto loading Revolver with an Extra Barrel, Two Rifle Sized Trounds and Seventeen 38 Trounds in Box

Manufacturer: Dardick Corp
Model: 1500
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: black
Grip: plastic
Stock:
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Catalog Page: 129
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Discontinued in 1962, the Dardick combined a fixed in-grip magazine with a 3-chamber open sided cylinder to feed the proprietary "Tround", a triangular plastic cartridge. Blade front and adjustable rear sights, with the address on the barrel, model markings on the frame, and checkered plastic grips with "DC" Dardick logos. With a Dardick box, an extra 4" barrel, seventeen (yes, seventeen) 38 caliber Trounds in an original box, and a pair of oversized Trounds, one 5" long and loaded with a roughly 50 caliber bullet, the other 4" and loaded with three 30 caliber ceramic bullets. The purpose of the 50 caliber Tround is unknown, but the 30 caliber volley Tround, originally developed as part of Project SALVO for use in the H&R Special Purpose Individual Rifle, later became part of the Dardick Terra-Drill, a system used for oil drilling where the projectiles are used to pre-fracture rock for an increase in drilling speed and bit life. Consignor notes state that this grouping was acquired from the estate of a Dardick executive, and that the larger Trounds are from a small run of 50 supplied to the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 80% plus of the original black finish, showing a few light noticeable scuffs and handling marks. The grips have taken on a brown/ purple hue. Box is very good, and the volley Tround is dinged at a corner, otherwise the ammunition is in very good condition. Mechanically excellent.



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