Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 927: Scarce Dardick Model 1500 Automatic Revolver with Box and Papers

Auction Date: April 24, 2015

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Scarce Dardick Model 1500 Automatic Revolver with Box and Papers

Manufacturer: Dardick Corp
Model: 1500
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue/black
Grip: plastic
Item Views: 4975
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 254
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Produced circa 1958-1962, the Dardick uses a novel combination of a fixed in-grip magazine, an open-sided auto-ejecting three chamber cylinder and a proprietary plastic-cased triangular cartridge dubbed the "tround". This combination permits an ammunition capacity inline with an automatic pistol, while retaining the simplified manual of arms and ability to rapidly cycle past a dud round of a revolver. Blade front and adjustable rear sights, with the two-line address on the barrel, four-line patent and model markings on the frame, and checkered plastic grips with "DC" Dardick logos. The loading gate for the magazine is on the left side of the frame, along with a small firing pin adjustment screw labeled "RF" and "CF", and the ejection port is visible on the right. With a Dardick box and the following papers; a small pamphlet titled "The Dardick Handgun"(sic), a larger handbook with identical title, both extolling the virtues of the Dardick, and a letter of endorsement from retired U.S.M.C. Brigadier General George Von Orden. The Von Orden letter is interesting, as it mentions a planned Dardick Shotgun that never reached the light of day.

Rating Definition:

Very good with 95% of the original finish, showing mild edge wear and scattered handling marks overall. The barrel shows some machining/polishing marks around the front sight. Mechanically needs work. Notes from a previous owner state that the pistol was at one point disassembled and "put back together wrong", and some small components may be absent. Could make for an exciting project gun for the home gunsmith.

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