Saw this while visiting the Cody Firearms Museum some years ago. This is the GyroJet Pistol. Specifically the GyroJet “Mark I-B”.
These weapons basically fire small rocket propelled bullets. It seems the initial purpose was to achieve armor piercing speeds to win government contracts.
That didn’t end up coming to fruition so the ammunition was down sized to below 50 caliber so each round didn’t have to be taxed as a destructive device. Thanks, Uncle Sam (sic).
I don’t really know enough about these to have an informed opinion on the concept’s viability. But…I will say that since I took these photos, the US Army has been very successfully fielding “rocket assisted” artillery rounds. When you think about it, not all that different of a concept than the GyroJet.
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