Q the James Bond music.
🎶You only live twice, or so it seems 🎶
This is only the 3rd Gyrojet that I've seen in the flesh and it followed me home today. And it came with 10 rockets! It's one of the earlier models in 13mm, after the Gun Control Act of 1968 they switched to 12mm and rifled the barrel.
When you pull the trigger, the hammer (shown uncocked) pivots up and whacks the nose of the rocket, forcing it back into the firing pin, detonating a standard small pistol primer to light the solid grain of propellant. The hammer restrains the rocket until sufficient thrust is developed to recock it. The rocket is now free to go on it's merry way, the exhaust nozzles in the rear are angled to give it spin (some rockets have two nozzles, others have four). With the firing chamber now empty, the magazine shoves a fresh rocket up into position. Note that the slide does not move when firing! You only pull it back to load the built in magazine
As you might imagine, the rocket starts out fairly slow and continues accelerating for 10 to 15 yards or thereabouts. If I do decide to fire it, I'll definitely have the LabRadar chronograph set up! I do believe that reloading for it is somewhere in the impossible range.
An interesting idea that was just too far ahead of it's time.
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Edited by DougStump, 07 April 2021 - 09:38 AM.