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Old 07-07-2013, 05:15 AM   #21
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Well you were not around in the early 1960s or you have forgotten the principles claimed by the company. There were many new now lost improvements in firearms prior to 1968.
I was born in '65 so no, I was not "around" then (at least not around firearms). But I have heard of the Dardick pistol. Never actually seen one, let alone fired one. Seems to me as though the totally unconventional cartridge was the cause of its demise, not necessarily its appearance.

The Rhino seems to me to look unconventional, but if the thing shoots well I can't imagine that it will go the way of the Dardick. If it does than perhaps it would be due to its cost and quality.

If it weren't terribly expensive I would consider it.

If all of those were truly improvements then why are they not incorporated into modern guns?
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Not every improvement is lasting or a hit in the market place. Who knows if improvements were always accepted we would be driving "Edsels".
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I've seen them at gun shows.

I would love to own one, and I actually think they are awesome, not ugly.
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I was born in '65 so no, I was not "around" then (at least not around firearms). But I have heard of the Dardick pistol. Never actually seen one, let alone fired one. Seems to me as though the totally unconventional cartridge was the cause of its demise, not necessarily its appearance.

The Rhino seems to me to look unconventional, but if the thing shoots well I can't imagine that it will go the way of the Dardick. If it does than perhaps it would be due to its cost and quality.

If it weren't terribly expensive I would consider it.

If all of those were truly improvements then why are they not incorporated into modern guns?
Comparing the rhino and the dardick is like apples and potatoes. They are both unusual revolvers, but that's where the similarities end.
Both are neat guns in their own right, but they are not similar.
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Comparing the rhino and the dardick is like apples and potatoes. They are both unusual revolvers, but that's where the similarities end.
Both are neat guns in their own right, but they are not similar.
I agree. I actually like the look of the Rhino. Plus the design seems like a substantial improvement. As far as looks are concerned I think it looks exotic, not ugly. Not true of the Dardick.
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I went the website to see what one looks like. They have cutaway view of the action.

What the hay?!?! I count at least 14 moving parts in the action. The venerable S&W K-frame action has 7.

Way back in Engineering school, an old prof told us, "The probability of failure of any mechanism is a cubic function of the number if moving parts." Not sure if he was right, but he wasn't the kind to spout off unfounded facts. And, it jives well with the axiom of, "Keep it simple stupid".

Assuming that the quality, fit, finish, and the metallurgy are equal: If the old prof was right, the probability of failure is eight times as high on the Rhino as the S&W K-frame. Which is a highly critical characteristic in a weapon.

p.s. It looks like a typical Italian design: way too much style, instead of form following function.
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This would prob. be the only/last full sized Wheel gun!! I have read a bit about it and i like the concept!!!
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