This rare military armament came about in response to complaints by US Cavalry troops during the American Indian Wars over their inability to kill the natives quietly. As Major General Brian “Hambone” Cunningham summarized the situation, “The enemy has the benefit of bows and arrows, whereas we are forced to do battle with repeating rifles and Gatling guns. How are we to sneak into a village while it sleeps, killing every man, woman, and child without them fighting back, if our first shots announce the approach of our men, Hell-bent on annihilation?”
The original DISC (Dynamic Impulse Spinning Cartridge) gun discharged a sharpened spinning plate, not unlike the throwing stars of the Shao-lin monks in China. The particular model that inspired this D&Y model held forty rounds, and was very popular with Cavalry Privates because of the infrequent need to reload. Sergeants tended to prefer the smaller assault style rifle of the same model.
Manufactured between 1868 and 1873 by the C. Kaufman Gunsmith Company of San Francisco, California, USA, the original Disc Canister Gun lost favor with the troops due to “diminishing indigenous targets,” according to US Army brass. The cost of the canister became cost prohibitive as well. While Brazilian Ironwood was able to withstand the pressures inside the canister, as well as the wear and tear of battle, it was simply too expensive for production on this level.
D&Y has replicated the DISC Canister Gun with close attention to detail. Improvements include a lighter, more reliable ammunition, and the use of renewably sourced Brazilian Ironwud ™. The D&Y model retains all the stealth of the original, with updated materials and safety features.
Product photos by Jason Ganwich