Like the DISC Canister Gun, the DISC Assault Rifle originated in the time of the American Indian Wars in response to US Cavalry troop demands for quieter weapons to combat native populations.
The original DISC (Dynamic Impulse Spinning Cartridge) Assault Rifle discharged a sharpened spinning plate. This was the weapon of choice for cavalry Sergeants in the 1870s. In the hands of a skilled, professional soldier, this was one of the most lethal weapons of the era; a single well-placed shot silently dispatched the foe with ease. Even after it lost popularity with the mainstream military, it remained in use with the newly formed Special Forces. Sergeant Major Ed “E” Gorre, expounded on its use in the Philippines during a ‘non-customary expeditionary excursion’, prior to the Spanish-American War: “I love this gun as much as I love my comb.” It played a vital part in winning that war and acquiring the Philippines as an eventual US territory.
C. Kaufman Gunsmith Co. of San Francisco, California manufactured the original DISC AR between 1869 and 1880. The gun remained in service much longer than its larger, more cumbersome cousin, the Canister Gun, due to the more tradition driven (some would say ‘stubborn’) nature of the Corps of Sergeants. The evolution of this design is obvious in the Thompson .45 Caliber Submachine Gun (aka the Tommy Gun) introduced in 1919.
The D&Y DISC AR closely follows the original Kaufman design, with few modifications. Improvements include lighter, more reliable ammunition, and updated, sustainably sourced materials. The D&Y model retails the stealth of the original, with updated safety features that make it a favorite with officers and leaders today, just as the original was in its day.
Product photos by Jason Ganwich