Ugly Gun Sunday
Many reasons are cited for the demise of the Buck Rogers looking Rogak. First, Buck Rogers was passe' by the 1970s. Star Trek was in after school re-run territory. Ray guns were out.
Guns that shot when the trigger was pulled were in. The Rogak failed to do that consistently enough that it became known as a jam-a-matic. It was the epitome of what Jeff Cooper dubbed the "crunch n' ticker."
The 9mm Para was not a wildly popular cartridge back in the late 1970s. The Beretta sidearm was yet to be adopted by the US military. The only common handguns shooting the European cartridge were surplus Lugers, the Browning Hi-Power and the Smith & Wesson 59. Eighteen rounds in a handgun doesn't mean much if nobody wants to shoot them.
Steyr did not appreciate their pistol being copied and marketed in the US. They launched a lawsuit. Production halted after about 2300 Rogaks were produced.
Of course, the Rogak was ugly. The craftsmanship sucked. Nobody really wanted to shoot the cartridge it
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