The Fox Carbine

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Gerry Fox

In the late 1960's an engineer and WWII veteran by the name of Gerard J. Fox started a small firearms company in Meriden, Connecticut called TRI-C Corporation. The firearm "Gerry", as he was commonly called, brought to market was fittingly named the Fox Carbine.

The Fox Carbine is an open-bolt, fixed firing pin carbine with features that resemble those of the WWII Russian PPSH41. This was not surprising as the PPSH41 was Gerry's favorite sub gun of WWII. Some of Gerry’s improvements included an aluminum lower to reduce weight, quick change between 9mm and .45ACP and a patented locking mechanism to name a few.

The Fox was manufactured in Meriden up until a fire destroyed the building that housed the business early on Tuesday morning, April 27th, 1976. The fire spelled the end of the TRI-C Corporation as most of the assets, inventory and equipment were destroyed. Gerry salvaged what he could and entered into a new partnership with a small manufacturing company in Manchester, Connecticut by the name of Dean Machine. An attempted was made to resurrect the Fox under the FoxCo name. Sourcing and manufacturing problems led to soaring expenses, which tore the partnership apart, and in 1978 Dean Machine assumed complete control of the business and rights to manufacture. From 1978 until 1982, Dean Machine produced the Fox design as the DEMRO TAC-1 and DEMRO WASP. 1982 brought about a change in ATF regulations and the open-bolt, fix firing pin was no longer legal to produce for the general public. Without market traction and the funds to re-engineer the Fox to meet ATF regulations, Dean Machine ended production.

It was our pleasure to bring to the Ye Connecticut Gun Guild November 2015 gun show one of the only collections known of all of the variations of the Fox along with original documentation retained by one of the former owners of the original TRI-C Corporation, Mr. John Hoover.

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We were pleased to be accompanied on Saturday by Mr. Hoover along with the former Vice President of Sales for TRI-C Corporation, Mr. Gerry Swiatek. John and Gerry had not seen each other in over 40 years and it turned out to be quite the reunion. We thank them both for taking the time to stop by, meet with the patrons of the show and answer questions about Gerry Fox and the Fox Carbine.

Pictured from left to right holding their original TRI-C stock certificates are John Hoover, former VP of Engineering and Gerry Swiatek, former VP of Sales for the TRI-C Corporation.


THen and now

In May of 1974, Gun World Magazine published an article about the Fox Carbine entitled "New Fox Auto-Carbine For Law Officers". In that article you will find a picture of Gerry Swiatek wielding a baton connected to his shoulder slung Fox Carbine. Below is a copy of that picture. Gerry was nice enough to sling up a Fox once more, some 42 years later after the original picture was taken.

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In the fall of 2013 I had a chance to meet Gerry Fox's son Terry. John and I met Terry at a range in northwest Connecticut. We were graced that day by having the opportunity to see the very first production Fox Carbine made at the Meriden, CT plant, still unfired and in it's original packaging. Below is one of the pictures I took from that day.

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Terrance P. Fox

GRANBY-Terrance P. Fox died peacefully at home in Granby on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, after a long illness.

He was born in Meriden on June 29, 1963, he was the son of the late Gerard J. Fox and Patti (Fox) Puglisi.

He is survived by his beloved daughter, Rena I. Fox and Hose; his granddaughter, Jaelanise Delvillar; sisters, Kim Pavelkops and Todd, Madeleine Gens and Tim; the love of his life and companion, Kim German; and his many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John M. Fox.

There will be a Celebrate Life Service on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Masonic Temple, 112 E. Main St., in Meriden at 3 p.m.