Original U.S. Pre-WWII A.H. Fox Gun Co. Mark IV VERY Signal Flare Pistol - Serial 11-981
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice U.S. Mark IV flare pistol with a 4 inch barrel, made by the A.H. Fox Gun Co. of Philadelphia, PA. It is the typical "Very" design used during WWI, but produced during the 1930s. Made of cast brass with wooden grip scales, it really is quite an attractive model compared to many issued later during WWII. It is fully functional, breaking open correctly when the breech lock is opened, and still dry fires correctly. The "spur trigger" gives it quite elegant lines, similar to many WWI German designs.
The barrel is marked on left side of the barrel with serial number 11 - 981, and the side is marked with the manufacturer information:
VERY PISTOL 25MM MARK IV
A.H. FOX GUN Co. PHILA. PA. U.S.A.
The top of the frame is also marked with 981 on the left side, so this is a "Matching" pistol, which did not have the barrel swapped out. There is also a U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. "Crossed Cannons" proof mark on the end of the barrel by the latch. This means it was Arsenal enlarged from the original 25mm to the more standard 26.5mm used in WWII later, which we have confirmed by measurements.
This is truly a wonderful example and comes ready to be displayed!
The use of the term "Very Pistol" comes from Edward Wilson Very, the U.S. Navy Officer who developed and patented the "Very Light" flare cartridge. He then helped popularize the single-shot breech-loading snub-nosed pistol design that is still in use today.
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