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Original U.S. WWII International Flare Signal Company Brass-Framed Pistol Serial 20582 - Dated Sept. 1943

Regular price $350.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition 37mm WWII Era International Flare Signal Co. Flare Pistol. Some collectors refer to this as the "Model 52" not because it was designed in 1952, but that at one time this gun was part of the International No. 52 marine distress signal kit.

Break open operation, featuring brass and nickel construction. Embossed on both sides of the crosshatch grip in raised letters: INTERNATIONAL FLARE SIGNAL CO. / TIPPECANOE CITY OHIO. 10 3/4 inch overall length with an 8 3/8 inch barrel. The Black painted steel barrel still retains over 50% of the paint, with just a bit of surface oxidation. Excellent markings and condition with only a few very minor surface blemishes. The right side of the frame is marked with serial number 20582 and dated SEP '43. Rarely do these pistols bear wartime dates! It also has matching numbers 43 on both pieces of the brass frame. In very good overall condition, in complete working order with a functional ejector and the firing pin still present.

These flare guns were made for commercial and military wartime use. Imagine being stranded in a life raft, after the sinking of your ship by a U-Boat, the most valuable item in your survival kit may have been this flare gun. The gun has certainly seen service and an interesting life; if it could only talk... These are encountered fairly often, but are usually
overly polished. Don’t let this one get away, this one actually looks as old as it really is.

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