Original U.S. WWII International Flare Signal Company Brass-Framed Pistol with Laynard - Dated Aug. 1944

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Wonderful condition 37mm WWII 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 steel, brass, and nickel construction. The pistol is embossed on both side of the crosshatch grip in raised letters: INTERNATIONAL FLARE SIGNAL CO. / TIPPECANCE CITY OHIO. 10 3/4 inch overall length with an 8 3/8 inch barrel. Excellent markings and condition with only light wear and oxidation in places. The left side of the barrel is marked with serial number 27441 and dated AUG '44. Rarely do these pistols bear wartime dates! It also has matching number 30 on both pieces of the brass frame. In very good overall condition, in complete working order with firing pin still present. It even still has an original coiled lanyard attached by an "S" clip to the ring on the bottom of the grip.

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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