Original U.S. WWII M8 Pyrotechnic 37mm Flare Signal Pistol by Eureka Vacuum With Early Holster - Serial E-130742
Original Item: Only One Available. Very nice condition 37mm big-bore signal pistol of WW2. The barrel has studs for attachment to a flare port in the fuselage of large aircraft such as bombers. The right side of the frame is marked inside a triangle:
C V C
PISTOL PYROTECHNIC M-8
The abbreviation at the top indicates manufacture by Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co., one of several contractors employed to make these pistols. This example is offered in very good fully functional condition, and is marked on the spine of the grip with SERIAL No E-130742 with almost all of the original finish present, even the paint on the aluminum portions. As far as we can tell, no parts are missing, and the firing pin is present and functional. It is marked with the U.S. Ordnance "Crossed Cannons" proof and "P" on the bottom of the grip.
This is a flare pistol, mainly used during and after WW2 in aircraft. Although intended to be mounted in the M1 aircraft mount, this flare pistol can be used as a conventional flare pistol. The barrel hinges down to allow removing a spent cartridge or loading a cartridge from the breech end of the barrel. But a grooved type cartridge can be loaded from the muzzle end of the barrel. A grooved spent cartridge is included.
Designed during WW2 to be manufactured by the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co. and so uses metal stamping instead of machined parts. The frame is cast aluminum.
The two levers on the top of the barrel give it a very unique look. The top hook shaped lever when pulled back allows the pistol to be installed or removed from the M1 mount in an aircraft.
The M-1 mount is really a “little door”, fastened rigidly to the aircraft, which permits the pistol barrel to extend through the aircraft’s outer skin. The mount absorbs the recoil of the pistol.
Included is an original early holster in a worn, yet lovely condition. The finish is cracked throughout and some of the stitching has popped and come undone, yet it is still a very attractive piece!
This is truly a wonderful example and comes ready to be displayed!
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