Original U.S. WWII M8 Pyrotechnic 37mm Flare Signal Pistol by Eureka Vacuum With Flares & Transit Box - Serial E-081269 Dated 1943

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Set Available. This is a fantastic M8 Flare Signal Pistol set! The set included the Signal Pistol, Transit Chest and 12 unused flares! 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:


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-081269 with almost all of the original blue 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. 12 unused flares are included in the box. The flares are intended to be a display item only. Do not attempt to use them.

The transit chest appears to be a post war made item when the flare gun was repurposed to use in a different environment. The box has internal carriages and cartridge holders for both the signal pistol and the actual flares. The box measures approximately 12” x 10” x 7”.

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.

This is truly a wonderful example and comes ready to be displayed!

These are being sold as display collectible items ONLY. We cannot guarantee functionality and do not recommend that they be used.

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