Original U.S. WWII US Navy 10 Gauge Sedgley Mark 5 Signal Flare Pistol dated 1944 with Web Holster & Belt

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a 22mm parachute flare Sedgley Signal Pistol, Mark 5, in lovely fully functional condition, complete with an original holster and belt. As part of consolidated wartime efforts, lifeboats for all sea going Merchant Marine vessels were to have a standard complement of emergency provisions overseen by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). They in turn had direct coordination with the US Navy.

Sedgley made two signal pistols for the US Navy, for the Bureau of Ships they supplied the 10-gauge Mark 5 with a 22mm bore, and for the Merchant Marine, the Mark-IV as approved by the USCG. Each service had a differing standard flare, the BuShips was 10-gauge and for Merchant Marine the 37mm parachute type.

On the top strap of the barrel it reads:


The grips are marked USN on both sides, which is uncommon, as often the marking was removed when being sold out of Navy storage. The barrel, frame, and grip are all marked with part number 242692 each with a different number suffix, A-1, A-2 & A-3. There is also S in a circle on the right side of the breech. Pistol is fully functional and retains its complete firing pin, which still dry fires. There is what appears to be a rub mark on the right side of the grip which ground away material and left small holes.

The original canvas holster is in great, service used condition, with a functional snap and rear belt hooks. The back of the holster is unmarked. It is attached to a 10 Gauge ammunition belt, which has 32 loops for holding shells. The Mk. 5 uses 10 gauge shells, so it could easily use the hardware already designed for shotguns. This one is however specifically designated for signal cartridges. The belt is also unmarked.

Overall in great collectible condition, a fine example with rare accessories, worthy of any WWII collection.

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