Original U.S. WWII USN Navy 10 Gauge Mark 5 Signal Flare Pistol by Vulcan Dated 1945 with Web Holster & Belt - Unissued Condition
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a 22mm parachute flare Signal Pistol, Mark 5, in excellent 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 compliment of emergency provisions overseen by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). They in turn had direct coordination with the US Navy.
On the top strap of the barrel it reads:
SIGNAL PISTOL MARK 5 VULCAN MFG. CO. 1945
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. There is also MVC in a circle on the right side of the breech. Pistol is fully functional and retains its complete firing pin, which still dry fires.
The original canvas holster is in great unissued condition, with a functional snap and rear belt hooks. The back of the holster is correctly marked SIGNAL PISTOL HOLSTER / Mk. 5.
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 marked and dated on the back:
"U. S. N."
SIGNAL CARTRIDGE BELT
A. L. SIEGEL CO., INC.
1 9 4 5
Overall in great collectible condition, a fine example with rare accessories, worthy of any WWII collection.
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