Original WWII Australian ANZAC 1942 dated MkIII* C.S.R. Brass Flare Signal Pistol

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This is a very nice WWII-produced example of the Australian military Mark III* flare pistol, as issued and used during the last part of World War I and early in WWII by British and Commonwealth Forces. The pistol is fully marked, with maker markings, and “DD Broadarrow” Australian Military proofmarks. This particular Mark III* signal pistol was produced by The Colonial Sugar Refinery of Sydney.

The Mark III signal pistol was adopted in 1911, as an improved version of the earlier Mark II pistol, which had been adopted in 1905. Like the previous Mk II pistol, it was a brass flare gun with a tilt-down, break open loading mechanism and a single action lockwork. Although the Mark III remained in production through the end of World War I, it had in fact been superseded by the Number 1 and Number 2 signal pistols which were manufactured from steel instead of brass. These patterns were adopted in 1915 and utilized many of the same parts as the Webley Mark VI service revolver. During the production of the Mk III signal pistol, at least five companies including WW Greener, Wolseley (Sheep Shearing Co.), Chubb (very rare – only 500 contracted for), Cogswell & Harrison and Webley & Scott.

The left side of the frame is marked in three lines: CSR Logo / Sydney/ "D (Broadarrow) K”/ III / starburst emblem / 42. The frame and barrel are both marked with Australian Ordnance Department proof and inspection marks.

The signal pistol is in very good used condition. All of the markings on the frame and barrel remain visible, though there is a bit of wear in areas. The brass frame components have a nice used look, with some mustard patina on the right side of the barrel. The steel components do show some wear and light oxidation, which has been cleaned off, removing the original bluing.

The action of the pistol functions great, though it is a bit stiff. The breech still closes tightly and securely and the shell extractor functions as it should when the pistol is broken open. The single action lock work is mechanically excellent and the rebounding hammer functions correctly as well. The flare pistol retains the original iron lanyard ring and swivel in the brass butt. The wooden grips are in good condition, with light wear.

Overall this is really good looking example of an Australian Mark III* signal pistol that has survived the years with flying colors! This would be a fantastic addition to your collection of World War I militaria or of military flare pistols.

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