Original WWII U.S. Coston-Sedgley 37mm Parachute Flare Signal Pistol with Lanyard and 1943 Dummy Flare
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fine example of a WWII Era U.S. Coston-Sedgley 37mm Parachute Flare Signal Pistol, with a 7 1/2 inch steel barrel, complete with the original rope lanyard and a dummy flare. These were made in various configurations by R. F. Sedgley Inc. of Philadelphia, as marked on the barrel:
R.F. SEDGLEY INC. PHILA. PA. U.S.A.
The flare pistol is also marked on the left side of the aluminum frame with the maker and patent information:
COSTON - SEDGLEY
PARACHUTE SIGNAL PISTOL
Additionally, serial number 2598 is marked on the bottom of the grip, inside the barrel hinge, and on the bottom of the barrel. This is definitely an "all matching" example that has not had any parts swapped out.
This example is marked "S" in a circle on the grips. so it was most likely not used by the U.S. Navy. Due to sea air, they would have their pistols equipped with plastic grips and alloy barrels, which were much more resistant to corrosion. This example was probably used by ground forces.
Condition is quite good, with the only issue being that the extractor spring is frozen, so the shells must be removed by hand. The paint on the barrel and breech is retained well, and the aluminum grip has just some light oxidation from age and use. The attached lanyard is in very good condition, with a very nice loop on the end, spliced back into the main rope.
The included dummy flare was made using a casing originally manufactured by KILGORE MFG. CO. in OCT. 1943. Markings indicate that it is a #52 / RED STAR PARACHUTE SIGNAL, which was approved by both the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. It really completes the set.
The pistol Functions well, and firing pin is definitely operational. A great addition to any WWII U.S. Flare Pistol collection!
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