Original WWII U.S. Navy 10 Gauge Sedgley Mark 5 Signal Flare Pistol dated 1944 with Web Holster & Belt
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 compliment of emergency provisions overseen by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). They in turn had direct coordination with the US Navy.
Sedgley made two signals 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:
SIGNAL PISTOL MARK 5 R.F. SEDGLEY, INC. 1944
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. 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.
The original canvas holster is in good condition, with a functional snap and rear belt hooks. It definitely shows wear and fading from service, and the metal fittings show oxidation consistent with service at sea.
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 faintly marked and dated on the back:
"U. S. N."
SIGNAL CARTRIDGE BELT
A. L. SIEGEL CO., INC.
1 9 4 3
The belt is definitely somewhat worn, with oxidation on the fittings, so this definitely looks like it saw service on the seas. Unfortunately one of the buckle ends is missing, so it cannot currently be worn.
Overall in great collectible condition, a fine example with rare accessories, worthy of any WWII collection.
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