Original WWII U.S. Navy 10 Gauge Sedgley Mark 5 Signal Flare Pistol with Holster - dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a 22mm parachute flare signal pistol Sedgley Signal Pistol, Mark 5. 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. 1942
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 stock number 242692-A, each with a different number suffix, and there is an "S" in a circle on the right side, for Sedgley.
The original holster is a khaki canvas open top belt holster with inner leather reinforcement. There is an original Nickel-plated "Lift-the-Dot" snap on the end of the securing strap. There are not markings, but it is definitely military issue, and in very good condition.
Pistol is functional and retains its complete firing pin, which dry fires correctly. Overall excellent condition a fine example worthy of an WWII collection.
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