Original WWII U.S. Navy 10 Gauge Sedgley Mark 5 Signal Flare Pistol with Holster - dated 1944
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a 22mm parachute flare Sedgley Signal Pistol, Mark 5, complete with a holster and cartridge belt, which are stored in a shoulder pouch. 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 MVC in a circle on the right side of the breech. Pistol is functional and retains its complete firing pin.
The original canvas holster is marked on the back:
SIGNAL PISTOL HOLSTER
It is in good condition, with a functional snap and rear belt hooks. It does have some dirt and light staining, but nothing major.
Overall excellent condition, a fine example with an original holster, worthy of any WWII collection.
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