U.S. WW2 Dummy M73 Red Distress Flare: Un-Marked
Original Item: These dummy signal flares were assembled from empty cartridge cases originally manufactured during WW2. They are completely inert and have a red closing disk as they did originally. These were issued for use by aircrew waiting for rescue, and were usually stored in the life raft.
Caliber is 1 inch, and the overall length is about 2.25 inches. They are compatible with any of the 1-inch US life raft launchers and also with any of the many models of 1-inch British flare pistols. (They are not compatible with German or other Continental 26.5-mm signal pistols, as the case rim is too thick.) They make an excellent display item to go with any German flare pistol. Some cases show some corrosion. Very few available.
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