US WW1 Mark IV Very (Flare) Pistol
Original item: Brass US Mk IV flare pistol from the First World War. The original caliber was 25 millimeters, but the bore has been arsenal fitted with a steel liner intended to accept 10-gauge signal flares. This is not to be confused with the 37-millimeter U.S. Navy Mk IV Sedgley signal pistol of the Second World War. Except for the caliber, this pistol is nearly identical to the French M1917 all-brass 25-millimeter flare pistol.
The barrel and frame are brass; the trigger, hammer, opening lever, internal parts, and lanyard ring are steel. The serial number is 3-237, and the barrel lug is marked with the U.S. Ordnance Department symbol of crossed cannons. The grip panels are wood with vertical lines for the gripping surface.
What makes this particular flare pistol special is that it was made by the famous high-end gun company A. H. Fox, known for its exceptionally fine shotguns. The top chamber flat is marked
VERY PISTOL 25 MM MARK IV
A.H. FOX GUN Co. PHILA.PA.U.S.A.
NOTE: Although marked 25 MM, the pistol was relined for 10-gauge cartridges. This also contributes to the rarity of the pistol. One only.
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