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#1 Bob Hudson

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 03:55 PM

This is the Model 1918 Grivolat flare pistol, designed specifically for aviators who needed something with more range than the standard military flare gun. Several sources say these were also used by American pilots in France, which makes sense considering the US almost totally dependent on the French and British aircraft industries in the war zone.

This came the estate of a weapons collector who had mislabeled it as being Spanish:

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:11 PM

That's a beauty!!
Nice bluing, and overall good shape.
The screw heads are burred a bit, but that's the only problem I see.
(What's the wire for?)

Where are the flares??

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#3 Bob Hudson

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:18 PM

That's a beauty!!
Nice bluing, and overall good shape.
The screw heads are burred a bit, but that's the only problem I see.
(What's the wire for?)

Where are the flairs??


At 97-years-old your screw head would be burred a bit too.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:58 PM

At 97-years-old your screw head would be burred a bit too.

OUCH........FS, that hurts!! :pinch:
My head is already a little "BLURRED", and not nearly 97. :w00t:

#5 Bob Hudson

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 07:59 AM

So, has anyone seen one of these before?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:05 PM

I am really surprised that there have not been more comments on this. I thought it was a pretty cool find by FS.
He comes up with a lot of good stuff.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:21 PM

So, has anyone seen one of these before?


This is a new one to me. It's intriguing how many different flare pistols exist...

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:42 AM

So, has anyone seen one of these before?


Hi Bob:

Yes, I have seen them before. I ran across one this past weekend at the Colorado Gun Collectors Association Show in Denver that looked much like your example does. Since they are not US marked they don't get a lot of attention from US collectors.

Your pistol in US service would have been designated the 35mm Signal Pistol (Aviation). Since the USA did not have a signal pistol for aviation use when the war started it adopted the French design. Contracts were let to manufacture a US-made version of this pistol but were canceled before production got underway. About 30,000 were contracted for but only one example was built in the US.

Signal pistols and projectors are a very interesting subject (to me) but collectors don't seem to get very excited about them.

HTH.

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