Flame Thrower - M2
Posted 20 December 2007 - 04:17 PM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 07:36 AM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 06:55 PM
I hope none of our Marine brothers heard you say the word yellow. I think everything marine is GOLD, the word yellow is a foul word that is not spoken. I was told my chances of winning the lotto or finding an uncut wand were less than getting bitten by an alligator or being stuck by lightning. Heck now I have 3 out of 4 so the lotto has to be next. Nothing personal but I would rather have the lotto money than meet the Queen.
I'll take some close ups for you of the number. I can email you a high res pic if you want.
PS my wand is an M2 (not M2A1) but it is post war. I am pretty sure the 54 is a date code. It must be one of the last M2s made. I have been confused by the different models and when they were made. Almost left that out.
Edited by copdoc, 22 December 2007 - 07:09 PM.
Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:14 AM
I thought that you might enjoy seeing this period pic of a Marine on Okinawa giving the old hot-foot to some uncooperative types.
Posted 23 December 2007 - 09:33 PM
Posted 24 December 2007 - 06:06 AM
Edited by copdoc, 24 December 2007 - 06:07 AM.
Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:52 AM
Posted 26 December 2007 - 08:11 AM
That helps a lot. It does look like at least some of the M2A1 wands were made after the M7s. I have read conflicting informations on when the different models were made. I read in one place that the M7s were too short and hot so the troops in VN looked for the old M2s. Because of the ongoing need they made the M2A1 which was a M2 with updates. I wondered if it was made prior to this also. I was surprized that a Sedgley with such a low number was made after WWII(Robins). Bruce Canfield's book shows #15 made in 1941. I will try get another collector on this web page who has several of the M2 plates without the wands dated in the mid 50s. I'll also get a close up of my name plate.
Does anyone know who manufactured the MO stamped guns?
Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:27 AM
Sorry I missed your post. You must haved posted while I was responding to the other and I did not see it. I set it off with a torch to test it. I have one can of matches and found 2 more. I would like to know if you ever find anymore igniters as they have gone sky high. My M2 uses the M1 igniters (matches). It is a pyrotechnic mixture prob a phosphorus compound that ingnites a match(prob black powder or similar compound). It has a lead seal in the front that has to be blown out to light it and protects the other 4 chambers from ignition while the other is firing. I have thought about making a few but it is labor intensive. I just got a maual on the older flame throwers. (E1R!, M1, M1A1 etc) A friend is going to give me one to play with so I ordered the manual. It uses a hydrogen tank to blow in the chamber and then uses a spark to light it. If you can see one in person it makes sense. I like to understand how things work which I quess is why I got interested in FTs, recoilless rifles, PIATs, rockets, etc.
PS I might be crazy but holding a pressurized hydrogen tank on a burning wand is a bit wild even for me. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif I will prob not shoot the M1(or M1A1) wand, just study it.
Edited by copdoc, 26 December 2007 - 09:28 AM.
Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:23 AM
"Where do you put the bayonet on it?"
Posted 17 March 2008 - 02:25 PM
Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:43 PM
Great to see some interest in flamethrowers. First no M2's were made after 1945, there were only two manufactures. The tags you see were rebuild tags in 53 and 54. Original non modified units have two brass tags, one on the guns and one on the tanks, they say Chemical Warfare Service. After the war the units were updated with vented gas caps, safety valves, Grove regulators and a frame that used pack board canvas. WWII gas caps are hex shaped brass and kinda rare. Be patient and my book will be out soon, hopefully this year, it is in contract with the publisher and waiting for proofreading. There is a chapter on all the US flamethrowers and another on development of the M2. I currently do all the museums that have flamethrowers. including firing, training, hydrostatic testing and rebuilding. And by the way only one in four tank groups don't burst when pressurized constantly. Who did your hydro static, leak and volumetric testing? What was the elastic deformation limit he found and what does he think you have left for number of firings before 2% inelastic? If you think it would be a good idea to have it tested, email me at [email protected] If I do it you get a report with photos and peace of mind. They are great weapons to own and fire. Email if I can help and enjoy.
I just fired off (Uh I mean sent) an email.
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