If you are curious the sequence of events for this signal is. Rifle fires with blank and signal is discharged from end of rifle. Flame from rifle also shoots into base of signal and ignites time delay, powder train embedded in base. After powder train burns into signal, a small disk of propellant explodes, not only popping the signal out of the tube, but lighting a fuse on the flare itself. After parachute opens and fuse burns into the flare, it ignites and burns as it floats to the ground. A very clever design. I now use this as a display item, with the rest of my ground signal collection and it gets a lot of attention. BTW.
After 60 years, the flare which is basically a cardboard tube filled with powder, was massively bloated and was wedged in the signal. This made it impossible to remove the easy way.
Please do not try this operation yourself as it is very dangerous and you may get serious hurt.
Edited by rambob, 18 January 2007 - 05:45 PM.