Archive for the Flares and Flareguns Category

Leutschpistole 42 Flare Gun

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , , on September 19, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgRemembering that I don’t collect flare guns, someone please tell me why I now have four of them? This is the most common WW2 German flare gun, the LP-42. Made of stamped metal, it was designed to be cheap and simple. This one is manufactured by C&W Meinel-Scholer of Sachsen, with their EUH code stamped into it.

 

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Flare Gun Ammunition Pouch

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , , , on December 14, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis German ersatz leather pouch is designed to carry the flare rounds for 27mm flare pistols such as the LP42. The manufacturer in this case is FSX41, which is code for the Albin Scholle Lederwarenfabrik in Zeitz. These pouches are identical to the postwar VOPOS ones so you have to be careful when you go hunting. All the ones I have seen to date seem to be manufactured by the same company and stamped FSX.

German Leuchtpistole Holster

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , on June 4, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis holster is manufactured to fit the M1928 Heeres Leuchtpistole. These look like leather but at this point in the war they are made from ersatz material, rather like pressed cardboard. This one came complete with its cleaning rod.

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1942 German Heeres Leuchtpistole

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , on June 4, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis flaregun is a 1942 Erma manufactured example of the Army Model M1940. This gun fires the standard 26.5mm cartridge. The early ones were made from steel. This example is anodised aluminium. The Heer LP was a revision of the M1934 LP with minor differences including a load indicator on the left of the hammer.

British Mark III Flare Pistol

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a 1918 stamped MkIII flare pistol, manufactured by Cogswell & Harrison, the famous shotgun manufacturers. This example is the improved version with the extended muzzle. The intent of this mod was to avoid burning the hands of the operator. It’s not like I am into flare pistols but the whole brass steampunk here was impossible to resist.

Luftwaffe Double Barrelled Flare Gun

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , , , on May 23, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my “Flieger-Leuchtpistole L.“, Aircrew Flare Gun (Luftwaffe). It is designed to take the standard 27mm German flare. This example was manufactured by Heinrich Krieghoff Waffenfabrik in 1942 and is composed of anodised aluminium. These models were also issued to Fallschirmjäger. I love the barrel switch and the load indicators, it’s almost steampunk in its design.

German Alarmleuchtzeichen Part

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , on March 15, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is part of what is called an Alarmleuchtzeichen or alarm-flare trap. This holder was nailed to a tree and the charge containing the illuminating compound fitted into it. Then a simple cord was attached and tied across a path or access way. This one was found attached to a tree stump in Courland.

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