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**NEW ADDITION** 20787 SPRINGFIELD RESEARCH SERVICE- SERIAL NUMBERS OF U.S. MARTIAL ARMS- COMPLETE SET OF FOUR VOLUMES - Published by Frank Mallory, the tireless researcher who ran SRS until shortly before his death in January, 2004, these are the listings of all the serial numbers he found in his extensive research in the National Archive. These are divided into 80 different model categories, (trapdoor, Krag, M1903, M1, M1 Carbine, M1917, Automatic Pistols, Colt Percussion, Colt SAA, Colt .38 Double Action, Colt .45 Double Action, Winchesters, many types of Civil War handguns and carbines, etc.) Within each category, the numbers are in numerical order, along with additional model info (if any- such as NM, NRA sporter, Sniper, 1903A1, 1903A4, etc for the M1903 listing) the date of the information and brief note on the usage- usually a specific unit, but it varies with the individual item. Also listed are guns sold through the DCM program (up until about 1942). This information was published incrementally as it was discovered in the archives, with 103 pages in 1983’s Volume 1; 209 pages in 1986’s Volume 2; 199 pages in 1990’s Volume 3 and 310 pages in the final Volume 4 in 1995, giving a total of about 820 pages. Each volume is new data (except for a few from Volume 2 which appeared again in Volume 3), so you need to check all four volumes to see if any information was found. Note that these ONLY list serial number for which information was found in the National Archives, roughly 5% of any give category, sometimes more, sometimes less, and chances of finding a specific gun are about 1 in 20. Note also that some of the data has been superseded by later (and unpublished) research, but for 99% of the numbers listed, this is good solid info. For several years SRS had this information posted on line, but misuse and misinterpretation by some people led to the SRS management decision to remove it from the internet. These four volumes have been out of print for many years, and while a loose volume sometimes turns up it is nearly impossible to find a complete set of all four volumes. The present SRS management has stated they will NOT reprint these, and want people to subscribe to their newsletter before they will check to see if a number is even listed. The only other set of these we had was sold 10 years ago, and we have no idea when or if we will ever get another. . They are highly valued (and priced) because if you find a “hit” that will probably increase the value of your gun considerably, especially if it was in a significant historical event. Previously owned, excellent condition $895.00 (View Picture)

17864 FRENCH/BELGIAN FLINTLOCK MILITARY PISTOL CIRCA 1800-1830 - This has the Belgian ELG in oval proof mark on the .69 caliber smoothbore barrel, eight inches long, along with a small crown over LF on the left flat. There is a poorly struck crown over E on the lockplate, similar to that used by several French arsenals. The basic design is typical of all European military pistols of the period, but has a swivel ring on the butt for a lanyard, and there are no provisions for a ramrod. These features suggest it may have been intended for use as an initial attack weapon with no intention to reload immediately, but follow up with hand to hand combat with a sword or cutlass- such as cavalry, naval use, or even coast guard/customs type groups. Although the precise identification is a bit murky, this is a handsome gun, in excellent condition. The brass butt cap, trigger guard and band have a mellow golden patina. The unsanded stock has a mellow old oiled patina, but there is a missing chip on the left side along the barrel channel. Left flat has an illegible oval cartouche of some sort. The barrel and lock are not rusted or pitted, but do have dried oil and crud and staining mixed with a dull steel gray. This would probably clean up with some steel wool and WD-40. Mechanically good, and in original flint, not a reconversion. Excellent bore. A handsome example of the classic military single shot flintlock pistol, albeit lacking specific identification. ANTIQUE- no FFL needed. $895.00 (View Picture)

Note that while these were made after 1898, special provisions in federal law exempt them from the normal post-1898 handgun FFL procedures, and they can be ordered just like an antique firearm, without need for a FFL so we are listing them here:

**NEW ADDITION** 21248 U.S. 37mm FLARES- COLLECTOR LOT OF 16 FOR DISPLAY - These are fired examples with the correct end caps replaced, so they are INERT with no live primers or propelling charge or pyrotechnic materials, and perfectly safe. Dates run from about 1952 to about 1964, various makers and marking styles. Lot includes the following M37A2 double red star (3); M38A1 double yellow star (1); M38A2 double yellow star (2); M39A2 double green star (1); M43A1 single red star (1); M43A2 single red star (2); M45A2 single green star (2); M53A2 yellow tracer-yellow star and red star (1); M57A1 red tracer double red star (1); M57A2 red tracer double red star (2). Also one cardboard shipping box for ten M44A2 yellow single star cartridges. Not shown are a noise flash round and another flare with incorrect end cap include as freebies. A great, colorful addition to a collection of the U.S. flare pistols taking the 37mm cartridges, mainly used for signaling from aircraft, especially with the AN-M8 flare pistols. INERT- no flammable or explosive materials. The entire lot for only $95.00 (View Picture)

22157 RED FLARE PARACHUTE SIGNAL- KILGORE #52 - “P52 PISTOL PROJECTED PARACHUTE RED FLARE DISTRESS SIGNAL APPROVED BY U.S. COAST GUARD 160.024/2/4, manufactured by the Kilgore Dorporation, Toone, TN, division of International Flare Signal .” is ink stamped on the thin aluminum case of the flare signal The short aluminum cartridge case headstamp identifies the maker and patent info along with date of March 1989, and expiration date of September 1992 is ink stamped on side. This is a 37mm cartridge with the case about 1 1/8” long and overall length of 7 1/8”. Loaded, live round, but due to age and expired status sold as display item only and not safe for actual use. See photo for details. These were used with the International Flare Signal and Kilgore Model 52 flare guns, and probably all the other heavy 37mm flare guns with barrels about 8 inches long. $22.00 (View Picture)

20873 U.S. LINE THROWING GUN- KILGORE MODEL GR-52 - Serial number 617 with USCG approval 160/040/4/0 as marked on the frame. Theoretically, the approval number should allow dating these to within a five year period corresponding with the date of USCG approval under section section 160.040 covering life saving appliances. However, no complete list has been found of all approvals, so with only a few scattered examples the best I can do is estimate that this was circa 1960s-1980s, but I believe the basic model dates to 1952. This is a “Schermuly” type life saving line throwing gun which uses a small pistol type launcher firing a stubby “impulse-ignition cartridge.” Before firing, a rocket motor with an attached wire frame sticking back for attachment of the “line” is inserted in the muzzle. When fired, the impulse ignition cartridge flash ignites the rocket motor and kicks the rocket out on its way. The basic concept was invented by Richard Schermuly, a British seaman and inventor around the beginning of the 20th century. However, despite its simplicity, low cost, and effectives (so easy a young child could use it) the concept was not adopted until 1929 by the International Conference for Saving of Life at Sea Treaty (SOLAS). Multiple types of line throwing devices have been invented over the years since 1807 when George Manby came up with a mortar for the purpose of line throwing, followed by David Lyle’s cannons in the 1870s and shoulder fired guns by Ingersoll, Coston and others in the 1880s and later. Ships still carry line throwers in various configuration, and they are also widely used by firefighters. Today most ships have switched to Schermuly type rockets, but fired from a single-use plastic canister which is not subject to regulation as a “firearm” by gun-phobic foreign governments. As life saving devices, with the bore obstructed by small projections to prevent firing of projectiles but not interfering with the launching of the line throwing rocket, the Kilgore GR-52 is not considered a firearm and no FFL is needed to purchase. Overall fine to excellent outside with most of the gloss black paint finish remaining. The bore has corrosion from firing and poor cleaning, or maybe just exposure to salt air for extended periods. I discovered that it is missing the extractor, but since no one has the impulse cartridges or rockets any more who cares. These have a handle on the top of the barrel to help hold it when firing, not so much for the very limited recoil, but because the gun with rocket inserted is heavy and you want it under good control when on a heaving deck of a ship in distress. I have done a lot of research on various line throwing guns, and would be happy to share a copy upon request, or will try to post it on our other site,, and it will eventually be posted at for whom it was written and first published. Price for Kilgore GR-52 line throwing pistol and one fired case is $265.00 (View Picture)

21712 FLARE GUNS & SIGNAL PISTOLS: THEIR USE, DESCRIPTION AND ACCESSORIES - By Robert M. Gaynor, 178 pages 8.5” x 11” soft covers. This book is the best single reference on this subject for collectors today. In fact, except for brief passage in obscure manuals, or discussion of a gun or two the scope of a more general work there is nothing conveniently available on this subject. Given the number of people who collect flare guns it is amazing that there is not more written on the subject. At this point, flare guns are still mostly modestly priced, and remain an attractive collecting field with few regulations and a good variety of items. Some 96 different Flare or Signal pistols are covered, with dimensions and some historical background and information on maker and the intended use. This is on the same page as a good sketch of the item. There is not much information on total numbers made or other indication of relative rarity, but it is a good starting point for further research. The drawing allow you easily identify your gun with the one in the book. There is a drawing and info for each of 37 U.S. flare and signal guns, ranging from Civil War Army and Navy models up to late 20th century commercial products. He also covers 11 British or Canadian designs, 9 French, 17 German, 4 Italian, 3 Japanese, 6 Russian/Eastern European designs, and 9 from other countries. Besides the guns Gaynor covers 29 holster or carrying kits, and 19 different types of cartridges, along with a 10 page table with more detailed info on cartridges. An excellent bibliography and good index complete this book. This is a very useful and accurately researched book on this specialized topic, which we use every time we encounter any flare or signal gun, and one that anyone interested in Flare or Signal guns needs in their library. $29.00 (View Picture)

20426 RED STAR PARACHUTE SIGNAL- KILGORE #52 - “# 52 RED STAR PARACHUTE SIGNAL APPROVED BY U.S. COAST GUARD MERCHANT MARINE INSPECTION manufactured by the International Flare Signal Division of the Kilgore Mfg. Co. Tipp City, O.” is ink stamped on the thin aluminum case of the flare signal The short aluminum cartridge case headstamp identifies the maker and patent info along with date of May 1945,and also stamped on the flare case bodynear the mouth. This is a 37mm cartridge with the case about 1 1/8” long and overall length of 7 1/8”. Loaded, live round, but due to age and apparent poor storages sold as display item only and not safe for actual use. See photo for details. These were used with the International Flare Signal and Kilgore Model 52 flare guns, and probably all the other heavy 37mm flare guns with barrels about 8-8.5 inches long. $25.00 (View Picture)

19995 RARE WW1 37mm BRITISH FLARE GUN CARTRIDGE- DEC 1918 - Paper case with brass base marked ELEY – LONDON- and closing wad marked “CARTRIDGE, 1 ½ in. SIGNAL, Without Parachute, Changing Colour, for Aircraft.---- Made by WILDER, BIRM. November 1918.” Loaded, live round, but due to age and apparent poor storages sold as display item only and not safe for actual use. See photo for details. These would have been used in the Royal Flying Corps signal guns, either for signaling from the ground to aircraft or vice versa. These would include the No. 1 Mark I signal pistol with a shoulder stock, or the No. 2 Mark I Pyrotechnic Pistol based on a Webley frame, and the Mark III Signal Pistol based on the Mark IV Webley introduced in 1915. Very scarce and no information found after a diligent search of everything I could think of. This is a December 1918 dated example with the top wad markings clean and legible. $55.00 (View Picture)

11691 WW2 U.S. 37mm FLARE CARTRIDGE AN-M54A1 - Signal, Aircraft, Tracer Double Star AN-M54A1, lot USF-10-37 and date April 1945 along with ordnance bomb are ink stamped on the side of the case along with two wide red strips indicating the double stars are red and red, and a narrow green strip indicating it is a green tracer. Cases are multi-part construction, not the more common deep drawn single piece type. Loaded, live round, but due to age and apparent poor storages sold as display item only and not safe for actual use. See photo for details. $29.00 (View Picture)

9485 WW2 VINTAGE WOOD SHIPPING CRATE FOR 10 GAUGE RED VERY SIGNALS - This originally had 24 boxes of 10 rounds each, but is now empty. (ten boxes are shown in place to illustrate the proper packing layout, but are NOT included). Stenciled on both sides: SIGNAL KIGHTS MK 2 VERY RED STAR IN CARTONS CODE- 20020-B LOT- [number painted over]/ Just the thing to spice up your flare gun collection. Overall excellent condition. No lid. Other than the 10 boxes of ammo inside, what you see is what you get. $40.00 (View Picture)

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