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Collectible Antique Handguns (pre-1899)

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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)


FLARE GUNS FOR COLLECTORS:
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** 14847 UNUSUAL FLARE GUN CARTRIDGE ITEM- BOX OF 25 NEW-PRIMED EMPTY CASES, RED OR GREEN - The U.S. Navy started using 10 gauge “Very” signal flares from flare guns in the 1890s, and through WW1 these were the “Mark I” variety with paper cases which had no crimp, the pyrotechnic load held in place by the top wad and some sort of lacquer or waxy type waterproofing sealant. Sometime between WW1 and WW2 the Very Signal Mark II was adopted which was similar except the added a rolled crimp similar to that used on shotshells of the period. Several different firms (mostly in the fireworks business) loaded very signals under contract during WW2, using cartridge cased made by the major shotshell makers. The Very signals were made in red, green and white colors, and the paper cases were of that color, and for night time identification the top wad was “smooth as green grass, red on ridges, or a white tit” according to training for sailors. We have here two boxes of empty primed cases as shipped from one of the shotshell makers to Triumph Explosives, Inc. of Elkton, MD, a fireworks firm. The headstamp is TEI No. 10. Cases are mint, unissued, but the two piece cardboard boxes have some water staining. We have a box of RED and a box of GREEN. Price for one box (your choice if still available) is $65.00, or take them both for $115.00 (View Picture)

**NEW ADDITION** 20476 WW2 BRITISH 25mm SIGNAL PISTOL (FLARE GUN) No. 1 Mark 5 - Serial number D60347 matching on frame and barrel. This is a wartime produced version made with steel stampings and simplified features. The grips on this one are plastic or hard rubber, but they are also found with wood or aluminum grips (so you really need one of each variation, right?). There is a lanyard loop that slides in and out of the butt. All have a black painted finish, and this has about 80-90% remaining, the balance worn or chipped off. It would be very easy to use some paint stripper and remove the rest, degrease it thoroughly and then repaint with semi-gloss black spray paint, if you want it to look like new. Some, like this one are marked “SIGNAL PISTOL 1’’ NO 1 MK 5” on the right side of the frame. These trace their design back to the pretty brass WW1 No. 1 Mark III* flare guns, so you really should get the full set! An above average example of this crude and ugly but fully functional flare gun used by the British during WW2. Flare guns are exempt from the normal gun control procedures, but we insist that you order on our order form with signature certifying that you are not prohibited from purchase of a firearm and that there are no restrictions on purchase in your address. $125.00 (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)

23242 The Signal Pistols of Georgii Shpagin - By Robert Gaynor, 32pages 8.5” x 11” soft cover. This monograph covers the frequently seen European flare guns which have been o the market over the past few years, as well as the inventor, Georgii Shpagin. Information is included on themany variations of the Russian designed pistols from 1930 onward, but mainly the 1944 design and its descendants. These have been used by Russian, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Poland, China and several other countries. Besides the guns, there is info on holsters and accessories, ammunition, and illustrations from various manuals. Gaynor is a serious collector and student of flare guns, and his (now out of print) “Flare Guns and Signal Pistols” has been one of the few references on the subject to help collectors for the last 15 years. Limited number of copies of the Shpagin book available at $15.00 (View Picture)

21162 WW2 BRITISH 25mm SIGNAL PISTOL (FLARE GUN) No. 1 Mark 5 - Serial number 138468 matching on frame and barrel. This is a wartime produced version made with steel stampings and simplified features. The grips on this one are cast aluminum, but they are also found with wood or plastic grips. There is a lanyard loop that slides in and out of the butt. All have a black painted finish, and a lot of that has flaked or been scraped off. It would be very easy to use some paint stripper and remove the rest, degrease it thoroughly and then repaint with semi-gloss black spray paint, if you want it to look like new. Some of these are marked “SIGNAL PISTOL IIN NO 1 MK 5” on the right side of the frame, but not found on this example, although it may be hidden under the several layers of paint. These trace their design back to the pretty brass WW1 No. 1 Mark III* flare guns, so you really should get the full set!. Not considered to be a firearm, so no FFL needed. $165.00 (View Picture)

20798 SCARCE WW2 U.S. NAVY 37MM SIGNAL CARTRIDGES, TWO-STAR, (WITH TRACER), MARK IV - Used for identification by aircraft or signaling, and usually fired from the AN-M8 Pyrotechnic (flare) pistol. This signal is similar in appearance and functioning to the Signals, Aircraft, AN-M53 to AN-M58 series. The color of the stars is indicated on the cartridge case by two wide bands near the paper end of the case ; a narrow band indicates the color of the tracer. The names of the colors of the stars and the tracer are printed on the paper closing wad. Information for identifying the signal cartridge is printed on the cartridge case. After the primer is hit by the firing pin, igniting the propelling charge, the inner container is propelled from the barrel of the projector, and the tracer is ignited by the propelling charge. The tracer becomes visible after traveling about 20 feet, and burns for about four seconds, then ignites the bursting charge and the two stars within the inner container. In effect, upon leaving the barrel of the projector, the tracer appears as a single star and rises to a height of about 250 feet when fired from the ground ; at this point, the star separates into two stars, which fall separately. The tracer and stars can be seen about five miles at night, and about two or three miles in daylight. These were made in six different variations: (1) Red-red with red tracer; (2) Green-green with red tracer; (3) Red-red with green tracer; (4) Red-yellow with yellow tracer; (5) Red-green with red tracer; and (6) Red-green with green tracer. All of these are pretty scarce, and I was totally unfamiliar with them until we recently found an old stash of them. This is the green tracer with red and green stars, made in April 1944 by International Flare and Signal Division of Kilgore. (Sorry, no other color variations available.) Perfect condition, fresh from a sealed box, a single live round, ready to signal your distress. $35.00 (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. $65.00 (View Picture)

20442 -RARE WW1 37mm BRITISH FLARE GUN CARTRIDGE- NOV 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 November 1918 dated example with the top wad markings dirty and slightly faded. $110.00 (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. $95.00 (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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