Help to identify flare launcher please

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Help to identify flare launcher please

Post by omar cord C16c » Tue 31 Dec 2019, 22:12

Just bought this launcher (no markings), came with the flares (VFM No. 10) but not sure if they correspond to the same era.
Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Help to identify flare launcher please

Post by signalman » Wed 01 Jan 2020, 01:59

I don't see a launcher, I see four 10 WWII era gauge flares, some in waterproof casings.
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I am still looking for ANY information regarding the European Use of the Original Costons flares from 1859 through 1881. Photo's, Patents, contracts & orders, ANY INFORMATION IS NEEDED ! !

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Post by omar cord C16c » Wed 01 Jan 2020, 02:40

Sorry, lets see if this works now...
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Post by signalman » Wed 01 Jan 2020, 06:41

USA, Mk 1V, usually found in Navy survival kits. Several different makers, with Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co. being the most common.

There is a similar model Mk111 with slightly different characteristics

Good Collecting, Howard.
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I am still looking for ANY information regarding the European Use of the Original Costons flares from 1859 through 1881. Photo's, Patents, contracts & orders, ANY INFORMATION IS NEEDED ! !

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Post by omar cord C16c » Wed 01 Jan 2020, 08:53

I will keep trying to look for a web page to adquiere some history and see other ones out there.
Googled those names and nothing relative show, just a machine gun, brass very pistol and modern vacuums.

Any web page recommendation?, Thanks

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Post by omar cord C16c » Wed 01 Jan 2020, 08:57

...For the launcher.

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Post by signalman » Wed 01 Jan 2020, 22:05

Guns have only two enemies, rust and politicians.


I am still looking for ANY information regarding the European Use of the Original Costons flares from 1859 through 1881. Photo's, Patents, contracts & orders, ANY INFORMATION IS NEEDED ! !

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Post by 964AWACS » Fri 13 Nov 2020, 15:47

Look for a copy of Dustin Clingenpeel's "Survival and Rescue Equipment of World War II: Army Air Forces and U.S. Navy - Volume 2." It has an entire section dedicated to pyrotechnic flares and the launchers.

According to Clingenpeel, these were made by the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company and the Bell Gossett Company. ~550,000 were made between 1942 and 1945 for U.S. Navy aviator survival kits. Cost at the time was $1.80 each!

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