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British WW1 Cogswell & Harrison Flare Gun & Questions

Flare pistol cogswell & harrison

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#1 jibhatman


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:47 PM

Good afternoon! I recently came into possession of what I believe to be a 1916 Number 1 Mark 3 manufactured by Cogswell and Harrison.




Ain't she a beauty?


It doesn't have the blunderbuss-like thing at the end (which, if I recall, was added due to burns? I guess i'd better get Nomex gloves).


According to my (admittedly very cheap) electronic calipers, it's in roughly 26.5mm (which is a bit bigger than the listed 1" caliber), can I fire regular 26.5mm flares and rocket flares out of it?


If not, what ammunition can I fire out of it and where should I look for that ammunition?


Additionally, anybody have a guess at what it's worth?






Edited by jibhatman, 04 March 2017 - 10:51 PM.

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#2 AlanDavid


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 05:53 AM

You do indeed have a Cogswell & Harrison No1 Mk111 one inch signal pistol. THe bell mouthed barrel extension did not come along until the No1 Mk111* came along which has a safety stud so that you could not open the barrel with the hammer cocked. Some Mk111 guns were retrospectively fitted with the barrel extension.


I keep a data base of serial numbers for these WW1 British signal pistols. do you mind if I ask what the serial number is please?


You can PM me if you prefer.


Cogswell and Harrison made about 75,000 of these No1 Mk111 pistols, for what its worth.




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#3 jibhatman


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 12:22 PM

Thank you very much. I'm sorry I didn't respond for so long, i've been out of town. I'll send you the serial numbers at once.

Thank you for the information! That's fascinating!






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