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#1 dalbert

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 01:53 PM

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WWII war material production was the most coordinated, united effort that I believe our country has ever mustered. I'm continually amazed by the wide range of contractors who re-tooled to make items out of their normal scope of business. I recently learned that my M8 Pyrotechnic Pistol is another such example, since I read in Gaynor's flare pistol book that the "EVCC" marking on it stands for "Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company."

Since I'm firmly entrenched watching football at the moment, I'm being kind of lazy by posting these pictures I took 10 years ago of my M8 with an old digital camera, when I know I could get some better pictures today. But, I think they'll do...

M8's can often be found at gun shows, and their prices seem to range from about $80 to $200, so they are still relatively inexpensive U.S. WWII pistols to add to any collection.

Any thoughts on M8's are welcome to be posted here.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 06:29 PM

I found this Shotgun News ad today from SARCO, dated 10/15/75, for M8 Flare Pistols for $29.95.  They also had the airplane fuselage adapters available.   I thought it might be of interest to some here...

 

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#3 ElectricSharpie

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:10 PM

Here are some photos of my m8 recently acquired with full original navy box of flares.

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 02:17 PM

That's really cool.  Thanks for posting!

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:13 AM

Its the first pic Ive put on here, so I feel honored that its appreciated! I hope Someone else has one of these with the fuselage attach that can post a pic . Would like to see one.
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Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:44 PM

How rare are the flares?


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 02:12 PM

These take 37MM flares which are still made today . You can get flares as well as wildlife control but you need to be sure the flare gun is up to the preasures of the bird bomb / flash bang stuff . You can also get plastic adaptor inserts to take the 25.whatever MM flares too as well as 25.whatever to standard 12ga flares adaptor which will fit into the first adaptor to allow 12ga flares out of the 37 .

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#8 ElectricSharpie

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 04:08 AM

Original ww2 37mm flares are pretty hard to find from what Ive seen. Wardogmilitaria.com has two or three variations at around $ 35 a piece I believe if anyone Is looking.
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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:48 PM

I did not have a pic handy of the M-1 Mount for the M-8 Signal Pistol.   I swiped this one off of Flare Guns Sales to give the OP a view of what the mount looks like.  In my experience these are pretty darn scarce.

 

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Here is what it looks like mounted in the aircraft.

 

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I hope that is helpful to you.

 

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Charlie


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