The German Hebel 1894 signal flare pistols was developed in Germany at the end of the 19th century and adopted by the Army on April 30, 1894. Production in Germany took place at three plants: Greifelt (G. & Co.), Fritz Lagenhahn (FL), and JG Anschütz (JGA). After the end of the First World War, Belgium received many copies as part of war reparations, and the production was taken by the Belgian Francotte and DELU factories. They were used by the armed forces of Belgium until the outbreak of the Second World War. German pilots often carried this type of flare pistol to shoot at British Aircraft and Balloons.
Made of wood and Steel, this WWI Imperial German Army Model 1894 Hebel flare pistol is in EXCELLENT used condition! It is the standard 26.5mm caliber with a 9″ barrel. Left side of frame is marked BP135. There are also several small proof marks on the both sides of frame and barrel. Various marks, wear, and scratches throughout. Still retains the lanyard ring, and appears to be 100% functional! Has a PROMINENT unit marking, indicating:
L.J.R. 16. 1.K.
(Light Infantry Regiment 16, 1 Company)
Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!