This double-barreled, 26.5mm signal flare pistol was issued to Luftwaffe aircrews in order to give them a method of communication that did not rely on their radio transmitters. They were either marked Fl. 24483 (Fl. = Flieger/Pilot) or Ln. 24483 (Luftwaffennachrichtentruppe / Signals-Radio)
Made of aluminum, bakelite, and steel, an EXCELLENT example of the Luftwaffe Flieger-Leuchtpistole L (Aviators Flare Gun L)! Dated 1942, it has the rarer manufacture code, GBW (Gustav Bittner Werke), and retains 85% of the original finish! Clearly marked with the Luftwaffe part number, Ln..24483, both barrels are marked with a 4 in a circle (indicating “4-Bore”) over a Waffenamt acceptance stamp. All parts are matching. Features a frame mounted safety with Fire and Safe markings, and uses a breakaway design that is activated by pushing the release lever, located under the trigger guard. This action releases the locking lugs, opens the action, cocks the pistol and automatically sets it on safe. After closing the action, the pilot can use selector switch on the rear of the frame to determine whether they want to fire the Left barrel, Right barrel or both barrels simultaneously. Some marks, scratches, and wear, but nothing that detracts. Mechanics are 100% FUNCTIONAL! A VERY NICE mid-war example, it would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!