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USA 1.5inch flare gun

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    Default USA 1.5inch flare gun

    Hi All
    i have recently started collecting flare guns of all types.
    i picked one of these up a few months ago but have been unable to find any info on them. it is basic pressed steel construction and very utilitarian.
    where they used in the field, aircraft etc.
    my thoughts are it could be part of a survival kit from a bomber or tank etc?
    it is marked usa m9 hand projector 1943
    Any info would be welcome
    Andy
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    Hi Andy,

    If memory serves me right, these 37mm(1.5") pyro projectors were only issued to infantry troops and special forces.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Hi Ned
    thanks for that i didnt think it would be service issue at all.
    i was thinking survival kits in aircraft or tanks etc.
    Andy

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    Default Re: USA 1.5inch flare gun

    Hello, The M-9 was also part of rescue kits. I have had several in the original boxes, sealed to protect from water.

    Good Collecting

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    Default Re: USA 1.5inch flare gun

    Hi Signalman
    thanks for that i would like to get my hands on one of those boxes.
    Andy

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