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    Hello,Hello again, would anyone have any details on this Rocket Launcher?

    German Flare Pistol

    German Flare Pistol

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    Looks like a Leuchtpistole 34 26.6mm caliber used for both flares and HE anti-personnel rounds. Is it de-activated?

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    I have amended your thread title.

    Search "LP34" to find out more information on these flare pistols.

    Nice original item.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Ade,
    Agreed, but you have to watch out for those pesky firearms laws with them here in Blighty!

    R

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    Indeed!
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    A very nice LP34 made by Walther in 1942.

    Does a flare pistol really need to be deactivated in the UK? I would not have guessed that.
    John

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    Quote by Rescue190 View Post
    A very nice LP34 made by Walther in 1942.

    Does a flare pistol really need to be deactivated in the UK? I would not have guessed that.
    John
    Sadly they do as its not classed as an obsolete calibre or anything like that.

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    A live flare pistol can be owned in the UK. However, you would need to have a Section 1 firearms licence and in order to obtain this you would need to prove to the Police a good valid reason to posess it, such as owning a sea going yacht.

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    great, thank you all for the info, I take note of it ..

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    Quote by CRAZYCAT View Post
    The Leuchtpistole (meaning "signal pistol")

    German Flare Pistol

    German Flare Pistol
    The Leuchtpistole (meaning "signal pistol") is a break-action flare gun of German origin developed before and during WWII.
    Explosive munitions were developed for the flare gun during WWII, an idea which would eventually evolve the weapon into a grenade launcher as the Kampfpistole (meaning "combat pistol") and later as an anti-tank weapon, the Sturmpistole (meaning "assault pistol").

    Designed in 1926, the Leuchtpistole, with its break-open barrel, was entered into service in 1928 as the Model Heer 26 (Heer meaning "Army", and 26 referring to the design year, 1926). Its barrel length made them rather cumbersome to use, so it was cut down. This shortened barrel length carried over to later production models of the Leuchtpistole.

    The Model Heer 36 was the second to appear, and was manufactured out of a lighter material; duralumin alloy. It featured Bakelite brown or black colored wooden grips, with an expanded trigger guard to make it easier for the operator to use with a glove.

    Entering production in 1940 is the Model Heer, which featured a thinner hammer and a load indicator. Produced until 1943, it was replaced by the Model Zink, which is made of zinc to reduce the weapon's manufacturing costs.

    Kampfpistole
    When the Leuchtpistole's smoothbore barrel proved inadequate for its conceived purposes, Model Heer 36 and Model Heer Leuchtpistoles were converted with 25mm caliber rifled bores. This had lead to the introduction of the Leuchtpistole Z (Z standing for "Züge", which means "grooves"), also known as the Kampfpistole, and is distinguished by having a "Z" printed on the side of it. Some rare examples of the weapon are equipped with an inclinometer sight.

    The Kampfpistole, with the rifled bore, fires rimmed 25×35.5mm caliber munitions.

    Sturmpistole
    The Sturmpistole was an attempt by the Germans to develop an anti-tank weapon that could be used by any infantryman. It was created by modifying the Leuchtpistole or a Kampfpistole with a 23mm caliber rifled inset-barrel with five grooves, along with a folding shoulder stock that screws onto it and folding sights that are mounted on top of the barrel. The shoulder stock was added to help the user endure the recoil caused by the simultaneously developed Panzerwurfkörper 42 LP anti-tank munition (designed specifically for use with the 23mm bore insert). With the inset-barrel removed, the Sturmpistole can fire the standard signaling flare rounds, as well as the munitions developed for the Kampfpistole.

    The weapon was not pursued wholeheartedly, due to its ineffectiveness even against the lightest tankettes of the era, and took second stage to the then-current anti-tank rifles and later anti-tank weapon developments, such as the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck.

    The Leuchtpistole primarily fires 26.65mm flare rounds.

    Several other munitions, both anti-tank and otherwise, were developed for the Leuchtpistole, including;

    Wurfgranatpatrone 326 LP (WK 326 LP) - Fin-stabilized projectile with a 12g explosive warhead and a range of up to 400m.
    Wurfgranatpatrone 326 HL/LP (WK 326 HL/LP) - HL = Hohlladung, meaning "hollow charge". Variant of the WK 326 LP with a 22g shaped hexogene hollow charge capable of penetrating 50mm of armor.
    Wurfmine H 62 LP - Resembles the Gewehrgranate 61, except that the shaft features a ring stabilizer. It was found to be too heavy and impractical, due to the unwieldiness of its stabilization assembly.
    Kampfpistole
    The Kampfpistole uses rifled 25×35.5mmR rounds, which can also be used on an unrifled Leuchtpistole.

    Wurfkörper
    The Wurfkörper was a muzzle-loaded grenade projector developed for the Leuchtpistole. Wurfkörper consisted of a wooden, caliber-thick insertion shaft with a hand grenade head that is attached to it.

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