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6/2/2020 2:34:59 PM
Posted: 12/28/2002 6:45:27 PM EDT
I'm sure some of you guys in the service are
familiar with these:

Signal,Illumination,Ground:
M158-Redstar cluster
M125-GreenStar cluster
M159-WhiteStar cluster

Signal,Illumination,Ground,Par­achute:
M126A1-Redstar parachute illumin.
M127A1-Whitestar parachute illumin.
M195-Greenstar para illumin.

I went to the Pontiac Gunshow(largest in MI)
specifically looking for AR accessories,mags,
and M-18 Smoke grenades. Found no M18s but I DID
stumble upon 2 signal combat illuminators:1 M158 Redstar cluster and
1 m127A1 Parachute iluminator, dated '75 new in the sealed tube. Snatched 'em both up at $25.00
ea. I always wanted some for my personal amusement and was curious as to the rarity and collectors value of these things.

Are they in high demand and/or fetch prices similar to M18s?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 7:16:13 AM EDT
well i got a set of them for about $200 2 years ago at a gun show the set hade every thing in this pic.
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 7:27:05 AM EDT
DO NOT put the end cap on them and bump the primer. Had a kid demo one of them in Nam. He put the cap on it and bumped it without intending to fire it. It fired and did a very poor job of going through the bunker roof (sheet metal and sand bags). Left a lot of the phosphorous in the bunker and the three guys that were in it. Medics worked on the three for a while.
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 8:53:08 AM EDT
They don't punch through tree canopy that well.  You need to send them up through an opening in the overhead trees.  I don't know about how rare.  I've seen smoke grenades for sale more often than pop-flares, so maybe they are.  Never really thought about them that much.  

They work great and are WAY COOL to play with.  

You can start a heck of a fire with them in grass too.

Ross
Link Posted: 12/30/2002 2:56:56 PM EDT
Thanks for the replies fellas!

These sound like a HOOT to play around with!
'specially the parachute flare.

Link Posted: 12/30/2002 11:56:43 PM EDT
iv thought of selling them. IM me if any one is looking for some
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