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Posted: 5/17/2002 4:55:53 PM EST
I have looked everywhere. I was issued a pen gun flare launcher in 1988 while I was in Ranger Battalion. I still have the launcher, but I can't find any flares. The nomenclature for the flares is M-185, M-186, and M-187(dif # for dif color flares). They are 2.29" high .5" in Dia. One end is threaded. I could really use some help finding some. Thanks.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:05:09 PM EST
Ranger, no go on those specific flares. I found some surplus German flares that are basically thick pens. They come in a white plastic tube with a sliding red and yellow plastic trigger inside. They were 5 for $15 bucks.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:11:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/17/2002 5:12:38 PM EST by Aviator]
We are no longer using the older flares. Sorry guy... This is what the new ones look like. [img]www.milpubs.com/images/flair1.jpg[/img] [img]www.milpubs.com/images/flair2.jpg[/img] Had to open them to take the pic. Hope I don't need em` [;)] Aviator [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:13:26 PM EST
I just so happen to have a friend who has a bunch of these and didn't know anything about them. I posted a question about them a year ago looking for information but never got any reply. The flare end is a small anodized blue cup about 1/2"-3/4"s, with a narrow treaded opposite end. The threaded end has a .22 blank used to launch it. The flare end is sealed with a green compound. I got one to fire by threading it onto a writing pen with the guts emptied out and smacking a nail that I filed down with hammer. It went about 20 or 30 yards and seemed to be a white flare as far as I can tell. Might have been colored but I was very bright out. If this sounds like what you are looking for I know the guy needs a launcher and would trade you plenty of flares for one. Email me off line and we can figure something out. Mark
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 5:26:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/17/2002 5:32:34 PM EST by pv74]
I have a launcher in my hot little hand! I have NEVER seen these types of flairs offered for sale at gunshows, etc. The launchers came in the package of flairs, and were considered disposable.
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 7:59:52 PM EST
Aviator or anybody know where one of the new style pen flare launchers can be obtained let everyone here know I could use something likt that in my bag. Mark
Link Posted: 5/17/2002 9:17:18 PM EST
I have 3 unfired flares, I bought because I had 2 of the launchers, but now I can't the launchers!![:(!] These three are aluminum, threaded on one end. I can email a pic if you wan't to check them out.
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 10:03:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/18/2002 10:15:15 AM EST by Aviator]
I have never seen the military ones for sale. I can get you the NSN if you know anyone who can order them. The NSN is 1370-00-490-7362 L119. Also try [url]http://fishhotline.com/Sunburst/index.htm[/url] Aviator [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
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