This is an ABOUT EXCELLENT condition example of the Luftwaffe Flieger-Leuchtpistole L or Aviators Flare Gun L. These double barrel, 26.5mm (4 Bore) signal pistols were issued to Luftwaffe aircrews in order to give them a method of communication that did not rely on their radio transmitters. This pistol is marked with the maker code gpt (Gustav Bittner of Weipert, Sudetengau) over the date 1944 to the rear of the safety lever on the left side of the frame. The tops of the barrels are both marked with a 4 in a circle (4-Bore) over the German definitive black powder proof (1939-1945) of an (EAGLE) / SP. This same proof appears on the rear of the receiver between the L and R barrel selector marks, and is covered when the selector switch is in the middle or “both barrels’ position. There is also a makers logo or crest in this central area on the rear of the frame, a branch within a shield. The signal pistol is marked with the serial number 723 on the forward lower portion of the right hand side of the frame, and the Luftwaffe contract number Ln 24483 is present on the opposite side of the frame. The gun has a frame mounted safety with F and S markings. The pistol uses a break open design that is activated by pushing the release lever forward. This action releases the locking lugs, opens the action, cocks the pistol and automatically sets it on safe. After closing the action the shooter can use the selector switch on the rear of the frame to determine whether they want to fire the Left barrel, Right barrel or both barrels simultaneously, by pulling the split trigger.
The Flare Gun L offered here is in fantastic condition. The pistol retains about 95%+ of its original blackened phosphate finish, with most of the wear and finish loss confined to the sharp and high edges and the muzzle crowns. The pistol is in excellent mechanical condition and functions perfectly, with a crisp, tight action. The two-piece mottled brown composite grips are in nearly excellent condition as well. They retain sharp checkering, with only some minor handling and finish wear. There is one tiny chip missing from the rear edge of the left grip panel which does not materially detract from the display of this excellent Luftwaffe signal pistol.
Overall this is simply a fantastic example of a late war production Nazi flare pistol that will look fantastic in your display of WWII militaria. It would be very difficult to upgrade this pistol and find one in nicer condition.SOLD