Adopted by the U.S. Army Air Forces and the U.S. Navy in July 1942 with production ending in the 1950s. Right side of the aluminum frame has the factory/U.S. markings inside a triangle: “E / V / CC / V / 1942 / U.S. PROPERTY / PISTOL PYROTECHNIC M-8”. The serial number is stamped on the back strap. Steel barrel and checkered black plastic grips, with the butt stamped with the letter “P” and an ordnance cartouche.
Quite rare French manufactured Flare gun. It is mechanically sound. Locks up very tight. Barrel has light rust inside; we have not brushed or oiled it but will clean up nicely. A nice example for any WW1 collector.