These Flares are made in West Germany. These flares are awesome and actually measure 8 inches long. Out of a standard 26.5 flare pistol they stick out of the barrel 2 inches. That has no effect on the operation. These flares have the next generation of technology in their manufacture. When fired it is actually a finned rocket that blasts out of the case. It goes extremely high and burns out in the air. Recoil is almost cut to a fraction of what 26.5 flares usually are as it launches a rocket instead of a black powder blast. These flares are spectacular as it sends 6 bright red meteors at one time making it a red rain on steroids. After they all go out way up they leave a white smoke trace that lingers for a minute or so. These flares are very bright. These rocket flares are no longer imported.