These Rocket Flares are made in West Germany. These flares are awesome and actually measure 8 inches long. Out of a standard 26.5mm 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. This flare shoots 1 red meteor and a orange smoke bomb that drops simultaneously with the flare.