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Polish flare pistols

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by ottomatic, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. ottomatic

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    I am thinking of getting a 26.5 flare pistol and like two of the Polish ones. I am looking at either the older copy of the Russion one or the newer copy of the H&K. The cost is about the same, about $45.

    Any experiences with either?
     
  2. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

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    I have an HK and couple others. One has an 11 inside an oval (Random arsenal?) on the barrel and is dated 1952. That would make it Polish I believe. The other is dated 02/60 and has a G stamp with the letters eco inside it (Geco). I thought it to be E.German but I could be wrong. They all seem to work but the flares are expensive so I don't shoot them much. In fact I don't even know why I have them other than they were interesting and cheap back in the day.

    The HK has a plastic frame and is very light. The Polish is all steel and is heavy. The other is has an alloy (pot metal?) frame and is pretty light.
     

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  3. Commander_Zero

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    I bought a bunch of the HK ones. Theyre light, well-built, and seem to be of the usual high standards. All the ones I got appeared to be new and just had a few marks from storage and being dinged around in transit. Shooting them is fun, although recoil is a bit snappy with the light frame and less-than-ergonomic grip. I've seen the Polish and Eastern European ones advertised and I'm sure hey work just fine for their intended use but for the same money (or a few vucks more) I'd buy the HK product. When was the last time you bought something with a trigger and marked HK for less than $50?
     
  4. Steff1

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    I was thinking of adding something like this to my preps. My reasoning being that you could maybe scare off a crowd with smoke or cause confusion and cover against advancing foes. In particular, I was looking at the 37mm ones. Thoughts ?
     
  5. ottomatic

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    Both the 37mm rounds and guns are very expensive. There are some REALLY cool rounds available for the 37s, but most of them are No-No's under BATFE rules.
    The 26.5 seems like a reasonable compromise for me. The rounds are much more potent than 12ga, and contrary to popular belief, they are NOT much more than the 12ga ones (as long as you buy a bunch at a time)
     
  6. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Where can I get an H&K? Since I don't own an H&K anything.....
     
  7. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    I have a 26.5 Sauer (H&K) if I remember correctly (it has both markings) ... it is great. I have both the Magnesium-NightLight flares and blue smoke. Awesome!
     
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  8. Commander_Zero

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    The usual surplus sources...Sporstmans Guide, Cheaper Than Dirt, etc, etc. Google is your friend.
     
  9. Akita

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    Didnt some of those 26.5's blow up a few years back?
     
  10. Commander_Zero

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    News to me. The flares are usually loaded with black powder so theyre pretty low pressure. If they did blow up I'd bet that a) they weren't the HK ones and b) the ammo was at fault or b) someone tried sooting something out of it they werent supposed to using some sort of 'adapter'.
     
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  11. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

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    cmon, someone has to have a joke to go with this thread!
     
  12. Akita

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    No, it was some surplus launcher, I think it may have been east block. They were selling them at Knob Creek at that time.

    Yeah, HK dont let crap leave the factory ime.
     
  13. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

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    All this talk and no flare gun porn....:whistling:

    Here's mine:whistling: >>>>

    The HK is on the top. German Geco, then the Polish one. The little pistol on the bottom shoots bird bangers or flares using a 22 blank. Also a Tru-Flare pen launcher. To the top right a 12 ga flare and caliber reducer to shoot it.

    [​IMG]

    Now with Federal 37mm tear gas gun bought off of ebay back in the day for $25 ;)

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Contact

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    I thought the polish guns were all the ones that fired backward instead of forward...?? :dunno:
     
  15. ca survivor

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  16. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

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    No, you light it on fire and throw the whole thing up in the air.
     
  17. ottomatic

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    Actually the quality of the Polish flare pistols is impressive. I ended up buying one of each - One of the Russian WW2 design and one of the H&K design. The Russian copy is steel and built like a tank. The H&K copy is clearly of newer design and weighs much less.
     
  18. Nine Shooter

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    Not Polish, but I am, so what the heck :)

    It's a Spike's Havoc 37MM, but I mainly use the 26.5MM adapter.