Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#58193 - 01/13/06 09:48 PM Flare Shells
Woodsloafer Offline

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 122
Loc: Upstate NewYork
In the pre M9 era, the USAF issued aircrew the S&W model 15 revolver, in 38 Special. The issue ammunition included a flare round. In fact, at one time the flare rounds were to be carried in the chambers.
Does anyone know a source for handgun flare rounds? I have seen 12 gauge flares and even 30-06. I would also be interested in 20 gauge flare shells for my kit.
I am aware of the potential for starting a fire, alltho I believe the military flares were designed to burn out prior to hitting the ground.

"There is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action."
"There is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action."

#58194 - 01/13/06 10:21 PM Re: Flare Shells
Polak187 Offline

Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 1403
Loc: Brooklyn, New York
I was looking for flares in 45 acp but all I found where tracers.

#58195 - 01/13/06 11:52 PM Re: Flare Shells
Ors Offline
Namu (Giant Tree)

Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 664
Loc: Florida, USA
I just happened to see at (our good friend) Wal Mart the other day a small flare gun that had some shotgun type shells. I don't have much experience with firearms of any kind, but the shells looked to be about the diameter of a 20 gauge, but only about an inch or inch and a half long. I didn't inspect them any closer than that.

For what it's worth.

Which brings to mind the question, how useful or necessary would a flare gun be in the Midwest? Not trying to hijack the thread, but does anyone see need for signalling in that manner in farm country?
Memento mori
Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat (They all wound, the last kills)

#58196 - 01/14/06 12:25 AM Re: Flare Shells
massacre Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/07/05
Posts: 781
Loc: Central Illinois
I bet when my brother-in-law got trapped under his tractor (tipped sideways down a soaked road embankment) that he had a sidearm with this in it. A car drove by and saw it, luckily stopped and got help. No lasting damage, but it could have been bad if he was out in a field. I can think of a dozen other situations in farmland where it would be a good idea if you can't reach someone on a radio.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

#58197 - 01/14/06 12:31 AM Re: Flare Shells

Not specific to your question, but it might make more sense. I have to believe a flare round would leave residue that might not be good for the bore.


#58198 - 01/14/06 12:47 AM Re: Flare Shells
wildcard163 Offline

Registered: 09/04/05
Posts: 417
Loc: Illinois
If there's ANY water big enough to put a boat in anywhere near you, then there's a market for the flaregun. Coast Guard reg.s require safety devices, ie. flotation devices (wearable and throwable), signaling devices (flares and radios), and proper lights (port, starboard, stern, and at anchor lights) to name a few. Requirements depend on the size of the boat and/or the number of passengers/crew. My 23 ft. sailboat (sailed in the Illinois river) is required to have life jackets for all passengers, at least one throwable PFD, a VHF radio, and yes, flares and a launcher, ie. gun.
Sometimes, the law DOES make sense.


#58199 - 01/14/06 03:18 AM Re: Flare Shells

I like to carry flares AND bear bangers in the backcountry - a dedicated flare gun or pen flare will give you these two options if you don't find any for your weapon of choice.

#58200 - 01/14/06 04:42 AM Re: Flare Shells
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
What's a pen flare?


#58201 - 01/14/06 05:15 AM Re: Flare Shells

Kind of denotes the size of the launcher; somewhat the size of a large pen. Look at my previous post and at the URL, you will see examples.

#58202 - 01/14/06 05:17 AM Re: Flare Shells

Another supplier, looks like about the same product.


Page 1 of 2 1 2 >

Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, cliff, Hikin_Jim 
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
4 registered (NAro, jds, Ren, unimogbert), 331 Guests and 3 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
keril, MarcusPetz, CBlackRaven, TnSweetie, Sundiver70
5321 Registered Users
Newest Posts
Monthly reminder - tech
by TeacherRO
10:41 PM
Twenty bucks
by TeacherRO
10:40 PM
Summer Every Day Carry (EDC)
by TeacherRO
10:40 PM
Recent Signal Mirror Successes - more wanted
by hikermor
01:38 PM
Bear attacks revisited
by Phaedrus
04:28 AM
Smallest possible survival kit
by nursemike
08/06/20 06:17 PM
Mask preferences
by nursemike
08/06/20 06:05 PM
Trad methods work!!
by Ren
08/06/20 11:05 AM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.