AN/M5 Pyrotechnic Discharger

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AN/M5 Pyrotechnic Discharger - 37mm

The AN/M5 Pyrotechnic Discharger was an electrically or pull cord-operated six-shot rotary 37mm flare launcher mounted on larger Army Air Force bombers during the Second World War. The cylinder is indexed by the rotation of a wheel at the rear which also operates the double action hammer: it appears on some AN/M8s this was driven with an electric motor, while on others a rack-and-pinion gear connected to a handle was used.

They were typically mounted in a port in the aircraft's fuselage so they could be fired from inside, using the mounting plate around the barrel. These devices are fairly rare today since few crews thought to take them home and most were destroyed along with the aircraft they were mounted in.



Origin: United States (manufactured by the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company)

Type: Flare Launcher

Caliber: 37mm

Capacity: 6, loading and unloading via pivoting loading gate

Fire Modes: Single Shot (solenoid trigger or manual "remote controller" pullcord connected to a handle)


Title Actor Character Note Date
Predator Richard Chaves Poncho Modified into a standalone MGL-style launcher with Heckler & Koch HK94 parts 1987
Braddock: Missing in Action III Chuck Norris Colonel James Braddock Custom underbarrel modification of the Predator weapon, mounted under a G3A4 1988

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