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M8 flare pistol

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The M8 Flare Pistol or AN/M8 Pyrotechnic Pistol was the standard 37mm signal flare launcher used by the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War and the United States Air Force until 2002. The weapon is a double-action striker-fired launcher with a simple break-open breech-loading design, with a cast aluminium frame and stamped steel parts, designed to be simple enough that it could be made by the Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company in WW2. The two distinctive curved projections on the top of the weapon are the latch for opening the breech at the rear, and a hook for securing the pistol in an aircraft: alternatively it could be secured by the muzzle using the four rectangular locking lugs on the barrel if the aircraft had the appropriate mounting.


(1942 - 2002)

Type: Flare Launcher

Caliber: 37mm

Capacity: 1

Fire Modes: Single Shot

The M8 Flare Pistol has been seen in the following films used by the following actors:

M8 Flare Pistol - 37mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
Unbroken Jack O'Connell Louis Zamperini 2014
The Expendables Jason Statham Lee Christmas 2010
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Eugene Byrd Cole Burris 2004
Carnosaur 2 John Savage Jack Reed 1995
Tremors Reba McEntire Heather Gummer 1990
China O'Brien II Donré Sampson Omar 1990
Hell Comes to Frogtown Rory Calhoun Looney Tunes 1988
A Captain's Honor (L'Honneur d'un capitaine) Jacques Perrin Capt. Marcel Caron 1982
The Final Countdown Charles Durning Senator Samuel Chapman 1980
The Exterminator Steve James Michael Jefferson 1980
Bear Island Donald Sutherland Frank Lansing 1979
How I Won the War John Lennon Gripweed 1967
Tobruk Nigel Green Col Harker 1967
The Hunters Chinese Airman 1958
The Thing From another World William Self Cpl. Barnes 1951
Between Heaven and Hell Brad Dexter Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson 1956
Tokyo Joe Tetsu Komai Lt. Gen. 'The Butcher' Takenobu 1949
Twelve O'Clock High 1949


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Smallville - Season 2 Extra Dan Hammond "Skinwalker" (S2E10) 2003

Video Games

Game Title Note Appears as Release Date
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Unobtainable; only seen in the hands of a PDF soldier 2012
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Fictional stocked variant; stylized "Signaler" 2016
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022

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