British WW1 Mark III flare gun Webley Scott Birmingham factory, scarce early bronze “funnel” barrel type in great overall condition
Authentic WW1 era Mark III brass flare gun by Webley & Scott Ltd. These are particularly attractive weapons; they were manufactured from solid brass and stamped with numerous WW1 era Webley & Scott London and Birmingham Ltd markings. This one is an earlier-run model with the “funnel” barrel and walnut wood grips, versus later production with snub-nose barrels or checkered plastic grips; very desirable and collectable specimen. Interestingly enough W&S Mark III flare gun (with a few Hollywood-added fancy accessories) is also highly collectable by the Star Wars Trilogy fans – it is featured as Boba Fett’s (the dreaded bounty hunter) favored plasma rifle. Personally I find this fact to be very funny…The gun is in excellent original condition; the frame has the famous W&S “Flying Bullet” logo, as well as military proof marks and the Broad Arrow marking indicating Crown ownership. The frame and bell-mouthed barrel are brass, the locking stirrup is steel, as are the hammer and the trigger. All parts have matching serial numbers (SN 106961). The steel lanyard loop on the butt of the handle is original and intact. Walnut grips are in good condition, with some damage to the left grip the left grip (dings on the top, a small chip is missing on the bottom); the top of the barrel has a small bent. There is yr. 1918 inspector’s stamp with the clearly visible “ ’18 “ date stamp. Measures about 9.75”/25 cm overall; barrel is about 5.6”/14.4 cm long, the lockup is excellent; the trigger action is crisp; steel parts have some of the original black varnish left. Some oxidation on the inside surfaces of some bronze parts; looks like the gun hasn’t been cleaned since its time in WW-I trenches.
Scarce in such authentic condition – most WW-I Webley flare guns have been wire-brushed or cleaned to a near-mirror polish. This is not a “firearm” under US law and needs no FFL to transfer or own; this WW-1 era flare gun is obsolete and ammunition for it is no longer made or sold. We have several W1 era items for sale, please check out our Militaria section for similar listings.
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