U.S. Remington MK III Flare Pistol

01. Original name Very Pistol Mark III  
02. Other official names U.S. Remington MK III Flare Pistol   
03. Popular names   
04. Chamberings Calibre 10 gauge (19.6mm) “Signal Light, Very, Mark II”  
05. Designed by Remington Arms Union Metallic Cartridge Co.Inc  
06. Design date Early 1900s  
07. In service date(s) US Navy pre-WW1; US Army from WW1 until WW2  
08. Adopted by US Navy; US Army  
09. Production quantities 20,460 by December 1918  
10. Mechanism Large button on LHS releases the barrel for loading/unloading. Spur trigger, thumb cocked hammer, single action operation, no safety  
11. Weight 2.5lb (1.1kg)  
12. Mountings   
13. Practicality in action   
14. Comments / Other information Used by US Navy prior to WW1 and adopted by US Army for WW1 use, but were not used in Europe as the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) adopted the French signal system using larger 25mm pistols