Originally Posted by codprawn
No I have some myself.
It was a similar bit of kit but carried maybe 6 mini flares - you fired one - rotated the unit and fired another - a bit like a revolver. They weren't exactly banned but they made it compulsory to have a FAC for it and Chandlers would have to become registered firearms dealers so in effect it became banned.
I remember those-my father had one on his yacht in the '80s. It had a hexagonal revolvable flare cartridge coupled to the top of what was effectively like the 'penjector' mechanism from the Pains-Wessex Miniflares. The cartridge was removed,turned sideways and clipped into the handle when not in use. The whole lot was bright orange.
He got a firearms licence for his and kept it for ages but the police became more and more obstructive about it as the FAC requirements got tougher. From memory, he ended up handing it in because the police refused to let him keep the 'ammunition' in the same place as the 'gun' and they tried to insist it was kept in a locked box at all times unless it was about to be fired.They didn't want him to take it to the boat unless it was stored separately from the 'ammo' in two separate locked boxes either. Sometimes you have to wonder why we bother...
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