Posted 5 years ago
This is yesterday’s find while cleaning out the ceiling crawl space of our American Legion Hall.
Among the boxes of decades old files, photos, holiday decorations and other ephemera was a long forgotten WWII vintage M2 flare pistol! I don’t know much about flare pistols, and am currently checking out its value. At the next meeting we’ll decide what to do with it – either sell it or put it in the trophy case.
The pistol is made of brass and quite heavy. The grips appear to be Bakelite. The mechanism is pretty simple. The pistol was loaded by pushing a flare down the muzzle. The projection at the back of the handle is a grip safety. Holding it down by gripping the handle allows you to pull the trigger. Pressing the lever on the side of the pistol released the spent shell to fall out of the barrel.
The fourth picture was also found in the crawlspace – A photo of the legion hall as it looked shortly after the post was opened in 1954. The land was donated by the city and an old school building (also donated) was moved onto the land. You’ll notice we haven’t even gotten the grass planted yet. From this you can imagine the size of the crawl space I was trying to move around inside of. The files I found went back to the 1960s, and I found nothing later than 1977.
Oh, and we still have the big round metal American Legion insignia you see hanging from the corner of the building. That was in another storeroom.