Our friend Gabor Vass of Kaliber Info sent us this photo of a prototype flare pistol convention. The pistol is a Soviet SPSh-2 Flare Pistol converted to 9 mm R Knall (.38 blank ammo) + 28 mm rubber bullet.

The original SPSh Flare Pistol dates back to WWII and was invented by the Georgy Semyonovich Shpagin, who is better known for designing the  PPSh submachine gun.  It fired 26mm flares out of its 6″ barrel, making it well suited to 28mm rubber balls.

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  • Captain Obvious

    That flare pistol is the same as the Polish 26.5 mm flare gun which is still widely available. There are also all kinds of caliber reducing inserts available to shoot just about anything out of it. I have to admit that shooting rubber balls out of one never crossed my mind.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Only suckers use their arms to throw their kid a ball.
      All that jostling makes me spill my beer.

      • Dan

        Makes them better at dodge ball too.

        • Bill

          “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball:” Patches O’Houlihan

      • Bill

        I need something to launch tennis balls for my schizoid border collie. Preferably with a range of a couple counties.

        I literally developed frisbee elbow trying to wear the little beech out.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          I hear you, I have a wheaten terrier with ADD.
          He’s good at chasing stuff but when he catches it he immediately loses interest and wanders off and I have to fetch it myself.

    • Kovacs Jeno

      It was also made in Czechoslovakia.

  • PK

    Neat! Too bad that conversion would classify that as a DD under USA laws, or I would happily make something similar.

    • Ken

      Nope, it would be a muzzleloader since it doesn’t fire fixed cartridges, just like a can or golf ball launcher.

      • PK

        Are you sure? It’s a post 1898 design, using a cartridge to propel a projectile intended to be fired at a person. Seems like a DD to me, but with how confusing the laws can be maybe it would be the same as the blank launchers.

        • Ken

          The projectile is separate from the blank. It doesn’t meet the legal definition of a cartridge (which is projectile, primer, and propellant in a self contained unit).

          It doesn’t matter if it’s a post-1898 item since it doesn’t use fixed cartridges. Modern muzzleloaders are still legally antiques because of that. There are also modern repros of the Civil War Smith Carbine that fire from “cartridges” but are not legally firearms, Smith Carbine cartridges do not have their own priming and require a percussion cap be placed separately.

          Now if it were able to fire self contained cartridges in addition to these blank and rubber ball loads, then it would be legally a firearm (AOW if it lacks rifling), but still not a DD since the projectile fired out of the fixed cartridge is not over 0.5″ in diameter. It’s the same deal with a golf ball launcher on an AR. You can fire .223 cartridges out of it and it’s legally a firearm, but muzzleloading projectiles over 0.5″ into the adapter to be fired by a separate blank does not turn it into a DD.

          • Kovacs Jeno

            Exactly, and because of this “separate ammo thing” it is a non-firearm in Hungary.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          Ken is right. This does not fire “Fixed ammunition”. It uses a blank to propel an object. Same reason a Can Cannon, golf ball launcher, etc are all legal.

  • Bill

    That soundtrack rocks.