POTD: Blast from the Past

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • PK PK on Aug 04, 2015

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

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    • Kovacs Jeno Kovacs Jeno on Aug 05, 2015

      @M2AP Exactly, and because of this "separate ammo thing" it is a non-firearm in Hungary.

  • Kovacs Jeno Kovacs Jeno on Aug 05, 2015

    You can see in this video this "gun" in action:

    • Bill Bill on Aug 05, 2015

      @Kovacs Jeno That soundtrack rocks.