Category Archives: Antique Oddities

Whas dat?

Dear readers, I’ve encountered a puzzlement. You know that I’m fascinated by firearms both old and new. I’d like to think that I’ve learned a few things, but then along come something like this:

and I’m at a loss. It’s described here as a flare gun, but it clearly doesn’t launch anything. The comments suggest that the user would hold it up and let it smoke. If so, why not a much simpler device? At this site, it’s described as being rare, and in all snarkiness, I can see why.

Anyone have any idea as to its intended use and how it functioned?