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27 mm Leuchtpistole (Walther): Signal & Grenade Pistol

27 mm Leuchtpistole (Walther): Signal & Grenade Pistol

The Walther 27 mm Signal Pistol is a smooth-bore weapon firing a variety of some forty different signal cartridges. In addition, two grenades are fired from this weapon: the 27 mm Signal Pistol Grenade 326 L.P., which consists of a small high-explosive projectile weighing approximately 4 ounces, contained in a light-alloy cartridge case; and the Signal Pistol Grenade 361 L.P., which consists of a standard egg grenade attached to a projector stem fitting into the barrel of the pistol, which in this case is provided with a loose smooth-bore liner.

The Kampfpistole (“Battle pistol”), a later development of the signal pistol, is the original pistol modified by boring out and rifling the barrel. A small circular bubble-sight is attached to the left side of the pistol. The four types of ammunition designed for this weapon are: high-explosive, smoke, indicator, and single illuminating star on parachute.

Leuchtpistole WW2The new Kampfpistole is still a further development. In this weapon, the original model has not been modified by rifling, but a loose steel liner has been fitted. A removable sight is fixed on the barrel, and a folding stock is added. All parts can be readily assembled when in the field. By removal of the liner, any type of ammunition suitable for the original pistol can be fired. However, the H.E. Grenade 361 L.P. cannot be fired from the rifled liner, but use must be made of the smooth-bore liner provided. Furthermore, none of the ammunition designed for the Kampfpistole can be fired in the new Kampfpistole, with or without liner. A new type hollow-charge projectile similar to the hollow charge rifle grenades has been developed for this weapon, but as yet no further information is available.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight         5 1/2 lb.
Length 23 ins. unfolded
  12 ins. folded
Caliber 27 mm without liner (1 in.)
  23 mm with liner (.9 in.)

German: p. 201

Triple Barrel Signal Pistol

Triple Barrel Signal Pistol

The triple barrel signal pistol, of naval design, is made of steel with black baked enamel finish and is equipped with plastic grips. It consists of three main parts: the barrel assembly, the firing mechanism housing, and the receiver. The barrels, which are slightly tapered and of the smooth bore type, can be fired only singly. The left barrel is marked with a red stripe, the top barrel with a white stripe, and the right barrel with a green stripe. The various kinds of ammunition used with the weapon (red, white, and green flares) must correspond with the color markings on the barrel. The weapon is carried in a leather holster.

The pistol is opened for loading by pulling forward on the spring-loaded barrel release lever and forcing downward on both ends of the pistol. Movement of the safety lever upward places the gun in the firing position; downward movement of the lever places the gun in the safe position. A counter-clockwise movement of the cocking lever cocks all three spring-loaded firing pins. Each firing pin has its own sear, and movement of the barrel selector lever to the desired stop directs the movement of the trigger to the proper sear, releasing the proper firing pin Double Barrel Signal Pistol and firing the round in the selected barrel. The three stops on the barrel selector lever are as follows: the left hand stop for the left hand barrel, the central stop for the top barrel, and the right hand stop for the right hand barrel.

The barrel assembly and firing mechanism recoil on the receiver during firing against the action of a recoil spring located in the receiver.

A double barrel version of this pistol is shown at the right.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight of pistol       3 lbs., 11 ozs.
Length of barrel (approx.) 4 ins.
Bore diameter at muzzle 26.8 mm
Bore diameter at breech 28.4 mm
Types of ammunition used Red, white, & green flares

Japanese: p. 204.3 (August 1, 1945)

27 mm Doppel Schuss: Double Barrel Signal Pistol

27 mm Doppel Schuss: Double Barrel Signal Pistol

The 27 mm double barrel signal pistol is unique in that the basic parts such as the trigger, trigger-guard, lever release, hammer assembly and switch lever, as well as all pins, are made of steel; the remaining parts, with the exception of the wooden forestock and hand grips, are made of an aluminum alloy.

The firing mechanism is of the continuous pull type incorporating concealed hammers. A switch lever is located on the top rear of the pistol frame to control the firing mechanism. By use of this lever, either one of the two barrels, or both, can be fired by action of the trigger. Turning the lever to the left allows only the left barrel to be fired; turning it to the right allows only the right barrel to be fired. With the lever in the center position, both barrels fire simultaneously. Breaking of the piece is accomplished by pushing forward the release lever which is located just forward of the trigger guard. Indicator pins located in the breech plate show whether the respective barrels are loaded. A safety lever is located on the left side of the receiver. The words “Feuer” and “Sicher” indicate the two positions of Fire and Safe.

Another model, a double barrel air force signal pistol of somewhat similar design, is pictured in the inset above.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight         3 1/8 lbs.
Length 13 7/8 ins.
Ammunition types
Weight of barrel
Length of barrel 9 1/8 ins.
Rifling (smooth bore)
Muzzle energy
Maximum range

*Signal cartridge with single star–max. vertical range 260 ft.

German: p. 202.1 (May 1, 1945)