Flare Pistol, Type AN-M8


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The Type AN-M8 flare pistol was the standard issue signal gun for the American military aircraft during World War II.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Air Force


  • Overall: Steel
  • Grip: Bakelite Plastic
  • Aluminum
  • Paint


3-D: 21.6 x 4.4 x 21.6cm (8 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

United States Army Air Forces Type AN-M8 Flare pistol; stamped aluminum frame; black Bakelite (plastic) pistol grip; steel hinged 37mm breech loading barrel; thumb barrel release and gun cock handle on top; stamped letter manufacturer data on frame (see marks for full text).



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