Originally Posted by Robin3
looking at the specs it seems the 25mm shells are brighter than 12 gauge but the 12 gauge versions go higher at up to 500ft compared to 375ft. so which is best overall?
Related question - if we get a 25mm pistol with an adapter to fire 12 gauge shells would that also then fire 12 gauge shotgun cartridges for use as a protective firearm if ever needed?
I'm trying to optimize our inventory of on board rescue
signals to bring our new to us boat up to required USCG equipment
levels, whilst if possible retaining some flexibility for use when out exploring or fishing
in the RIB
we use as a tender
if we also had a bear or even an intruder scarer then it would be an extra bonus.
OH - I have so done this!
on our part and we bought a Polish surplus military flair launcher. The "German" launcher is also a great alternative but harder to find. You will pay as little as 50 dollars but more likely up to 100. Any more than that & keep looking. You might get really lucky and find one with a pouch/holster. There is no registration
and no paperwork. It can be legally shipped in the US. The USCG does not consider it a firearm.
They are very well made on a par with a good rifle. Shotgun shells are 2-3/4; 3" and 3-1/2". The 12 ga adapter is 2-1/2" and so does not permit
chambering of gun shells. This is good or it is re-classified as "other" by BATF and requires registration
as a handgun and will be a pain to manage in many places even with the papers. I was also told by the various sellers that you would not want to be holding it while it discharged a 12 ga gun round.
There are other inserts available that permit
firing 30-06, 22-long, 410 shotgun. As noted above, this creates other problems you may choose to deal with.
There are foreign countries that consider a flair launcher a fire arm (England for one). They require all hand held single
use expensive launchers.
Below is exacly the model I have. There are antiques on the market and some in bronze. This will never blow out or otherwise fail like the plastic Orions.