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"German Modified Signal Pistol" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A WWII U.S. intelligence report on the modified German signal pistol, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 40, December 16, 1943.

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The Germans have recently modified their signal pistol (see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 22, p. 38 and No. 27, p. 31) in order that greater accuracy may be obtained.

A folding stock has been fitted to the butt of the pistol by a bracket which is recessed to allow the pistol to be cocked. It is secured by a quick release clamp immediately behind the trigger guard and by a small milled head screw which engages into the pistol butt itself. The securing bracket is connected by means of a hinged bracket to a hollow steel bar 10 inches long, at the end of which is an adjustable leather padded butt.

A loose rifled liner slides into the barrel and is held in position by a lug which fits into a slot in the extractor groove.

A sighting gear slides over the forward part of the barrel and is secured by two screws. The sights consist of a combined folding front and rear sight, spring-actuated, and mounted on a cylindrical sleeve which slides onto the barrel.


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