Years ago I had a Cobray 37mm flare launcher. I am thinking about getting one again and was supprised to see that there are several makers of this. I would like to have the style that looks like the M-203 version that fits under a full length AR so I will need the handguards. Anyone have any suggestions?
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March 1, 2011, 01:30 PM
spikes tactical.....thats the ones that are popular around
March 1, 2011, 01:57 PM
The price has doubled over the last few years.
March 1, 2011, 01:58 PM
I'd be interested in knowing if u could load some buckshot for it.
March 1, 2011, 02:01 PM
Negatory, Mike. That's not only illegal, it's not very safe, either. The heavy-built 'real' 203's have adapters for shotshells, but it is definitely not a good idea, legally or logically to do it with a flare launcher clone.
March 1, 2011, 02:10 PM
I have seen some with the 12 gauge adapter for shooting flares. If it will shoot flares would it shoot any 12 gauge round? I'm not a retard or anything, I just have no clue how they work. I've never even seen one oin person.
March 1, 2011, 02:12 PM
U used yo be able to buy bird shot rounds in 37mm
March 1, 2011, 02:15 PM
12 gauge flares are different from 12 gauge shotgun shells. They're much shorter. Common flare sizes are 37mm, 26.5mm (I think), 12 gauge, etc. You're probably thinking of 'bird-bombs', not bird-shot. Those were like a timed release explosion that blew up once it was airborne.
March 1, 2011, 02:18 PM
What can you legally and safely shoot out of a 37mm launcher?
March 1, 2011, 02:45 PM
37mm flares :-)
March 1, 2011, 02:46 PM
And also any of the smaller flares, previously mentioned, with the appropriate adapter. The smaller ones can be significantly cheaper.
March 1, 2011, 03:11 PM
Thanks for the info.
March 1, 2011, 03:13 PM
No problem, brother.
March 1, 2011, 05:12 PM
Can't you just buy a real 203 just as easily? (I've never really looked into it).
March 2, 2011, 08:45 AM
Thanks forklift. I will check out Spikes Tac.
March 2, 2011, 08:52 AM
Can't you just buy a real 203 just as easily? (I've never really looked into it). A real M203 grenade launcher is a NFA Title II "Destructive Device." So, legal to own, but requires transfer on a Form 4 and $200 tax, CLEO signoff, etc.
The 37mm launchers are determined to be flare guns, so no such hassles.
Here is a site that can explain it all in detail: http://37mm.com/
March 2, 2011, 09:10 AM
And if you create any sort of non-flare load for a 37mm flare gun (whether birdshot or whatever), you've just turned your novelty flare launcher into an unregistered Title 2 restricted destructive device. That's 10 years in Federal prison. If you somehow convert it to fire 12-guage shotgun shells, but the barrel is shorter than 18", you've created a Title 2 restricted short-barreled shotgun. That's also 10 years in Federal prison.
I can see the appeal of flare launchers to collectors who want a real-looking M4gery without the Title 2 cost and paperwork, but if you want to shoot something other than flares, you have to go the legal Title 2 route and get an M203.
March 2, 2011, 09:14 AM
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe smoke rounds for the 37mm launchers are also legal without a tax stamp, not just flares.
March 2, 2011, 09:23 AM
Yes, you can launch a variety of things, so long as they aren't intended or especially capable of harming something. Nothing that produces shrapnel, no shot, no explosive "bird bomb" payloads that exceed a very small charge, etc.
Possession of a home-made (or purchased) 37mm round loaded with shot, rubber balls, wooden slugs, or other "less lethal" items all will get you charged with posessing an unregistered Destructive Device. It is a "signalling device" only.
March 2, 2011, 10:07 AM
Don't forget, you can launch fireworks out of them too!
March 2, 2011, 01:03 PM
What about flash/bang rounds or other types of loud noise rounds?
March 2, 2011, 01:07 PM
1/4 oz. explosive charge limit.:uhoh:
March 4, 2011, 08:16 AM
they also have tear gas rounds. when I had mine I shot bird bombs,flares,smoke. No tear gas.
March 4, 2011, 08:38 AM
they also have tear gas roundsYes. According to the latest ATF ruling I've seen, tear gas rounds are not considered "anti-personnel" the way rubber balls or wood baton rounds are.
March 4, 2011, 04:26 PM
I thought CS rounds are restricted to law enforcement/military?