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37mm flare launcher

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ultradoc, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. ultradoc

    ultradoc New Member

    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?
  2. Forklift352

    Forklift352 New Member

    spikes tactical.....thats the ones that are popular around
  3. fallout mike

    fallout mike Active Member

    The price has doubled over the last few years.
  4. fallout mike

    fallout mike Active Member

    I'd be interested in knowing if u could load some buckshot for it.
  5. Chopdoktor

    Chopdoktor New Member

    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.
  6. fallout mike

    fallout mike Active Member

    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.
  7. fallout mike

    fallout mike Active Member

    U used yo be able to buy bird shot rounds in 37mm
  8. Chopdoktor

    Chopdoktor New Member

    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.
  9. DammitBoy

    DammitBoy New Member

    What can you legally and safely shoot out of a 37mm launcher?
  10. Chopdoktor

    Chopdoktor New Member

    37mm flares :)
  11. Chopdoktor

    Chopdoktor New Member

    And also any of the smaller flares, previously mentioned, with the appropriate adapter. The smaller ones can be significantly cheaper.
  12. fallout mike

    fallout mike Active Member

    Thanks for the info.
  13. Chopdoktor

    Chopdoktor New Member

    No problem, brother.
  14. ny32182

    ny32182 Active Member

    Can't you just buy a real 203 just as easily? (I've never really looked into it).
  15. ultradoc

    ultradoc New Member

    Thanks forklift. I will check out Spikes Tac.
  16. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    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/
  17. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    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.
  18. LemmyCaution

    LemmyCaution Member

    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.
  19. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    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.
  20. XM855

    XM855 New Member

    Don't forget, you can launch fireworks out of them too!

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