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37mm flare launcher

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

  1. ultradoc

    ultradoc Senior Member

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    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

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

    fallout mike Senior Member

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

    fallout mike Senior Member

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

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    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 Senior Member

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    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 Senior Member

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

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    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

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

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    37mm flares :)
     
  11. Chopdoktor

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    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 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  13. Chopdoktor

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    No problem, brother.
     
  14. ny32182

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Don't forget, you can launch fireworks out of them too!
     
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    What about flash/bang rounds or other types of loud noise rounds?
     
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    1/4 oz. explosive charge limit.:uhoh:
     
  23. ultradoc

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    they also have tear gas rounds. when I had mine I shot bird bombs,flares,smoke. No tear gas.
     
  24. Sam1911

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    Yes. 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.
     
  25. DammitBoy

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    I thought CS rounds are restricted to law enforcement/military?

    Do you mean pepper rounds?
     

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