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    Smith and Wesson Pegasus illumination rocket

    These were made by Smith and Wesson during the 80s but then discontinued. Looks like a copy of Pains Wessex rocket and igniter system. There was little on net about them and they were made by Smith and Wesson so I thought some of you might like to see it. Deactivated for examination. Ignition system is more complex that the military popups but it could be fired with one hand.

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    Not familiar with the Pains Wessex offering, but the above looks like a copy of the Schermuly 'Icarus' flare, in military guise "Rocket 1.5in Illuminating, Para ..."

    Does the S&W firing mechanism use a 'sawn off' 9mm case?

    TimG

    P.S. S.P.R.A. was a family company until 1973 when it was bought by Wilkinson Sword, amalgamated with Pains-Wessex. All production transferred to Salisbury approx 1981. End of Schermuly. 1986 Chemring acquired Pains-Wessex.
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    Ignition is just the small primer taped to white paper in 3rd photo. No cartridge case or powder train was present.

    I think I have shot an Icarus many years ago but never had one to examine.

    Here is a drawing from their catalog. Comments appreciated. I have seen Pains Wessex illumination rounds and have catalogs but have never taken one apart.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TimG View Post
    Not familiar with the Pains Wessex offering, but the above looks like a copy of the Schermuly 'Icarus' flare, in military guise "Rocket 1.5in Illuminating, Para ..."

    Does the S&W firing mechanism use a 'sawn off' 9mm case?

    TimG

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    Hello copdoc,

    Interested by dimensions, total length and diameter please. Thank you.

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    Certainly
    Length about 9.75 inches
    Upper diameter about 1.495 inches
    Tail diameter about 1.520 inches

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    Firing mechanism showing primer pocket. Small primer not shotgun primer like many pyrotechnics.
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    RAF publication from 1960s

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    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for the pictures from the manual, any chance of the other pages from that chapter ?
    Cheers
    Gary

 

 

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