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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Last edited by copdoc; 11th January 2017 at 09:08 PM.
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?
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.
Last edited by TimG; 11th January 2017 at 07:06 PM.
copdoc (11th January 2017)
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.
Interested by dimensions, total length and diameter please. Thank you.
Any Live or Dug ordnance shown by me has been disposed of by EOD personnel .
Length about 9.75 inches
Upper diameter about 1.495 inches
Tail diameter about 1.520 inches
Last edited by copdoc; 11th January 2017 at 07:30 PM.
MINENAZ16 (12th January 2017)
Thanks for the pictures from the manual, any chance of the other pages from that chapter ?