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37mm flare/smoke launcher
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:26:02 PM »
Any thoughts on this?

It seems like a handy lil' tool.  And super fun.

Here's a video of a guy using one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN__4nVCPRU

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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012, 12:40:06 PM »
They're pretty fun.  Of course, they can be much more fun if you don't mind reloading/handloading.   ;D  There's lot's of internet information that teach you how to do it.
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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2012, 01:05:26 PM »
Well, IMO, the 37mm launcher is a pretty nifty little toy. 

I say that because, unless you're LEO, you're going to have a difficult time finding any ammo capable of real use.   An argument could be made of parachute flares, dragon's breath, etc., I guess.  But I can buy a lot of hand-held parachute flares for the cost of a launcher. 

Even if you can get the Destructive Device stamp for the 37mm or 40mm, you're still going to be paying out the wazoo for "useful" ammo.  Unless you can find a military or police source that will sell to you, you're going to be stuck with rubber ball, baton and, maybe, OC/CS rounds along with the better smoke rounds.

Now, this doesn't mean to say that you cannot "roll your own," as a lot of other 37mm guys do.  But unless you know what you're doing, anything you can generally whip up is going to be comparably anemic.

That doesn't mean you still can't have a lot of fun with one, just that you shouldn't expect anything near the level of results with which you may be familiar with military 40mm ammo.

I'm sure you may also find some form of slight tactical advantage with the use of some of these, as well.  (Emphasis on slight.)

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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012, 01:17:56 PM »
looks like fun.... esp for July 4th


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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2012, 02:26:12 PM »

That doesn't mean you still can't have a lot of fun with one, just that you shouldn't expect anything near the level of results with which you may be familiar with military 40mm ammo.


Oh, I'm no "operator" and don't expect 40mm levels of performance.  I would just buy standard 37mm flare and smoke rounds.  I might reload them.

This could be fun.  I even have a place to shoot these things.

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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2012, 09:28:50 PM »
Check the legality in your area, but I've heard tell of some folks whipping up flechette rounds.  I haven't done it myself, so I couldn't be of much help.  However, "they" tell me it is one of the single most awesome things they have used.  "They" have a lot of experience with all kinds of stuff, so when "they" say it's awesome, I'm intrigued.
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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2012, 07:58:47 AM »

Check the legality in your area, but I've heard tell of some folks whipping up flechette rounds. 


Doing anything "anti-personnel" like lethal things (flechette, BBs, etc.) or even non-lethal (bean bags) makes the round a "destructive device."  This requires a tax stamp.  Smoke and flares are perfectly legal.  So nothing other than smoke and flares for me. 

A Remington 870 works just fine for delivering lots of projectiles, and it's legal.

Oh, by the way, a flare launcher isn't even a "firearm" so you buy one without an FFL. 

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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2012, 04:04:16 PM »
I felt like a kid with a toy catalog when I saw these:

http://www.spikestactical.com/new/z/37mm-c-77.html


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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2012, 09:17:53 PM »
Where are you guys finding the best smoke and flare prices for these?
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Re: 37mm flare/smoke launcher
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2012, 02:58:07 AM »
I found one that mounts under an AR at  http://www.firequest.com/FJ735.html.  Only $299