Guest Post by James Rummel of Hell in a Handbasket:
Oddly enough, the British usually refer to devices of this kind, and the ammo they use, by the name of the inventor. (“Pass me the Very pistol, dear. Oh, and the white Very flare, as well.”) Here in the United States we don’t bother to give the man his due, even though he devoted his life to the country. Oh, well. On with the essay.
The Germans during WWII decided to modify it a bit. They turned a simple signalling device into an anti-armor weapon called the Sturmpistole.
To be completely accurate, the Sturmpistole was just not very effective. It certainly looked mean, though.
I was in the gun store today, and I saw yet another effort to weaponize the lowly Very pistol.
I like the pink color. Obviously, this is not something the German military in the bad old days of the 3rd Reich came up with.