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Leuchtpistole

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The Leuchtpistole and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Leuchtpistole

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm

The Leuchtpistole ('flare pistol') was a German smooth bore flare gun introduced to the Reichswehr in 1928. It was also used by the German Armed Forces in WW2 (Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS, Kriegsmarine). The Leuchtpistole was primarily produced by Walther, but also by Erma and Bernard Berhauss.

During World War II, the German army issued an order to develop high explosive ammo for their 26.65mm flare guns, which was introduced in 1942 (such as the Wurfgranatpatrone 326 LP grenade round or the Wurfkörper 361 LP grenade projector).

There are multiple models of flare guns under this design.

  • Model Heer 26: Also known as simply Model 26 (Heer stands for Army, 26 indicates the year of design, 1926), they are the earliest designs of the Leuchtpistole, and are somewhat similar to the WWI-era Hebel flare pistol. They are noted by their much longer 232 mm barrel, giving a total length of 324 mm. The barrel length ended up making them rather cumbersome to use, so many examples had their barrels cut down, and later production versions had a shorter 155 mm barrel, giving a total length of 247 mm. Surviving long-barreled versions are relatively rare. Short versions can be distinguished from later variants by their smaller trigger guard, though mystery hybrid models with later versions are known to exist.
  • Model Heer 34: Also known as simply Model 34, this was the second model to appear. The original's steel material was replaced with the lighter duralumin (an aluminum alloy), the walnut grip on the Model Heer 26 was replaced by Bakelite brown or black colored wooden grips, and the trigger guard is expanded to make it easier to use with a glove.
  • Model Heer: Introduced in 1940, this version differed from its predecessors in some details, such as a different and thinner hammer and the presence of a load indicator. This model was manufactured from 1940 to 1943.
  • Model Zink: This was the zinc version of the Model Heer produced after 1943, which replaced the original's duralumin with zinc to reduce manufacturing costs.

Specifications

(1928 - ?)

  • Type: Flare Gun / Projectile Launcher
  • Caliber: 26.65mm
  • Barrel Length: 155 mm
  • Feed System: Single-shot

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Stolen Border (Uloupená hranice) Rudolf Deyl Sgt. Vrba 1947
The Secret Brigade (Konstantin Zaslonov) Soviet underground fighters 1949
You are Attagirl, Anita! (Ty molodets, Anita!) M. Klimov Uncle Manuel 1957
The Third Flare (Tretya raketa) Stanislav Lyubshin Pvt. Loznyak 1963
Where is the General? (Gdzie jest general?) Boleslaw Plotnicki Sgt. Panasiuk 1964
The 10th Victim (La decima vittima) The "hunter" on the plane 1965
The Adventures of Werner Holt (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt) Klaus-Peter Thiele Werner Holt 1965
Running on Waves (Byagashta po vulnite) Carnivals 1967
Krepkiy oreshek Nadezhda Rumyantseva Sgt. Rayisa Oreshkina 1967
The Battle of Neretva German troops, Yugoslavian partisans 1969
The Battle of Neretva Ljubisa Samardzic Novak 1969
Soldier of Orange Eddy Habbema Robby Froost 1977
Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff François Dyrek José Bouvine With the adapter for smoke grenade. 1977
Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff Thugs 1977
Les Morfalous A German soldier 1984
The Detached Mission (Odinochnoye plavanye) Vitaliy Zikora Jack Harrison 1985
Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops PSF agent with wire stock and firing HE rounds 1991
Into the White Florian Lukas Lt. Horst Schopis 2012
Stalingrad German soldiers 2013
Fury Daniel Dorr Lt. Schmidt 2014

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Czterej pancerni i pies German officer 1980
Archiv des Todes German officer "Die Spur geht verloren" 1980

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Patlabor: The Movie Noa Izumi Incorrectly referred to as a percussion revolver 1989
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Police officer 1998
Najica Blitz Tactics Najica 2001
Najica Blitz Tactics Lila 2001
Noir Mireille 2001
Trinity Blood Leon 2005
Brave Witches Waltrud Krupinski Fictional underbarrel launcher based on the Leuchtpistole 34, mounted to StG 44 2016-2017
Gundula Rall

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Time Crisis 3 2003
Time Crisis IV 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 "Leuchtpistole 34" 2007
Sniper Elite 4 Flare Gun 2017
Battlefield V Flare Gun 2018
Enlisted 2021
Sniper Elite 5 2022

Leuchtpistole Z / Kampfpistole

Kampfpistole - 25x35.5mmR/26.65mm

To increase the range of Leuchtpistole, the Leuchtpistole Z (referring to 'Züge', meaning 'grooves' in German), also known as the Kampfpistole ('battle pistol') was introduced in 1941. It was also commonly nicknamed Kampfpistole Z. These are often Model 34 or Heer Leuchtpistole converted with a rifled bore. The main visual difference between the standard Leuchtpistole and the Leuchtpistole Z was a letter Z stamped on the left side of the weapon. This weapon primarily fires special rifled 25x35.5mmR ammunition, but some sources have stated that it can also fire the standard 26.65mm ammunition.

Some of the Kampfpistole have a small inclinometer sight attached on the left side of the pistol.

Specifications

(1941 - ?)

  • Type: Flare Gun / Projectile Launcher
  • Caliber: 25x35.5mmR, 26.65mm
  • Barrel Length: 155 mm
  • Feed System: Single-shot

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Mob City Jon Bernthal Detective Joe Teague "A Guy Walks into a Bar"(S1E01) 2013

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Kampfpistole With Sturmpistole indirect fire sights 2010
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Kampfpistole With simple iron sights 2015
Enlisted 2021

Sturmpistole

Sturmpistole - 26.65mm / 23mm. This one appears to be made from a Kampfpistole and can thus also use Kampfpistole ammunition.
Sturmpistole with stock folded - 26.65mm / 23mm

In 1942, a HEAT (High-Explosive Anti-Tank) projectile known as the 'Panzerwurfkörper 42 LP' was developed for the Leuchtpistole/Kampfpistole. It was designed for use with additional accessories attached to the pistol, including an indirect firing sight, a shoulder stock to resist the high recoil of the projectile, and a special rifled bore insert placed into the barrel from the breech. Thus the Sturmpistole ('assault pistol') was born. The Sturmpistole can use normal Leuchtpistole/Kampfpistole rounds by removing the bore insert.

Specifications

(1942 - ?)

  • Type: Flare Gun / Projectile Launcher
  • Caliber: 26.65mm, 23mm (with bore insert)
  • Barrel Length: 155 mm
  • Feed System: Single-shot

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Stalingrad German soldiers 2013

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 2010
Deadfall Adventures "Panzer Wurfkorper" 2013
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Battlefield V 2018
Land of War: The Beginning 2021
Enlisted Sturmpistole 2021

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