I came across a commercial entry of the German company “Behr’s Industrie-Gesellschaft m.b.H.” in Suhl (Thuringia). Supposed date is 1906.
The company made signal pistols in caliber 35mm (with bridge swivel barrel lock - sorry for probably using the incorrect English term) what I assume to be cal.1 but I am not 100% sure.
Besides normal signalling and illuminating cartridges there is also an “oil rocket” mentioned. Unfortunately without any further explanation for it’s use or purpose.
The only additional info is that the “oil rocket” (cartridge with rocket propelled projectile) has a tracer for better observability at night and that the rocket is fired at an angle of 5° (signal cartridges are given with 90°).
Has anybody ever seen such a cartridge or can explain what exactly this “oil rocket” was?
Has somebody ever seen the regular signal cartridges from this company? Cases were made in brass and aluminum.
Here the gun:
hermann-historica.de/auktion … at65_s.txt
The image here shows the projectile only. Why it was depicted without the case is a bit difficult to understand.