Pyrotechnics are items that produce their effect by
Pyrotechnics, as used in the military, are items that
produce a bright light for illumination or colored lights
or smoke for signaling.
All Navy pyrotechnic devices contain combustible
chemicals. When ignited, these chemicals generate a
flame, flash, infrared radiation, smoke, sound display,
or combinations of these effects for many purposes.
Some of these effects are visual and audible signaling,
area and target illumination, reference point marking,
indication of practice weapon impact or fuze action,
tracking, decoying, simulating, and smoke-screen
screening devices, even though their display is not the
product of combustion. They are classed as pyrotechnic
or screening devices because their end purposes are
quite similar to those of the true pyrotechnic.
Dye-marking devices are used to establish reference
points on the surface of the water. In some cases, the
dye is spread on the surface by explosive means.
Pyrotechnics generally function by means of an
ignition train, similar to the explosive train of
For further information on pyrotechnics, you
should refer to Pyrotechnic, Screening, Marking, and
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the pur-
pose and use of hand-manipulated signaling
Hand-manipulated devices are used for various
signaling purposes, such as identification, recognition,
warning, and distress.
Pyrotechnic pistols, Mk 1 Mod 0 (fig. 4-1), Mk 5
(fig. 4-2), and AN-M8 (fig. 4-3) are breech loaded,
double-action, single-shot devices. The barrel is hinged
to the frame and held in position by a breech block or
latch pin. Pulling a pistol type trigger fires all. These
Figure 4-1.Pyrotechnic pistol, Mk 1 Mod 0.
Figure 4-2.Pyrotechnic pistol, Mk 5.
Figure 4-3.Pyrotechnic pistol, AN-M8.