You are viewing a rare HK P2A1 26.5 mm grenade launcher, othewise known as the Rakatenpistole 78 (Swiss contract name). The HK P2A1 26.5mm grenade launcher is saught after by HK collectors, military surplus collectors, and utilitarian users alike. Werewolf Personal Defense has the pleasure of importing less than 100 of these rare launchers into the US civilian market.
During the 20th century HK developed the P2A1 under contract for a variety of military use cases across europe and throughout the globe and is considered the gold standard of 26.5mm launchers primarily because of the build quality and increased internal pressure withold over competitiors. The pistol was developed with the purpose of launching 26.5mm projectiles that have a variety of different purposes. 26.5mm anti-personnel as well as anti-vehicle grenades were issued to soldiers in some cases but the primary purpose of the pistol was to launch flares to illuminate targets and smoke to cover troop movements. If the P2A1 is fired at a 45 degree angle, flares can be arched up to 200 meters in the air.
These specific pieces were carried and used by the Swiss military and as a result are marked RAKPIST78 HK and were issued to officers, increasing the rarity and colletor value of the flare launcher. Instead of just being marked P2A1 these have an HK logo unlike some of the bundeswehr counterparts! Being that Switzerland is a neutral nation they have seen no use outside of military exercises and have slight holster wear on the barrel. The launcher comes with a matching surplus shoulder bag that can hold the pistol, a larger number of flares, features a pouch for documents, and a cleaning kit.
Here in America these 26.5mm grenade launchers are considered flare guns by federal law, are completely allowed for purchase, and can be shipped to anyone in the United States. Flare inserts can be purchased online to allow the pistols to shoot .410 ga or .45 long colt shells as well as 12 ga. BUYERS BEWARE, ONLY CERTAIN AMMUNITION TYPES CAN BE LEGALLY LOADED INTO THE PISTOL. Anti-personnel ammo – bean bags, wooden pellets, steel pellets, or anti-vehicle ammo – shaped charges – are considered destructive devices and are illegal for use. We strongly encurage that you read all federal and state laws prior to purchasing any ammounition. 26.5mm flares and smoke grenades are the most legal and can be purchased online. Reloadable casing can also be found for a reasonable price.
In closing, if you are looking for a sought after piece of human history, another HK product, or a signal flare gun that may save your life, look no further than the HK P2A1. These pieces have an incredible amount of history and were wielded by one of the most fearsome citizen army’s in the world, purchase one of less than 100 before they are all gone.