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Miniature Flare Gun
A tiny pen sized propulsion unit for a single flare, as a distress signal.
Q on Location: “You should keep it on you, day and night.”
Bond: “I resent that remark.”
As if our superhero would need such a thing.
A Flare Gun, or Very Pistol, named for the originator, American naval officer, Edward Wilson Very, who invented the firearm in the late 19th century, is generally used to provide a distress signal by seafaring craft.
Although it was not designed as a weapon, it has been used as such - there are recorded incidents in both World Wars, and James Bond himself uses a Flare Gun to deadly effect on more than one occasion in his movies.
For distress signal purposes, the Flare Gun has been replaced to a large extent by tubes that include caps that are twisted off to fire a single shot flare. The tubes are discarded after their one time use. They are significantly less expensive than Flare Guns and the associated cartridges.