Fire Bottle Launcher

Section IV

No. 4

A device using 2 items (shotgun and chemical fire bottle) that can be used to start or place a fire 80 yards (72 meters) from launcher.


  • Standard 12 gauge or improvised shotgun (Section in, No. 2)
  • Improvised fire bottle (Section V, No. 1)
  • Tin can, about 4 in. (10 cm) in diameter and 5-1/2 In. (14 cm) high
  • Wood, about 3 in. x 3 in. x 2 in. (7-1/2 cm x 7-1/2 cm x 5 cm)
  • Nail, at least 3 in. (7-1/2 cm) long
  • Nuts and bolts or nails, at least 2-1/2 in. (6-1/2 cm) long
  • Rag
  • Paper
  • Drill

If Standard Shotgun is Used:

  • Hard wood stick, about the same length as shotgun barrel and about 5/8 In. (1-1/2 cm) In diameter. Stick need not be round. 2 washers (brass, steel, iron, etc.) having outside diameter of 5/8 in. (1-1/2 cm)
  • One wood screw about 1 in. (2-1/2 cm) long
  • Rubber disk, 3/4 in. (2 cm) in diameter and 1/4 in. (6 mm) thick, leather, cardboard, etc. can be used. 12 gauge shotgun ammunition

If Improvised Shotgun is Used:

  • Fuse, safety or Improvised fast burning (Section VI, No. 7)
  • Hard wood stick, about the same length as shotgun barrel and 3/4 in. (2 cm) in diameter
  • Black powder - 9 grams (135 grains). See Section VII, No. 8.


METHOD I - If Improvised Shotgun is Used:

1. Drill bole In center of wood block approximately 1 In. (2-1/2 cm) deep. Hole should have approximately the same diameter as the wooden a tick.

2. Drill 2 small boles on opposite sides of the wooden block. Hole should be large enough for bolts to pea a through.

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3. Fasten can to block with nuts and bolts.

NOTE: Can may also be securely fastened to block by hammering several nails through can and block. Do dot drill boles, and be careful not to split wood.

4. Place wooden stick Into hole In wooden block. Drill small hole (same diameter as that of 3 In. nail) through wooden block and through wooden stick. Insert nail in hole.

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5. Crumple paper and place in bottom of can. Place another piece of paper around fire bottle and insert In can. Use enough paper so that bottle will fit snugly.

49 3 Fire Bottle Launcher6. Place safety fuse and black powder on paper. Tie each end with string.

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7. Thread fuse through hole in plug. Place powder package in rear of shotgun. Screw plug finger tight into coupling.

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NOTE: Hole in plug may have to be enlarged for fuse.

8. Insert rag Into front of shotgun. Pack rag against powder package with stick. USE CAUTION.

METHOD II - If Standard Shotgun is Used:

1. Follow Steps 1 and 2, Shotgun Grenade Launcher, Section IV, No. 2.

2. Follow procedure of Method I, Steps 1 - S.

3. Follow Steps 9, 10, 11, Shotgun Grenade Launcher, Section IV, No. 2, using 1/3 of total propellant instead of 1/2.

4. Load cartridge in gun.


1. Insert stick and holder containing chemical fire bottle.

CAUTION: Do not tilt muzzle downward.

49 6 Fire Bottle Launcher2. Hold gun against ground at 45′ angle and light fuse.

49 71 Fire Bottle LauncherCAUTION: Severe burns may result if bottle shatters when fired. If possible, obtain s bottle Identical to that being used as the fire bottle. Fill about 2/3 full of water and fire as above. If bottle shatters when fired Instead of being launched intact, use a different type of bottle.

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