Page 256. " Inside was fitted an old 37 millimeter bronze flarepistol. "
Old bronze flarepistol
Creative Commons AttributionOld bronze flarepistol - Credit: kyducks (Raellyn & Melissa), Flickr

The flaregun that the man finds was probably a very old, possibly even vintage, pistol – like the one pictured.

Page 262. " He cocked the gun and aimed it out over the bay "