CZ BRNO RV85 26.5 mm flare launcher
So, today I bought a pair of RV85 flare launchers. I intend to set up a trust and DD at least one of the launchers. For the moment, it is strictly for use for smoke and flares only. I'd like to remind folks, do not mess around with NFA. Don't even come close. I don't even joke about violating NFA and have NO intentions of loading my own munitions until the paperwork is complete.
Ok, on with the review.
First impression, at first glance, it looks like an over-sized fairly decent shotgun. It honestly looks like a single shot 4-bore, which is 26.72mm. It's fairly heavy, 3.85kg and balances very nicely. The stock is fairly identical to any other wood shotgun stock, and has one of those rubber cushion pads with the BRNO markings. The sling swivels are also fairly standard shotgun features. That is where the similarities end.
The sight is a simple ring and post, over-sized compared to an AR15 and the post is shrouded. The sight has two modes, and clicks firmly into place. There is a notch sight marked "50" with white dots on either side of the notch, that angles the barrel up perhaps 10 degrees. The other setting is a bit more interesting. Two notches, also with white dots. The lower notch is roughly dead even, and the upper notch would cant the RV85 at perhaps 15 degrees. The double notch sight is slightly more than double the height of the single notch, but provides much quicker target acquisition.
The launcher crisply opens up like a single shot shotgun, by pushing the large lever 45 degrees to the right. The barrel is chrome lined and cleans very easily. Shells are fairly easy to load, but standard 26.5mm flare and smoke rounds will not chamber correctly. The RV85 was designed to fire wall-penetrating CS rockets, which have a staggered thicker rim to prevent it being loaded in standard 26.5mm launchers. Standard launchers would probably explode from the pressure. However, this can be corrected with a Danco #17 O-ring being fitted against the rim of a standard 26.5mm flare or smoke cartridge. These can be procured from your nearby Home Depot, approximately $2 for a 10 pack.