Does anyone know. . .?

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    the real fredneck
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    During WWII I think it was GM that made a very small single shot 45ACP that was air dropped into France and the low countries by the zillions. It came in a tin can with 5? rounds of ammo, a dowel rod for clearing the empties, and a set of instructions that covered the loading and use of the gun. Wasn't much of a gun but used as directed an excellent gun to go pick up that nice Luger or P38 of mauser or smg with. I remember seeing one at a show years ago NIB complete but the guy wanted as much for it as a 1911. Anyone else know or seen these things?

    LIKTOSHOOT
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    I believe you are talking about the "Liberator" pistol. Single shot .45acp, hollow handle to hold 5 rounds. Mostly stamped parts....very crude. Meant to kill up close, to aquire a better weapon. LTS

    the real fredneck
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    Yep LTS go up and ask your friendly local nazi for a light and as he fumbles in his pocket you permanently remind him that smoking is hazardous to your health the cartoon instructions that came with it were a hoot

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    The Liberator was produced by the Guide Lamp Division of General Motors in 1942.
    Guide Lamp didn?t know anything about making pistols, but they knew a lot about
    making things out of sheet metal, and that?s exactly how they produced the
    Liberator.

    Guide Lamp produced a million of the pistols in about 11 weeks. Based on that
    figure, 300 people produced a pistol with 23 parts every 6.6 seconds, 24 hours a
    day, 7 days a week, for 11 weeks. Fans say it?s probably the only pistol that
    could be made faster then it could be loaded. It takes about 10 seconds to load
    it.

    The pistol was manufactured with a ?comic strip? type set of graphic
    instructions and ten cartridges, all in a waterproof bag. The production cost
    was $2.10 each.

    One part of the gun?s story is that it was parachuted in France, however,
    there?s no documentation to prove this. Most of the pistols were actually used
    in the Philippines and China.

    Ron

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    Liberator pistol For Sale

    Guide Lamp Liberator pistol for sale $1295.00 plus shipping. Curio & Relic in very good or better
    condition with copy of the cartoon type
    instructions and dowel.
    www.prebanguns.com/wwwboa...13947.html

    Pretty good mark-up huh?
    Ron

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    Hey Ron
    Ever listen to "A Pirate looks at 40"?

    polishshooter
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    According to some WWII statistics, 58,000 pistols were airdropped to resistance units all over Europe in WWII, most of them supposedly Liberators.

    (along with 198,000 Stens, 128,000 various rifles, 20,000 Bren Guns, 10,000 M1 carbines, 732,000 grenades, 9,000 mines, 2,700 bazookas, 285 mortars, thousands of tons of ammo, and 595 tons of TNT.)

    Can't find the total on M3 Grease Guns, they were made with interchangeable barrels to shoot 9mm specifically for OSS use in Europe...

    gun runner john
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    Actually, I believe that almost a million Liberator pistols were dropped in Europe, they were all made by Guide Lamp in about three months.


    Xracer
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    .....complete with a high-tech "wooden dowel" ejection system.
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