Hey Stash, here's what you need!

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Pistolenschutze, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. The "newest" thing in .45 ACP pistols! Light, inexpensive, and easy to conceal. I just knew you'd like it, Stash. :eek::D;):p

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    The FP-45 Liberator


    Manufactured by General Motors (yes, that General Motors) The FP-45 Liberator was a pistol manufactured for the United States military during World War II.

    The name stood for Flare Projector Caliber .45, which was meant to disguise the gun's mass production. GM's Inland Guide Lamp Manufacturing Division in Dayton, Ohio produced a million of the FP-45s, with a design-to-production window of just six months.

    Whether it was this rushed prodcution schedule or GM's inexperience in crafting weapons, the FP-45 was an unreliable weapon and often unusable after the first firing.
     
  2. Pretty much why I only buy Ford or Jeep:D:rolleyes::cool:
     

  3. Bravo1

    Bravo1 New Member

    36
    Jan 18, 2007
    pennsylvania
    Only problem with those things now is they are so rare they are very expensive. but god are they ugly and they are also junk, good to see another ford man.
     
  4. JERICHO941

    JERICHO941 Member

    47
    Mar 31, 2007
    El Paso, Texas
    Yeah, I'd have to agree with soultaker and bravo1. I'd rather have a Ford. But its a kinda cool looking gun though.
     
  5. Bravo1

    Bravo1 New Member

    36
    Jan 18, 2007
    pennsylvania
    I've only ever seen 2 of them i shot 1 and:eek: it was scary i think if i needed to rely on one i would rather throw a rock,
     
  6. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Alledgedly they were airdropped to resistance forces for one time use. They were to be used against an enemy and then confiscate the dead guy's weapon & ammo.

    That's one story any how.
     
  7. I've read the same thing about them, Berto. Sounds reasonable to me. It is certainly true the silly things would be much good for any kind of continual use.
     
  8. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    I been told that they were a pain in the backside to reload that one rd.
     
  9. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Yes, you basically disassmble the gun to load one round. The barrel is a smooth bore. Seems like I heard the actual cost to produce was somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.79 cents. (Note the STEN cost about $2.50) It was a gun that you used to get a better gun from a dead guy.
     
  10. Correctomundo, berto64. They we're used by the resistance in WWII
     
  11. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Texas
    It was meant to be used by pressing it against the enemy's head and then fire. There were 5 rounds in the handle of the piece and yes, it was a smooth bore. These things are now worth thousands of dollars to collectors. Specially if they have the case and instructions.
     
  12. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    They where made for the French so why did they need to reload them :D:D
     
  13. True, Ron. With the French they would have been dropped before the first round was fired anyway. ;)
     
  14. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Last Spring, I saw a complete FP-45 set at a gunshow....box with cartoon-type instructions, 10 rounds of .45ACP ammo, and a wooden dowel (to insert in the barrel to push out the brass after firing. Excellent condition, and the guy wanted $5,500 for it!

    Here's a little info on the "Liberator"....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FP-45_Liberator
     
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