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the real fredneck
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(5/31/01 8:11:59 am)
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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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(5/31/01 8:42:09 am)
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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

Rons Toys
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(5/31/01 9:51:25 am)
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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

Rons Toys
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(5/31/01 2:06:41 pm)
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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

the real fredneck
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(5/31/01 5:50:22 pm)
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Hey Ron
Ever listen to "A Pirate looks at 40"?

polishshooter
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(6/1/01 1:18:57 pm)
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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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(7/7/01 4:40:50 pm)
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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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(7/7/01 5:51:40 pm)
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.....complete with a high-tech "wooden dowel" ejection system.
 
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