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U.S. Liberator, .45 cal. single shot pistol, World War II
Lot #5

Item # 991516193

Server time: Apr-17-2014, 02:40:57AM;  EST
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Currently: 1330.00 USD   First Bid: 20.00 USD
Time Left: COMPLETED # of Bids: 39 (bid history)
Started: 06/01/11 19:20:00
Ends: 06/13/11 19:23:00
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Description
World War II Liberator Pistol, .45 acp single shot military. Mfg. in 1942 by General Motors' Guide Lamp Division utilizing inferior blemished sheet metal and other non essential metals not needed in the regular war effort. One of the most famous and most seldom seen World War II American produced pistols that were provided to the French Resistance and other European freedom fighters as well as China and the Philipines. Over one million were dropped from airplanes to the freedom movement below during World War II. The object was simple: Poke the Liberator into the ribs of an enemy soldier behind the lines, discard the Liberator and steal the dead Nazi's good weapons. The highly disposable Liberator which more resemebled a sardine can than a handgun, was churned out by General Motors in 1942 only at the rate of one per every six seconds and they were able to make one million Liberators in ten weeks! The gun was packaged in a paper box with ten cartridges (they were stored in the hollow handle of the pistol) with an illustrated card showing how to load the gun and eject the spent cartridge with a wooden stock (provided). Not many Liberators made it back to the states after the war - they were discarded quickly, heaved over sides of ships and generally not thought of for practical use. Hence, very rare. This wonderful example is in very good condition. Some areas are just beginning to get some patina. Gun works well. 4" smoothbore barrel. Unique cocking mechanism combines with a rear sight that doubles as a loading gate. Sliding door on bottom of grip houses ten cartridges is missing. A serial number has been etched onto the left side of the grip (see photo) and is 120181. The Liberator is now taking its place as one of the most sought after World War II weapons with a rich history. Great piece! C&R OK.



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