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allabouttactics 05-18-2007 05:38 PM

Anyone Know?
 
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?

BrassMonkey 05-18-2007 08:58 PM

Yes you are refering to the Liberator pistol. They made millions of the things to pass out to freedom fighters behind the lines in Europe. The idea was you walk up behind a German soldier, shoot him in the back of the head, and take his rifle. They never distributed many of them, and ended up destroying many after the war. They are rare, and very collectable so expect to pay a premium for one today. If I recall right they take over 5 minutes to load.

ScottG 05-21-2007 11:46 PM

I always wondered how effective they were at getting German weapons. I'm sure it wouldn't work against a group of soldiers. I suppose you'd have to ambush a straggler on lure a lone one into a trap.

BrassMonkey 05-22-2007 02:42 PM

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I always wondered how effective they were at getting German weapons. I'm sure it wouldn't work against a group of soldiers. I suppose you'd have to ambush a straggler on lure a lone one into a trap.
I think one would seek out a lone soldier on guard duty to employ these pistols.

PHN 06-23-2007 03:08 PM

Liberator cal. .45
 
Have read a lot about the Liberator but have never seen one in this country (Denmark) or for that matter in Europe outside museums. What I have seen are U.S. Carbines M1, Sten Guns, Colt pistols, S&W revolvers, Webley revolvers (and a few Webley pistols) parachuted down during WWII and a lot of German and other European handguns captured or otherwise "organized" from the German occuplation force.

To my knowledge most of the Liberators were parachuted down on the Philipines and far east countries and only relatively few in Europe. It should be interesting to read a report from someone having been in contact with Liberators in real life. (New witness reports from WWII tends to be seen only on rare occasions - time is running out).

TyMoore 07-31-2007 04:57 AM

Pics of liberator...
 
I have a actually shot one, works okay from 5-10 feet

For those who haven't seen one I have pics of one on my USGI site.
Regards,
Ty
www.CoolGunSite.com

http://coolgunsite.com/images/1911/lib45/lib45.htm

SabreArms 08-05-2007 07:54 PM

I always thought they were made for the chinese freedom fighters. The rounds were chambered 1 at a time and the pistol grip could hold the extra rounds loosely. From my understanding they were real wrist breakers. They cost like $.03 or $.30 to produce and they rolled out over a million in the first month. I have seen them at gun shows for over $1000. Would love to have one but I am in no way going to pay that for one.

pioneer461 08-16-2007 09:47 PM

NRA TV and other gun related television shows have presented programs on the Liberators. According to them, they were dropped behind lines to partisans in all theaters of war during WW2.

Not only wee they cheap, you could make one in the time it took to load and fire one.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Liberator.jpg


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