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    Fascinating gun history...


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    Our version of the Sten gun, in a way?
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    An interesting fact about the Liberator is that the factories could produce one faster than the weapon could be loaded and fired. The factory turned out a pistol every six or seven seconds whilst loading took about 10 seconds
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    My connection isn't allowing the Wiki page to load, but IIRC, more like a precedent for the Saturday night special. We used to air drop these over France in the hopes that a frenchman would pick one up and shoot a Nazi. Its a 1-shot throw away pistol.

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    Here is another link showing the loading and firing sequence, not exactly capable of rapid fire.

    National Firearms Association - Liberator Pistol FP-45
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    Great photo! Wish I had one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Great photo! Wish I had one.
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    If memory serves me right we air dropped them in enemy territory, I do not remember if any were actually used, but a few survive in their original boxes, and pull a nice collectors premium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    If memory serves me right we air dropped them in enemy territory, I do not remember if any were actually used, but a few survive in their original boxes, and pull a nice collectors premium.
    A variant of this idea that was implemented in Vietnam was the "Deer Gun". These were air-dropped in Styrofoam boxes with 4 rounds of .45 ammo. The rationale was that if they dropped into water they would float. Same concept, different conflict.


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    I saw some of the history of this pistol, how it was made and everything some time ago on Discovery or the History channel. Pretty neat.

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    It was meant to kill one soldier so you could grab their weapon, I believe a number of them were used in the Malay Emergancy by the Bad guys (CT'S) who had squirreled away wartime supplies that had been airdropped so they could fight the Japanese.

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