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Our version of the Sten gun, in a way?
"Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery" – George Washington, Valley Forge, 1777.
Good OL' American IngenuityAn 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
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.
Here is another link showing the loading and firing sequence, not exactly capable of rapid fire.
National Firearms Association - Liberator Pistol FP-45
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
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.
"The sword dose not cause the murder, and the maker of the sword dose not bear sin" Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac 11th century
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.
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.