FP-45 Liberator

Date of appearance: 1942
Manufacturer: Guide Lamp
Weight: g
Barrel: 4 Inch Round
Gauge: 45 ACP
Tags: wwii

The Liberator was developed to provide citizens of occupied nations a tool of resistance without inadvertently providing useful material to the occupiers and was conceived, developed and manufactured in 1942. The Guide Lamp Division of General Motors was tapped to produce the actual firearm, dubbed the Flare Pistol, 45 Caliber (FP-45) as a cover name, a collection of sheet metal stampings and cast zinc components assembled around a smoothbore barrel. While inexperienced with arms production, Guide Lamp stepped up admirably and cranked out over a million of the deadly little contraptions in a matter of months. The pistol is devoid of markings, with two oiler holes on either side of the frame and a hollow grip for ammunition storage, with "IRS 3053C" stamped in the cover and the left side of the grip. Included with the pistol are 10 rounds of 45 ACP ammunition (assorted headstamps, dates c.1940-1942) and a photocopy of a page from an article on the FP-45 which includes the instructions.

FP-45 Liberator