WW II US OSS FP-45 Liberator pistol

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Description: This is a WW II US OSS FP-45 Liberator pistol with 8-bullets. This was obtained during WW II in the Phillipeans by the original owner. It has the wooden dowel used to expel the used cartridge included.

The pistol had its origins in the US Army Joint Psychological Committee and was designed for the United States Army in 1942 by the Inland Guide Lamp Manufacturing Division of the General Motors Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. The army designated the weapon the Flare Projector Caliber .45 hence the designation FP-45.

The Liberator was shipped in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty cartridge case, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form[1] showing how to load and fire the weapon. Extra rounds of ammunition could be stored in the pistol grip.

After production, the Army turned the Liberators over to the OSS. A crude and clumsy weapon, the Liberator was never intended for front line service. It was originally intended as an insurgency weapon to be mass dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in occupied territory. A resistance fighter was to recover the weapon, sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him, and retrieve his weapons. The weapon was valued as much for its psychological warfare effect as its actual field performance. The plan was to drop the weapon in such great quantities that occupying forces could never capture or recover all the weapons. It was hoped that the thought of thousands of these unrecovered weapons potentially in the hands of the citizens of occupied countries would have a deleterious effect on enemy morale.

In reality, the OSS never saw the practicality in mass dropping the Liberator over occupied Europe, and only a handful were ever distributed. Only the Chinese and resistance forces in the Philippines received the Liberator in any significant quantity. The Liberator was never issued to American or Allied troops and there is no documented instance of the weapon being used for their intended purpose.


Condition: Used - See Item Description
Caliber: .45 (other/Cap & Ball)
Location: WY

Trades Accepted: Sorry, I don't take trades.

I am not a dealer. Only selling items recently obtained through death in the family.

Shipping Notes: Will send insured, express delivery.

Item #: 986377400
Seller Since: May. 2011
Identity Verified ( Casper, WY )
This seller is NOT an FFL
City: Casper
State: WY
Price:
SOLD


Shipping: $10.70
Accepted Payment Methods: Money Order
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