Lot #1881
Lot #1883

Lot 1882: U.S. General Motors/Guide Lamp Liberator Single Shot Pistol

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Lot 1882: U.S. General Motors/Guide Lamp Liberator Single Shot Pistol

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500
Price Realized:

U.S. General Motors/Guide Lamp Liberator Single Shot Pistol

Manufacturer: Guide Lamp
Model: Liberator
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: metal
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 310
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured by the Guide Lamp Division of General Motors from 1942-1945, the Liberator was issued the nomenclature "Flare Pistol, 45 Caliber" in order to obscure its true purpose to be airdropped in occupied territories and be used to eliminate a German soldier and steal his weapon. Given the smooth bore and crude sights, this was a task best performed from immediately behind while the soldier was alone. This is a two hole model that was made from sheet metal stamping that were spot welded together on top of the smooth bore barrel, and fitted with a cast zinc cocking knob with integral guide pin. The grip is hollow to store additional rounds, and fitted with a sliding cover.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The pistol has a smooth mottled gray/silver gray patina. The action functions well.



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