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Lot 1484: WWII Liberator Pistol with Ammunition, and Instruction Sheet

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Scarce World War II Liberator Pistol with Extractor Rod, Ammunition, and Instruction Sheet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,500

Scarce World War II Liberator Pistol with Extractor Rod, Ammunition, and Instruction Sheet

Manufacturer: Guide Lamp
Model: Liberator
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: metal
Stock:
Item Views: 545
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 377
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an excellent example of a desirable WWII Liberator pistol. One million of these were produced by the Guide Lamp Company, a division of General Motors in 1942. They were intended to be a cheap and easy way to produce single shot pistols that could be dropped behind enemy lines to resistance, SOE and OSS forces that would enable them to kill an enemy soldier and capture his weapon. They were made from sheet metal stampings that were spot welded together with a smooth bore barrel and used a single shot firing mechanism which is located on the rear of the pistol. It has a heavy cast alloy cocking handle which was rotated to the side to allow loading through a gate. The base of the grips was hollowed out to hold more rounds. Complete with the wooden extractor rod, instruction sheet and ten rounds of original 45 caliber ammunition. "AL 740089" has been electro penciled on the left lower grip, otherwise these pistols were totally unmarked. A scarce piece of WWII memorabilia.

Rating Definition:

Excellent 98% with some small areas of discoloration from age, a few scattered light scratches and a couple of small areas of minor pitting. Mechanically excellent.



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