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 a set of four oiler holes in the frame and a hollow grip for ammunition storage. Included with the pistol is a heavily waxed reproduction cardboard box with an illustration of the pistol mid-discharge, a copy of the instruction sheet, ejection dowel rod, and a box containing an instruction sheet 10 and rounds of .45 ACP ammunition.
Excellent, showing mostly a bright grey patina with a light speckling of brown patina on the right side. Mechanically excellent. The box is very good retaining most of the heavy coat of protective wax and minimal wear.