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Lot 3278: World War II U.S. General Motors Guide Lamp FP-45 Liberator

Auction Date: May 15, 2022

Exceptional World War II U.S. General Motors Guide Lamp FP-45 Liberator Single Shot Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Exceptional World War II U.S. General Motors Guide Lamp FP-45 Liberator Single Shot Pistol

Manufacturer: Guide Lamp
Model: Liberator
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: metal
Stock:
Item Views: 551
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 162
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Conceived, developed and manufactured in 1942, the "Flare Pistol, 45 Caliber" (FP-45) was intended to A) give the citizens of occupied nations a way to express their displeasure to the occupiers, B) not give the enemy anything worth salvaging, and C) be cheap. The Guide Lamp Division of General Motors was tapped to produce the firearm, 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 correctly devoid of markings, with two oiler holes on either side of the frame, and a hollow grip for ammunition storage.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus, as issued, showing 99% plus of the original phosphate finish with some extremely minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



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