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Lot 3320: World War II U.S. General Motors Guide Lamp FP-45 Liberator

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

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

Manufacturer: Guide Lamp
Model: Liberator
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: phosphate
Grip: metal
Stock:
Item Views: 411
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 217
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 the left side of the frame, and a hollow grip for ammunition storage. Includes a correct waxed box with Liberator pistol pictured and containing a smaller box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, wooden rod, and folding instructions.

Rating Definition:

Excellent retaining 99% plus of the original phosphate finish with some darkening patina showing near the welds and minimal handling evidence overall. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with mild wear, a few minor tears, and a couple of the end flaps absent. A benchmark Liberator pistol than one would search a very long time to top!



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