7/2/20 - The FP-45 Liberator was a pistol manufactured by the United States military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. It was originally intended as an insurgency weapon to be mass dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in occupied territory. A resistance fighter was to recover the weapon, sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him, and retrieve his weapons. The pistol had its origins in the US Army Joint Psychological Committee and was designed for the United States Army in 1942 by the Inland Guide Lamp Manufacturing Division of the General Motors Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. The army designated the weapon the Flare Projector Caliber .45 hence the designation FP-45. This was done to disguise the fact that a pistol was being mass produced. The Liberator was shipped in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty cartridge case, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form showing how to load and fire the weapon, though this listing is for just the pistol. This particular example is in fair condition with obvious areas of surface corrosion. Small freckling throughout. There is a number scratched on the left side of the gun. Mechanically correct. Bore is frosted and freckling throughout but as it's a smoothbore, likely not an issue.