By A Web Design
- Created on Sunday, 09 June 2013 21:58
All this talk of 21st century Liberators got me thinking about a new carry gun. The requirements were a) Something small and concealable, b) Large caliber, preferable 45 caliber c.) Simple and not prone to jams or breakdowns. The perfect gun would be an original Liberator.
This gun almost fulfills all the requirements. It was made by the US during WW2 to be dropped to the underground in France. It was made cheap, with few moving parts, 10 rounds in the butt of non-marked brass (I guess we didn’t want anybody to know we made it, like anybody else used 45 Auto..) a stick to poke the used rounds out and a cartoon to show the French partisans how to use it. I guess we didn’t have anybody around at the time that could speak French.
But a few problems did crop up. If I carry it loaded and cocked, there is a small issue of accidental discharge. So far it’s been pretty good. You hardly know it’s there. The other problem is the second shot. I like 45′s because you don’t usually need the second shot.. but what if 2 guys jump me. Now reloading quick is a problem.
But I’ve been working on that. With a little work I’ve managed to change the mechanism to full auto, and worked a 30 round mag into the butt. Now it is fierce!
But there are new problems. Once you light it up it just empties the magazine. Also reloading the magazine is tedious. I shouldn’t have welded it on. But I think all these problems are fixable. I really should rifle the bore for a little more range. The bullets keyhole immediately after leaving the muzzle, but that’s not really a bad thing.
Next I’m working on a Liberator sniper rifle!
- Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:10
Amongst the craziness going on in the US over guns, a group known as Defense Distributed has designed and built a single shot plastic gun that can be built by anyone on one of the new 3D printers that have emerged from the Maker Space. The pro-gun activists are just as rabid as the anti-gun activists and this is being played out in the US media and being watched by the entire world.
This new gun is based heavily on the WW2 Liberator, a cheap zip gun built by the US to be airdropped to anti-Nazi partisans in Europe. Someone in the government must have got cold feet, as most of them were dumped in the ocean, and it still remains to be seen if the gun was actually useful for it's original intentions.
DefDist's gun is similiar in many ways. It's cheap to make and simple in the extreme. It uses a common roofing nail for a firing pin, and metal has to be added to satisfy the governments requirement that it set off an airport metal detector. It's also a smoothbore, and this has to get it into the AOW (any other weapon) category. Even the modern FP-45 replica of the Liberator pistol has a rifle barrel to keep out of trouble with the law.
Anyway, the DefDist people have a dramatic video shooting it's one bullet. Enjoy.
- Created on Saturday, 20 April 2013 12:38
One of OBG's readers sent in these pics in an effort to solve the mystery of missing marks. It seems to me that this gun has escaped going to the proof house for some reason or other. Here is his description...
What looks to be a Webley VI in very good condition. There are no import/ENGLAND stamp and no TONS Proof. Fit is excellent, finish is shinny blue (not at all flat).
There is no manufacturers/patent stamp that I can recognize. I know to look for either the Patent or the winged bullet on the left side of Webleys and the Enfield stamp on the right side on Enfields.
Serial numbers are nicely struck on the barrel, lower receiver and cylinder in the normal places, and they match in style, depth, and of course the number (236xxx)
Each chamber on the cylinder bears the crown over GR over crossed lance over P. the Cylinder has not been shaved. The face of the cylinder has a broad arrow, what looks to be an o or c, and a faintly struck mark that looks like a stylized U over something over something else (to faint to make out)
Several broad arrows appear on various small parts including the unlocking lever (above the screw on the left side of the pistol) on the top strap just forward of the rear sight on the left side, the side of the trigger guard on the left side forward of the trigger.
The back strap is marked A.A. over something I can’t make out over 1.A.C.C. over RTC over 66.
On the underside of what I call the holster spreaders (triangular horizontal pieces forward of the cylinder) there is what looks like a crown over Y2 over 13
There is a capital letter M on the grips above the lanyard ring (both sides)
Finally the heal of the butt, forward of the lanyard ring shows a small SA, each with a small arrow over each. The S and A are side by side, but the S and it’s arrow are staggered a little below the A and its associated arrow.
OBG: What marks there are seem to be in the right places and look like the marks on my 1918 Mk. VI. The serial number seems to be about 100,000 before it. Anyone know the deal on the missing marks?
- Created on Friday, 05 April 2013 16:53
Men have always been good hunters. The problem is that they are too good, witness the loss of every big animal that roamed the earth during the last ice age. And during that time we barely had spears and arrows to hunt them with. That tradition of hunting everything to extinction continues to modern times, such as the disappearance of the passenger pidgeon in the United States, and the increasing difficulty we have in locating what fish are left in the oceans.
From the middle of the Nineteenth Century, so called 'Market Hunters' upped the ante for wildfowl hunting. They used huge shotguns to take large numbers of ducks and geese with one shot. These guns were too big to carry around, so they were mounted to small boats, punts, from which the name 'punt guns' was derived. They could use a pound of pellets, or more, and could collect 50 birds at a shot. The barrels were up to 2 inches in diameter and the guns could easily weigh one hundred pounds.
Some of these guns are so big, it looks like they were used by some mutant giant race of humans. They were way too successful, and were banned in the US from 1918, and even earlier in some states, but puntgunning still goes on in the UK.
- Created on Friday, 22 March 2013 00:31
Cowan's auction house in Cincinnati is selling off the lifetime collection of Richard Wray, a former President of Wray Electric Company and longtime collector of firearms. This huge auction includes over 200 firearms and at least 90 rare class III weapons.
These guns are not display items, not deactivated or converted to semi-auto, they are the real deal. Not only that, but most of these guns are rare as can be, and some are complete with all accessories. This seems to be the auction of a lifetime. The auction is to be held April 30th, 2013.
Some of my favorites...