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.

The Liberator pistol

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.

Liberator in a holster

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!

Full auto Liberator

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!

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.

picture of Liberator pistol

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.

picture of Liberator's parts

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.  

picture of original Liberator

Anyway, the DefDist people have a dramatic video shooting it's one bullet.  Enjoy.