553. U.S. FP-45 Liberator Pistol by G.M. Guide Lamp Division with Retention Papers

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45 ACP, 4" barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces have been cleaned to pewter with the majority of the left side lightly pitted and exhibiting stains from oxidation. The barrel has a smooth grind mark with minor welding imperfections. The cocking knob rates about very good with several casting imperfections, slight flaking on the surfaces and no visible cavity mold number due a casting imperfection. This four-hole pistol has no breech marking, the floorplate is not present and it remains fully functional. This pistol includes U.S. "Certificate of Retention and Customs Declaration" papers that are in fair condition with moderate to heavily tattered edges and holes. The papers were issued by Lt. Robert Gempesli of the 11th Replacement Depot to Tech Corporal (T/5) Kenneth McCanley on January 25, 1946 for "1 Philippine Pistol". It is interesting that they referred to this gun as a Philippine pistol and as the "Flare Projector-45" as it was probably still top-secret at that early stage of the post war period and not as well-known as today. (86229-N18) {C&R} [Elliott Riggs Collection] (700/900) SOLD FOR $1,380.00

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