Thursday, July 17, 2008
Cheapest pistol in the world - Liberator
Cheapest pistol in the world - Liberator. It was created in 1942 for Resistance Movement (civilian population in the occupied territories). This pistol was created to get arms ( you kill soldier and took his weapon), as well as for other purposes.
A primitive, single-loaded pistol developed for the rapid and massive manufacturing and was extremely cheap to manufacture. This is unique weapon, which manufactured faster than reload (every 6.6 seconds was making a new one). Loading takes approximately 10 seconds. (Some sources claim that the average rate of one gun was 7.5 seconds).
Weapon were dropped by aircraft in thousands on the occupied zone. To weapon’s kit which droped for resistance movement included:
(a) Gun FP45 Liberator;
(b) 10 bullets in;
(c) Manual instruction
(d) Stick-cleaning rod for pushing the bullet.
The extra bullets could deposited in pistol. Due to the smooth barrel , the maximum range of aiming was less than 8 meters (In fact, approximately 3 meters). Gun had a weight 445g without bullets , length 141 mm and barrel’s length 102 mm.
During the years of war was produced more than 1 million units, will give just an example over its production were working 300 workers, each 6.6s. (some sources - 7 seconds) was created a new unit, its production was 24 hours per day, for 7 days, for 11 months. Most "Liberators" were destroyed after the war (they simply was dumped into the sea by British)