This relatively valuable and scarce weapon was reportedly found during a raid on boats belonging to a criminal gang at Bulwer, Moreton Island, Australia.

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  • mikewest007

    It belongs in a museum!

  • Cymond

    What are the odds? It’s in remarkably good condition, mechanically and aesthetically. Supposedly the Liberator could only withstand firing a handful of rounds before it became too warped to use safely.

    • Fruitbat44

      Sounds about right. I gather the theory of the Liberator was that the French/Pilipino/Czech resistance fighter used it to shoot a Nazi(or Japanese) soldier and then armed themselves with the dead enemy’s weapon. I also gather it’s a little unclear if it was ever actually dropped into occupied territories.

      • Cymond

        From what I understand, they were never air-dropped because the plan was outdated by the time I was ready. Most were destroyed after the war. Yes, I do think they were meant as weapons to be used at contact-range, and then discarded for a now-captured firearm.

        Still, it’s amazing to think that this has survived for over 70 years in this condition. I guess it’s been somewhere that was safe. It obviously hasn’t been fired, at least not much. Even if it had been carried without being fired, it would be a rusted lump of scrap after a few years. It’s must have been covered in oil for most of those decades, hidden in a secret cache or a personal collection.

        • avconsumer2

          According to a family source that has one (was in charge of an ammo dump in New Guinea,) the ones that came through his AO anyway, were most often loaded into inert (empty, but with propellant) torpedoes, with various other fun sundries, and launched onto the beaches of Japanese occupied islands with a reported native population. Primarily to arm natives, but also for Japanese morale degradation. I’d bet good money this was one that went through his depot. But yep, pretty amazing condition for one found on a boat. Cheap, stamped steel. Heh, $2.10 production cost in ’42.

          • Fruitbat44

            Interesting story about the torpedoes loaded with “goodies.” Thanks for sharing it.

  • Ken

    I know a museum curator who has one in his personal collection. He shot it once and it was already noticeably looser after a few shots. He’s not going to try doing it again.

  • Dave

    Well it figures theres a bunch of them buried out here, the OSS gave SOA a bunch to use in their work in the SEA region.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Produced less than a dollar. Now, worth of thousand of dollar…Mother of Celestia…

  • waffen ss

    the only thing that will liberate is your hand from the rest of your body

    • RickH

      Ha! Yeah, I’d really like to have a pristine one. I’d never shoot it, not because of the collector value, but rather out of fear.

  • Ken

    It looks like it would be a great conversion to .460 Rowland, or 10mm with a barrel sleeve.

    • LT

      I wouldn’t fire that thing with a pull-string if it were chambered in those cartridges! It could barely handle a couple rounds of .45 ACP.

    • Cymond

      The internet really needs a sarcasm font or something.

      • Julio

        Or a non-sarcasm font.

  • Graham2

    I’m amazed the Australian police didn’t say it was another deadly improvised firearm, made for a bikie gang member!

    • Sad

      They actually called it a ‘homemade .22 pistol’. They likely have no idea what it is and will chuck it in the crush pile…