Inland Manufacturing announced that it will offer derringer-style handguns in 2017. The new gun, called the Liberator, will be chambered in .45 ACP. Even though Inland Manufacturing is known for making reproduction M1 Carbines (and a Vietnam era one), the Liberator has nothing to do with the .45 caliber handgun of the same name from World War II.
The new gun is an over-under two barrel arrangement. Each barrel is 3″ long. Both the barrels and frame of the Liberator are made of stainless steel and have a bead blasted finish.
Although the company’s press release was not clear, it appears the Liberator handguns may be made either by Bond Arms or under license. According to the company:
In an agreement with Bond Arms this super-quality Derringer pistol is nothing like the Liberator of WWII fame.
An e-mail for clarification has not yet been answered. However, looking at the gun, it does appear to be the same, or at least a very similar design, to some of the guns in the Bond Arms line.
The guns are not light for a two-shot handgun: 18 ounces unloaded. My S&W 642 carries five rounds of .38 +P at less weight, and my Glock 43 carries 6+1 of 9mm while still being a hair lighter than the Liberator.
The suggested retail price on the gun is $495. No date was given for when the gun will ship.