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The Ugliest Pistol. Ever.

Today I’m going to introduce you to what I think is perhaps one of the ugliest pistol designs I have ever come across. I found a couple of pics of it on my hard drive, and beyond the fact that it has a profile not even a mother could love, I couldn’t figure out where the pics came from. However I do know that it is called the FP-45 Liberator:

FP-45 Liberator

FP-45 Liberator

Ain’t that a trip? Apparently this pistol was designed and manufactured in WWII under the guise of being a flare gun. Hence the FP for “flare Pistol” in it’s designation. Not quite sure why the subterfuge was neccesary, but I certainly don’t think that was any excuse for the hideous design. I suppose it was intended to be a cheap throwaway gun, so maybe they got some poor blind metalworker to design it for free, but who knows.

FP-45 Liberator - Right Side

FP-45 Liberator - Right Side

And it’s not like it had anything else going for it either. It was chambered in .45 CAP, had a short, unrifled barrel, and was single shot to boot. I means seriously. I’ve seen home made zip guns that were cheaper to make, and looked better than this. And yet they made approximately one million of these abominations. Honestly, what were they thinking?

FP-45 Liberator - Left Side

FP-45 Liberator - Left Side

This looks like one of those sad cases of a weapon designed to such low standards, that it’s hard to think of any practical reason why you’d even develop such a thing. Seems like a complete and utter waste. But I suppose if you didn’t have anything else to shoot with, these would look pretty darn good…

FP-45 Liberator – [Wikipedia]

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