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Posted: 12/9/2001 9:39:56 PM EDT
Was the Grease Gun the cheapest gun to produce ever, at $14.00 a gun in 1942?
Link Posted: 12/9/2001 9:45:18 PM EDT
The cheapest mass produced firearm? No; I think that dubious honor goes to the Liberator pistol.
Link Posted: 12/9/2001 9:46:31 PM EDT
The Sten is right up there. I once read somewhere the limeys had it down to $3 per copy. Of course, that was probably 1945 dollars.
Link Posted: 12/9/2001 9:47:44 PM EDT
still tho, thats cheap as hell for a gun even in the 40's
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 1:25:28 AM EDT
A dissected parts kit will cost you about $150 today. Pretty good markup huh?
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 3:23:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 6:11:40 AM EDT
I heard somewhere that during the battle for Stalingrad the Soviets were producing the PpSH in about 15 minutes a piece, issuing them directly to the soldiers from the factory and the test firing was done by pointing it at a German and pulling the trigger. Don't know about the cost but it had to be cheap.
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 7:39:50 AM EDT
the Liberator pistol cost i think like 7 cents or something and was made from a car manufacturer g.m i think
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 7:58:46 AM EDT
For an inexpensive submachine gun, the M-3 was one of the finest produced IMHO. I fired one a few years back - also my unit just recently turned in two......yes, the military hasn't totally gotten rid of them....
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 2:57:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/10/2001 2:53:06 PM EDT by Pangea]
I saw some "kits" in Shotgun News about a year ago. I haven't seem them since but then I don't read it every issue. I have seen one bootlegged and rewelded several years back. Since I never fired an original, I can't make a comparison, but it was sweet. .45's at about 500 rpm.


I think I.M.A. has some kits left. Call around to all the companies that sell surplus parts kits and your bound to find one. If your gonna do what I think your gonna do then the UZI kits are better. Select fire you know. ;)
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 3:37:37 PM EDT
In 1945 Canada was making #4 Sten guns, with a magazine, magazine loader, comic book type instructions, packed in a box for air drop for $9.00 a gun. That was the cheapest Sten made.

I think the Liberator pistol cost $1.50.
It actually took longer to load the thing, than it took to make one.

Link Posted: 12/10/2001 6:22:07 PM EDT
when i was in the 11th acr in germany from 75-78 these grease guns were issued to our sheridan drivers.....i have to admit i hated em....i hated they way they looked and the way they shot....imho.the armorer told me they cost $18 then......yep cheap stuff.
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 8:47:21 PM EDT

I think the Liberator pistol cost $1.50.
It actually took longer to load the thing, than it took to make one.



I just saw two Liberators for sale today on gunsamerica.com - one for $975 and the other for $1020. Yeesh.

Jay
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 10:07:25 PM EDT
JayC: Ah, inflation rears it's head. However, I think the survivor rate of Liberators plays a bigger part. These wern't exactly the kind of gun you'd hang onto for investment purposes.

Another super cheap gun was the 1960's version of the liberator, the CIA "Deergun".
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