“Flare Projector, Caliber .45” was its original name. Even its individual parts were given code names. In its 11 weeks of production one million copies were produced by a scant 300 workers. Cost for one completed pistol, box, & accessories? $2.10
Intended to be distributed in enemy occupied territory, they were a cheap insurgents’ weapon, designed to be used primarily to kill an occupying soldier and take his weapon. The psychological effect on occupying forces of one million armed citizens would have also been substantial.