The Deer gun or Dear gun, was a successor to the Liberator pistol developed by the CIA. The single-shot Deer gun was intended for distribution to South Vietnamese guerillas as a weapon against North Vietnamese soldiers invading the South.
The Deer gun was made of cast aluminum, with the receiver formed into a cylinder at the top of the weapon. The striker protruded from the rear of the receiver and was cocked in order to fire, and a plastic clip placed there to prevent an accidental discharge, as the Deer gun had no mechanical safety. The grip was hollow and had space for three 9 mm rounds, as well as a rod for clearing the barrel of spent cases. The Deer gun lacked any marking identifying manufacturer or user, in order to prevent tracing of the weapons, and all were delivered in an unmarked polystyrene box with a series of pictures depicting the operation of the gun, as well as three 9 mm rounds.
The Deer gun was loaded by removing the barrel and placing a 9 mm cartridge in the chamber. The striker was then cocked, and a small plastic clip placed around the striker to impede the forward motion of the striker to prevent accidental discharge. The barrel was then screwed back onto the receiver. The gun was fired by removing the plastic clip, placing it on the barrel where it would become the sight, and pulling the trigger. At this point the user would take the victim's equipment if opportunity presented itself, and then flee. Later, the user would reload the gun by unscrewing the barrel and ejecting the spent case with the provided barrel rod, and following the outlined procedure.
One production run of 1,000 Deer guns were made in 1964 as an initial run, with the final cost projected as $3.95 USD per gun (about $32.00 in 2018). Unfortunately for the Deer gun, the scenario predicted did not occur. Rather than the Vietnam war being a small clandestine war, it became a full scale war where the Deer gun would not be as useful as foreseen. Some Deer guns were evaluated in Vietnam, but the fate of the rest is unknown. Some sources have stated that all were destroyed, but some have been discovered on occasion.
After printing and testing The Deer Gun & The FP-45 I will list the pros and cons of both designs (This is only my opinion & I never fired any live ammunition through them)
Very easy to design (It took me 2 hours to design this)
Assembly took less than 5 Minutes
Extremely simple design
More Accurate than FP-45 (Rifled Barrel)
There is no Trigger Guard (Safety issues)
Loading takes twice as long as the FP-45
Carries only 3 Rounds of ammunition
Very good design
Reloading is fast
Carries 10 rounds
Can be carried safely with a round in the chamber
Has Iron Sights
Too Complicated (way too many parts)
One of the hardest things I have ever assembled
Tends to pinch your hand once fired (Check the firing video)
All in all they both have their unique things & I love them both ;)
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Only the frame requires Raft & Support
V4 is the original design, V1 is my improved version
5mm OD Spring X 25-30mm L (Striker)
10mm OD Spring x 15-20mm L (Trigger)
3 x Tooth Picks (Trigger, Sear, Striker)