This was a brilliant, or ridiculous (depending on your point of view), idea put forth by the Polish Military Attache to the United States in 1942. Simply put, drop about a million two dollar pistols behind the German lines for resistance fighters to shoot a German and then take his much more effective weapons. Even at the beginning, given the knowledge of reprisals and the poor effectiveness of such a weapon it was reasoned that few would be used in this way. Yet, it was thought that when the Germans realized there were a million or so of these guns floating around it would demoralize German occupation troops, and still contribute to the war effort. The OSS ran with the idea and produced a million pistols at the princely sum of $2.10 each. Eisenhower nixed the idea at his level, but the OSS went ahead and distributed some thousands of them. Since the distribution was secret it is not known how many of these pistols actually landed behind German lines, and of those there are no records of having actually been used. The gun is a single shot weapon with an unrifled barrel issued with ten rounds of .45ACP ammunition. It was issued with the warning that it was ineffective beyond 4 yards. Essentially, you'd have to walk right up to a German and shoot him at nearly contact distance. I suspect the average Maqui just said "Merci, but perhaps a Sten gun instead?"