The OSS Glove Gun
During World War II, the U.S. Navy operated from hundreds of isolated airfields located on atolls in the Pacific. Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) Seabees recruitment poster.carved these fields with excavators and tractors along on the edge of dense jungle and these heavy equipment operators often had to fight as they built—Japanese holdouts could come barreling out of the tree line at any time to attack them in an effort to disrupt the war effort.
In response, US Navy Capt. Stanley Martyn Haight designed a last line of self-defense for these operators, something they could wear while on the job and have at least a hope of fighting off a close range attacker. His design was a simple single shot pistol affixed to the backhand side of a work glove. The Sedgley Company produced his design and prototype in 1943-1944.