Re: RARA-AVIS: Bond, Helm, Guns

Philip Benz (
Wed, 03 Feb 1999 07:45:16 +0100 << a .28 caliber Beretta. My friend insists it was a .25 Beretta, that
there never has been a .28 Beretta. Can anybody give me a definitive
answer? >>

In Michael Newton's _Armed and Dangerous: a writer's guide to weapons_ I
read this:
"In Ian Flemmings first five novels, published between 1953 and 1959,
Bond's main weapon is a .25-caliber Beretta automatic pistol with
"skeleton grip," that is, with the grip plates removed to reduce the
extra bulge in a holster. His back-up piece for serious work is an
unspecified Colt .45 revolver, probably the M1917 New Service model."

There's more, but why not pick up this nicely-done Writer's Digest book,
second only to _Deadly Doses: a writer's guide to poisons_.

Cheers, --- Phil

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