RARA-AVIS: Bond handgun

McHale, Steve (SMcHale@filenet.com)
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 09:10:25 -0800 > Bond may have used a Beretta .25 in his early years, but an Alcohol ,
> Tobacco and Firearms agent once told me that the firearm of choice for
> assassinations was a .22. Apparently the small size and the noise were
> the
> most important factors, along with the ease of using a silencer.
Many times I recall that a thug with a .22 (especially a .22
Woodsman) was often perceived as good at his craft in hardboiled literature-
because his aim had to be good and he had to have a certain degree of
confidence when brandishing a small weapon. Marlowe and others make
reference along the lines of "he carried a .22 Woodsman. He had to be good."
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