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Handguns appearing in Ian Fleming's writings can be found here.





Colt Police Positive:

  • Novel : Casino Royale
  • Caliber: .38 Special
  • Capacity: 6 shots
  • Quote: "His last action was to slip his right hand under the pillow until it rested under the butt of the .38 Colt Police Positive with the sawn barrel."
  • This is also probably Ernst Stravo Blofeld's gun in Diamonds Are Forever.

colt police positive


Colt Detective Special:

  • Novels: Live and Let Die & Moonraker
  • Caliber: .38 Special
  • Capacity: 6 Shots
  • Quotes:
    • "He broke the chamber sideways out of the Colt Detective Special and waited..." (Moonraker, Chapter 1)
    • After Bond fights with henchman "Tee-Hee" in Chapter 8, he takes his weapon and uses it against other evil doers.
      • "(Bond) frisked the body for a gun and found one... It was a Colt .38 Detective Special with a sawn barrel. All chambers were loaded."

colt detective special



Smith & Wesson Centennial Airweight:


  • Novel: Dr. No
  • Quotes:
    • Scene in Chapter 2, Right after he instructs Bond to use the Walther, M continues
      • M's Voice was final. "And what about something bigger?"
      • "There's only one gun for that, sir," said Major Boothroyd stolidly. "Smith & Wesson Centennial Airweight. Revolver. .38 calibre. Hammerless, so it won't catch in clothing. Overall length of six and a half inches and it only weights thirteen onces. To keep down the weight, the cylinder holds only five cartridges. But by the time they're gone, ' Major Boothryod allowed himself a wintry smile, ' somebody's been killed. Fires the .38 S & W S[pecial. Very accurate cartidge indeed. With the standard loading it has a muzzle velocity of eight hundred an dsixty fee per second and a muzzle energy of two hundred and sizty foot-pounds. There are various barrel lengths, three and a half inch, five inch...
      • 'All right, all right." M's voice was testy. 'Take it as read. If you say it's the best I'll believe you. So it's the Walther and the Smith & Wesson. Send up one of each to 007. ...'
    • Chapter 12
      • The voice howled. 'Stop there. Good boy. And drop the peashooter. ...'
      • Bond dropped his gun. So much for the Smith & Wesson.

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Major Boothroyd's Alternatives to the PPK:


Novel: Dr. No

‘Well, Armourer, what do you recommend?’


Major Boothroyd put on the expert’s voice. ‘As a matter of fact, sir,’ he said modestly, ‘I’ve just been testing most of the small automatics. Five thousand rounds each at twenty-five yards. Of all of them, I’d choose the Walther PPK 7.65mm. It only came fourth after the Japanese M-14, the Russian Tokarev and the Sauer M-38. But I like its light trigger pull and the extension spur of the magazine gives a grip that should suit 007. It’s a real stopping gun. Of course it’s about a .32 calibre as compared to the Berrett’s .25, but I wouldn’t recommend anything lighter. And you can get ammunition for the Walther anywhere in the world. That gives it an edge on the Japanese and Russian guns.’

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Japanese M-14 (aka Nambu)



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Russian Tokarev


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Sauer M-38

Thank GOODNESS Bond got the Walther. What an ugly group of pistols!

Beretta:

Fleming never goes into great detail on the Beretta beyond the ".25" and "skeleton grip". However, it appears conensus across the fans has landed on the Beretta 418.

Beretta 418