Walther PPK

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This firearm is most well-known as James Bond's main service handgun, which he was introduced to in Dr. No. He was encouraged to choose it due to its superior delivery - "like a brick through a plate glass window" in the words of world arms expert Major Boothroyd. However, few people know that Ian Fleming changed his mind because a fan moaned that Bond's Beretta 418 pistol was a lady's gun, and ought to be changed. Fleming agreed and introduced the PPK instead. Despite the fairly low power output of the gun, its small size (thanks to the tiny .32 ACP cartridge) means it can be concealed easily and allows it to sit in the hand with relative comfort. First introduced in 1931, the PPK has received moderate popularity since starring in the Bond films. This gun was also used by Karl in Die Hard, presumably due to the German links. The gun has been adapted many times; for example, there is a lightweight version of the gun which adopts an aluminium body, and another with a blue steel finish made in Hungary. This was once the weapon of choice for European police agencies, and was especially popular in Nazi Germany. Nerd fact - Hitler committed suicide with a PPK!
Walther PPK

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32 ACP

This is the cute .32 ACP, or 32 Auto, or 7.65x17mm Browning and it was introduced to the world way back in 1899. This cartridge has two particular claims to notoriety which is why it is listed here, both related to a famous firearm chambered in this calibre - the Walther PPK. First one - what image does a dodgy moustache, greasy hair, goose-stepping and a bunker under Berlin on 30th April 1945 bring to mind? Well done if you got it - Mr. Hitler's last second on this earth...

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World Wars

The First World War caused devastation across Europe, and over 70 million soldiers were involved in the fighting. It's near-impossible to summarise such an event, and there was no single cause of this war. Unsatisfactory peace settlements from World War I were probably the greatest influence on the start of the Second World War. The Wall Street Crash was also a major factor, as it caused severe unemployment in Germany. In 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, expecting Britain and France to let him get away with it as they had before....

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007

James Bond is the typical gentleman agent, a British servant of MI6 who is forever chasing enemies of the Secret Service. It all started in 1962 with Dr. No, when Bond had to protect an American space launch from a scheming villain. Since then, Bond has uncovered many plots and killed numerous agents - and he's met a few women along the way as well. The release of Skyfall marks the 50th anniversary of the blockbuster series.

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Die Hard

The first Die Hard film starts when a group of German terrorists, lead by Hans Gruber, take a group of hostages at Nakatomi Plaza. They aim to hold off the police for long enough to break into the vault. However, New York police detective John McClane manages to hide from the terrorists, and starts to take them down individually. But are the FBI going to cause problems by forcing their way in from the outside? Die Hard 2 shows ex-army general Colonel Stuart's attempts to reinstate an imprisoned dictator. He...

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Taxi Driver

A New York taxi driver fights against his awful depression by improving the area where he lives. He starts by stopping a thief stealing from a local convenience store, and then tries to encourage a young prostitute called Iris to quit her job by giving her money, in an effort to send her back to her family. Travis soon becomes desperate to "wash all the scum off the streets", and purchases four guns to help with this 'clean-up' process. "You talkin' to me?" Starring Robert De Niro.

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