Colt M1911

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In the early 1900s, John Browning started developing this world-beating semi-auto - and when the US Army announced they wanted something to replace their revolvers, it ended up being one of the most successful pistols of all time, with millions of them made. It saw action in both world wars, plus Korea and Vietnam before finally being superceded by the M9 (Beretta 92) in 1985. That's not to say it's totally out of military use though, as many countries across the world still use it including some US special forces who value the 45's stopping power over the M9's 9mm. You'll see it in plenty of movies too - so check out some of the links and then get yourself a 45 ACP!!
Colt M1911

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45 ACP

Designed by (guess who) John Browning, specifically for what ended up being the iconic Colt M1911 this is still an industry standard cartridge more than a hundred years after its introduction. After a poor showing in the Philippines, the Army realized its .38 pistols just weren't up to the job and needed a real "man-stopper", with trials on live cattle, deer and human cadavers(!) showing that a .45 was the way forward. Put simply, the larger diameter causes more damage and disabling targets more effectively. It has a few downsides though...

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Law & Order

All modern police forces need high-quality, effective and reliable firearms to deal with various situations, ranging from arresting a suspect to controlling a terrorist. In the UK police hardly ever carry firearms, whereas in America they are virtually essential. The Glock 22, for example, is often seen as a perfectly-adapted weapon for law enforcment, as is the SIG Sauer P220 - they're lightweight, trusty and easy to conceal. Since 9/11, the threat from terrorists has grown around the world, and more firepower is required to prepare for the possibilities of...

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Modern Warfare

In recent decades, warfare has changed dramatically to suit the most recent technologies and tactics. But despite advances in technology and the ongoing arms race one  fact remains - guns are still the defacto means of arming soldiers, and that doesn't look set to change any time in the near future. Many firearms and cartridges can trace their lineage back over a hundred years which just goes to show that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Different countries will always have different views on how to arm their troops...

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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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Apocalypse Now

Expert soldier Benjamin Willard is given a mission in the forests of Cambodia: to locate and kill Colonel Kurtz, a traitor. With the rest of his crew, including Kilgore and his helicopter unit, Willard heads off down the Nung River. They are persistently attacked by concealed forces hiding in the forest, resulting in multiple casualties. Struggling in the midst of this disastrous assignment, at the moment when all seems lost, Willard is captured and taken to Kurtz's village. The US soldier is tied up, and the bloody head of one...

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Pulp Fiction

This film shows the lives of two clumsy hitmen on a mission to recover a stolen suitcase for the mob, one of whom is thinking of retiring after surviving a gun attack thanks to an incredible "miracle". His partner then accidentally shoots their informant in a car, and they hurriedly try to hide the evidence. “Ezekiel 25:17 - The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.” Meanwhile, at their local diner, two lovers have crazily...

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Terminator

In the future, machines will control the planet, under the power of the immense Skynet. The Terminator has gone back in time, and is under orders to kill Sarah Connor - the mother of the future rebel John Connor, who will lead a strong resistance against Skynet. John orders a soldier to defend him, by saving his mother. In the second film, known as Judgement Day, a highly-advanced Terminator is once more attempting to kill John Connor. This time, it's the newly updated T-1000, which is going to murder John...

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