Hooded man posing with a .357 Magnum handgun recovered from the Provisional IRA by the security forces in N Ireland and which had been used in a murder bid on a senior legal figure in Belfast. The discovery of the weapon signalled a major escalation in the Provos' firepower and concern that it had been smuggled in from the USA where is was made under licence from Spanish company, AyA, aka Aguirre & Aranzabal. As a firearm it was reckoned to be more powerful than a Colt 45 revolver. It was popularly known as the Dirty Harry gun alluding to the Clint Eastwood film of that name. 197512000753b.
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