Hooded man posing with .357 Magnum handgun in Thiepval Barracks, the British Army headquarters in N Ireland. The gun was recovered from the Provisional IRA by the security forces in N Ireland. It was discovered that this actual gun 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. A further security force concern was that the gun had smuggled in from the USA were is was made under licence from Spanish company, AyA, aka Aguirre & Aranzabal, and reckoned to be more powerful than the Colt 45 revolver. It was popularly known as the Dirty Harry gun alluding to the Clint Eastwood film of that name 197512000753c.
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