April 16th, 2010

Handguns during the (N. Ireland) Troubles, circa 1972

I'm working on a story that takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1972.

There's plenty of information about the larger guns popular during that time but I'd like to know about concealed weapons/smaller guns.
I did check wkipedia and here's what I found about the .442 Webley:


"The cartridge was intended purely for self-defence,[11] being roughly similar in power to the contemporary .38 S&W,[12] .41 Colt,[13] or .44 S&W American,[14] and somewhat less potent than the later 7.65mm Parabellum,[15] .38 Special[16] or .45 ACP.[17] As a consequence, it is not really suitable at anything but close range.[2]
Smokeless .442 Webley loads continued to be commercially offered in the U.S. until 1940[8] and in the United Kingdom and Europe until the 1950s."

Basically, I wanted confirmation on this, or of anyone had a better option (of the sort of handgun that would have been used by a young man involved in paramilitary activities in that time/place) if one exists.

Thanks!