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, being roughly similar in power to the contemporary .38 S&W, .41 Colt, or .44 S&W American, and somewhat less potent than the later 7.65mm Parabellum, .38 Special or .45 ACP. As a consequence, it is not really suitable at anything but close range.
Smokeless .442 Webley loads continued to be commercially offered in the U.S. until 1940 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.