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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Man With the Golden Gun

According to the fighters who captured Qadhafi, the deposed Libyan leader was wielding a golden or gold-plated handgun when caught, shown in the AFP photo at left. (Yes, that's a New York Yankees cap.) Given Qadhafi's flamboyant dress styles, a gold-plated taste in personal defense weapons may seem logical, and as this Atlantic article notes, other gold weaponry was found in his compound in Tripoli. From the latter link, a closeup shot below.

Apparently, it's as a Browning Hi-Power, a 9mm weapon based closely on the classic US Army 1911 Colt .45, but chambered for 9mm. A classic weapon even without the gold plate or the portrait on the grip, which some are saying is supposed to be Qadhafi himself. (Hairdo looks wrong, though.)

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