I am working on some fiction set in the 1950s and late 1940s. My protagonist is a police officer and (later a) private detective in New York. She seldom shoots suspects but she does like to shoot and she has quite a few pieces. I am not sure which weapons would be best, but I have narrowed down the list. I have done a lot of research on them, but I am interested in the opinions and experience of those who use firearms more than I do and in particular on those who have fired any of the weapons in question. Any and all thoughts are welcome, but I am particularly interested in shooting qualities: accuracy, controllability, reliability, how well or poorly a weapon fit the hand or shoulder, loudness, ejection, recoil, trigger pull, sights and sight picture, performance with different ammuntion, etc. Thoughts from active or former peace officers would help too. The weapons are WWII era, which means that most were in some sort of military use during the war. Others were not, but were common enough in police and civil hands and dated in manufacture from mid-1920s to early 1950s and thus belonged to roughly the same period in the history of firearms. Anyway, here are the weapons I am considering: 1. Remington .41 Derringer 2. Hi-Standard .22 HD-M automatic (probably 4.5 in bbl, possibly silenced) 3. Beretta 418 .25 automatic 4. Colt M1908 .380 automatic (Pocket Model, Model M, etc) 5. FN Browning M1910 .380 automatic 6. Savage M1917 .380 automatic 7. Mauser C96 M1930 automatic in 7.63mm (5.5 in bbl) 8. Star Model A automatic in 7.63mm (standard 5 in bbl, not the 7 in carbine version) 9. Colt Super automatic, .38 Super 10. Colt Pocket Positive, .32 S&W Long (2.5 in bbl) 11. H&R Defender, 38 S&W (standard 4 in bbl, made for defense contract in WWII) 12. S&W Hammerless Lemon Squeezer, .38 S&W (2 in bbl) 13. Colt Detective Special, .38 Special (2 in bbl) 14. S&W Centennial, .38 Special (2 in bbl) 15. Colt Police Positive Special, .38 Special (4 in bbl) 16. Colt Commando, .38 Special (wartime version of Official Police, 4 in bbl) 17. S&W Heavy Duty, .38/44 (5 in bbl) 18. Colt Army Special, .41 Long Colt (late production, 4.5 or 5 in bbl) 19. Spanish Old Pattern revolver, .455 Webley (probably Orbea, made for British in WWI) 20. Stevens M311 shotgun, 12 gauge (18.25 in bbl) 21. Winchester M1897TR shotgun, 12 gauge (20 in bbl trench version, WWII manufacture with take-down feature) 22. Savage M720R shotgun, 12 gauge (20 in bbl riot gun, WWII manufacture for US Ordnance) 23. Winchester M1907 carbine, .351 Winchester 24. US M1 carbine, .30 carbine (late version with second type of rear sight, bayonet lug, etc) 25. Enfield M1917 rifle, .30-06 (possibly drilled to take Winchester A5 telescopic sight) 26. Winchester M1895 rifle, .303 carbine version (22 in bbl) 27. M1C Garand rifle, 30-06 (used with scope and without) 28. Remington M81 rifle, .35 Remington (Police Special version with large magazine, etc) 29. US M3 Submachine Gun, .45 ACP (maybe has a 9mm conversion kit too, not sure) 30. Colt R75 Browning Automatic Rifle, .30-06 (commercial version with prong bipod, pistol grip, cooling fins, etc. May opt for the Dutch R75A with quick change bbl) So, there you have it. Fire away, I appreciate all comments.