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Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of European Armour at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

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Too hot to handle

Before the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver, the most powerful handgun in the world was the Mars pistol. It was so powerful that, during testing in 1906, the Royal Navy vowed never to fire it again.

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