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Blair pockets his Colt Detective Special, as seen in The Thing (1982).

The Colt Detective Special is a carbon steel framed double-action short-barreled revolver, and is an example of a class of firearms known to gun enthusiasts as "snubnosed", "snubbies", or "belly guns". As the name "Detective Special" suggests, this model revolver was used as a concealed weapon by plainclothes police detectives. Introduced in 1927, it was designed from the outset to be chambered for higher-powered cartridges such as the .38 Special, considered to be a powerful caliber for a concealable pocket revolver of the day.[1] Senior biologist Blair utilizes a Colt Detective Special during his sabotage of the radio room during the 1982 film The Thing.

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  1. Ayoob, Massad (15 March 2010). "The Colt Detective Special", Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World. Iola, wisconsin: Gun Digest Books, 55–63. ISBN 1-4402-1458-1. 

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