"She got up slowly, her eyes fixed on the muzzle of a black automatic pistol."
TT 33 Pistol
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Gibson, in his Time Machine Cuba 01/23/06 essay, describes discovering a Colt Model 1911 automatic pistol in the family attic:

I had my own ancient tool of destruction and taught myself, crouching in secret places, to disassemble it, my impossible, scary, secret provision from history. I lightly oiled the parts and hid them separately, wrapped in rags. This being Virginia in the early nineteen-sixites, I easily obtained a box of ammunition, alarmingly heavy finger-thick shells with bullets the color of a new copper penny.