Firearms history - what's the deal with tiny handguns and mondo rifles in the 20th?
Up until the end of the 20th century, and especially from the beginning to the middle of it, people have been running around with extremely dinky handgund but extremely powerful and heavy 30 cal rifles. Why this juxtaposition?
In handguns in Europe especially we see people running around with .38 spc LRN, .25s, 9mm FMJ, and stuff like that. I remember an ad for the first James Bond movie referred to a 38 as a "manstopper."
On the other hand it was also the era of ginormous 30 cal battle rifles.
I'm confused by this. For a while I thought that skinny hungry Europeans from the 30s were so weak compared to modern Americans that you only needed a .38 to drop one, but that doesn't explain why everyone was also exclusively using big battle rifles.