First gun owned by Pitt County deputy on display - WNCT

First gun owned by Pitt County deputy on display

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

It was the most powerful handgun in the world in the 1930's.
     
And it was the first gun ever owned by a deputy at the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.
     
Now the rare, custom-built gun is hanging in the hallway of that office.
     
Captain James Marsal found the .357 Magnum in the late 1990's when he was trying to trade the office's old guns for new ones.
     
Since then, it's been in a display cabinet in the lobby with other keepsakes, but Marsal never felt that was the best place for it.

"It's something I've been interested in for years, interested in the history itself, but the history of the department of where I've worked at," said James Marsal, Pitt County Sheriff's Office. "And I think it's neat to be able to look at a revolver and know the men who came before me have carried it in harm's way and they've been able to protect the public."

The gun is just one of three that were included in the same shipment back in 1938.
     
The other two are still missing and are stamped with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office name. If you know where they are, give them a call.

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