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  • A Winchester for ranged work, and an old Italian lupara for clearing varmints out of confined spaces.

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  • He is quite good with the lupara, especially at close range.

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  • Mancuso wished for a lupara to blast a hole in the wall, or Mike Lahr's chest, but he was a uniformed officer, and he did now have orders from his Commander-in-chief.

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  • In the old country, he was instantly sure, his great-great-grandfather would have leveled his lupara and blown a wide, bloody hole through Rick's chest for that.

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  • The research, reported February 23 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, was part of a wider effort to test claims about the mafia's "lupara bianca," or "white shotgun" murders, wherein the subject is known to be dead but a body is never found.

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  • But Vito grew up on the run for his life, his brother and father both murdered by lupara-wielding thugs.

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  • S.meone whose fate is simply to disappear -- like U.S. Teamsters leader James Hoffa, a presumed gangland victim in 1975 -- is said to have received the lupara bianca (` white lupara ') treatment.

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  • Informers are despised in many places besides Sicily, but the mafia may dispatch them with a lupara ambush and sometimes with cement overcoats in Manhattan's rivers.

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  • _lupara_, or _louverie_ (place of wolves), which seems improbable.

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  • “Before I start,” Austin said evenly, “I’d appreciate it if you told Cousin Tony that if he doesn’t stop sticking me in the neck, his lupara is going to end up where the sun don’t shine.”

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  • Not to be confused with lupara argenta, heavy silver shotgun pellets used for hunting werewolves. Or, as we call them around here, loups-garous.

    September 25, 2011

  • Heavy shotgun pellets used for hunting wolves. Also, by extension, the gun used to fire them.

    September 25, 2011