Commissioner Shaun Wright said: "I am concerned whenever serious crimes take place involving weapons such as guns and knives.
Officers are not yet linking the incidents.
Anyone with information about gun crime should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
"It has resulted in a significant firearm being taken off the streets in an area where we had a serious shooting recently.
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"South Yorkshire Police are doing an awful lot behind the scenes to prevent shootings."
"This is another example of how that is working.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman, responsible Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Moire Red White for operations to combat gun crime, said the gun seizure was the result of officers mounting extra patrols in the city following a shooting off Fairleigh, Manor, last month, in which a 26 year old man was shot in his neck.
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The weapon has been sent off for forensic examination to establish whether it has been used in any other firearm incidents in the city.
He said South Yorkshire Police are making 'significant progress' in the war on gun crime.
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Deadly gun taken off Sheffield streets
This deadly loaded semi automatic handgun has been removed from the streets of Sheffield in a police war on gun crime, aimed at halting the number of victims killed or seriously injured in shootings.
"He was pursued on foot and detained, and near to where he was found a Baikal semi automatic handgun was recovered with a number of live rounds of ammunition in the magazine."
Three occupants remained in the vehicle police had pulled over, but one fled and when officers apprehended him on Daresbury View in Arbourthorne they found the handgun nearby.
"Sheffield, in relation to other major cities, has a relatively low level of firearms offences, and the public can be reassured that whenever we do have an incident we automatically increase patrols and mount pro active operations to apprehend those involved and bring them to justice," he said.
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"There is an intensive investigation under way now in relation to the firearm we are looking into whether it is linked to any other shootings in Sheffield."
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DCI Chapman stressed Sheffield remains one of the safest cities in the country.
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"The discovery of the gun is down to the excellent work of Operation Scimitar the proactive CID team responsible for tackling firearms and drugs," he said.
"South Yorkshire Police have made significant progress in recent months, both in terms of tackling and reducing gun crime in the city."
"The operations and work under way to tackle this issue are reassuring to me, because gun crime is something we are not prepared to tolerate.
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DCI Chapman said: "In response to the shooting a couple of weeks ago we increased patrols and mounted a number of operations, and during one of those operations a vehicle was stopped and one of the occupants fled.
Four men, all aged in their 20s, have been arrested and were still in custody yesterday.
And a search of a home, mounted as part of the same operation, resulted in the recovery of a 'significant' amount of Class A drugs.
"I visited the serious crime unit last week and spent half a day there going through operations they are involved with in relation to tackling serious and organised crime and gangs using weapons such as guns.
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