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Thread: Gun fear-mongering doesn't even make good fiction.

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    I was stumbling around looking for small caliber center-fire stuffs when I found this interesting, and rather long, blog. It pertains largely to how fiction writers ruin their stories by being clueless about guns. Especially murder/mystery/detective novels/scripts. Lord knows, I've seen my share of eye-rollers on TV shows. And the writer is right; I just cant watch it anymore.
    But the part I found interesting was this:
    [line]You definitely do not want to bandy about terminology or firearm effects if you don’t know for sure that the details are correct. For instance, I recently read a manuscript where the author had terrorists carry Kalashnikovs down a crowded New York street on the way to the embassy they’re attacking. She had heard that Muslim extremists would probably use that sort of weapon.




    Unfortunately, a Kalashnikov is a big mother of a weapon, an AK-47 assault rifle recognizable by its half-wood/half-steel construction and the curved magazine that holds 30 rounds. It’s also three feet long and weighs well over ten pounds fully loaded. If your terrorists walked through Time Square carrying Kalashnikovs, not only would everybody they encountered run screaming, but very little time would pass before a horde of NY City’s Finest descended and took them out. (More on Kalashnikovs in Part III.)[line]
    Read it again, and recognize the context presented by the writer.
    Sum it up.

    So-called "Assault Weapons" don't even make good fiction! And you definitely wouldn't want to OC one in NYC!

    http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/?p=734
    "The fourth man's dark, accusing song had scratched our comfort hard and long..."
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    The AK is called liberator or oppressor, depending upon which side of the barrel your on.

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    Equalizer, Right Hand of Freedom... Hardware that does without being a politician doing the opposite.
    "The fourth man's dark, accusing song had scratched our comfort hard and long..."
    http://edhelper.com/poetry/The_Hangm...rice_Ogden.htm

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    "Be not intimidated ... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your Liberties by any pretense of Politeness, Delicacy, or Decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for Hypocrisy, Chicanery, and Cowardice." - John Adams

    Tyranny with Manners is still Tyranny.

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    I once read a novel in which the super-duper "secret agent man" main character used a Steyr AUG which was modified so he could remove the buttstock and use it as a pistol....

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    Back in the day, when I lived in NoVa, I was listening to the G. Gordon Liddy show. Now Liddy is a SERIOUS firearms nut, and he almost never gets anything gun-related wrong, but I actually caught him on one...

    He was talking about a bad detective novel he was reading, and how in once scene, the bad guy was shooting a revolver, and the spend casings were hitting the floor. "Well" says Liddy, "That ruined it for me, since everyone knows that revolvers don't eject their spent cartridges as you fire..."

    Within 12 hours, I had faxed him a copy of an old ad for the "Dardick Automatic Pistol", a magazine-fed 3-chamber open-sided revolver that held 20 rounds (!?!) that came out in 1956. It used special triangular-shaped cartridges call "trounds", and needless to say, was only produced for about 6 years. I think only about 40 were actually made. Every once in a great while, one will show up on GunBroker. The last one sold in Septemner of this year, for almost $1400.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=139747184

    http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/...versatile-gun/

    http://airbornecombatengineer.typepa...rs_ago_th.html

    To his credit, the "G-Man" actually thanked me on the air the next day for bringing this to his attention, and sent me an autographed photo for my troubles...
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggressionand this is hogwash."
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    Basic Guy wrote:
    I once read a novel in which the super-duper "secret agent man" main character used a Steyr AUG which was modified so he could remove the buttstock and use it as a pistol....
    Is that like removing the barrel so it is quieter?
    "The fourth man's dark, accusing song had scratched our comfort hard and long..."
    http://edhelper.com/poetry/The_Hangm...rice_Ogden.htm

    https://gunthreadadapters.com

    "Be not intimidated ... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your Liberties by any pretense of Politeness, Delicacy, or Decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for Hypocrisy, Chicanery, and Cowardice." - John Adams

    Tyranny with Manners is still Tyranny.

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