Is This the World’s Deadliest Knife?

TLDR: “Deadly” is a relative term, especially given how creative some fiction writers can get with their stories. Gimmicks, on the other hand, are another matter.

The Turkey Baster from Hell

The replaceable cartridges are pictured next to the WASP Injection Knife. Gun not included. (Image via WASPKnife.com)

The replaceable cartridges are pictured next to the WASP Injection Knife. Gun not included. (Image via WASPKnife.com)

The world of knives might seem mundane if you don’t know where to look. Knives cut things. End of story. They’re pretty interchangeable from one to the other. Nothing to see here, folks, right?

Not so fast, chump, especially when there are things like the WASP Injection Knife, which made its debut in 2008 as “the world’s deadliest knife.”

Those outside the knife world might not have heard of it, likely because no one they know owns one given that $500 price tag. Why the steep tab? I’ll let this description from KnifeCenter do the talking: Continue reading

Do Glocks Have Safeties?

Glock 19

Glock semi-automatic pistols are some of the most popular handguns in the world, which makes them easy picks for assigning to all sorts of characters. Pictured is a Glock Model 19, which can hold 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition. The U.S. Marines Special Forces adopted it for use in early 2015. Good news for your characters: You don’t have to be in the military to own a Glock 19. (Photo via GunDigest.com)

TLDR: Glock handguns use three safety mechanisms, but none of them require a character to switch anything off. Disregard Glock safeties entirely when writing fiction.

In keeping with the recent theme of things that may or may not have safeties (knives, revolvers, etc.), let’s talk about Glock handguns. I (and probably some regulars of this blog) can remember reading novels and short stories where a character switched the safety off a Glock semi-automatic pistol. This is a boo-boo. Glocks don’t have safeties that switch off.

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Booms, Busts and Books: A Video Interview on Debbi Mack’s Crime Cafe

The title says it all.

Debbi Mack Crime CafeWith thanks to Debbi Mack’s Crime Cafe for graciously allowing me to talk about this blog, The Writer’s Guide to Weapons, The Invisible Hand, Chase Baker and Vincent Zandri, and Cleansing EdenBe sure to check out her site for more interviews like this one (minus me, of course).

Like Magnum, But Not: What is +P Ammunition?

+P ammunition

You’ll find the .38 caliber comes up quite a bit when researching +P ammunition. (Image via Midway USA)

TLDR: A higher velocity version of a cartridge useful for self-defense.

Following up from a previous post about magnum ammunition, I thought it’d be a good idea to explain +P ammo. This type of ammunition is similar, but not quite identical to, the magnum concept. This post is going to get technical, but bear with me. There’s a good reason to know about +P for writing fiction.

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What is Magnum Ammunition?

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It can be challenging to spot a magnum version of a cartridge just by looking at it. (Shutterstock photo)

TLDR: Magnum ammunition comes with extra propellant (gunpowder) and/or a more generous projectile.

Unlike other firearm terminology, “magnum ammunition” is both specific and vague. This can cause some confusion when you need to give a character a firearm with some extra oomph.

Magnum PI

“Oomph” in this case is measured against Tom Selleck’s righteous mustache. (Image via Amazon)

Magnum Ammo: The Gist

It’s specific because a “magnum” cartridge will contain more propellant (aka gunpowder) and/or a more generous projectile (aka bullet) than a standard cartridge.

However, it’s vague because that increase in oomph isn’t set in stone. It’s up to the manufacturer to determine what qualifies as magnum and what does not.

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