On Writing Nail Guns as Weapons in Fiction

There's something exceptionally brutal and timeless about using nails for nefarious purposes in fiction. (Image by Maare Liiv via sxc.hu)

There’s something exceptionally brutal and timeless about using nails for nefarious purposes in fiction. (Image by Maare Liiv via sxc.hu)

It must be nail gun season, because this is the second post of the week related to these tools in fiction. Up now is Graham Smith, a terrific crime writer from Scotland, to provide some context for using nail guns on characters in fiction. In addition to writing books, Smith has a background in using nail guns professionally (for less sinister purposes, of course).

Enjoy!

~Ben

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Can a Nail Gun be Used like a Firearm?

Nail Gun as a Weapon

It has the word “gun” in its name, so a nail gun should be a fine substitute for a traditional firearm, right? (Shutterstock image)

I’m over at crime writer Sue Coletta’s stellar blog today discussing whether a nail gun can actually be used like a firearm. I won’t spoil it for you, but I take a look at how a nail in flight compares to a bullet fired from a traditional gun. It turns out there’s a simple mathematical formula to help determine just that. Take a look. I think you’ll enjoy the analysis.

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10 Golden Tips for Writing Weapons in Fiction

The Writers Guide to Weapons-1The following is excerpted from my book, The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction. It’s an abbreviated version of the list of “golden tips” (but not golden rules, because that’s just asking for it) found in the book.

Enjoy!

~Ben

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When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories

Black eyed kids horror halloween stories

“Whatever you do, don’t let them inside.”

Liam is a new father struggling to adapt to life with a baby. Growing more sleepless and paranoid with each passing night, he wonders if the taps on the windows and mysterious faces at the door are all in his head. He’ll find out the terrifying truth when the black-eyed children knock.

When the Black-Eyed Children Knock is a superbly suspenseful read. You’ll never hear a knock at the door at night in the same way.

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What are 3D-Printed Guns?

TLDR: No one can say what the future holds for 3D-printed guns, but the possibility of printing off weapons at home is a great avenue for fiction to explore.

Like smart guns, 3D-printed firearms are an emerging technology that’s perfect for speculation when writing fiction. This is an area of firearms the real world isn’t yet sure about. With the proliferation of 3D printers across the consumer market, you can bet 3D-printed firearms will be showing up in fiction sooner rather than later.

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