|Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM||comments (0)|
It's clunky, hard to operate and a relic from the 1800s. So of course a time-traveling robot from the future would use it.
"I'll be back" is the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger line from the Terminator movies, but can you name the iconic shotgun from the second film? That's it in Ah-nold's right hand on the movie poster.
It's a lever-action Winchester Model 1887. Here's the scene from the movie that helped make it famous.
As this video from the National Firearms Museum points out, it likely made its way onto the silver screen for looks. It's actually pretty clunky to operate. Not even its designer, John Browning, was all that fond of it.
Despite its name, many Model 1887s are still in circulation, and new clones continue to be manufactured. For writing fiction, it'd be available for characters in settings from 1887 through today.
However, a character using a Model 1887 needs to be strong and able, sort of like a Terminator. Working the large lever-action, as the next video demonstrates, is a chore. A pump-action shotgun might be a better fit if the character isn't cut out for the Model 1887.
Here's a video from a Guns of the Old West magazine editor firing one of the newer clones. Note how easy it jams and how difficult it is to reload.
Is the Model 1887 the right fit for one of your characters? In my work-in-progress crime novel, I give everyone pump-action shotguns. They're popular, easy to use and reliable. But that's just me. What do you think?
|Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Following up on the post about making shots from inside a pocket, here's a product that could help characters do just that. It's called the DeSantis Pocket Shot. The demonstration shows how to draw and fire a handgun in a pocket, but I'm thinking fiction could come up with reasons to skip that first step.
This holster would be ideal for assassin and spy characters, methinks. Just make sure the holster is available for the pistol the character is using. Check out the DeSantis order page for those details. There are only 12 models available, which isn't much, but should be enough if a scene calls out for a product like this one.
|Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Weapons for Writers: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction officially has a cover. It's up at Amazon. Whether this is the final-final remains to be seen (publishers sometimes swap covers before it goes to print), but I like what's going on in this one. Check out the gun schematic in the background. Keen!
|Posted on June 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
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Semi-Automatic Pistol or Revolver? It Can Make a Big Difference
by Dana King
Nick Forte, the protagonist of my PI series, has a bit of a military background, and is old school to boot. His weapon of choice is a classic M1911 .45 caliber Army Colt Pistol (ACP). Nick figures, if it was a good enough sidearm to be standard issue for 74 years and five wars, it’s good enough for him. (Some U.S. troops still use the M1911.)
A problem arose for me when I had a scene firm in my mind, a good combination of action with dark humor built in, but it depended on Forte not being aware he had run out of ammunition.
The M1911 is a semi-automatic; the slide locks open when the last round in the magazine has been fired. How to get around this?
(Ben says: Here's a video from Youtube that demonstrates the slide locking open after the last round is fired. Pardon the Metallica.)
As luck would have it, I had decided to expand Nick’s detective agency for this story. The new employee is Delbert McCall, a retired second-generation Texas Ranger who’s even more old school than Nick: he doesn’t trust automatics, ever since his daddy had one jam on him and had to beat the suspect into submission with it.
Nick being a Colt man and all, Delbert tries to talk him into an Anaconda revolver, but Nick isn’t comfortable carrying three pounds of .44 Magnum under his arm. They compromise on a Smith and Wesson Model 25, a .45 like the M1911; even takes the same cartridges.
Now, when Nick has fired all six rounds, he is unaware, and the scene works. This had the added benefit of allowing me to write two nice scenes around it: one when Delbert talks Nick into the revolver; the other when Nick gets rid of it.
|Posted on June 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
This is cool. Geoff Metcalf, the man with the golden pipes currently recording the Maynard Soloman, gal-damn detective audiobook, shot this video of his deadeye son throwing a knife. Says Geoff, "My son has Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk without crutches so I couldn't teach him to ride a bike. Instead I taught him this…"