Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Great Guns!

Joe Konrath has a spectacular post about handguns here. I admit, most of my firearm experience is with shotguns and rifles.

Anyway, Joe's post is great on several levels. He shows a real depth of knowledge, but most importantly: He did his homework. Research is key to credible fiction. Joe did his.

I think Barry Eisler would be able to add a few things to Joe's discussion.

Hunters (even occasional hunters like Jamie Ford and former hunters like me) will have still different points of view. A lot of people rounded out the post in the comments section.

Whatever, it was fun, and impressive seeing all those writers who are also gun owners... and gun haters who learned about guns.

Got comments? Fire away!


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Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

His post reminded me to stick with topics I'm comfortable with, or be prepared to do a LOT of research for those I'm not.

8:02 PM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Yeah, know your stuff because in the end, it makes for a better read I think.

2:15 PM, May 05, 2006  
Anonymous jamie ford said...

I don't know who's more scary--

The city dweller who buys that first hand-gun with no gun safety training, has never fired it but keeps it loaded in a drawer or the Ted Nugent-type that buys videos showing gophers being blown away in slow-motion by various caliber weapons.

Maybe it's a tie.

4:04 PM, May 05, 2006  
Blogger Adam Hurtubise said...

I love the diversity of these comments...

Mindy and Dana talk about why they need to do research and Jamie talks about variations of gun owners...


I'll never own a handgun. I just don't like them. I have cousins who hunt with handguns, but handguns are for personal protection.

I like long guns more. They're for hunting.

People who live in rural areas, folks who aren't even hunters and who don't lock their doors, keep guns in the house as tools. You need them for the woodchucks and deer that invade the garden, and for the occasional rabid fox.

I agree, Jamie... it's a tie.

But gophers are the only thing I've ever shot without a recipe in mind. And then at my sister's place in Vermont at Christmas time, I found a recipe for deep-fried woodchuck.

That's one recipe I'll never attempt.


11:04 AM, May 06, 2006  
Blogger Mark Pettus said...

Kathryn Wall, author of the Bay Tanner Mystery series critiqued a story for me once, and criticized me for not having brains and blood splatter out of a mans head when he was shot at close range.

I didn't argue with her (bad form to argue with famous authors who offer their help for free), but a small caliber automatic won't splatter brains.

I hate to admit that I knew that without doing any research at all.

(See how a guy gets a reputation)

11:48 AM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Adam Hurtubise said...

You are correct, Mark... as usual.

It's funny, because a .22 revolver plays a small role in the first scene of one of my novels, and I had to go out of my way to explain that a .22 is an assassin's weapon because its bullets DON'T come out the back of the skull.


12:20 PM, May 11, 2006  

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