Monster Hunter Nation
Austin
Guest

Very nice. Love it when you do this kind of thing.

On a tangential note, from your days as an instructor do you know any good CCL instructors in the Dallas Texas area? Long shot, but figured I’d ask.

T.L. Knighton
Guest

I started going back to some of the gun boards I used to be regular on with the hopes of promoting my books to those guys. I mean, good people shooting bad people in the face? Right up their alley.

Since that’s what you did, I guess I was thinking the right direction. 😀

Fruitbat44
Guest
“It isn’t just guns, but any topic where the reader is an expert and the author is clueless. The problem is that when you write something that the reader knows is terribly wrong, it kicks them right out of the story and ruins the experience for them.” Ab-so-fragging-lutely! 🙂 Well said. “Some characters are going to think they are icky or scary (and that character should most likely die first if you’re writing an action novel)” Hmmm . . . maybe not. Based on my LARP experience, nothing like R/L I know, but where else would you face yourself facing… Read more »
Dave H
Guest

“…the ones who die are the gun bunnies…”

Well, the mall ninjas maybe. I suspect people who have been shot at professionally (or been trained for it) know the value of cover and movement. But yeah, someone who learned to shoot by playing Halo will probably end up cannon fodder.

Larry’s remark about any topic where the author is clueless is spot on. I get as irate over a teenager hacking into the DoD with a dozen keystrokes as most gunnies would over the villain putting a “silencer” on a revolver.

David MacKinnon
Guest

**putting a “silencer” on a revolver.**

Nagant; Old Soviet POS wheel gun, but it did have gas sealing chambers, thus a suppressor, AKA “silencer”, works.

Dave H
Guest

You know that and I know that. But how many authors even know what a Nagant is?

I confess it wasn’t the best example. Even Hollywood has straightened up a little bit. I haven’t seen a revolver with a suppressor in a TV show since the 1970s.

snelson134
Guest

Or the people who realize that one of the roles for a gun bunny or a soldier is to stay behind pumping out those rounds so the unarmed civilians can get away and possibly use their knowledge and abilities not involving guns to solve the problem.

Why you do something matters.

snelson134
Guest

“I will make this sacrifice
For I am Winterborn.”

Joe in PNG
Guest

Note, that in the initial encounter with the xenomorph under the reactors, it was the gun bunnies that survived. Hicks had his old trusty pump gun, and Vasquez alone was smart enough to carry two spare modules for the heavy guns.

A. Nagy
Guest
At least in general Hollywood gets the point end at bad guy pull trigger right. Anytime Hacking/Video Games appear in a movie/tv show I know it’s comedy gold time. Spoilers hacking is 100% prep and research, anytime you see someone typing like mad during hacking instead of just running a script it’s not accurate. The inevitable dancing game scene in the disney/nick tv shows was also very cringe worthy as it would have people enter a tournment for these games or show off and everyone would be impressed. Meanwhile on the game screen like the tutorial mode chart flew by… Read more »
Fruitbat44
Guest

Well I suppose in LARP we’re all Mall Ninjas. But then again it doesn’t have to work, but it does have to look cool. 🙂

“Two rounds to centre of mass . . . still coming . . . failure to stop drill . . . two rounds to the head . . . okay, where is the head on a Shoggoth?”

-eg-

There was a cartoon about the RPG ‘Call of Cthulhu’ The more experienced the character was the faster they moved . . .

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Sadly most authors can’t be experts at everything. But if you research the heck out of the main subject, chances are your expertise in that area will convince most readers to give you the benefit of the doubt elsewhere in the book.

Achillea
Guest

And honestly, maybe I’m just weird, but research is fun. I do a metric crapton of it for the characters I rp, and learn all sorts of fascinating things along the way. (did you know the Cherokee had no written alphabet until Sequoyah created one in the early 19th Century? stuff like that). Do research and you win as well as your readers. It’s like the cherry on top of the verisimilitude sundae.

Brian Niemeier
Guest

“[D]id you know the Cherokee had no written alphabet until Sequoyah created one in the early 19th Century?”

I do now, thanks to you!

Ascher Goodrich
Guest

Good interview, but I’m confused now. Do you mean to tell me that my 9mm won’t throw someone twenty feet? I don’t believe it. Come on, Hollywood wouldn’t lie to me :p.

dyingearth
Guest

Not your 9mm. But if you are using smart ammo like the ones from The Judge of Ages (John C. Wright), then anything is possible.

Achillea
Guest

Of course it will, you just need to remember to hold it sideways. sheesh.

Beolach
Guest

There was a recent episode of The Transporter TV series that made me laugh doing this. Granted, it was a shotgun, not a 9mm pistol, but it was still really bad. Especially since not 3 minutes earlier the same good guy had shot other bad guys w/ the same shotgun, and they hadn’t gone flying like this.

Beolach
Guest

Hmmm…. looks like WordPress was all smart & embedded the video automatically, but wasn’t smart enough to keep the time-offset code. The bit I was referencing is at about 40:13 in. If you open it in Youtube, you can just add #t=2413 to the end of the URL to get there.

aczarnowski
Guest

Justified’s last season disappointed me by throwing a guy back with a shotgun blast. Usually the gun stuff in that show is pretty decent so that really broke the episode for me.

Achillea
Guest
On a short-loved cop show some years back called High Incident, they had an episode based on the North Hollywood Shootout — two or three bank robbers with automatic weapons and body armor vs. LAPD uniforms. One of the cops went after one of the perps with a shotgun, closing on him and firing steadily. IIRC, the robber wasn’t flung backward, but kept being knocked off balance by the force of the shots (which seemed plausible enough to me). Cop knew he wasn’t going to put the guy down, he was just distracting him and buying time for the civilian… Read more »
tactpunk
Guest

Great post and advice

aczarnowski
Guest

Preaching to choir I know, but maybe some authors will follow back from the interview.

#1 pet peeve with guns and entertainment is clip versus magazine. #2 is hammer cocking on guns that don’t have hammers or are designed to be carried hammer back already. #3 is racking in a round to show your serious. If you were really serious, there would be a round in there already!

Shawna
Guest

#3 also applies for cocking a gun to show you’re serious, especially when it happens multiple times without firing.

Speaking of stupid “dramatic effect” actions like that, it annoys me when shows/movies have a character take off their glasses to look at something more intently and/or give someone a serious look. It’s like they don’t know what glasses are for.

Dr. Mauser
Guest
WORST example of #3 ever was a show called “Midnight Caller” where the main character, a late night call-in-show DJ, was caught in the middle of a bank robbery/hostage situation. Said robbery crew included the stock “Deranged Vietnam Vet” character, who was clearly off his meds (Juuuust the kind of guy you want on your crew) (This was before they all got victim status in Hollywood). And just to prove how CRAAAZY he was, he went around threatening the hostages at every plot twist by pumping his shotgun violently and pointing it at someone’s head. I figured the gun would… Read more »
Mary
Guest

I feel inclined to add a warning about research: no, it will not protect you perfectly. Research a subject to death, and you will still get people telling you you got it wrong, because they got it wrong. The sort of people who really think that your character should shoot someone in the leg to stop him.

Or they are misapplying what they know. I still remember the writers’ group member who tried to lecture me about how feudalism worked in a wholly imaginary country, which had no laws except that which I made up.

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Other worst gun offense on TV. Rapist/murderer saying to the woman who’s got the drop on him with her gun, “You won’t shoot me,” as he walks closer and closer, and she finally breaks down crying as he pulls it out of her hands.

One frigging Lifetime movie had the perp do this to a woman who was a COP!

snelson134
Guest

Doc, I’d agree, except we have the example of the cop who shot the 12 year old, getting fired from his prior police department for breaking down in tears on the range.

Nothing is impossible in real life….

Dr. Mauser
Guest

Except this cliche happens over and over again, that somehow women are incapable of pulling the trigger when they need to, and can be easily disarmed by some unarmed cretin who just walks up and takes the gun out of her hands.

Achillea
Guest

I hate that with the fiery heat of 10,000 suns.

Achillea
Guest

The ways Hollywood stuffs up with the military are many and infuriating, too, even to a lifelong civilian like me. Just off the top of my head, there was Stargate Universe with a 20-year-old Master Sergeant. And Kill Point, in which a squad of Marines not only didn’t object to being called soldiers, but actually referred to themselves that way.

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