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Guns in Fiction: More Useful Information

After I shared the link to my Mad Genius post on Saturday, Chris Byrne offered an assortment of articles he’s written on guns in fiction and real-life use over the years, and he gave me permission to put them all in one place to find again, and share with my readers.

There is a lot of really useful information here if you plan to have guns in your character’s hands.

Guns in fiction: for beginners

Guns in fiction: The Basics

Guns in Fiction: Two-Gun Mojo

Guns in Fiction: One Shot, One Kill

Mercury-Filled Bullets?

What is Point Blank?

Magazines: to load fully, or not?

How much trigger pull?

Bullpups: not a solution

And as I said in the earlier post, probably the best way to familiarize yourself is to take a trip to the range with qualified people to instruct you on safety and use. While not everyone can manage this, it will help you in many ways not only with your fiction, but choosing a weapon for self-defense and home protection.

Baen's Bar Range Trip

The author firing a revolver at LibertyCon 25 Range Day

Baen's Bar Range Trip

A busy, but safe, range: note everyone is wearing ear protection.

Baen's Bar Range Trip

Learning how to use a semi-automatic pistol with the Saddletramp’s expert assistance.

Baen's Bar Range Trip

Not everyone uses a traditional stance.


4 thoughts on “Guns in Fiction: More Useful Information

  1. The advice to go to a range and talk to people is great. I stated the same via email to an urban fantasy author a year ago when she wrote something like”loaded bullets into the shotgun”. Guns, ammunition and the like sounds so stupid if you write it wrong. By the way… she laughed off my advice.


    • The scary thing is that it’s not just authors, I was reading a case for analysis and came across a mention of ‘unfired shall casings’ being collected at a crime scene. In context, it was clear they meant unfired rounds, but that’s not what they said!


  2. I’ve read all of these before, and I just took the opportunity to re-read them – thanks for the links.

    FWIW – I think all of those articles are pretty stinking solid, with the exception of the last one regarding bullpups.

    As a source for non-gunnies to get things right about guns in their stories that is more of an opinion piece about “why bullpups are bad”, and less of an educational piece for getting guns right in your stories.

    I don’t actually (much) disagree with him about BPs or his conclusions; but that’s the kind of information that IMO needs to be differentiated between opinion and educational fact.


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