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C S I Don’t Think So

Oct 18, 2012 in Guest Posts, Writing

Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated by the capabilities of bullets. My father was a police officer, so we had access to an outdoor shooting range anytime we wanted. We experimented endlessly. My mother freaked out endlessly when she went to look up a phone number and found that our phone books […]

One-Shot Stopping

Jul 11, 2012 in Fiction, Film, Guest Posts, Television, Writing

One of the worst myths created by movies and TV is the one-shot stop. You know how it goes: an action-adventure hero runs into a warehouse filled with bad guys. A gunfight breaks out. The hero runs through a maze of crates and equipment and takes down every bad guy he encounters until he reaches […]


May 17, 2012 in Guest Posts

Bullets. Simple things. In movies they’re sprayed by the ton as if in endless supply. How can mystery and thriller writers go in the opposite direction and use scarcity of bullets as a plot device? In real life, anyone who depends on a weapon has a much more tactical view of the issue. Bullets are […]

Gun 101

Mar 12, 2012 in Guest Posts

I just finished reading the galley of a bestselling author’s soon-to-be-released thriller. Early in the book the author describes how the main character loads a 17-round magazine for a revolver. I realized I had my work cut out for me. Unless one has hands-on experience with firearms, it’s easy to make mistakes. At a mystery […]

Which Handgun Should You Use for a Murder?

Jan 20, 2012 in Guest Posts

If we go by movies and TV, murders are most frequently committed with semi-automatic pistols in either 9mm or .45 caliber. Whether it’s a crime of passion, a gangbanger spray-down, or a calculated assassination, the camera prefers the sleek, sexy lines of a semi-automatic over the bulkier revolver. Novels too seem to contain an overwhelming […]

Silence and the Speed of Sound

Nov 14, 2011 in Guest Posts

We’ve all seen it in movies. An elite force of commandos, drug cartel hit men, or spies, attacks a well-fortified position, usually at night. They pick off sentries with their silenced weapons and the other inhabitants of the premises are unaware of their comrades’ demise. This is aptly called fiction because it’s impossible. How are […]

Do Guns Make the Man?

Sep 16, 2011 in Books, Guest Posts

Weaponry is highly effective in defining characters. After a thousand years, we still know the legend of King Arthur and his mystical sword, Excalibur. Other distinctive weapons that define their characters: The hammer of Thor; light sabers in Star Wars – quoted by Obi Wan Kenobi as “an elegant weapon.” Only the elite Jedi use […]