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Stupid Gun Mistakes EVERY Writer Makes

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  1. ka Says:

    I am not a long range shooter, but on the scope thingy, don’t at least some scopes have a way to dial in the range to target and adjust windage so you can put the crosshairs on the target?

  2. gattsuru Says:

    You could certainly make such a thing, Ka, but it probably wouldn’t be very useful. Drop is very dependent on velocity and firing angle, while wind can vary dramatically from second-to-second.

    I’m surprised the author didn’t include the Clip mistake, which drives me friggen batty.

  3. Sam Says:

    yes, most scopes are adjustable for elevation, which the user would set based on the velocity of the bullet, the ballistic coefficient, and the distance to the target. Windage is also adjusted to compensate for wind. That’s what a ballistic computer (or a ballistic table printed on a card and taped to the stock) is used for.

    the author made a mistake in correcting mistakes that authors make.

  4. Tomcatshanger Says:

    Semi-automatic handguns might not lock back due to a bad magazine, a bad slide stop, bad hand placement, bad ammo, or maybe not being designed to lock back.

    If it’s a Beretta M9 with Checkmate mags that been rode hard and maintained like an Army Reserve supply unit maintains their M4’s and M16’s, then yeah, it might not lock back when it’s empty, or it might lock back when it’s not empty.

  5. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Was watching Super Troopers last night (highly recomend) and they not only added in the sound of a glock’s thumb safety being flicked off, but the actor actually moved his thumb across the slide of the gun in time with the effect.

    +1 to the “Clip” bullshit. I’m sick of that…it’s not like people are still talking about “Carburetors” on EFI cars.

    Lastly to go with the shotgun pump, the cocking of the hammer on a 1911 or similar single-action gun. Same deal.

  6. jefferson101 Says:

    What I alwas like are the CSI folks who pick a bullet out of a body, and announce that it’s a 9mm.

    Wow. Which one? 9mm Para, .357 Sig, .357 Mag, 9×18, 9mm Largo, .38 Super, or which other one? I could go on, but you get the picture.

    If they can tell the difference between a 9×18, a .357 Sig, a 9×19 (9mm Parabellum) and a lighter .357 Mag round without measuring the base and doing some super CSI voodoo first, they have better eyes than I do, and I measure small stuff for a living, and reload.


  7. Dave McGowan Says:

    If the scope is sighted in for 200 yards and the target in question is at 200 yards, then the cross hairs can be put directly on the targert. That is if there is no cross wind, the ambient temperature is identical to that when sighted in and any other variable.
    And how do you know the target is at 200 yards? Did you pace it off while law enforcment watched? Perhaps you used a range finder (some are extremely accurate) but that means you used up 5 or 10 minuets before you fired.
    Another one I love is a take-down weapon that is assembled, fired, disassembled, stowed and carried away.
    Didn’t happen.
    If you sight it in then disassemble it will have to be sighted in again when re-assembled. Unless of course you’re shooting a hundred yards, and then, what do you need a scope for?

  8. SPQR Says:

    Dixon seems not to understand where the sideways gangsta gun stance comes from.

    SWAT teams sometimes use bullet proof shields to do house clearing. When they do, they have to hold their sidearms sideways around the shield in front of the view port to aim it.

  9. mike w. Says:

    Weer’d – Did the snazberries taste like snazberries?