Just found a cool video of Larry Correia talking about authors who mess up gun stuff in their books, and why we should care.
There are countless books where I totally stop reading for a moment just because something impossible, improbably, or just dumb happens with guns, its distracting and can inadvertently change your impression of the story or the characters.
To pick on myself, as a young man I had aspirations of becoming a fiction author (I have since settled for being a blogger), and one of my stories was a tough New York cop who was modeled after the action movies of the 80s and 90s that I loved…lots of gun play, no knowledge of guns on my part, and it was full of foolish mistakes. The best example was this character’s sidearm was a Colt SAA. Why? Well because I had a toy replica of one, and thought it looked cool. Oh, and BTW the toy was a double-action cap gun!
The character grew up in a gun shop and learned at an early age how to shoot, so it was assumed and claimed he was an expert in them. Also a SAA is hardly a bad gun. Still I had scenes where he was quickly reloading, and never an explanation on WHY he carried such a unique gun.
I was actually thinking about it the other day, and I suspect that if I re-wrote this *awful* story today the gun would more likely be a Colt 1911, or a S&W Model 29, or 25. Those would have made a LOT more sense, but I didn’t know. Of course just because YOU don’t know, doesn’t mean NOBODY else does.