Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get It Right or Don't Bother

Reading before bed last night. In the story, the woman has a Glock. Eventually there is reason to draw it. In the end she decides not to shoot and then "with shaky hands, she carefully put the safety on".

That was it, book dropped on the floor to be return to the library unfinished.

I will give you faster than light propulsion, vampires, magick, and any other premise you need for a science fiction/fantasy story. But by $DEITY, if you're going to introduce a Glock, do your internet research and get it right.

And no, let's not get me started on movies.


Comrade Misfit said...

I want to barf every time I watch a movie or TV show where some clown pulls a gun and those Foley Assholes add in the four clicks of a Colt Peacemaker.

Unknown said...

Yup, that's the same level of disconnect-that-spoils-the-storyline as Doc Smith's vacuum pump.

R.K. Brumbelow said...

Maybe she really wanted to be able to carry condition one so she had a gunsmith install a Cominolli manual safety.

Or maybe the author mentioned another manufacturer and the editor changed it.

Just like Mr Owl and the number of licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootie pop, the world may never know (because tootsie pops are disgusting so no person with brains enough to count would know)

Matt W said...

Well, it could have been worse. "with shaky hands, she tried to carefully put the safety on and the gun growled with pure rage and started unleashing a hail of fully automatic bullets killing all innocent bystanders in a 3 mile radius."

Dave H said...

Maybe among the unwashed masses "Glock" now means any gun.

I hope so. I can't wait to see Glock try to defend against a whole world full of trademark violators.

Old NFO said...

Agreed... Continuity is sadly lacking in most novels where guns are involved...

Anonymous said...

...and the unnecessary thumbing back of hammers, and racking of slides!

Because mechanical noises sound cool!



Glen Filthie said...

I personally consider the Glock anathema to heroism! Why, it makes my very blood boil when I am watching my favourite cop-show...and Raylan Givens pulls a bloody GLOCK on Boyd Crowder and his filthy hillbillies!

Seriously, villains like that deserve to be dispatched with a decent gun.

Let me fix that book for ya, then:

: "With shaky, hands, she realized that the Glock was a POS and she threw it in the garbage...."

TROLL off! ;)

Arthur said...

Actually I think the "Just shoot them in the leg!" meme is the most damaging.

I just talked to a normally sensible woman today and she threw that one out. She's never fired a gun, but has seen lots of movies.

R.K. Brumbelow said...

@Arthur Or more generally 'shoot to wound'.

I tell folks you should always shoot to kill if your (or someone else's) life* is threatened, and if your life is not threatened don't shoot at all. But, if you are shooting to wound then I take irvthat you do not feel your life is in danger.

*Many extend this to property and I am OK with that

Ratus said...

Still not as bad as this book from the early ninety's with a FBI agent/profiler with a full auto Browning High Power.

Dave H said...

My fiancee asked me a few months ago if shooting to wound rather than kill was practical. (She lives in Canada and her only exposure to guns was on TV.) God love her for making the effort to find out rather than just assuming what was on TV was the truth. (But she worked in the entertainment industry at the time, and already knew that it was all smoke and mirrors.) Now she wants to learn clayshooting.

Can I pick 'em or what?

Unknown said...

My favorite TV gun nonsense? Shotguns that you can pump 2 or 3 time with nothing ejecting but they still fire.

Right up there with breaking a 10 digit pin with a countdown - cause that works.

Chas S. Clifton said...

I remember putting a mystery novel back on the library shelf after flipping it open and reading how a character "cocked his Glock."