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January 21st, 2009

Stupid gun mistakes every writer makes [Jan. 21st, 2009|06:21 am]

"I made a partial list below (I'm sure Duane Thomas can add to it) of dumb things I see in novels and comics and movies in the area of firearms. A few of these (for dramatic license) I make myself. But they're still dumb."


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Some Digg users then managed to rubbish a lot of the points!

"Wow, an article written in 2004. Well, the point about the sniper mistake is itself a mistake. REAL snipers adjust their scopes for distance and wind, so that they end up putting the cross-hairs on the target before they pull the trigger. This accounts for drop. In fact, when I was - scratch that - there are circumstances when one might even take the procession of the round into account. That is, when a bullet leaves the gun, it is spinning. The spin causes the bullet to fly in a spiral, not a straight arc. It will move further to the right as it travels, and then straighten and the drop will increase faster than gravity, then it will stop dropping as quickly and move back to the left. This all happens in the blink of the eye. If one knows the characteristics of his rifle well, he can adjust for this. At one range, one would adjust one click to the left. At the next range, one increases the compensation for gravity by adding an extra click down (moving the aim point higher.) Most shots never get to the stage where one would remove the left compensation, but it happens, sometimes.

No calculations are needed for this BTW. It's all been worked out; range x meters, so many clicks down and so many clicks left or right. Factor in wind next, so many clicks left or right. Best sniper shot ever (with kill): 2430 meters. Personally witnessed best training shot: 5140 meters from a moving platform. The gunner got an ARCOM (Army Commendation Metal) for that shot. It was a tank round, fired from an M1 Tank moving at 15 kph across broken desert terrain. The round hit the window of a vehicle (in this case a crane) at over three miles away with a single shot of a rifled 105MM cannon.

Back to the stupid gun mistakes list: Gangsta gun handling. Most inner-city gun fights happen at 7 meters or less. At that range, using the sights of the pistol to aim is just about a waste of time. It's true that a large caliber gun will kick, and if the gun is held sideways the kick will also be sideways, but I don't see how this affects the accuracy of the shot at what is basically point-blank range. Still, given that even at 7 meters, three-quarters of the shots will be missed by gang-bangers, the sideways shooting might be a problem."

"The master of them all: Simo Häyhä also known as the white death "

"Gangsta-style is just dumb for semi-autos and right handed shooters cos the hot, spent shell casings are just going to eject right into the shooter's face or worse, down into his shirt."

"Actually, 'gangsta-style' has a functional purpose when spraying indiscriminately at a crowd of rival gangstas. It aids in keeping the firearm established vertically, while making use of the sideways recoil to acquire the next target over. Which each successive round you fire off, the gun walks to the next target. This method harkens back to when it was taught to soldiers at some of the armed forces is China, who later wound up in America as members of Chinese crime organizations, who later on leaked it to the 'gangstas' in urban areas, where it spread like wildflower because of the high street-cred appearance of the technique.

This chinese (gangsta) technique was actually demonstrated perfectly in a scene in the first Matrix movie when a character a few rounds in the standard upright position before tilting the firearm to the side to fire at targets to the side of him."

"You can actually silence a revolver. You just have to modify the cylinder so that it seals with the back of the barrel. It's difficult, and requires a much more complicated mechanism (because the cylinder has to move forward to seal with the barrel, and then back to rotate), but it is possible. If you look it up on youtube, there's a video of a guy who did it."
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See, I told you with my makeup skills, I could make you famous... [Jan. 21st, 2009|09:27 pm]
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Way to think it through... [Jan. 21st, 2009|09:33 pm]
An atheist UK bus campaign which uses the slogan "There's probably no God" does not breach the advertising code, a watchdog has ruled. (After receiving 326 complaints)

"...others challenged whether [the adverts] were misleading because the advertiser would not be able to substantiate its claim that God "probably" did not exist."

I think irony just hit me with a baseball bat.

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How to stump Anti-Abortionists with one question [Jan. 21st, 2009|09:44 pm]
Just ask them this:

If abortion was illegal, what should be done with the women who have illegal abortions?

Now watch their faces as the cognitive dissonance sets in. They believe abortion to be murder. Murder deserves severe punishment. Thus, women who have illegal abortions should receive severe punishment — like life in prison or the death penalty. That’s the logical conclusion.

It’s amazing they’ve never thought about the question before — they’ve been involved in the anti-abortion movement for years. What’s the point of spending all that time trying to make abortion illegal if you’re not even sure there should be any punishment for breaking the law?

Here’s the best exchange:

Q: Abortion should be illegal, did you say?

A: Yes, it should be illegal because it’s killing a human person.

Q: And what should happen to women who have illegal abortions?

A: … Just pray for them. I don’t think they should have to spend time in jail or anything.

Q: So if it’s illegal, you think there should be no punishment under the law?

A: No, I don’t think they should be punished, because the life has been taken. The crime has been done.

Q: [But isn't] that’s true with murder, too? Isn’t there a punishment for murder?

A: Yes, there’s a punishment for murder because that’s taking a life.

Q: So why shouldn’t there be a punishment for a woman who has an illegal abortion?

A: Oh… as the other [person] said, it’s kind of between her and God. She will get her punishment in the end.

Q: So why should it be illegal?

A: Because it’s the taking of a life.

Here’s a must-watch video of anti-abortion protesters being asked this question:
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