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The Writer's Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction Paperback – July 9, 2015
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"Benjamin Sobieck's The Writer's Guide to Weapons is a "must-have" for fiction and fantasy writers, from novelists to screenwriters, comic writers, video game storyboarders, and more. The Writer's Guide to Weapons debunks common weapon myths in popular media and walks readers through authentic details about the possession and usage of an immense variety of weapons; the result is an extremely fascinating, accurate, and practical resource." --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Benjamin Sobieck is an online editor and product manager for a number of weapons and outdoors magazines, such as Gun Digest, BLADE, Living Ready, and Modern Shooter. A crime and thriller author, he has appeared in such anthologies and journals as Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology, Exiles: An Outsider Anthology, Black Heart Magazine presents Noir, and Out of the Gutter. He has also worked as a newspaper crime reporter. For more about Sobieck and his crime-fighting creation, detective Maynard Soloman, visit www.CrimeFictionBook.com.
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There are many pages to familiarize the reader with common weapons in use by police, civilians and bad guys in the US. There are pictures and general principles of the anatomy of and use of the weapons which are most common in this country.
There is significant information about how to spot hokum: It has a number of pages of snippets of formula fiction samples to compare correct and incorrect description of weapons usage. This is helpful so that the reader can learn to spot improbable usage versus realistic usage of weapons. There are numerous examples of correct and incorrect terminology. Most easily explainable here is the difference between a magazine and a clip. (I'll give you a spoiler here. He explains why a clip is the little steel steel cartridge holder that goes 'ping' and flies off into the sky when an M1 Garand runs out of ammunition, the little metal pieces that hold together cartridges to make them easier to load into a revolver and not a whole lot else. I don't think he mentioned they can be used to load ammo into an old Enfield, but unless one's story is set in Australia I don't know that would matter.)
Well first, if you are are writing about the human aspects of the processes of designing and making weapons there isn't much of a knowledge base in this book. And the knowledge out there is distributed along weapon specific lines so there are books on gunmaking, knifemaking, knapping, bowmaking, et cetera. For instance with my story about the post-apocalypse family of blacksmiths and traders I've had to fall back on Foxfire 5: Ironmaking, Blacksmithing, Flintlock Rifles, Bear Hunting, and Other Affairs of Plain Living (Foxfire (Paperback)) and other old gunsmithing, archery and tech books. I'm particularly fond of the Foxfire series because they also discuss many other frontier skills.
Second, this book appears to be purely for US writers and there is not much even for Brits much less the rest of the world. The lack of info about leftover WW II British weapons I've already mentioned. But there is more prominent lack not just of many foreign weapons but anything about the sociology of foreign weapons usage. For instance in several countries silencers are commonly used for sporting purposes in many others the citizens are either in the class where they can keep machine guns at home or the class where they resort to using home made weapons or ancient leftovers. (I'm glad here that I have never wanted to set a story in the Philippines, the Mideast, Africa, the former Soviet Union, the British Empire or other place where this is common.)
The author does a good job of pointing out which false literary cliches involving weapons are likely to get you a negative review.
Includes useful pictures and diagrams of the various weapons.