I’ve been meaning to do this post for weeks now, but once again life has weaved it’s tricks in.
Several Mondays ago, my critters informed me that I didn’t know jack-squat about rifles, shot-guns, and handguns. Well, to be honest, they were correct. A gun is a gun to me. It doesn’t matter how it operates, it still fires holes into things, animals, and people.
Lila, the main character in this novel, doesn’t know anything about them either but gets a fast lesson on them from her best friend, Cynthia. If you’ve read her character blog, you’ll learn she’s got herself in a pickle jar. Her life is in danger.
So I visited my local gun shop slash shooting range, The Firing Line, located on 6123 Ridge Rd., Port Richey, Florida. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Phone number: 727-849-7457.
I wanted to shout out a big thank you to Rob for showing me the difference between a shotgun and rifle.
For your information:
Rifles have metallic cartridges that look like little missiles. They are single projectiles and the caliber tells what size it is.
Shotguns have many shots. They're encased in a cylander with many pellet-type objects. A gage determines the size of the bullets.
Either of these can be loaded via a magazine clip.
A small handgun is also known as a glock. One must aim and fire unlike the shotgun and rifle. When holding the handgun pretend your hand is entering a handshake. This can also be loaded with a magazine clip.
These are a few things I learned. This information helps when I watch YouTube videos on the subject.
And before I close this post, I can't stress enough on research for your fiction novels. Do not bullshit your way through a novel. Readers get mad when you do. Become as knowledgable as possible on anything you have no clue about. Yes, it takes time but better to be safe than sorry. You want happy fans of your novels, not ones that will have your head on a platter.