Throwing Lead: A Writer's Guide to Firearms and the People Who Use Them [NOOK Book]

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While they may be an indispensable tool of drama, firearms aren't something you see everyday in real life. If you write fiction, you have to know about them--but what if you don't have any formal training, or a job that brings you into regular contact with firearms?

Sure, you could watch a lot of CSI, but as you'll quickly discover upon cracking open this volume, you can't ...
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Throwing Lead: A Writer's Guide to Firearms and the People Who Use Them

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Overview

While they may be an indispensable tool of drama, firearms aren't something you see everyday in real life. If you write fiction, you have to know about them--but what if you don't have any formal training, or a job that brings you into regular contact with firearms?

Sure, you could watch a lot of CSI, but as you'll quickly discover upon cracking open this volume, you can't trust everything you see on TV.

Entertaining and humorous in style, Throwing Lead shows you the gestalt of guns, showing you the history of small arms in one readable, accessible, graphics-rich and easy-to-reference volume. Packed full of revealing research shortcuts to help you find accurate information on your book's period and culture, and cut through the jargon to get you the information you need with a minimum of fuss, it'll leave you chuckling and get your creative juices flowing with tips on underexploited plot devices and hidden opportunities for comedy and drama that firearms present, but that authors often miss.

This unique tour of the history, technology, and cultural development of firearms, examines how they've shaped our language and idiom, influenced manufacturing technology, and created warrior cultures in different professions. More than just a "how to write about it" manual or a technical glossary, this rigorously non-political guide reveals the common myths about firearms foisted upon us by filmmakers while using those mistakes as springboards for deeper discussion.

Topics covered include:
Terminology
Safety practices
Handguns
Long guns
Concealed carry
Ballistics and Forensics
The visceral experience of shooting a gun
Home defense
Police tactics and psychology
Criminal cultures
Snipers and spies
Gunfighters and PTSD
Ammunition construction and the handloading culture
Situational awareness and threat assessment
Science Fiction weaponry
Space combat
Historical weaponry
Urban warfare
Weapons maintenance
Gun handling training drills
Gunshot wounds and medical science
Stupid criminal tricks
Crazy movie gun tricks that sometimes work in real life
Selecting the gun that best fits your character
And much, much more...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013896659
  • Publisher: AWP Nonfiction
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

J. Daniel Sawyer
J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive autodidact attempting to write his way out of the loony bin.
A self-aggrandizing science fiction and fantasy author who publishes lurid stories and, worse, the occasional popular philosophy article, he is also a very minor authority on Open Source media production (a topic on which he is, unfortunately, published regularly in LinuxJournal).
In addition to his wanton abuse of the printed word, he unscrupulously uses his decade-long experience as an audio and video producer with his painfully florid and gritty writing style to create deeply immersive audio universes. This habit, which he indulges in public, has garnered him seven Parsec nominations and helped him make his first professional fiction and philosophy sales (a trend which, for the good of the world at large, we can only hope abates soon). Meanwhile, his growing, rabid fan-base is currently plotting to imprison him and force him to produce endless new literary abominations for their amusement. We can only hope they succeed.
Should you be so inclined, you can communicate with this shady character, as well as find podcasts, articles, and other literary abominations at http://www.jdsawyer.net


Mary Mason
A longtime sound engineer, convention organizer, Hell's Angel, independent film producer, and all around professional fool-torturer, Mary Mason fell into bad company at a young age and began writing science fiction. Fortunately, her upbringing prepared her to deal with disreputable characters, and she compensates for this unfortunate vice through long years of practice in target shooting, hunting, and serving nights as a bouncer in blues bars. Her science fiction series, The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy, is available through fashionable retailers everywhere.
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