We all use the word gun, whether it is a rifle, a shotgun, a revolver, or a handgun. I got to see some up close and personal at the Hurst Police Station by participating in Firearms 101 as part of the DFW Writer’s Conference. I saw videos on how different guns work and learned some guns have two safety devices that must be released before you can shoot. A very old gun may not have a safety
Outlawing AK47s would be hard to enforce, because there are more than several thousand in the U.S. They are preferred because they keep shooting as long as a finger is on the trigger, although the force produced tends to raise the barrel to shoot higher. Those guns don’t jam and seldom malfunction. When the magazine is empty, a ping sounds to tell the shooter to put in a new magazine. Double action guns are hard to hold steady and often jam.
For safety, always assume a gun is loaded. Don’t point a gun at anything you don’t want destroyed. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Be aware of what is behind or close to the target that you might hit.
Sergeant Adam Hooton advised writers not to have heroes shoot out tires to stop a bad guy. It is hard to hit a moving target, and even if you do, the tire won’t deflate immediately. Besides, the driver can still operate the car on the rim. Car doors don’t stop bullets. Heroes should get behind cover to shoot and not try to shoot while they are moving because it is hard to be accurate.
If you write about a bad guy using a silencer or a suppressor as it is correctly termed, there is still a sound, though not near as loud, and there will be some muzzle flash.
I got to hold a Glock 19. It shoots a 9 mm bullet. I found it heavy to hold. Sergeant Hooton advised holding it with two hands, with the second hand cupping it. I picked up the assault rifle, an AR 15, which was longer and even heavier. To hold it steady, you should jam it into the space between your shoulder bone and your clavicle. The first picture shows Sergeant Adam Hooton with an AR 15. The second picture includes the Glock 19, a revolver, and a semi-automatic.