Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rifles: Semi and Fully Automatic

Now we come to the “cool” ones. The rifles that action heroes have been using to sow destruction for over 50 years now. Let’s define some things.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rifles: Bolt Action

This is probably the most common style of rifle in the sporting world. They can be chambered in any caliber from .22 long rifle, to .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rifles: Double Rifles

Double Rifles were made in Europe, mainly England, for use in Africa in the late 1800’s. They had the same metal casings, but used black powder or a mix of black and smokeless. These latter versions were the “Express” calibers. The .577 Nitro used black powder only, the .577 Nitro Express used a mix.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rifles: Rolling Block and Falling Block

The word Rifle can refer to many different types, from the long barreled muzzle loading flintlocks*, to the classic lever action cowboy gun, to the modern hunting rifle, and even the short barreled bullpup assault rifle. The one thing they must all have is a rifled barrel.

Rifles: Lever and Pump Actions

Starting in the mid-1800’s metal cartridges made repeating rifles possible. The most famous of these was the model ’94 (1894) Lever Action Winchester. This was most common in .30-30, which is still available today.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chuck Wendig's Time Travel Challenge

This time the story must be about time travel. Anything else goes. This is a story idea I'd been kicking around for a while, but I never really had a place for it. Why not here?

Monday, May 28, 2012


On the Accessories page, I briefly went over sound suppressors. This time will be more in depth.

A suppressor is the more accurate term for a silencer. This is an attachment that fits on the end of the barrel of a firearm and reduced the intensity of the sound.

It does not make the weapon silent.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How interchangeable is ammunition?

This comes up now and again, and I haven’t posted a firearm entry for some time, so here’s a new one.

There are several calibers that sound like they should be interchangeable, but the truth is, there are slight differences that can lead to disaster for your fictional characters, and your real life ones.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chuck Wendig's challenge: A story about making a sandwich

This week, the challenge was to craft a story about making a sandwich. Here's mine. Feel free to comment. I'll be in the kitchen.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Chuck Wendig's Unlikeable Protagonist Challenge

This time, the challenge is to make a an unlikable character that can still pull you into a story.
The Cost of Living

How much is a human life worth? Some people say there’s no way to measure it. They’re wrong. I usually get about twenty bucks for one. That’s how much goes missing as they bleed out in an alley. Hardly seems worth it, does it?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday for 2/12

From I See You (unpublished):

I hope my face fills your mind because if there is any doubt about it, any doubt at all in your mind that I’m the one that set this up, it means you did got to someone else. Someone too scared and traumatized to do what needed to be done. Someone too scared to act. Someone you drove so far down that hallway into their own private hell that they may never come out. Well, I came out. I came out and I know right where you are, you son of a bitch.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Chuck Wendig's 7 Act Exercise

The challenge is to write a story in seven acts.
1. Introduction
2. Initial problem
3. Initial resolution attempt
4. Complication
5. Second resolution attempt
6. Severe complication
7. Climax/Resolution

My answer was to go with a simple hard-boiled PI tale. I originally wanted to use my character, Raymond Jaye, but he couldn't find the time for a side adventure between Cue the Sax and the follow-up tale.

Each section is marked with a *. All comments welcome.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Old Time Radio and Me (and maybe you)

Cue the Sax is my first published story, available on Jan 20, 2012 from MuseItUp Publishing.

It’s a short story that follows the style of the Old Time Radio, or OTR detective stories that filled the airwaves from the late 1920’s, to the fall of 1962. They made a few tries at comebacks in later years, and some had a decent run, but they just couldn’t compete with television. That’s what I’d like to talk about today, OTR.