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PostHeaderIcon Revolver v. Pistol: Do You Know The Difference?

Pistol (semi-automatic)

The term “Pistol” means a weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having:

  • a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s);
  • and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).

Pistol nomenclature (below)

Revolver

The term “Revolver” means a projectile weapon of the pistol type, having a breechloading chambered cylinder so arranged that the cocking of the hammer or movement of the trigger rotates it and brings the next cartridge in line with the barrel for firing.

Revolver nomenclature (below)

*All of the above (text and images) are from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). Thanks to the folks at ATF for allowing the reproduction and use.

For Writers: Semi-autos and fully automatic (machine guns) automatically eject spent cartridges. Revolvers DO NOT. Therefore, writers, chances are slim and mostly none of finding empty revolver cartridges at a crime scene. Please remember this when writing the “aha” moment in your WIP.

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It’s Shark Week at the Writers’ Police Academy!

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We are extremely excited and pleased to announce that literary agent/Query Shark Janet Reid has just joined the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy faculty.

The Query Shark herself will host and teach the following workshop.

How to Write a Killer Fiction Query with Janet Reid (Query Shark)
Learn to craft a compelling query that introduces your work and entices a literary agent to ask for more. Come away with a list of things to avoid, and a list of things to include. Opportunities for Q&A, of course. Bring your own query if you want it used as a class example (not required).

Believe me, this is a rare opportunity you will not want to miss, so sign up today. Yes, we reached our typical sold-out number within one hour after registration opened this year. However, thanks to extra room availability we still have a few spots available.

Note: Janet Reid’s WPA workshops are open to all, therefore no sign-up is required. We’ll soon be posting the times of her sessions on the WPA schedule page. For now, though, we do know she’ll be offering the same session twice. Once on Friday afternoon and once again on Saturday afternoon. We’re offering it twice so everyone will have a chance to attend if they choose to do so.

Remember, everyone, there’s far more to see and do at the WPA than one could ever hope to do in a single weekend.

PostHeaderIcon Rifles and Shotguns: Do You Know The Difference?

Rifle

The term “Rifle” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed metallic cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger.

 

Shotgun

The term “Shotgun” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder, and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each single pull of the trigger.

Shotguns with barrel(s) modified to less than 18″ in length are considered as “sawed-off” shotguns.

 

Silencers

The term “Firearm Silencer” or “Firearm Muffler” means any device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for the use in assembling or fabricating a firearm silencer or firearm muffler, any part intended only for use in such assembly or fabrication.

*Remember, writers, silencers are not effective when used on revolvers. And, they attach (screw) to a point outside of the barrel, not the inside.

 

Machine Gun

– Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger

– The frame or receiver of any such weapon

– Any part designed and intended solely and exclusively or combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, or

– Any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.

 

*With the exception of the top photo (Graveyard Shift photo), all of the above (text and images) are from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). Thanks to the folks at ATF for allowing the reproduction and use.

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