A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Semi-Automatic Handguns

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Part 1, Introduction, was published in late October. Today, Bill explains how semi-automatic handguns work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 2: Semi-Automatic Handguns

Definition

A semi-automatic handgun will fire one round per trigger pull, providing there is ammunition. All semi-automatics have the ammunition stored in a magazine, usually removable and stored in the grip. These handguns range in size from barely larger than one’s palm and weighing less than a pound unloaded, to behemoths that weigh almost three pounds or more.

Components

The parts of a semi-automatic handgun | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Encyclopedia Britannica

All have a barrel, a frame, which includes a trigger, a magazine, either fixed or removable, a trigger attached to a firing mechanism (which includes a manual…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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