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
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.
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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