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Gun doofus alert - Sanford

Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by Glenn E. Meyer, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

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    Reading the Hanged Man by John Sanford. He is a touch anti for civilians. Cracks about the NRA, etc. However, Letty is a nice pro gun little kid.

    Anyway his tough guy hero Kidd makes a big deal about getting a 6 shot SW Centennial in 38 SPL. Oops - not a bad book but gun stupid.
     
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    I have noticed the same thing in his Prey series. He makes a number of small firearm mistakes about handguns. For instance, in " Sudden Prey" he has his BG count the 6 rounds in his 44 cal. Charter ( 5 shot) bulldog while waiting in ambush. He is also apparently unaware that semi auto pistols lock back when the magazine is empty as seen in the hospital shoot out near the end of the book where he has Del's pistol going " click, click" when his magazine is empty. Not to mention the odd situation in the opening part of the book where he has - If memory serves- five experienced police detectives in a van, each of whom has a different type and caliber handgun- but no long guns or vests- preparing to face what they know to be two armed bank robbers.

    However, he does seem to be on firmer ground when talking about rifles and shotguns. I suspect he does some hunting. And he does do research - or have an assistant do research- in an effort to give his characters distinctive handguns ( P7, bulldog, Colt Commander, ) rather than relying on a generic "auto". So, he is at least trying to get it right, which is much more than most writers do. Given the generally low standard of gun knowledge in fiction, I find that very admirable.

    regards-conwic
     

  3. Glenn E. Meyer

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    He's a mixed bag, I agree. In Rules of Prey, he mocks a fat homeowner who goes out with his shotgun and gets blasted in the middle of the pursuit of maddog. So much for the GT racking the shotgun crowd. But then Lucas gives the artist-girl friend shooting lessons.

    Letty certainly saves the day twice with her 22. Lucas has concerns with the Iowa sniper as been a gun nut but then says he has some of the same in him. Lucas does like to competitive shoot, though.

    I like the series and am waiting till Lucas falls off the Weather wagon and cheats on her. It has to happen.