Example of What Not to Do
This isn't quite what the topic asked for, but it's relevant...
I just finished reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King. The books follow the bizarre journey of a wandering gunslinger... we're talking two revolvers and cowboy boots here.
The story really isn't about guns per se but there is a lot of fighting and shooting and gunplay and it is all so horribly wrong.
- The main character's revolvers are said to be chambered in .45 Winchester Magnum, and very, very old. The last time I checked that cartridge was from the late 1970s early 1980s and is now obsolete, and I think it was an autoloader cartridge.
- People who have never live fired a gun before can hit tiny objects at impossible distances.
- No one ever misses, even once.
- One of the characters has a .44 Ruger semiautomatic. We can only assume he means .44 Magnum.
- This very "Ruger" once fires about 12 shots in a row. A .44 Magnum autoloader that with a magazine capacity of at least 11?
- Less than 400 rounds of ammunition lasts them through 3000 pages of text and many battles, also, it is enough to train three people who have never shot a gun before to shoot like Marine snipers at the same time.
- When the main character gets a chance to take anything he wants from a gun store, he picks up more cartridges for his revolver and nothing else. He wouldn't have had to steal anything either, he had plenty of money at the time.
- There's a reference to a .40 caliber Peacemaker. I suppose it might be possible there was some variant of the Peacemaker that was .40 caliber, but I think the author means to say it's .40 S&W.
The story does stand on its own, thank God, but Stephen King really could have had someone with a basic knowledge of these things proofread it. A couple of minor changes would have made it passable.