Firearms and Other Mistakes in Books
or Why Watching Movies Is Not Research
Revolvers don’t have safeties.
And neither do the latest Glock semi-automatics.
Revolvers cannot be silenced.
A silenced gun still makes a sound.
Revolvers don’t use clips.
Clips and magazines are not interchangeable.
Law enforcement officers do not actually rack the slide before going after a perp. If they have to rack the slide, that means the chamber is empty and they should be replaced with someone who knows how to be prepared.
Shooting locks off of doors is a bad idea. One word: ricochet.
Dead bodies don’t bleed.
Chloroform does not knock people out, and especially not instantly and quietly. It’s more likely to cause brain damage or cardiac arrest before the victim loses consciousness.
Chalk outlines are a thing of the past…and Hollywood.
Police detectives do not investigate crimes where the victim is related to them. (You’d think this one would be obvious.)
Law enforcement agencies do not allow private citizens to direct an investigation. (I really did come across a book where the CIA and FBI allowed a twenty-four-year-old artist to tell them how to run a criminal investigation. Naturally, it was a best-seller.)