Speaker: September 30, 2023

Greg Gifford: Firearms In Fiction  – Getting It Right

The three big rules for firearms in your stories are:

Be period correct.

Be capacity correct.

Be performance correct.

Topics to be covered include:

A brief history of firearms in America, what is black powder, what is smokeless powder, what are the various types of rifles, what are the various types of pistols, and what is the National Firearms Act of 1934.

In addition, a short explanation of ballistics will be covered.  Also, how to research a particular firearm.

Some serious historical questions to address. 

  • Why did so many criminals have a “Tommy Gun” during the prohibition era?
  • Why did the U.S military switch to tiny bullets during the Vietnam era?
  • Who were the great gun designers of the 20th century?
  • What emotions do characters feel when they are anticipating using a gun?  What emotions do characters feel when they are engaged in a gun battle / fire fight?  What emotions do characters feel after a battle? These intense experiences are not always the easiest to get down on paper.

Bio for Greg Gifford

Greg graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in education. He worked the majority of his career in the insurance industry and earned the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter designation.

Other teaching pursuits included secondary school Special Education and seminars for adults seeking a license to enter the insurance industry. During his retirement, he also taught English as a Second Language, a challenging and rewarding activity.

When not in front of eager learners, Greg enjoys outdoor pursuits and motor sports. He has hunted small and big game extensively in North America with occasional forays into Africa, South America, and Europe.

Instructing firearms safety and marksmanship are two rewarding and favorite activities. When not punching holes in paper targets or reloading ammunition, Greg enjoys philosophical conversations with his cat, George, who is an attentive listener.

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