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22 May 2019 @ 12:39 pm
Working over the gun, and stuff. . .

stan_millerstan_miller on May 23rd, 2019 08:37 am (UTC)
Gun design
I like this version of the gun a lot better, the magazine is a bit small front to back, a 12mm is going to be pretty similar to our 50 Caliber (12.7x99) and our rounds are usually about 5.5 inches long. Half that magazine height would also be better as long mags make prone firing very difficult.

The book mentions a telescopic sight, would be easily removable though:

"A man limp on the ground, a beautiful long gun on a tripod. Looked about 12mm. All tricked out with a telescopic sight."

I'd change that to bipod instead of tripod as that is far more common on sniper weapons.
John LeggettJohn Leggett on May 23rd, 2019 12:46 pm (UTC)
I agree with the previous comment. here is a link to a Barrett_M82. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrett_M82
matapampamuphoff on May 23rd, 2019 02:09 pm (UTC)
Guys, the cover is advertising. And being a not-popular writer, I do cheap covers with, in this case, a $15 picture of a guy in the stance and expression I wanted, and a free line drawing of a gun, to fool with and get it in the right position.

Licensed and royalty free.

And put up to see what you guys think of the concept. Before spending the time to work it over and make it look like a real gun. This is not an illustration in a tech manual.

Edited at 2019-05-23 02:10 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on May 23rd, 2019 04:59 pm (UTC)
And it need not be the sniper rifle, even if it was supposed to depict a gun from the story. He did go out to the range and fire at least one variety of rifle, and may have had one again during the trip to Makkah.

stan_millerstan_miller on May 23rd, 2019 06:32 pm (UTC)
tripod - bipod
I like the cover it fits the book's feeling quite well.

This gun as shown is close enough to not give anyone problems, dropping the scope from the first version makes for a much less busy looking weapon which is good.

I'd worry more about the mention of a tripod (twice) in the text, a tripod is rarely used unless shooting from a prepared position (dug in) or behind a solid wall. A bipod is far more common on a rifle of any sort and allows the user to lay on the ground with it. Many bipods can be folded back and left attached to the gun at all times, tripods rarely so.

Minor either way and neither should be on the cover but the tripod mentions are going to give gun folks a twinge.

Sniper rifle on tripod: https://www.riflesonly.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/h/o/hog_saddle_2.jpg

Sniper rifle on bipod: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y1F3fauyEwI/VUwp1JVl7tI/AAAAAAAAAGU/loAZwTUG7W0/s1600/Costa%2BM40T4-300%2Bsuppressed%2Bprone.JPG
(Anonymous) on May 23rd, 2019 04:45 pm (UTC)
The original scene referenced the sound of a suppressed shot and mentioned a ‘beautiful long gun’. Picture is more like what is commonly referred to as an ‘assault rife’ without suppressor, tripod or bipod. Scene describing sniper shot brings to my mind a different rifle...
matapampamuphoff on May 23rd, 2019 06:24 pm (UTC)
*Spare me from gun aficionados*

He also regularly carried a carbine while guarding Nicholas at Versalle.

And I really don't think I ought to lengthen that barrel and run it up over the title, although I'll admit to being tempted.
stan_millerstan_miller on May 23rd, 2019 06:40 pm (UTC)
I never even thought of the other guns Dave uses making it on the cover. That one is fine for a carbine.
(Anonymous) on May 23rd, 2019 07:25 pm (UTC)
Guardsman picture
The WEAPON (“this is my weapon, this is my gun. This one’s for fighting, this one is for”..... witches?) has no sights.

Thanks for 6 months of obsessive reading.
matapampamuphoff on May 24th, 2019 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Guardsman picture
Always glad to ensnare another reader!
(Anonymous) on May 26th, 2019 01:52 pm (UTC)
Great cover!
The only thing that struck me as "off" was his grip on his weapon. Having spent much time as a guard with similar weapons his grip would be at best uncomfortable. If the weapon was angled down slightly ( running from right elbow to left shoulder) it would work better. (IMHO) Either way I'll still buy the story.

At the risk of being branded a "gun afficianado" I also noted the tripod as being out of place. I remember thinking "just how big IS that thing". Tripods are usually only used for heavier or emplaced weapons.