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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Gun Encyclopedia - Useful site for Authors

So I'm currently writing a short story with a character who is an assassin and I wanted her to use handguns. Since I know nothing about handguns at all I turned to Google and this really useful site popped up. It has everything you could possibly need to know about guns and ammo. of the 20th Century.

I thought I'd pass it on because these are the kind of resources I know we writers are always after. I suspect many of you have found it already, but I hadn't so for those that also haven't here is the link.

I had no idea there were so many different types of gun out there; it's all a little scary really.  The site gives run downs on what a type of gun is as well, so if you want to know the difference between a submachine gun and a machine gun, this is the site for you.

The site is in English and Russian.

This is a list of the categories the site has:
  • Handguns
  • Submachine guns
  • Military Rifles
  • Assault Rifles
  • Sniper Rifles
  • Civilian Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Machine guns
  • Anti-tank rifles
  • Grenade launchers
  • Ammunition
  • Traumatic Weapons


  1. Cool! I like sites like this (erm...research sites not sites about guns). I recently had to research older weapons such as Flintlock pistols and how they work for my character. Sites on antique Crossbows would be good too :)

    1. It was always swords for those of us in Highlander fandom :).

      I can't remember what I actually searched for when this site popped up, but it's so useful. At least now my character won't sound like a complete idiot because she's carrying a gun that doesn't exist.

      As for crossbows - this one has lots of pictures, but not much info.

    2. oh thanks for this. At least my character can use a visually described crossbow :)

  2. I don't have any stories with guns, but I'm sharing this for others who might. Good find.

    1. It just popped up and it was too good not to pass on :)

  3. Nice post. Most of my stories involves murder and I got tired of using poisons, then knives. I'm into guns now, so appreciate your informative post:)

    1. Thanks :) I hope the site is as useful to you as I found it.

  4. Nice list! Thanks for linking the site! I just ask my hubby, he is head over heels in love with guns. Ugh...


  5. Yes. Everything you need to know about guns! I wish I had known about this when I wrote my last manuscript which used Taser guns.


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