A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Assault Rifles

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so I wish to repeat that this series is only meant to help writers improve their writing and not to glorify weapons in any way. You can check out the rest of the series on firearms here. Today, Bill explains how rifles work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 4 (cont’d): Assault Rifles

Operation of Semi-Automatic (“Assault”) Rifles

AK-47 components | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book AK-47 components. Source: PyramidAir

First, I want to discuss the elephant in the room, assault rifles, or assault weapons. The Germans developed the first assault rifle during WWII, the MP-43. It featured an intermediate cartridge, that is, one that is stronger than…

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