fortressofglass asked: Thank you for your kind advice; A good portion of my 'tools' page is filled by many of your answers in regards to writing. May I ask you if you know where I can find beta/proof/editors? I live on two part time jobs and go to college, so I wouldn't be able to pay anyone.. unfortunately :(
inventsandunderblankets asked: Hello I'm writing a story with an assassin, but I really know nothing about what I would need to know to do that (guns, surveillance, needed tech, basically everything). Do you think you could help me out?
- My munitions expert suggested a M107 Barrett .50 Caliber Anti-Material Rifle, an AS50, or the M200 Cheytac Intervention as ideal long-range assassination weapons.
- He also suggested a M1911, Sig Sauer p226, or Beretta M9 as fairly accurate sidearms. Unless your assassin is flashy and wants a Desert Eagle .50 or a Smith and Wesson .500 … but flashy assassins usually don’t survive long. A suppressed Colt .45 with a sleeve over the ejection port (to catch the casings for no evidence) would work well for a close-range discreet assassination. All the guns are fairly expensive and difficult to acquire legally.
- With the weapons come the equipment - tripods for stabilization, scopes for sighting, conversion kits, cleaning kits (oh my god clean your guns frequently; this is super important), bullets, carrying cases, gunsafes, and probably a gun club membership (the assassin will need to practice their marksmanship frequently if they intend to make a profession out of it, and especially if they’re long range killers).
- Learn the parts of a gun (rifle, machine gun, handgun, shotgun). The assassin should be comfortable with many different guns, and not just in terms of machine gun vs. rifle. Each gun has its own little idiosyncrasies and shooting accurately with a stranger’s gun takes practice. It’s like driving someone else’s car - you can do it, but not as well as you drive your own car.
- A target with his head right between the assassin’s sights is probably going to live if the assassin pulls the trigger. Dead center sights do not equal shots. There’s all sorts of things you need to factor in, like wind speed, the kick of the gun (ALL GUNS KICK BTW), the Coriolis effect, and distance.
- This post details breaking into secure locations, something the assassin will need to do well.