Of course, ammunition should fit the firearm. A famous case from 1940 involved the assassination of former British diplomat Michael O’Dwyer in London by Indian revolutionary Udham Singh. The gunman, wielding a World War I-era Smith & Wesson .455 revolver, jumped onto a public platform at Caxton Hall in Westminster and began blazing away, his gun eighteen inches from his intended victims. O’Dwyer died from his injuries after being shot twice in the back at point-blank range. But incredibly, the bullets seemed to bounce off of Lawrence Dundas, Marquess of Zetland; Sir Louis Dane; and the eighty-year-old Charles Cochrane-Baillie, Baron Lamington, all former British administrators in India. Ballistics examination by the legendary expert Robert Churchill showed that Singh’s ammunition was .40 caliber, sufficiently smaller than the .455 revolver’s chambers so that each bullet wobbled along the barrel rather than accelerated, reducing its kinetic punch to a trickle.
This leads to another point; ammunition should be fresh. Both black powder and smokeless powder can deteriorate over time, and it’s not unknown for a defensive homeowner to fire the old revolver, kept for years beneath the bed, at an intruder, only for the equally old ammo to misfire or the small caliber bullet to bounce off the intended victim’s forehead due to the gunpowder’s advanced age.
Next weekend we'll start something else. Haven't decided yet what that might be, though.
Below's the Sweet List of writers with posted samples waiting to be tasted. Everybody, have a sweet and wonderful week.
1. J. Gunnar Grey, ballistics for the last time
2. Kay Springsteen contemporary/regency
3. Kim Bowman - Regency Romance
4. Bri Clark, paranormal
5. Elaine Cantrell, contemporary romance
6. Sandra Nachlinger/Sandra Allen - Romance
7. Chynna Laird - YA
8. Joselyn Vaughn ~ contemporary romance
9. Rachel Rossano - romantic fantasy
10. Jean Joachim, Contemporary romance
11. Patricia Kiyono, romance
12. Beth Trissel Historical/Paranormal Romance
13. Carrie-Anne Brownian ~ 1940s historical fiction
14. Marsha Ward ~ Westerns with Heart & Grit
15. Jenna Jaxon~Historical Romance
16. Linsday Downs-Mystery
17. Dianne Hartsock-paranormal thriller
18. Gwendolyn Gage ~ Christian Historical Romance
19. Ute Carbone--Women' s Fiction
20. Mirriam Smyth - Contermporary Romance
21. Suzanne G. Rogers (Romantic Fantasy)
22. Meg Mims - Historical