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by Matthew Sylvester   Burke ripped his revolver from his holster, diving into cover as his prey opened fire. Rounds sent chips of concrete flying through the air. Ducking round his cover, he blazed away until the hammer clicked home on an empty chamber. Not the best way to ensure a hit, but a good way to keep an opponent's head down. Quickly he popped another clip into the pistol.  Taking a deep breath, he popped his head round the cover and straight back. It took less than a second, but that was all that he needed.  There were two men further down the corridor both armed with AK47 machine guns. +++++ Many people who write about firearms don't know much about firearms. Many probably haven't even handled one. Many of them will have watched films, which look awesome but are not entirely accurate in their depiction of firearms and the effects that they have, and based their writing upon that. Unfortunately, many content editors and test readers will compound the issue by using the same inexperience to affirm the author’s writing. The above excerpt featuring Burke is full of errors, which I shall cover below.    Rounds and Bullets The first mistake, and one which many people make, is mistaking rounds for bullets. As you can see from the picture below, the bullet is what is actually fired. The round is what houses the bullet, the propellant, and which is fed into the chamber.      *Parts of a round, also demonstrating the difference between rimfire and centre fire. Now that you know what a round is, the line "Rounds sent chips of concrete flying through the air," is now an impossibility, and also sounds faintly ridiculous.   Is that a revolver in your pocket, or are you pleased...