September 13th, 2013

Vintage Firearm to order? Or resources on exact specs?

I am trying to pick out a period and character-appropriate firearm for my MC 1930's detective (1932 to be precise). I was all set to give him a Colt M1911 .45. Easy to come by, reliable, more "modern" than a revolver. Setting is England but MC is wealthy and well-travelled, so origin/price is no obstacle.

Now however, a petite female has stolen MC's gun and will have to use it a couple of times (at close quarter), which means concealed carry. Not really feasible for a 5'0" young lady in 1930's frocks/handbags, according to the specs I've found on the Colt.

There is a huge amount of info out there, I am just having trouble sifting through it to find relevant decision-points. There is a lot of historial/technical/design info, but sorting it out to - what could be used by the girly-girl but not seem silly when carried by MC? Some possible alternatives I have found are the Pieper Bayard 1908, and several models of Beretta (though the Berettas of the time just seem so dinky).

Any advice to where I can find more subjective reviews and data on using/carrying vintage guns, instead of just buying/selling/fixing them?

Have wiki'd "service revolvers" and "firearms history", then googled "specs" and "range reviews" and "range reports" on the various possible models. More a question of overload than not finding anything.
Sam/Dean // Grab

Uranium mines, ventilation systems, and lethal gases

Hi there,

I've been wrecking both my head and my Google-fu for a while, but to no avail. I hope you can help me clarify a couple of points.

Setting: sci-fi, fictional ice-covered planet. Advanced technology (think interstellar travels, laser beams and so on). Dystopia.

My MC works in an uranium mine. He's not aware of the real nature of what he's mining; he's an inmate on a prison-planet, he's been given a task, and the government keeps the whole thing under wraps. He has a standard mining gear (dust mask, hard hat, goggles, flashlight) and that's about it. Neither the government nor the guards (whose health is not affected by breathing in uranium/radon) really care about enforcing safety measures, as long as the steel boxes are filled with ore. There's a ventilation system up and running. Action takes place inside it.

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