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Post By
Brand Echh

In Reply To
Jack Fan

Subj: Re: Handling a gun.
Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 at 08:27:44 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Handling a gun.
Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 at 07:31:07 pm EDT

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> Soldiers and police officers carry guns all the time. They have to. But they don't run charging forward with a pistol aimed blindly and their fingers on the trigger. That is no way for a professionally trained soldier or officer to act.
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> First off, whenever the gun is out, the index finger should be extended. No matter how well trained (or brainwashed) a person may be, accidents can happen. To avoid that, proper training suggests they keep their fingers off the trigger until they actually plan to fire.
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> Second, running with a handgun is kind of silly. Even if you were Hawkeye, handguns are meant for short range defense or aimed offense, not shotting wildly while running. An assault rifle, maybe. That's why those types of guns were invented, but a handgun? It just looks sloppy.
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> Someone running like that looks more like a gangsta than a trained soldier.
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> My two cents.

Might you be being a little overly critical of what is basically a promotional picture (I'd be surprised to see Epting depict CA in these positions in the actual comic)? Maybe he's supposed to be actually shooting in the picture and that's why his finger is on the trigger . . . who knows?

In any event, I have no problem with the running and shooting - this is Captain America, after all. What's he supposed to do - come to a full stop every time he's going to shoot? Not very entertaining. Carrying an assault rifle, while more practical for shooting on the move, would also be too cumbersome and would restrict CA's movement too much.

While I hear you that the pic seems a little outlandish from a practical sense, a little suspension of disbelief is required here.

> Might you be being a little overly critical of what is basically a promotional picture (I'd be surprised to see Epting depict CA in these positions in the actual comic)?

Yes, I am being a little overly critical.

> Maybe he's supposed to be actually shooting in the picture and that's why his finger is on the trigger . . . who knows?

Again though, that type of gun isn't designed for that type of action.

> In any event, I have no problem with the running and shooting - this is Captain America, after all. What's he supposed to do - come to a full stop every time he's going to shoot? Not very entertaining.

Well no, but if he needed to be on the move and aiming at something, that's one thing. He's just running and aiming forward.

> Carrying an assault rifle, while more practical for shooting on the move, would also be too cumbersome and would restrict CA's movement too much.

Granted.

> While I hear you that the pic seems a little outlandish from a practical sense, a little suspension of disbelief is required here.

Well sure.

Obviously I'm overanalyzing, but the reason I brought this up has to do with the reader's acceptance of a new Cap, they should present him in the best light possible. To that end, it'd be nice if they showed this guy as someone trained in the use of a gun.

Punisher has extensive gun training, yet he always runs-and-guns. For his character, that's acceptable. He seems willing to assume anyone in front of him is guilty and deserves to die.

But for Cap, no matter who's in the suit, descression is called for.

I'd much rather have had him running with gun in hand, but with it not aimed at the reader.... but that's just me.



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