Home on the Range

Some days you just need to punish innocent steel plates and sheets of paper. And as a writer, it is good to remind yourself of the sounds, smells, and feel of firearms. You think, “I really ought to go back and revise that scene, get in at least a mention of the noise.”

The smell doesn’t get mentioned much. But the smell of lead and gunpowder lingers, especially on your hands. (Then of course there is the smell of gun oil that accompanies the necessary chore of cleaning your firearms, but somehow that never evokes the same sense of enjoyment.)

What do you think: if I buy more guns, can I write off the expense as research?