posts on 2/16/2006 3:53:04 PM
come on someone must have a idea if another nick stone novel is coming out?
posts on 2/16/2006 10:49:42 AM
Sorry Steuart, Never I hijacked him for intense debriefing. I may never return him I am that kinda girl.
posts on 2/15/2006 1:35:04 PM
when is the 9th book in the nick stone series oming out ? or not?
posts on 2/6/2006 2:01:21 PM
Has anyone read The Ultimate Warrior? I thought I had read them all, currently finishing Aggressor, but searching the web the book title above came up, I don't think I've come accoss this before?
posts on 2/5/2006 9:15:58 PM
I just wanted to do a James Frey addmission, I cut and pasted the last post about the auto. I have no working knowledge of any military affairs or weapons. I do the moral part of life for men. I am proud of my contributions
posts on 2/5/2006 2:59:33 AM
Good call Andy Grange. I'm with you on the Eric Bana as Nick Stone call. What do you think amibinned? Another possible could be Chritian Bale.
posts on 2/4/2006 6:03:03 AM
Thank you 'amibinned',remote control next will get me on track will.
for my two bobs worth:WHO SHOULD PLAY NIC STONE in the movie....
ERIC BANA. Black hawk down, Munich, but have a look at his fist aussie movie 'Chopper'if you can get it, would fit the part and does accents!.
JASON STATHAM. lock stock, snatch, no need for accent!!
Would have said Ray winstone a couple of years ago.
posts on 2/3/2006 8:28:32 AM
Cheers back atcha, Andy Grange. The consensus is that the NS series is best when read in publication order: Remote Control, Crisis Four, Firewall, Last Light, Liberation Day, Dark Winter, Deep Black, Aggressor.
posts on 2/3/2006 6:01:30 AM
I have so far read 'first light and'crisis four'and with the underlying 'kelly'story i would like to know the correct order the 'nic stone'series should be read in.
Cheers Andy Grange
posts on 1/28/2006 6:55:11 AM
John you asked for info on semi-automatic hand guns.
A semi-automatic pistol reloads the chamber with a new round automatically once the weapon is fired, without additional action by the user. This is accomplished by gas pressure from the fired cartridge which drives the breechblock and slide backward, ejecting the spent cartridge's case and then pushing a new round from the magazine into the chamber when the recoil spring forces the slide back forward. A semi-automatic will fire only one shot per trigger pull, as opposed to a "fully automatic" which continues to fire as long as the trigger is engaged or all rounds have been fired. While both types of weapons operate on the same principles, fully automatic weapons must be built more ruggedly to accommodate the heat and shock caused by rapid firing.
Semi-automatic pistols can be divided into "blowback" and "breechlock" pistols according to their principle of operation. In blowback pistols, the barrel is fixed to the frame and the breechblock, in its foremost position, is held against the barrel only by the force of the recoil spring. In breechlock pistols, the barrel is locked to the breechblock and recoils a short distance with it until it's unlocked when the barrel tips backward, after which the breechblock and slide continues backward without the barrel. Blowback pistols are simpler in construct and thus cheaper to manufacture, but the blowback mechanism can only be used with cartridges of relatively low power. With high power cartridges the breech would open too quickly, unless the breachblock was made very heavy, leading the pressure to rupture the case which would thus fail to eject.
Another differing point among pistols are their trigger and ignition systems. Early designs use so called "single action" systems, where a hammer needs to be cocked to fire. When the trigger would be pulled, the hammer would drop and hit the firing pin which would then strike the primer of the round in the chamber and fire the pistol. For carry the hammer would simply be blocked in its cocked position with a manual safety. These early designs could not prevent the pistol from firing if dropped on a hard surface, as the firing pin was only being held in place by a spring. There was also a risk that such a pistol would fire in fully automatic mode if the spring retaining the firing pin would become too weak with use. In that case the pistol would start firing and only stop when it would run out of ammunition, posing a great risk for its user.
Later designs introduced the "double action" system, which eliminated the need to first manually cock the hammer to fire. Instead, the hammer is cocked as the trigger is pulled. This first trigger pull in double action mode will be heavier than when in single action mode. After the first shot the pistol will revert to single action mode because the rearward motion of the slide will cock the hammer; the trigger pull weight in single action mode will usually be half of what it is in double action mode. If the particular pistol has a manual safety, when it is engaged it will usually decock the hammer and it will return to double action mode. There are also "double action only" designs in which there is no single action mode, as the hammer cannot stay in a cocked position. In most double action designs the trigger will be disconnected while the safety is applied. Note that some double action pistols lack the firing pin safety.
The newest designs use so called striker systems also called "safe action" or "semi-double action", there is no hammer and when one pulls the trigger one fully cocks the striker until it releases and fires the pistol. When the trigger is in ready position, the striker is blocked so that the pistol cannot fire if dropped.
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