Journalistic firearms ignorance seems universal
Travelling in Lima, Peru, Prof. Bob Cottrol noted an article in the newspaper El Commercio. The newspaper had a photo of some Shining Path terrorists, carrying Smith and Wessons, which the newspaper described as "38mm" in bore.
I bet THAT would have a kick....
It's not just firearms ignorance - you'd think the 'journalist' would have a clue that 38mm is about an inch and a half.
Posted by: Flight-ER-Doc at February 22, 2006 07:56 AM
It's the new Smith and Wesson 38mm Recoiless handgun. It costs a bit more, but its worth it.
The story is intersting in that the Sendero Luminoso or Shining Path has traditionally favored dynamite. They have strapped dynamite on dogs and allowed them to wander downtown and blown up the dogs killing innocent people. They have also incorporated their Incan ancestory weapon the slingshot and hurled the dynamite by slingshot into store front windows. These are not nice people
Posted by: Rudy DiGiacinto at February 22, 2006 11:32 AM
I laugh whenever a story lists a gun as being ".9 mm" caliber. So tiny.
Posted by: Alcibiades at February 23, 2006 12:27 PM
I've heard of similar ignorance occurring in the United States.
Some police department was said to be issuing new "40 mm" caliber guns...
Is it numeric illiteracy, ignorance about guns, or both?
Posted by: karrde at February 23, 2006 02:03 PM
Portable howitzer, anyone?
Posted by: dave at February 24, 2006 05:14 AM