Guns in literature

kbaxter60

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I know that there are plenty of books out there that do a great job of spreading gun lore and educating the reader. I enjoy those a lot.

On the other hand...

I got a hand-me-down novel, "The Hit" by David Baldacci and came across this paragraph, when the author is trying to make sure that the reader has full appreciation for the sniper rifle about to be used on a bad guy:
The long-distance flight of a 7.62 round built up astonishing kinetic energy. In fact, the farther it traveled the more energy it built up...

Now, I am a fan of the 7.62, but I cannot figure out the corruption of the laws of physics that resulted in the above statement. I mean, if that were fact, I ought to be able to put a projectile into low earth orbit.

To gain in kinetic energy, the bullet would have to accelerate in flight. And that would require the addition of energy from another source.

So I am not buying it. Unless Mr Baldacci can send me a link to these energy-increasing rounds. Then I will definitely buy some.
 
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Axxe55

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Stephen Hunter is probably one of the best novelists when it comes to factual information about guns in his books.
 

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