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Old 10-12-2014, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is once again a question that came up while I worked on my novel-project (yes that's still going on, I hope I'm not annoying you with it).
The point is, that one of the characters carries/uses a Beretta 92FS, at times the Inox-Version.
Now, the book is set in a war, and it's obviously not smart to use a silver gun if you want to stay hidden.
I wanted to know if it makes sense if the character would take the Inox, and spray-paint it in green, brown or dark gray.
Or does the silver color make no difference, as the gun is rather small?

I would like to get your opinion on that.


Thanks for your time,


Max

Edit:
I have already seen some repainted Berettas, but I wonder if that has any real reason, or if it is just for show.

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Makes no difference if he is caring concealed.
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Does not matter it's gonna be bolstered somewhere on hip or thigh, if your character is using weapon already in a firefight so makes no difference.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The gun is acutally carried in a pocket most of the time (not safe, I know).
But sometimes it is carried at the ready, while clearing a room/house for example.
But then again, in those instances there are at least two other guns at the ready as well.
So I guess you're right, it doesn't really matter.

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Certain prop items can be used more to say something about the character's personality. If you wish to add a little attitude, choosing a unique or flashy weapon can be useful. It also adds more description and "feel" to a scene in the story.
And remember that props can also become a signature of a certain character. Think of items like Wyatt Earp's "Buntline special" colt revolver; Quigly's Sharps rifle; or even Chewbacca's Bowcaster from Star Wars. Even Gen. Patton is often mentioned with his nickel-plated Colt SAA on his hip.

However, if re-coating the gun fits some part of the plot or is a tool for advancement of the story, then that would be fine also.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The guns in the novel are matched to the characters.
The girl in question got the Beretta as it is an italian gun (-company), and the girl used to pay lots of attention to fashion.
Also, the 92 is a little less smooth than the Storm, for example, supposingly showing that the character has "some edges" (not that easy to explain).
The Inox was chosen to show a difference to all the black guns.
The coating would just have the point that the characters mostly "operate" at night/dusk, and of course try not to be seen too early.
But it seems like the coating is unnecessary, as pointed out before, because of the Beretta mainly being a backup.

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