We've had two interesting threads this afternoon. One on realism, and one about plot devices that are becoming trite. As the topics were discussed, my UPS driver came with an order from my supplier, and I took a quick picture for a firearms forum where I'm a member. In doing so, I thought I'd dovetail my delivery into our topics. First, I'm not a sworn officer, a mercenary or a cyborg. I am a varmint shooter, and our rifles shoot out past 400 yards. I was taught how to fire at long ranges by a retired sheriff deputy who had been a sniper for drug interdiction. I am not a combat shooter. But I did have my custom 1911s done by famed Terry Tussey. Yikes I dumped a pile of money there! His wife Teresa knows the sound of my voice! I am not a togishi. But I do polish cutlery with the same tools used to care for Samurai swords. Other than that, I'm just a guy on a bike. Below is a collection I'm putting together. Think of them as "spares" for problems on the road, or in touchy situations. These will not become my EDC tools, just stuff to keep in my truck (a mundane F150) in case emergencies happen. The pistol is a Taurus PT-22 semi-automatic pistol. Nine shots of 22LR, a cartridge in the pocket of every farm kid in America. The folder is a Kershaw Rake, quite dull until it was polished. The fixed blade is a Buck 119, a staple in the Buck line for +30 years (?) Here's my point. Don't chase me into the woods. Ninety percent of folks sound like airhammers doing the cha-cha in brush country. I'll know you're there, and you'll never see me. I don't what kind of rifle you have, and it doesn't matter. I detail stripped the pistol and the magazines and cleaned them within an inch of their lives. I took a brick of ammunition to our Gander Mountain indoor range until I could fire a full magazine into golf ball. If I see you, you're toast. As for the knives, go to YouTube and watch a Japanese chef slice fish. 'Nuff said. Mundane guy, mundane training, mundane tools, mundane scenario. Everything was purchased from known suppliers, all training readily available to you. In that light, imagine readers with any smattering of specialized training reading the average spec-ops piece of fiction. And it's not just this topic, attorneys seldom read court room dramas, and the my cop clients only watch police TV shows to laugh at the mistakes. If I impress anything on newbie writers it's this circumstance. Even I catch myself stringing pretty words together just for the sound. Or grandiose dialog because it sounds hip. Below is 380 dollars worth of average stuff.