One of the MCs in my story gets kidnapped by a terrorist organization. Of course she escapes. I'm trying to figure out how that escape happens. In one scenario she watches her captors firing their weapons, perhaps as target practice or perhaps to intimidate her. When she finally gets her hands on one of the weapons, already loaded, she is then able to use it against her captors based only on what she learned while watching them earlier. Is that plausible? I know almost nothing about guns so I'm definitely out of my element here. The MC is highly intelligent but has no military experience. The weapons are not futuristic. They would be similar to mid-20th century rifles (maybe semi-automatic?). However, the MC has not seen weapons like them before, at least not in person (she is futuristic). I'm not sure how I'd research something like this online short of joining a gun forum of some kind and asking people who would know. I suppose I could do that.