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So? FN Now Makes a 28mm Handgun Now ..... yeah right

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by dc dalton, Feb 25, 2014.

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  1. dc dalton

    dc dalton Well-Known Member

    You have to love the stupidity of some reporters out there, but this one takes the cake:

  2. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    I think it stupider to chastise a reporter for not being an expert on gun terminology, especially when writing about a relatively obscure caliber to non-firearms enthusiasts. Reporters have to write articles related to all matter of subjects and it is absurd to think errors will never happen.
  3. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    I am not sure we can always hold these folks to as much knowledge as we have...frankly. I mean I know what an ICD-10 code or a HCSPCS code is and if you ever went to see a doctor or were in the hospital, they were important very to you...and your bill...but maybe you don't know what it is.

    The handgun in questions does fire a 5.7mm x 28mm round. Not the worst journalism mistake I've seen by far.
  4. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    So they didn't take the time to research what 5.7mm x 28mm actually means....
  5. vamo

    vamo Well-Known Member

    If not for that sentence I'm kinda just ok whatever someone was writing a story about a athlete's issues and didn't know much about guns. That sentence makes it sound like he was running around with a cannon.
  6. NavyLCDR

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  7. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

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  9. 316SS

    316SS Well-Known Member

    I typed "FN" into a popular internet search engine and the first result contained all the information necessary for the reported to have gotten this right. Knowing more about WHAT is being reported than the audience is THE JOB OF A REPORTER. Reporting incorrect information means they have failed at their job. If you want to chalk it up to "everybody makes mistakes," fine. But reporters botching gun-related information is a cliché for a reason, and that reason is not honest mistakes, IMHO.
  10. Arizona_Mike

    Arizona_Mike Well-Known Member

    You are missing the point. They called it "huge" and one of the largest handguns "ever made". They really do think it is a 28mm (and also think Felton had AP ammo which is very unlikely).

  11. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    Good point. Researching the content of their articles is their job...
  12. Davek1977

    Davek1977 Well-Known Member

    I bet is was actually a "28.5mm" ....you know, that gun that's only half the size of the FN "57" (5.7) LOL
  13. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Good heavens, they linked to the FN website for the thing and they couldn't even get it right!!! Pathetic, but then the Post is pandering to the bird cage liner crowd anyway.
  14. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Well-Known Member

    While reporters aren't really that bright, you can obviously tell this was written for shock effect which is commonplace nowadays. Shock is what sells. Not the truth. Any article/statement can be recanted, but the impact of the fallacy is what they are really after.
  15. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    I will certainly stipulate to that. Journalism done very poorly.
  16. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Or intentionally for anti-gun shock value.
  17. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    Seriously, try running a Google search before writing a report that thousands of people are going to see. Idiotic liberal writers that think everything is an AK47, AR15, or the most powerful high capacity handgun ever invented are among the most annoying people I've ever seen.
  18. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    You think that one's bad? Check out this gem!


    I agree, just some basic research is in order. I don't expect them to accurately quote muzzle velocities and kinetic energy figures. But, either get it right or leave it out. There are hundreds of subject matter experts that would gladly give their time and skills, at no cost, to help.
  19. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Articles are reviewed and edited multiple times before a final draft is finalized for print. It seems highly likely that somewhere along the way somebody thought that "five-seven 5.7" was redundant and dropped the numerals. Not a hard mistake to make for one not familiar with guns and this specific model.
  20. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Saying 28mm, when most people know that 9mm is the "standard", implies to the layman that the gun is 3x as big as is "standard." It's just like saying you can mag dump a 30 round mag from a semi auto in half a second. It is incorrect information that makes the gun seem more powerful than it is, making it look scarier and even more unnecessary for your average citizen to own (from the perspective of the "LE/military only" crowd).

    That's why we get upset when reporters are "wrong." In some cases it's sloppy reporting. In others, it's intentional sensationalism to demonize guns.
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