Today on Quantum Vibe: Getting acquainted with recoil
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First Seen: Fri 2013-04-12
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser
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A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
What's Next? [ Aug 16, 2019 ]
Château Périlleux may have concluded, but Quantum Vibe continues. We're taking a short break, but we will be back in a few weeks with new story. In the meantime, be sure to check back each Monday as we'll have a "break" strip for you to enjoy with announcements about the upcoming Quantum Vibe stories among other things. See ya!
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Nicole, Seamus and Murphy enter the front section of Bernie's Blast'Em Shooting Range. Ernie, a jovial Beltape, greets them from behind the counter.
Bernie: Hi! You must be the Nicole Oresme who belongs to the Witness that just materialized in my fabber.
Nicole: Assuming I like this pistol, yes.
Ernie walks around the counter. He has a full-sized Glock in a holster on his hip. He's holding a box in one hand.
Bernie: Well, let's take this puppy in the back and get you two acquainted.
Bernie: You need protection?
Nicole: Um, yeah, that's why I'm buying a gun.
The back of Bernie's Blast'Em Shooting Range is set up in a fashion not unlike contemporary indoor gun ranges. There are five lanes here, with baffled shooting stands at one end, and a slug-absorbent material at the far end. Targets are carried on frames which run fore and aft on magnetic tracks. Here, Bernie helps Nicole get set up at a stand. They are wearing clear, protective visors.
Bernie: At the practice range you should always wear your visor, and your ear plugs, if you like your hearing.
Closer 2-shot of Nicole and Bernie. Nicole is contemplating her pair of ear-plugs, which are connected by a string.
Nicole: If I'm in a shoot-out will the bad guys stop and let me put my ear-plugs in before I blast them?
Bernie: No, but if you survive the shoot-out you can get your eardrums fixed later.
Properly outfitted, Bernie holds up the Witness and a loaded magazine.
Bernie: Okay, now put these together and rack the slide like I showed you, to load a cartridge in the chamber. Keep the gun pointed downrange at all times.
Nicole holds the Witness in a two-handed grip, pointed downrange, sighting toward the target (OP). Berrnie stands behind and to one side.
Bernie: Okay, line the sights up like I told you, take a deep breath, then a half-breath and hold it, while you slowly squeeze the trigger.
Nicole squeezes the trigger and the gun fires.
Same shot, only Nicole is now on the ground just beyond Bernie, her feet sticking up in the air from the bottom of the panel.
Bernie: Er ... I guess I should have explained recoil a bit better.
Bernie: You need to brace yourself in the low gravity we have here.