Call of Duty ‘box art gets pistols wrong,’ says real Black Ops veteran

Wolfgang Hammersmith is a real Black Ops veteran. When he first set out to write “Beyond Call of Duty: Gunfight! 10 True Stories from Modern Warfare and Black Ops,” a book chronicling his wartime experiences, Hammersmith originally thought his audience would be restricted to military history buffs. It turns out that it’s gamers who are most interested Hammersmith’s real-life experiences. Speaking to Gamasutra, Hammersmith shared his thoughts on Call of Duty series, and also pointed out an interesting error on Call of Duty: Black Ops’ box art.

Above: The 1911A1 model pistols in question

"They just released Call of Duty [Black Ops], and I looked at the poster - both pistols exhibited on the poster are 1911 A1 model pistols," explains Hammersmith. "One of them has the thumb safety down with the hammer on, which is impossible to do on that gun, which means the pistol is broken. And the other one has got the hammer down with the guy's finger on the trigger, which wouldn't happen either."

Hammersmith also raises concerns about the influence videogames seem to have on new recruits. "What happens in studies with soldiers is that when they play video games, they were over-daring, because they were used to having 'more lives'," says Hammersmith.

But Hammersmith’s view of games and gamers is hardly one-sided. “I found the gaming crowd to be highly intelligent, motivated people who were excitable and thoughtful when they asked questions,” says Hammersmith about his experience promoting his book at GameStop stores.

The interview is a great read. You can check it out at Gamasutra.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Nov 23, 2010


  • kulu82 - December 29, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    "Wolfgang" is not a veteran, he's a fraud: SF is in the process of dealing with him here, feel free to read and *not* post in that thread btw:
  • Sharkbot - November 30, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    Its k guys i play search and destroy i'm not that daring. In fact my buddies and i love setting up big bonfires and camping it out waiting for the next baserusher to run into a delicious claymore smore.
  • FingeredPope - November 25, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    Look at my own personal 1911A1, I would respectfully disagree with this ex Black Ops "expert". Unless of course he was quoted wrong. But what do I know. I not an "expert".
  • MyGameName - November 24, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    @ventanger Well, he's clearly sitting down, and he's pointing the gun at the ground (possibly at his foot).
  • JLThatshilarious - November 24, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    Actually, the gunpowder itself isn't ignited to propel the bullet, a firing pin is set off to strike the primer, the little circle in the center of the back of a bullet. The strike ignites the gunpowder inside the bullet, which explodes, and propels the bullet thru the chamber. Although the gunpowder itself propelling the bullet was how very old guns worked, I think. I'm glad to see that this guy sees that gamers are intelligent, too.
  • n00b - November 24, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    "I found the gaming crowd to be highly intelligent, motivated people" there is your quote for the day
  • Crux - November 24, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Both hammers look like they're up to me.
  • asljirk - November 24, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    With modern pistols you have to cock the hammer for the first shot. After that shot is fired, the slide moves back cocking the hammer for the next shot. Thus if he pulled the trigger back with the hammer down, the trigger wouldn't have gone anywhere, or with the hammer up, the pistol would have fired and the hammer would return to the firing position.
  • Crux - November 24, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    @therawski Thank you Cpt. Wik I. Pedia
  • ArcaneGhost - November 24, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Hey, whoever is trying to rebut what this guy is saying, can it, ESPECIALLY if you don't know what the heck you're TALKING ABOUT. This guy KNOWS what he's talking about. Don't be a jerkoff know it all who has to try to prove everyone wrong.
  • Onedown - November 24, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    I took a second look and it actually looks more like the hammer was deleted from the picture. Like someone went back and erased it. There is a very faint outline of a hammer but you can still see the fabric behind it.
  • Onedown - November 24, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    @KNITEpanda If you zoom into the picture there appears to be no hammer at all. You can see the ruffles of the fabric behind the pistol. So either the hammer really is down like he said or it isn't there at all. I think the second one would be funnier.
  • Ilyere - November 23, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Well, it's nice to see that a veteran's getting involved with gamers and the like.
  • BeAtheistItsFun - November 23, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    @therawsky to quote tyler wilde "Technically, thats not correct." On the 1911 it is not a double action pistol meaning that if the hammer is not pulled back already, pulling on the trigger does nothing. The pistol has to be "cocked" (hehe, cock) by working the slide or pulling back on the hammer with a bullet in the chamber. DUUUUUUUUHHHHHH!!! Also my reCAPTCHA had an o with an umlaut, what the hell.
  • KNITEpanda - November 23, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    "And the other one has got the hammer down with the guy's finger on the trigger, which wouldn't happen either." I clearly see both hammers up. The other one is just darkened in the shadows. If you look closer you'll notice that both hammers are in fact up.
  • therawski - November 23, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    Ok, the way a gun generally works is that when you pull the trigger, the action pulls a hammer back and then releases it and the hammer comes down on the rear of the bullet which contains an amount of incendiary (gunpowder) which then propels the bullet down the barrel and out the other end, DUHHHHHHHH!!!!!
  • Chevapravatdumrong - November 23, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    Whatever a guy named Wolfgang Hammersmith says I'll believe, otherwise I wouldn't care.
  • BK-201 - November 23, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    @ventanger I think that's what he's getting at, the fact that the guy is sitting down and is ready to shoot them instead of having the safety on/finger off the trigger.
  • 510BrotherPanda - November 23, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    @batmanboy11 I never would have noticed because I have absolutely no interest in CoD or any other FPS/TPS.
  • ventanger - November 23, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Also (this time seriously) "And the other one has got the hammer down with the guy's finger on the trigger, which wouldn't happen either." Why not? Isn't that what happens when you're about to shoot the gun?

Showing 1-20 of 25 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000