So many gun myths in one CBS TV show: Converting semi-auto to untraceable fully auto conversion and more

Jan 12, 2022 | Media Bias

With all the false claims about guns in media, this CBS episode of FBI International (Season 1, Episode 10) outdoes itself.

1) The notion that you can take an American-made gun with a serial number on it and remove the serial number isn’t serious. The problem is that stamping a serial number into the metal alters the underlying metal, and even if you file off the number, acid can determine what the number was.

2) Converting a semi-auto gun to a fully automatic gun just doesn’t work. You almost always have to replace the entire inside guts of the gun to accomplish this, so you might as well buy the fully automatic gun. Is it possible in some cases to rig the gun so that bullets feed into the chamber unrestricted? Yes, but you are very likely to end up with the ammunition firing before the chamber is completely closed. If you don’t mind losing a hand or worse, that might work for you.

3) “Cooking off” ammunition does not work as depicted in this episode. The point of a barrel is to concentrate the force of a bullet’s explosion in one direction and propel the slug in the opposite direction. Even if setting fire to ammunition causes it to go off, and that is unlikely, the ammunition is not in a barrel, so the force from the explosion goes in all directions. There is no concentrated force behind the bullet, so the bullet might travel a few feet. The bullets will not penetrate metal 50 feet away.

While this episode only discusses the threat from machine guns being used in crime, it doesn’t show them being fired.

FBI International, Season 1 Episode 10, January 11, 2022

Here is a video on Hollywood’s bias against guns.

Shows from the current season.

NCIS Los Angeles (Season 13): Episode 3, October 24, 2021

NBC’s Chicago PD (Season 9): E3, October 6, 2021Episode 7, November 3, 2021

The Equalizer (Season 2): E1, Oct 10, 2021

CBS’s “FBI: Most Wanted” (Season 3) E1 September 28th, 2021 & E2 September 28th, 2021

CBS’s S.W.A.T. (Season 5) E1 October 1, 2021E2, Oct 08, 2021, Episode 7, December 3, 2021

CBS’s “FBI: International” (Season 1) E2, September 28th, 2021. In another “FBI: International” (S1 E1) criminals were shown carrying machine guns but not using them.

Paramount’s Yellowstone (Season 4): Episode 1, November 7, 2021,

From past seasons, here are some of the shows with criminals using machine guns (this is not meant to be a complete list):

ABC’s The Rookie (Season 3): Episode 11 April 18, 2021; Episode 12 April 25, 2021; Episode 14 May 9, 2021Episode 3, January 17, 2021

NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime (Season 1): Episodes 1 & 2, April 1 and 8, 2021

CBS’s Bull (Season 5): E6, January 18 2021

CBS’s FBI Most Wanted (Season 2): E4 January 19, 2021E5 January 26, 2021.

CBS’ Coyote (Season 1): E2 January 7, 2021 and E5 January 7, 2021

CBS’ SWAT (Season 4): E7 Jan 13, 2021E8 January 27, 2021E9 Feb 17 2021

CBS’s Blue Bloods (Season 11): Episode 16, May 14, 2021

CBS’ Magnum PI (Season 3): E3 Dec 11 2020Episode 7, February 5, 2021

CBS’ The FBI (Season 3): E1 Nov 17 2020E4 Jan 24, 2021

CBS’s NCIS LA (Season 12): Episode 8, January 10, 2021

NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime (Season 1): Episodes 1 & 2, April 1 and 8, 2021

NBC’s The Blacklist (Season 8): Episode 1, November 13, 2020

NBC’s Chicago PD (Season 8): Episode 7, February 17, 2021

In last years’ season (2019-2020), we haven’t been keeping close track, but other recent examples include:

CBS’ SWAT (Season 3): E11 January 15, 2020; E21 May 20, 2020

In last years’ season (2019-2020), we haven’t been keeping close track, but other recent examples include:

CBS’ SWAT (Season 3): E11 January 15, 2020; E21 May 20, 2020

CBS’ FBI (Season 2): E12 January 14, 2020; Episode 18, March 24, 2020

Fox’s Deputy (Season 1): E1 January 2, 2020

FBI: Most Wanted (Season 1): Episode 4, January 28, 2020; Episode 6, February 18, 2020, Episode 9, March 24, 2020

Chicago PD (Season 7): Episode 10 January 8, 2020; Episode 16, March 4, 2020; Season 7, Episode 17, March 18, 2020; Episode 20, April 15 2020

Hawaii Five-O, Season 10, Episode 18, February 28, 2020; Episode 20, March 13, 2020; Episode 21, March 27, 2020

Magnum PI, Season 2, Episode 18, May 1, 2020

Blue Bloods, Season 10, Episode 19, May 1, 2020

The Blacklist, Season 7, Episode 18, May 8, 2020

Here is a list of shows from the 2018-19 television season that showed criminals using machine guns.

The Rookie (Season1): E2, E4, E9, E17, E20

Magnum PI (Season 1): E1, E15

Chicago P.D. (Season 6): E14

Other examples of television media bias on this particular point can be found here.

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