Change of management


A few days ago I found, to my horror, that ateamcanon was up for deletion. With a joint effort from the members of beta_team we managed to remember and contact the original owner of ateamcanon. She was happy to give away the account, and thus all the information that she collection on the A-Team is now still available. A big thank you to her for that (and for starting the journal in the first place).

I'm still thinking out how best to organise the journal for future use. If possible I would like to turn it into a community so others than myself can add to it. But for now, ateamcanon is back in business.


The A-Team film

The film opens in the US and Canada on June 11th (this Friday).

Use this post to comment on the film - spoilers in the comments section, so don't read if you want to avoid them.

Do you think the film will invigorate the fan fiction community or no? Would you be adverse to reading fan fic about the movie instead of the TV series?

Fan Fiction Dictionary

I tend to use a lot of fan fiction terms here, and if there's any new fan fic authors around, I'm sure it's confusing. So I've created a little fan fic terminology dictionary. Some of them are more common to other fandoms, but I included them anyway.

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Here's a brief guide to fiction length, so you know what you're reading.

Micro Fiction - less than 100 words (1 page)
Drabble - A story that is exactly 100 words (definition often varied)
Flash Fiction - 100 - 1000 words (1-2 pages)
Short Short - 1000 to 2500 (3-9 pages)
Short Story - 2500 - 7500 words (10 - 22 pages)
Novelette - 7500 - 20,000 words (22 - 61 pages)
Novella - 20,000 - 50,000 words (66 - 175 pages)
Novel - 50,000 - 100,000 words (over 175 pages) average novel is 80,000 words
Epic - Over 100,000

Fiction under 500 words is sometimes called a Vignette. Chapters in a novel are usually at least 2000 words each.

And some lengths for different genres of original fic:

Picture Books - Up to 3,000 words (ages 6 and under)
Chapter books - 5,000 to 20,000 words (ages 6 to 8)
Juvenile books - 25,000 to 50,000 words (ages 9 to 12)
Young Adult books - 30,000 to 80,000 words (13 and above)
Detective novel - 70,000 to 85,000 words
Thrillers - 70,000 to 100,000 words


Types of Firearms

There are several broad categories of firearms. The first is handguns, which are designed to be held in one hand, and include pistols, semiautomatic handguns, machine pistols, revolvers and derringers.

Another broad category of firearms is long guns (shoulder guns), which include rifles and shotguns.

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Notes on weapons and gunfire:

  • The Team never seemed to have a problem hearing after all the gunfire. In reality, the sound of a gun blast would cause a lot of ringing in the ears and render you hard of hearing for at least a day.

  • The Team didn't seem to have or feel much recoil from their weapons. When you fire a gun, it kicks back a bit due to the power of the firing. Higher calibre weapons will give a larger recoil.

  • When people get shot, they don't spin around or get knocked down by the force of the bullet. With adrenaline running, it's possible a person might not even feel it. The A-Team episode Without Reservations was very accurate with Face's reaction after he got shot. He was still on his feet and slowly sunk down once he saw what happened.

wtf decker


A list of fake names and disguises used by each team member in every episode, including Murdock's strange personas. Most of the names are ones used during scams by Face and Hannibal, and occasionally Murdock.

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crazy fool

Military Police

Some information about the various military police characters that chased the Team:

The main problem with the MPs chasing the A-Team is that in the Army, the real investigators of the A-Team would've been CID - Criminal Investigation Division (now Criminal Investigation Command....but still called CID lol). In reality the MPs chasing the Team should've been termed CID Special Agents. (In the Navy and Air Force, it is primarily civilians who investigate, the Army relies on military personnel).

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