History CoolGuns / Handguns

12th Feb '18 4:07:06 PM YT45
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More specifically, semi-automatic pistols. Yes, [[CoolGuns/{{Revolvers}} revolvers]] are handguns, too.

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More specifically, semi-automatic pistols. Yes, [[CoolGuns/{{Revolvers}} revolvers]] are handguns, pistols/handguns, too.
3rd Feb '18 1:31:25 PM TheWildWestPyro
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The C96 was vastly popular in the first half of the 20th century, seeing some its earliest use in the Boer War. When he was captured by the Boers, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill armed himself with one when he escaped. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, the C96 supplemented the Luger as the main sidearm of Imperial Germany, and was popular with Ottoman officers too. After the defeat of Germany, Mauser introduced the M1921 model that featured a shortened barrel. When the Russian Civil War broke out, large numbers were sold to both the White and Red armies-the M1921's association with the latter gave it its famous "Bolo" nickname. During the Spanish Civil War, Spanish company Astra made semi-auto and full-auto copies as the Astra 900 for both sides. It was also quite popular with the IRA during UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution.

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The C96 was vastly popular in the first half of the 20th century, seeing some its earliest use in the Boer War. When he was captured by the Boers, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill armed himself with one when he escaped. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, the C96 supplemented the Luger as the main sidearm of Imperial Germany, and was popular with Ottoman officers too. After the defeat of Germany, Mauser introduced the M1921 model that featured a shortened barrel. When the Russian Civil War broke out, large numbers were sold to both the White and Red armies-the M1921's association with the latter gave it its famous "Bolo" nickname. Ethiopian emperor [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haile_Selassie Haile Selassie I]] carried a C96 as his personal sidearm. During the Spanish Civil War, Spanish company Astra made semi-auto and full-auto copies as the Astra 900 for both sides. It was also quite popular with the IRA during UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution.
1st Feb '18 3:05:27 PM Kadorhal
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* The pistol in ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''. The first episode justifies it as [[TheHero BJ]] having shanked a prison guard and taken it from him. It returns as the standard German pistol in ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' (weaker than the 1911 and can't be [[GunsAkimbo paired up]], but can be silenced and has much more readily-available ammo), sporadic appearances during cutscenes in the 2009 ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'', and again with a slightly-boosted capacity as the "Handgun 1946" in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''[='=]s prologue and [[NostalgiaLevel nightmare sequence]], and ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood The Old Blood]]''. ''The New Order'' proper also makes use of a futurized version with a 20-round capacity and burst-fire capabilities as the "Handgun 1960", the player normally getting access to black versions, while also getting a permanently-silenced, all-white one for the moon level. ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus The New Colossus]]'' has it return in a slightly modified form as simply the "Pistole", this time with a halved capacity of 10 shots and no burst-fire, though able to take more modifications, the suppressor of old going along with an extended magazine to give it back its twenty-shot capacity and a toggle-able "Magnum" upgrade to make it more powerful at the cost of being louder (even with the suppressor) and with more recoil.

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* The pistol in ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''. [[note]]Although some sources related to the original release identify it as a P38, but the "Mac family" of [[PortOverdosed ports]], based on the Macintosh version, do redraw it to definitely resemble the Luger.[[/note]] The first episode justifies it as [[TheHero BJ]] having shanked a prison guard and taken it from him. It returns as the standard German pistol in ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' (weaker than the 1911 and can't be [[GunsAkimbo paired up]], but can be silenced and has much more readily-available ammo), sporadic appearances during cutscenes in the 2009 ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'', and again with a slightly-boosted capacity as the "Handgun 1946" in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''[='=]s prologue and [[NostalgiaLevel nightmare sequence]], and ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood The Old Blood]]''. ''The New Order'' proper also makes use of a futurized version with a 20-round capacity and burst-fire capabilities as the "Handgun 1960", the player normally getting access to black versions, while also getting a permanently-silenced, all-white one for the moon level. ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus The New Colossus]]'' has it return in a slightly modified form as simply the "Pistole", this time with a halved capacity of 10 shots and no burst-fire, though able to take more modifications, the suppressor of old going along with an extended magazine to give it back its twenty-shot capacity and a toggle-able "Magnum" upgrade to make it more powerful at the cost of being louder (even with the suppressor) and with more recoil.
30th Jan '18 10:30:07 PM JackTheHammer
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[[TechnologyMarchesOn As time went on]], the Hi-Power started to find itself [[SoLastSeason outclassed and outperformed by handguns that were lighter, cheaper, and had bigger magazine capacities.]] The death knell for the Hi-Power truly came when the British military moved to abandon the platform and switched to Glocks in 2013. With its biggest user base gone, the Hi-Power slowly saw its fortunes decline and sales drop, and rumors abounded in 2017 in the firearms community that the gun had been discontinued. These rumors were finally confirmed in January 2018 when the Browning Arms Company updated its website [[http://www.browning.com/products/firearms/pistols/hi-power-pistols.html to show that the Hi-Power was indeed discontinued]] [[LongRunners after 82 years of production.]]
30th Jan '18 6:07:58 PM Kadorhal
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* The pistol in ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''. The first episode justifies it as [[TheHero BJ]] having shanked a prison guard and taken it from him. It returns as the standard German pistol in ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' (weaker than the 1911 and can't be [[GunsAkimbo paired up]], but can be silenced and has much more readily-available ammo), sporadic appearances during cutscenes in the 2009 ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'', and again with a slightly-boosted capacity as the "Handgun 1946" in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''[='=]s prologue and [[NostalgiaLevel nightmare sequence]], and ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood The Old Blood]]''. ''The New Order'' proper also makes use of a futurized version with a 20-round capacity and burst-fire capabilities as the "Handgun 1960", the player normally getting access to black versions, while also getting a permanently-silenced, all-white one for the moon level.

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* The pistol in ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''. The first episode justifies it as [[TheHero BJ]] having shanked a prison guard and taken it from him. It returns as the standard German pistol in ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' (weaker than the 1911 and can't be [[GunsAkimbo paired up]], but can be silenced and has much more readily-available ammo), sporadic appearances during cutscenes in the 2009 ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'', and again with a slightly-boosted capacity as the "Handgun 1946" in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''[='=]s prologue and [[NostalgiaLevel nightmare sequence]], and ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood The Old Blood]]''. ''The New Order'' proper also makes use of a futurized version with a 20-round capacity and burst-fire capabilities as the "Handgun 1960", the player normally getting access to black versions, while also getting a permanently-silenced, all-white one for the moon level. ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus The New Colossus]]'' has it return in a slightly modified form as simply the "Pistole", this time with a halved capacity of 10 shots and no burst-fire, though able to take more modifications, the suppressor of old going along with an extended magazine to give it back its twenty-shot capacity and a toggle-able "Magnum" upgrade to make it more powerful at the cost of being louder (even with the suppressor) and with more recoil.
29th Jan '18 8:08:34 PM TuefelHundenIV
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29th Jan '18 2:28:44 PM Kadorhal
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* Indy uses it himself during the tank chase in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', where it somehow manages to be a HandCannon and ''shoot through three Nazis at once'', causing Indy to stare at his P38 in shock.

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* ** Indy uses it himself during the tank chase in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', where it somehow manages to be a HandCannon and ''shoot through three Nazis at once'', causing Indy to stare at his P38 in shock.



* Seen in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty2: Big Red One'', ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty3 CoD3]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'' as a replacement for the Luger from the earlier games; it's probably most notable in ''World at War'' due to an achievement in the first Soviet level for [[SniperPistol making a shot with it you're supposed to use a sniper rifle for]]. Steiner also briefly carries one in the flashback "Project Nova" level of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', but doesn't fire it (at least, not on-screen or at the player).

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* Seen in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty2: ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 2: Big Red One'', ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty3 CoD3]]'', ''[=CoD3=]'', and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'' as a replacement for the Luger from the earlier games; it's probably most notable in ''World at War'' due to an achievement in the first Soviet level for [[SniperPistol making a shot with it you're supposed to use a sniper rifle for]]. Steiner also briefly carries one in the flashback "Project Nova" level of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', but doesn't fire it (at least, not on-screen or at the player).



* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' -- a nickel-plated [=P38=] incorrectly identified as Hitler's suicide weapon (loaded with silver bullets) critically injures Doc. After being patched up, he uses it himself to kill a monster that his limitless magical powers couldn't faze.

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* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' -- a nickel-plated [=P38=] [=P38=], loaded with silver bullets and incorrectly identified as Hitler's suicide weapon (loaded with silver bullets) weapon, critically injures Doc. After being patched up, he uses it himself to kill a monster that his limitless magical powers couldn't faze.
29th Jan '18 2:26:56 PM Kadorhal
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* The Hi-Power shows up in the hands of Mac in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull.''

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* The Hi-Power shows up in the hands of Mac in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull.''''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. It's fitted with some modifications that weren't available on the gun until a decade or two later, though the hammer (a ring hammer rather than a spur) is correct for a Hi-Power from TheFifties.



* [[MisidentifiedWeapons Frequently mistaken for a Luger,]] despite only minimal resemblance.

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* Though not as well known as the Luger, it still often turns up in many WWII settings, and because the two are similar looking the casual observer may sometimes [[MisidentifiedWeapons Frequently mistaken mistake one for a Luger,]] despite only minimal resemblance. the other]].



* Though not as well known as the Luger, it still often turns up in many WWII settings, and because the two are similar looking the casual observer may sometimes mistake one for the other.



* Toht's sidearm in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk.''


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* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' makes use of it considering its typical pre-WWII setting:
** Toht's sidearm in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', also used by some other Germans, such as the pilot that takes potshots at Indy while he fights a mechanic. In reality, only hammerless prototypes for the P38 existed at the time of the film.
24th Jan '18 9:25:42 PM YT45
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The 1911 is a single-action semiautomatic[[note]]Meaning it can only fire when the hammer is fully cocked. Unlike a single-action revolver, it doesn't need to be manually cocked between shots, as the hammer is cocked each time the slide cycles. It is actually designed to be carried in "Condition One:" loaded, chambered, cocked, with the safety engaged[[/note]] utilizing Browning's tilting-barrel short-recoil system (which has become the standard for most semiauto pistols, including Glock) and feeding from a single-stack magazine[[note]] Double-stack 1911s are made by Para Odnance, among others[[/note]]. It also has [[CrazyPrepared multiple redundant safeties]]: a thumb safety switch which completely locks the action when engaged, a half-cock notch on the hammer[[note]]some 1911s have two such notches[[/note]] which can stop it if triggered accidentally, a grip safety that disconnects the trigger when released[[note]] Sometimes pinned in place on some custom guns. The grip safety is a point of contention among the gun's detractors, but its supposed drawbacks are often exaggerated[[/note]], and a retention spring that keeps the firing pin from resting on (or even near) the primer of the chambered round. The single-action trigger is very crisp and light, making it easy to shoot accurately, especially for new shooters who tend to improperly engage the trigger. A ''huge'' market exist for after-market parts and custom tuning. Triggers, hammers, grip panels, grip safeties, slides, sights--hell, it is fairly easy (and legal) to simply buy a whatever loose parts you like and assemble your own Frankengun from scratch[[note]] [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Actual results may vary]], depending on how well random parts from different manufacturers play together, unless your gunsmithing skills are sufficient to do your own hand-fitting[[/note]]

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The 1911 is a single-action semiautomatic[[note]]Meaning it can only fire when the hammer is fully cocked. Unlike a single-action revolver, it doesn't need to be manually cocked between shots, as the hammer is cocked each time the slide cycles. It is actually designed to be carried in "Condition One:" loaded, chambered, cocked, with the safety engaged[[/note]] utilizing Browning's tilting-barrel short-recoil system (which has become the standard for most semiauto pistols, including Glock) and feeding from a single-stack magazine[[note]] Double-stack 1911s are made by Para Odnance, among others[[/note]]. It also has [[CrazyPrepared multiple redundant safeties]]: a thumb safety switch which completely locks the action when engaged, a half-cock notch on the hammer[[note]]some 1911s have two such notches[[/note]] which can stop it if triggered accidentally, a grip safety that disconnects the trigger when released[[note]] Sometimes pinned in place on some custom guns. The grip safety is a point of contention among the gun's detractors, but its supposed drawbacks are often exaggerated[[/note]], and a retention spring that keeps the firing pin from resting on (or even near) the primer of the chambered round. The single-action trigger is very crisp and light, making it easy to shoot accurately, especially for new shooters who tend to improperly engage the trigger. A ''huge'' market exist for after-market parts and custom tuning. Triggers, hammers, grip panels, grip safeties, slides, sights--hell, it is fairly easy (and legal) to simply buy a whatever loose parts you like and assemble your own Frankengun from scratch[[note]] [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Actual results may vary]], depending on how well random parts from different manufacturers play together, unless your gunsmithing skills are sufficient to do your own hand-fitting[[/note]]
hand-fitting. Any 1911 parts built according to [=MilSpec=] guidelines ''will'' drop right in and function just fine (a 1942 test had pistols from four different manufacturers completely disassembled, all parts placed in one box, the box was shaken thoroughly, and four guns were assembled from the mixed-up parts and torture-tested; they all passed), but not all manufacturers make their stuff according to [=MilSpec=].[[/note]]



** The M1911 itself is ''very'' common in the mainstream Marvel universe, with practically all the common criminals in NYC using them to perform bank robberies, shoot at the hero or mug victims in alleys.

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** The M1911 itself is ''very'' common in the mainstream Marvel universe, with practically all the common criminals in NYC using them to perform bank robberies, shoot at the hero or mug victims in alleys. [[note]] Real-life statistics indicate that most street criminals use whatever guns are cheaply available from black market dealers, which means the 1911 is relatively rare (though not unheard of) on the wrong side of the law. This wasnít always the case, of course.[[/note]]


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** The Hard Life mod improves its stats somewhat, though itís still fairly anemic.
*** The Give Everyone Guns mod for Hard Life (a GameMod within a GameMod!) finally makes the various 1911 models available (and thereís ''[[GunPorn lots]]'' of them) worthwhile, as it averts ArbitraryGunPower by basing each weaponís damage stats on the round it fires.
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