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20th Oct '17 10:51:54 PM WanderingBrowser
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* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries'': When facing off against an escaped alien prisoner in "The Take No Prisoners Syndrome", J grabs an unfamiliar alien weapon from the armory and threatens him with it. The Bug sneeringly informs J that he's grabbed a "Sonar Tube" and is holding it backwards. J turns it around, looking at the brace-like structure on the end he's pointing at himself, then points it back at the Bug and pulls the trigger. A small nozzle promptly pops up and aims a targeting laser at J's forehead, forcing him to jerk the blaster up before it nearly takes his head off.
19th Sep '17 12:06:25 AM Doug86
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* The classic DungeonsAndDragons module ''Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'' has a super-science pistol that relies on a player to interpret it being held like a normal gun (something the ''characters'' should never have seen before) to apply this effect. It doesn't actually fire backwards - its designed to fire at what its aimed at, its just designed to fool the ''player'' using meta-game knowledge instead of figuring out the correct way to hold it.

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* The classic DungeonsAndDragons TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons module ''Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'' has a super-science pistol that relies on a player to interpret it being held like a normal gun (something the ''characters'' should never have seen before) to apply this effect. It doesn't actually fire backwards - its designed to fire at what its aimed at, its just designed to fool the ''player'' using meta-game knowledge instead of figuring out the correct way to hold it.
10th Sep '17 11:25:47 AM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''BastardOperatorFromHell'', we find out that the cattle prods have two settings. "Stir Fry" operates normally, while "Stun" causes the high voltage to fry the person brandishing the device. This is then used by the Bastard when he suggests the Boss use the cattle prod to stun the PFY.

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* In one episode of ''BastardOperatorFromHell'', ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell'', we find out that the cattle prods have two settings. "Stir Fry" operates normally, while "Stun" causes the high voltage to fry the person brandishing the device. This is then used by the Bastard when he suggests the Boss use the cattle prod to stun the PFY.
14th Aug '17 1:57:46 PM john_e
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* In a Russ Abbot sketch parodying ''Film/TheGodfather'', the [[ParodyName Oddfather]] explains that if he suspects someone's trying to kill him, he leaves a backwards-firing gun on the table, so the would-be assassin snatches it up, aims it at him, and shoots themself. The henchman he's explaining this to grabs the nearest gun, shouts "[[TemptingFate I'm smarter than da rest! Say goodbye, Oddfather!]]", [[TooDumbToLive points it at himself, and pulls the trigger.]] Turns out it wasn't a backward-firing gun after all.
20th Jul '17 10:03:20 AM ScrewySqrl
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* The classic DungeonsAndDragons module ''Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'' has a super-science pistol that relies on a player to interpret it being held like a normal gun (something the ''characters'' should never have seen before) to apply this effect. It doesn't actually fire backwards - its designed to fire at what its aimed at, its just designed to fool the ''player'' using meta-game knowledge instead of figuring out the correct way to hold it.
27th May '17 7:01:12 PM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/WarThunder'', damage to the breach of the tank's cannon can cause it to misfire. Attempting to fire with a damaged breach has a fairly high chance of causing the shell to explode in the breach, instantly killing the crew.
5th May '17 9:50:00 PM foxley
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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Lair of the Libertines", one VictimOfTheWeek is killed when the killer removes the safety catch from is pistol. This causes the firing pin to shoot out backwards when he fires the pistol, hitting him between the eyes.

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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Lair of the Libertines", one VictimOfTheWeek is killed when the killer removes the safety catch from is his pistol. This causes the firing pin to shoot out backwards when he fires the pistol, hitting him between the eyes.
5th May '17 11:32:50 AM tbszgr
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* In UsefulNotes/WorldWarI there were attempts made to mount large caliber cannons onto the flimsy biplanes of the day to shoot down zeppelins, and one method used to mitigate the substantial recoil was to simply weld a second cannon facing backwards to the back of the forward firing cannon, and firing both guns at the same time, the rear one loaded with chain or other such material to cancel out the recoil of the forward firing gun.

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* In UsefulNotes/WorldWarI there were attempts made to mount large caliber cannons onto the flimsy biplanes of the day to shoot down zeppelins, and one method used to mitigate the substantial recoil was to simply weld a second cannon facing backwards to the back of the forward firing cannon, and firing both guns at the same time, the rear one loaded with chain or other such material to cancel out the recoil of the forward firing gun. This was further developed into [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recoilless_rifle recoilless rifles]]. Instead of the recoil being absorbed by a gun carriage, it is countered by propellant gasses discharging the rear of the weapon. Therefore, a massive gun mount is not needed, allowing small vehicles and even individual soldiers to carry a weapon that can penetrate tank armor. The downside is that this backblast can kill anybody standing behind the weapon when it is fired, and the explosive pressure prevents it from being fired indoors i.e. hiding in a room and shooting out the window. Some models counter this by including a plastic canister of salt water at the back of the round, which is disintegrated by the blast and disperses at much lower pressure.
** During the Korean War, a number of U.S.-built recoilless rifles were captured by Chinese troops, who attempted to use them without being aware of how they operated. They didn't do it twice.



* This is the concept behind [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recoilless_rifle recoilless rifles]]. Instead of the recoil being absorbed by a gun carriage, it is countered by propellant gasses discharging the rear of the weapon. Therefore, a massive gun mount is not needed, allowing small vehicles and even individual soldiers to carry a weapon that can penetrate tank armor. The downside is that this backblast can kill anybody standing behind the weapon when it is fired, and the explosive pressure prevents it from being fired indoors i.e. hiding in a room and shooting out the window. Some models counter this by including a plastic canister of salt water at the back of the round, which is disintegrated by the blast and disperses at much lower pressure.
** During the Korean War, a number of U.S.-built recoilless rifles were captured by Chinese troops, who attempted to use them without being aware of how they operated. They didn't do it twice.
20th Dec '16 6:03:44 PM Luigifan
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* In the ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' mini-series, Ambrose Bierce gives Stanley a backwards-firing water pistol that squirts him in the face. (A bit more serious than it sounds -- Bierce is trying to figure out who in the house might be a demon in disguise, and so the gun shoots ''holy'' water --, but since Stanley's just a kid he's okay if wet. The actual demoness who shows up a bit later [[spoiler:to fetch the same demon Bierce is after back into Hell]] and ends up getting her own hands on the pistol and pulling the trigger is somewhat less amused.)

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* In the ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' mini-series, Ambrose Bierce gives Stanley a backwards-firing water pistol that squirts him in the face. (A bit more serious than it sounds -- Bierce is trying to figure out who in the house might be a demon in disguise, and so the gun shoots ''holy'' water --, -- but since Stanley's just a kid kid, he's okay if wet. The actual demoness who shows up a bit later [[spoiler:to fetch the same demon Bierce is after back into Hell]] and ends up getting her own hands on the pistol and pulling the trigger is somewhat less amused.)



* ''VideoGame/DuckGame'' has one inspired by the Suicide Gun image manipulation. [[TooDumbToLive Natrually, using it kills it's user]] and it's often hard to tell from the normal revolver due to the small size of the handle and trigger.
* [[spoiler: The Gun that can Kill the Past]] in ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon''.

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* ''VideoGame/DuckGame'' has one inspired by the Suicide Gun image manipulation. [[TooDumbToLive Natrually, Naturally, using it kills it's its user]] and it's often hard to tell from the normal revolver due to the small size of the handle and trigger.
* [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Gun that can Kill the Past]] in ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon''.



** In one notable example, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny causes Wile E Coyote to shoot himself, several times, simply by moving the sight to the other end, or removing it completely so he can't tell which end is which.
** And in "WesternAnimation/HillbillyHare" he does it by turning the barrel of a long rifle round after the trigger has been pulled.

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** In one notable example, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny causes Wile E E. Coyote to shoot himself, several times, simply by moving the sight to the other end, or removing it completely so he can't tell which end is which.
** And in "WesternAnimation/HillbillyHare" "WesternAnimation/HillbillyHare", he does it by turning the barrel of a long rifle round after the trigger has been pulled.



* A poorly-made, incorrectly assembled or worn-out firearm or excessively powerful cartridge loads can cause the bolt, part of the breech or--in the case of semi-automatic pistols--the slide to be blown back into the user's face. The ReliablyUnreliableGuns page has a couple of examples.

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* A poorly-made, incorrectly assembled or worn-out firearm or excessively powerful cartridge loads can cause the bolt, part of the breech or--in or -- in the case of semi-automatic pistols--the pistols -- the slide to be blown back into the user's face. The ReliablyUnreliableGuns page has a couple of examples.



** The US UsefulNotes/NavySeals are among the only members of the US military to use a 9mm pistol that ''isn't'' the Beretta M9, partly because of a defect that caused the same sort of issue as the Ross rifle above - a specific part was giving out five times earlier than it should have, causing the slide to fly off and hit the SEAL firing it in the face while training. As the quote went, "you ain't a SEAL until you've eaten Italian steel".

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** The US UsefulNotes/NavySeals are among the only members of the US military to use a 9mm pistol that ''isn't'' the Beretta M9, partly because of a defect that caused the same sort of issue as the Ross rifle above - -- a specific part was giving out five times earlier than it should have, causing the slide to fly off and hit the SEAL firing it in the face while training. As the quote went, "you ain't a SEAL until you've eaten Italian steel".
1st Nov '16 10:04:13 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': In "An American Benwolf in London", a robot grabs Rook's gun off him and points it at him. Rook says that he knows something about the weapon that the robot does. As the robot fires and blows a hole in its own chest, Rook says "you're holding it backwards".

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': In "An American Benwolf in London", a robot grabs Rook's gun off him and points it at him. Rook says that he knows something about the weapon that the robot does. does not. As the robot fires and blows a hole in its own chest, Rook says "you're "You're holding it backwards".
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