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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".
14th Oct '16 3:29:33 PM nombretomado
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* There is a possibly photoshopped image of a backwards revolver circling the Internet. ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' has used it a few times as one of its BRollRebus-esque images.

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* There is a possibly photoshopped image of a backwards revolver circling the Internet. ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' has used it a few times as one of its BRollRebus-esque images.
27th Sep '16 4:31:51 AM JackG
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* One 'dirty trick' of covert warfare is to arrange for your enemy to get hold of ammunition loaded with C4 instead of gunpowder.
27th Sep '16 3:56:18 AM Medinoc
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* The [[http://livre.fnac.com/a2516355/Hugh-Laurie-Tout-est-sous-controle French Cover]] of Creator/HughLaurie's ''Literature/TheGunSeller'' shows an automatic pistol with the barrel clearly pointing backwards.
10th Sep '16 8:34:35 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''. The Incredible Hulk bends back a tank's cannon so it's pointing at the wide-eyed crew. It can't fire this way of course, [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry but they get the point]].


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* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In the movies episode, Graham Garden is making TheWestern. He kicks open a door holding revolvers GunsAkimbo, only for the door to slam back in his face. When he opens the door again, both barrels are bent upwards, causing debris to rain down from the ceiling when he fires.
31st Aug '16 3:45:21 PM JackTheHammer
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** The US Navy [=SEALs=] 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".
*** Beretta eventually fixed the problem with the M9 (hence the model now called "M9A1", the "A1" bit meaning it went through an alteration) and the only reason the [=SEALs=] encountered it was because they train in a month more than most members do in their entire careers. [[NeverLiveItDown However, the damage was already done]].

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** The US Navy [=SEALs=] 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".
*** Beretta eventually fixed the problem with the M9 (hence the model now called "M9A1", "[=M9A1=]", the "A1" bit meaning it went through an alteration) and the only reason the [=SEALs=] encountered it was because they train in a month more than most members do in their entire careers. [[NeverLiveItDown However, the damage was already done]].
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