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5th May '17 7:36:23 AM JackG
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* Backfires pretty badly on the protagonist of Richard K. Morgan's ''Market Forces''. Holding some thugs at bay with a shotgun, he pumps it in attempt to intimidate them... and the gun, having been previously damaged, conspicuously fails to chamber another round, thus rendering him visibly defenseless.

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* Backfires pretty badly on the protagonist of Richard K. Morgan's Creator/RichardKMorgan's ''Market Forces''. Holding some thugs at bay with a shotgun, he pumps it in attempt to intimidate them... and the gun, having been previously damaged, conspicuously fails to chamber another round, thus rendering him visibly defenseless.
15th Mar '17 4:00:07 PM ChronoLegion
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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/ForgingHephaestus'', where a robber [[MuggingTheMonster tries to theater Ivan]] by pulling back the hammer on his gun. Ivan wonders about the pointless gesture, as the weapon is automatic. He then reasons it's probably supposed to be dramatic. Not that he feels threatened in any way, being a RetiredBadass. The only reason he doesn't kill them all on the spot is because it's his day job and he'd rather like to keep it.
8th Feb '17 3:39:06 AM Tightwire
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* The title screen clip for ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. And then the introductory {{cutscene}} has Shadow [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay cocking an assault rifle like it's a shotgun]].

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* The title screen clip for ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. And then the introductory {{cutscene}} has Shadow [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay cocking an assault rifle like it's a shotgun]]. It's not even like there aren't actual shotgun-types in the game proper.
31st Jan '17 1:06:19 PM jtgibson
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* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'': Done to badass effect by Data: "Saddle up," (gun cock with a phaser rifle) "lock and load."
* A brief cocking (or at least readying) of a Klingon disruptor is seen in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', as eight or so of the last remaining crew of the bird of prey are sent to take over the USS Enterprise.



* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'': Done to badass effect by Data: "Saddle up," (gun cock with a phaser rifle) "lock and load."
* A brief cocking (or at least readying) of a Klingon disruptor is seen in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', as eight or so of the last remaining crew of the bird of prey are sent to take over the USS Enterprise.
31st Jan '17 12:42:46 PM jtgibson
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* The finale of ''Film/AmericanGangster'' has Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) do this ''every single time'' he runs into someone. This works out to racking a shotgun with 4+1 capacity seven times.
* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', the trailer's EstablishingCharacterMoment for Hawkeye (he also has a cameo in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', where he ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOrNdBpGMv8 cocks his bow]]'').
* In ''Film/BillyMadison'', Eric does this while aiming his revolver at Billy.
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', one of the Rangers is shot and killed while manning the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] on the Humvee's roof. A Delta operator takes his place and racks the machine gun's charging handle before he opens fire.[[note]]A [[ShownTheirWork standard procedure on that weapon]], to ensure that the weapon is not jammed before he tries to use it.[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': Around 100 rifles, assault rifles, and other firearms are pointed at the brothers in the climactic scene, and we get to hear a lot of them being cocked. Interestingly, [[spoiler:the first click-click is the brothers getting handcuffed. Were the officers and soldiers going to shoot them while in custody?]]
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Bond gets one of these in ''Film/GoldenEye'' after fighting off Xenia. '*click* Take me to Janus.' Possible since this was in a bathhouse or bathroom, where one may not always carry a ready to fire pistol. This most likely (in universe) was done for emphasis by Bond, since the Walther PPK is a double-action semi-automatic, meaning that if a round is in the chamber, it is ready to fire just by pulling the trigger. The only reason to cock it is to ensure an accurate first shot and/or to intimidate the target, both justifiable reasons.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond is interrogating Gustav Graves with his Walther P99. Miranda Frost walks up and draws her own Walther P99, which, despite being a hammerless pistol like Glocks are, makes the hammer-cocking sound.
* Used in both ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' films: the [=McManus=] brothers hold their pistols to the back of their victim's head, and recite their family prayer before firing, such that the prayer ends like this: "''In nomine patris, et filii''..." CLICK "...''et spiritus sancti.''" BLAM.



* Used in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' with the twist of the gun (a sniper rifle) being a good deal away from the protagonist and the sound being delivered by telephone. He then goes on to [[DiscussedTrope discuss this trope]], its apparent flaw, and its psychological justification. He also perpetrates the mistake of cocking his gun twice without firing a round in between (presumably ejecting a live round). Considering the intent was to [[spoiler: scare the protagonist straight]], ejecting a live round is entirely justifiable.
** Also, considering his predilection for [[MindScrew head games]] and [[RuleOfDrama melodramatics]], he might just have been playing a recording of a gun cocking to increase the tension.
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': A fairly {{egregious}} example comes from the movie. During the scene where the commando team is investigating the temple, they cock their guns absolutely every time they hear a noise. Considering this is maybe a ten man team and there are maybe twenty gun-cocks per startling noise, this may be the result of a trigger-happy foley artist.
* In ''Film/SuddenImpact'' there's one of these in what seems like every scene/in which Film/DirtyHarry brandishes his gun.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon3'' the Dramatic Gun Cock is used for interrogation. One of the good guys wants to know where a submachine gun is coming from, and to extract this information from a baddie he proceeds to cock said submachine gun and point it at his head. In the same movie, later on, the two main characters are about to start shooting up the baddies' main hideout. They get their weapons, ready themselves... only to hear a Dramatic Gun Cock from behind them. They start to raise their hands, but it turns out it's another good guy (well--good girl, anyway) who's come to help them and is just [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace scaring them for fun.]]
* Used in both ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' films: the [=McManus=] brothers hold their pistols to the back of their victim's head, and recite their family prayer before firing, such that the prayer ends like this: "''In nomine patris, et filii''..." CLICK "...''et spiritus sancti.''" BLAM.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMen1'': Taken to the extreme by Magneto when, after yanking all the cops' guns out of their hands and pointing them at their owners' heads, he cocks every one at once. His younger self repeats this action in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', but with the firearms of the Secret Service agents who are assigned to protect President Nixon and his cabinet.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': This occurs when Erik Lehnsherr asks Charles Xavier to shoot him in the head during their training session.
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise:
** Sarah Connor does this several times in succession in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', blasting the T-1000 with a Remington 870 shotgun and interjecting each shot with a forceful, one-armed pump (her other arm was too injured to do it normally).
** The T-800 itself in the same film dramatically flip-cocks his shotgun, a lever action Winchester Model 1887. Doing so with a factory production gun would result in broken fingers, as the handguard is too narrow--the shotgun in question was custom-altered for the movie, much like the shotgun from ''Series/TheRifleman''. He does this because it's [[RuleOfCool cool]], and to fire one-handed on the bike.
** In [[Film/TheTerminator the first film]], Reese does one after [[SawedOffShotGun sawing off the stock and barrel of his shotgun]]. He pumps the shotgun three times: Once when he cuts the barrel off, once when he wakes up from his dream, and once in Tech Noir before he starts blasting. It would seem that he pointlessly ejected two good shells, or he was walking around with it empty and was, ahem, pumping it for fun. Or he had the chamber empty for safety reasons. A good precaution if you have nightmares that make you rack the action of your shotgun.
** There was another one in Tech Noir. Right before he attempts to shoot Sarah Connor, the Terminator cocks the pistol.



* In ''Film/ScaryMovie3'' one of the characters dramatically cocks... a shovel. A shell falls out.
* Subverted in ''{{Snatch}}'', where one of the robbers of a betting parlor wastes rounds in the gun doing so. And he doesn't even get to use it and has it stolen from him. And even worse, it's the only real gun they had.
* ''Film/TheRock'':
-->'''Mason''': Your ''best''? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen!
-->'''Stan''': Carla was the prom queen...
-->'''Mason''': ''Really?''
-->'''Stan''' *cock* Really.

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* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'': In ''Film/ScaryMovie3'' one this Creator/ChuckNorris action thriller, two thugs try to rob a bar. Only when they hear a chorus of the characters dramatically cocks... a shovel. A shell falls out.
* Subverted in ''{{Snatch}}'', where one of the robbers of a betting parlor wastes rounds in the
gun doing so. And he doesn't even get to use it and has it stolen from him. And even worse, cocks do they realize it's a bar where off-duty cops hang out.
* Happens in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' when Selina Kyle is meeting Stryver in
the only real gun they had.
* ''Film/TheRock'':
-->'''Mason''': Your ''best''? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home
bar.
--->'''Selina Kyle:''' You don't count so good, huh?
--->'''Philip Stryver:''' I count fine. ''[The thug standing next to Selina cocks his pistol
and fuck trains it at her head]'' In fact, I'm counting to ten, right now.
* Done briefly in ''Film/{{District 9}}'', as one of Koobus' mercenaries is pointing out that [[spoiler:they were ordered not to use live ammunition in bringing Wikus down after Koobus himself announces that's exactly what they're going to do.]] And how does our good Colonel respond? While staring blankly and apathetically at his visibly concerned subordinate, no less, with
the prom queen!
-->'''Stan''': Carla
pistol being held off-camera at the time. He was actually in the prom queen...
-->'''Mason''': ''Really?''
-->'''Stan''' *cock* Really.
process of loading his pistol as the merc spoke, so it's a matter of timing, and on that note it's hardly noticeable.



* In ''Film/LolaRennt'', it's dramatically releasing the safety (and thus technically [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont another trope]], but used more in this way) that signifies that the titular heroine means SeriousBusiness. ''Twice''.

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* In ''Film/LolaRennt'', it's dramatically releasing When Laurence Fishburne's character in ''Film/EventHorizon'' acquires a revolver-style bolt gun, he produces not one, but four extremely satisfying gun cocking sounds: He inserts the safety (and thus technically [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont another trope]], but used drum, spins it, snaps the back of the gun shut and then cocks it with a sound more in this way) that signifies that the titular heroine means SeriousBusiness. ''Twice''.appropriate for a small cannon.



* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', during Martin's escape near the end, one thug carries a shotgun which he grabs and pumps as soon as he gets it. But he never fires a round, and yet when he finally finds Martin, he pumps the shotgun at him again. Normally this wouldn't be very obvious if you weren't paying attention, but in this case, you can hear the loud CLUNK of the unfired shell hitting the floor.
* In ''Film/BillyMadison'', Eric does this while aiming his revolver at Billy.
* The finale of ''Film/AmericanGangster'' has Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) do this ''every single time'' he runs into someone. This works out to racking a shotgun with 4+1 capacity seven times.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': When Elizabeth threatens Cutler Beckett, she makes a point of pulling the hammer back on her pistol so that he'll know she means business. ''TWICE''. And it's a ''flintlock''. The first film, toward the beginning, had Jack Sparrow cock his gun while threatening Will in the smithy. The badass effect was mitigated by his frustrated "''Please'' move!" and then soundly destroyed when the smith conked him over the head from behind.
* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'': In this Creator/ChuckNorris action thriller, two thugs try to rob a bar. Only when they hear a chorus of gun cocks do they realize it's a bar where off-duty cops hang out.
* ''Film/TheMask'': The record for most Dramatic Gun Cocks executed by a single character, in a single ''scene'', certainly belongs to The Mask, wherein the title character responds to the bad guy's show of force... with his own -- at least 28 weapons [[HyperspaceArsenal pulled from behind his back]].

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* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', during Martin's escape near the end, ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' John Mallory issues one thug carries a shotgun which he grabs and pumps as soon as he gets it. But he never fires a round, and yet when he finally finds Martin, he pumps the shotgun at him again. Normally this wouldn't be very obvious if you weren't paying attention, but in this case, you can hear the loud CLUNK of the unfired shell hitting the floor.
* In ''Film/BillyMadison'', Eric does this while aiming
these [[spoiler: before blowing away his revolver at Billy.
* The finale of ''Film/AmericanGangster'' has Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) do this ''every single time'' he runs into someone. This works out to racking a shotgun
former friend-turned-informant Sean Nolan]] with 4+1 capacity seven times.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': When Elizabeth threatens Cutler Beckett, she makes
a point of pulling the hammer back on her pistol so that he'll know she means business. ''TWICE''. And it's a ''flintlock''. The first film, toward the beginning, had Jack Sparrow cock his gun while threatening Will in the smithy. The badass effect was mitigated by his frustrated "''Please'' move!" and then soundly destroyed when the smith conked him over the head from behind.
* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'': In this Creator/ChuckNorris action thriller, two thugs try to rob a bar. Only when they hear a chorus of gun cocks do they realize it's a bar where off-duty cops hang out.
* ''Film/TheMask'': The record for most Dramatic Gun Cocks executed by a single character, in a single ''scene'', certainly belongs to The Mask, wherein the title character responds to the bad guy's show of force... with his own -- at least 28 weapons [[HyperspaceArsenal pulled from behind his back]].
shotgun.



* Backfires on Buffalo Bill in ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs''. When he's in the completely pitch black room with his night vision goggles, Agent Starling has no idea where he is, until he cocks his gun, at which point, she immediately aims and shoots him. Shoulda cocked it ahead of time, or simply pulled the trigger.
** The novel explains this -- Buffalo Bill is a SerialKiller who does this with other women he's kidnapped. Cocking the gun draws out the anticipation of the kill. Of course, he's never stalked an armed woman before...
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Bond gets one of these in ''Film/GoldenEye'' after fighting off Xenia. '*click* Take me to Janus.' Possible since this was in a bathhouse or bathroom, where one may not always carry a ready to fire pistol. This most likely (in universe) was done for emphasis by Bond, since the Walther PPK is a double-action semi-automatic, meaning that if a round is in the chamber, it is ready to fire just by pulling the trigger. The only reason to cock it is to ensure an accurate first shot and/or to intimidate the target, both justifiable reasons.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond is interrogating Gustav Graves with his Walther P99. Miranda Frost walks up and draws her own Walther P99, which, despite being a hammerless pistol like Glocks are, makes the hammer-cocking sound.
* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' John Mallory issues one of these [[spoiler: before blowing away his former friend-turned-informant Sean Nolan]] with a shotgun.
* When Laurence Fishburne's character in ''Film/EventHorizon'' acquires a revolver-style bolt gun, he produces not one, but four extremely satisfying gun cocking sounds: He inserts the drum, spins it, snaps the back of the gun shut and then cocks it with a sound more appropriate for a small cannon.
* Done briefly in ''Film/{{District 9}}'', as one of Koobus' mercenaries is pointing out that [[spoiler:they were ordered not to use live ammunition in bringing Wikus down after Koobus himself announces that's exactly what they're going to do.]] And how does our good Colonel respond? While staring blankly and apathetically at his visibly concerned subordinate, no less, with the pistol being held off-camera at the time. He was actually in the process of loading his pistol as the merc spoke, so it's a matter of timing, and on that note it's hardly noticeable.
* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'': Done to badass effect by Data: "Saddle up," (gun cock with a phaser rifle) "lock and load."

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* Backfires ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': During the raid on Buffalo Bill in ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs''. the pit, Duke has the Baroness and Storm Shadow at gunpoint. When he's the Baroness approaches him, he thumbs back the hammer on his 1911, which means, up to that point, it was incapable of firing.
* Averted
in the completely pitch black room with his night vision goggles, Agent Starling has no idea Michael Mann movie ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where he is, until he the detectives pull back the slide just enough to verify there's a round in the chamber.
* When ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' enters the Kwanzaa Liberation Front's headquarters, the entire KLF points and
cocks his gun, their guns at him. It takes several seconds.
* Joe Dawson does it in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' before opening fire on The Guardian. Rather silly example in the regard that he is using a pump-action shotgun, and ejects an unspent shell.
* Done a bunch of times by the hobo in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun''.
* Exaggerated to hilarious results in ''Film/HotFuzz'', where the townsfolk are all shown to be carrying full automatic weapons
which point, she make a cocking sound whenever moved, shaken, or aimed, sometimes multiple times in the same scene. One shotgun cock is filmed from ''seven'' different angles (which flash across the screen in less than two seconds).
* ''Film/IronMan''
** In ''Film/IronMan2'' when Iron Man charges up his one-use laser weapon, the emitters make a sound reminiscent of a shotgun cocking.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'' a bystander stands behind the Extremis-powered woman fighting Tony Stark and proceeds to give away his position by pumping his shotgun, resulting in her turning around and grabbing it before he can shoot. She then
immediately aims and shoots him. Shoulda cocked pumps it ahead of time, or simply pulled ''once more'' before firing at Stark.
** She at least has a better excuse than
the trigger.
** The novel explains this -- Buffalo Bill is
bystander: She's ex-military. Military personnel are trained to check their weapons before using it in combat. She loses points on account that it's a SerialKiller who does this with other women he's kidnapped. Cocking shotgun, but it can be chalked down as a reflex from training.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon3''
the gun draws out the anticipation Dramatic Gun Cock is used for interrogation. One of the kill. Of course, he's never stalked an armed woman before...
good guys wants to know where a submachine gun is coming from, and to extract this information from a baddie he proceeds to cock said submachine gun and point it at his head. In the same movie, later on, the two main characters are about to start shooting up the baddies' main hideout. They get their weapons, ready themselves... only to hear a Dramatic Gun Cock from behind them. They start to raise their hands, but it turns out it's another good guy (well--good girl, anyway) who's come to help them and is just [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace scaring them for fun.]]
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Bond gets
In ''Film/LolaRennt'', it's dramatically releasing the safety (and thus technically [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont another trope]], but used more in this way) that signifies that the titular heroine means SeriousBusiness. ''Twice''.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', since they're all using [[RevolversAreJustBetter single-action revolvers]].
* ''Film/TheLongestDay'': A rare example of
one of these in ''Film/GoldenEye'' after fighting off Xenia. '*click* Take me to Janus.' Possible since this was in a bathhouse or bathroom, where one may not always carry a ready to fire pistol. This most likely (in universe) was done for emphasis by Bond, since ''after'' the Walther PPK is a double-action semi-automatic, meaning that if a round is action: an American paratrooper fumbles around in the chamber, it is ready to fire just by pulling dark. He hears something rustling in the trigger. The only reason bushes, and uses a clicking device provided to cock it is [=GIs=] to ensure identify friend from foe in the dark. He clicks once, then hears two clicks in return, indicating the reply of a friendly soldier. So then he stands up outside of cover - and gets shot in the gut. Cue a German soldier walking into the frame, working the action on a Mauser rifle: click clack, click clack...[[note]]As usual you have to wonder why he was wandering around the battlefield with an accurate unloaded gun in the first shot and/or place.[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheMask'': The record for most Dramatic Gun Cocks executed by a single character, in a single ''scene'', certainly belongs
to intimidate The Mask, wherein the target, both justifiable reasons.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond is interrogating Gustav Graves with his Walther P99. Miranda Frost walks up and draws her own Walther P99, which, despite being a hammerless pistol like Glocks are, makes the hammer-cocking sound.
* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' John Mallory issues one of these [[spoiler: before blowing away his former friend-turned-informant Sean Nolan]] with a shotgun.
* When Laurence Fishburne's
title character in ''Film/EventHorizon'' acquires a revolver-style bolt gun, he produces not one, but four extremely satisfying gun cocking sounds: He inserts responds to the drum, spins it, snaps the back bad guy's show of the gun shut and then cocks it force... with a sound more appropriate for a small cannon.
* Done briefly in ''Film/{{District 9}}'', as one of Koobus' mercenaries is pointing out that [[spoiler:they were ordered not to use live ammunition in bringing Wikus down after Koobus himself announces that's exactly what they're going to do.]] And how does our good Colonel respond? While staring blankly and apathetically at
his visibly concerned subordinate, no less, with the pistol being held off-camera own -- at the time. He was actually in the process of loading least 28 weapons [[HyperspaceArsenal pulled from behind his pistol as the merc spoke, so it's a matter of timing, and on that note it's hardly noticeable.
* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'': Done to badass effect by Data: "Saddle up," (gun cock with a phaser rifle) "lock and load."
back]].



* In ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'', John Wayne pulls this off with a ''lever-action rifle''.
* Averted in the Michael Mann movie ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where the detectives pull back the slide just enough to verify there's a round in the chamber.



* ''Film/TheLongestDay'': A rare example of one of these ''after'' the action: an American paratrooper fumbles around in the dark. He hears something rustling in the bushes, and uses a clicking device provided to [=GIs=] to identify friend from foe in the dark. He clicks once, then hears two clicks in return, indicating the reply of a friendly soldier. So then he stands up outside of cover - and gets shot in the gut. Cue a German soldier walking into the frame, working the action on a Mauser rifle: click clack, click clack...[[note]]As usual you have to wonder why he was wandering around the battlefield with an unloaded gun in the first place.[[/note]]
* In the ''Film/WildWildWest'' movie, when West realizes that the President is not who he appears to be, he points a gun to his head:
--> '''West''': Who are you, mister?
--> '''Gordon''': ''(in Grant's voice)'' What do you mean, who am I? I am the President of the United States.
--> '''West''': Wrong answer. ''(shoots ceiling, points the gun back at Gordon)'' Who are you?
--> '''Gordon''': I am the President of the -- ''(*click*; in normal voice)'' I'm Artemus Gordon.

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* ''Film/TheLongestDay'': A rare example of one of these ''after'' the action: an American paratrooper fumbles around Used in the dark. He hears something rustling in the bushes, and uses a clicking device provided to [=GIs=] to identify friend from foe in the dark. He clicks once, then hears two clicks in return, indicating the reply of a friendly soldier. So then he stands up outside of cover - and gets shot in the gut. Cue a German soldier walking into the frame, working the action on a Mauser rifle: click clack, click clack...[[note]]As usual you have to wonder why he was wandering around the battlefield ''Film/PhoneBooth'' with an unloaded gun in the first place.[[/note]]
* In the ''Film/WildWildWest'' movie, when West realizes that the President is not who he appears to be, he points a gun to his head:
--> '''West''': Who are you, mister?
--> '''Gordon''': ''(in Grant's voice)'' What do you mean, who am I? I am the President
twist of the United States.
--> '''West''': Wrong answer. ''(shoots ceiling, points
the gun (a sniper rifle) being a good deal away from the protagonist and the sound being delivered by telephone. He then goes on to [[DiscussedTrope discuss this trope]], its apparent flaw, and its psychological justification. He also perpetrates the mistake of cocking his gun twice without firing a round in between (presumably ejecting a live round). Considering the intent was to [[spoiler: scare the protagonist straight]], ejecting a live round is entirely justifiable.
** Also, considering his predilection for [[MindScrew head games]] and [[RuleOfDrama melodramatics]], he might just have been playing a recording of a gun cocking to increase the tension.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': When Elizabeth threatens Cutler Beckett, she makes a point of pulling the hammer
back at Gordon)'' Who are you?
--> '''Gordon''': I am
on her pistol so that he'll know she means business. ''TWICE''. And it's a ''flintlock''. The first film, toward the President of beginning, had Jack Sparrow cock his gun while threatening Will in the -- ''(*click*; in normal voice)'' I'm Artemus Gordon.smithy. The badass effect was mitigated by his frustrated "''Please'' move!" and then soundly destroyed when the smith conked him over the head from behind.



* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', the trailer's EstablishingCharacterMoment for Hawkeye (he also has a cameo in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', where he ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOrNdBpGMv8 cocks his bow]]'').
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', one of the Rangers is shot and killed while manning the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] on the Humvee's roof. A Delta operator takes his place and racks the machine gun's charging handle before he opens fire.[[note]]A [[ShownTheirWork standard procedure on that weapon]], to ensure that the weapon is not jammed before he tries to use it.[[/note]]

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Plenty of straight examples in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', but subverted when [[spoiler:the Lady is working herself up to shoot Herod under the trailer's EstablishingCharacterMoment for Hawkeye (he also has dinner table with a cameo in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', where he ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOrNdBpGMv8 derringer. She cocks his bow]]'').
her own gun, only to freeze when she hears an answering click. It turns out to be Herod clicking a silver matchbox lid to freak her out.]]
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', just before Indy enters the temple at the beginning, one of his "partners" (Barranca) pulls a gun. The sound of him cocking the Rangers is revolver tips Indy off that he's about to get shot and killed while manning in the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] on back. Cue the Humvee's roof. A Delta operator takes his place and racks the machine gun's charging handle before he opens fire.[[note]]A [[ShownTheirWork standard procedure on that weapon]], to ensure bullwhip...
** Justified in
that the weapon revolver is not jammed before he tries single-action and has to use it.[[/note]]be cocked each time it's fired.



* Joe Dawson does it in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' before opening fire on The Guardian. Rather silly example in the regard that he is using a pump-action shotgun, and ejects an unspent shell.
* Exaggerated to hilarious results in ''Film/HotFuzz'', where the townsfolk are all shown to be carrying full automatic weapons which make a cocking sound whenever moved, shaken, or aimed, sometimes multiple times in the same scene. One shotgun cock is filmed from ''seven'' different angles (which flash across the screen in less than two seconds).
* A brief cocking (or at least readying) of a Klingon disruptor is seen in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', as eight or so of the last remaining crew of the bird of prey are sent to take over the USS Enterprise.
* A somewhat downplayed example in ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. A Group of North Vietnamese soldiers sneaking through the woods don't realize they are right on top of the American troops they are trying to find until one of the Americans thumbs his rifle from "Safe" to "[[MoreDakka Auto]]" with two barely audible clicks. One NVA trooper [[OhCrap recognizes that sound]], but it's already too late.

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* Joe Dawson does it in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' before opening fire on The Guardian. Rather silly example in ''Film/TheRock'':
-->'''Mason''': Your ''best''? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck
the regard that he is using a pump-action shotgun, and ejects an unspent shell.
* Exaggerated to hilarious results in ''Film/HotFuzz'', where
prom queen!
-->'''Stan''': Carla was
the townsfolk are all shown to be carrying full automatic weapons which make a cocking sound whenever moved, shaken, or aimed, sometimes multiple times in the same scene. One shotgun cock is filmed from ''seven'' different angles (which flash across the screen in less than two seconds).
prom queen...
-->'''Mason''': ''Really?''
-->'''Stan''' *cock* Really.
* A brief cocking (or at least readying) of a Klingon disruptor is seen in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', as eight or so of the last remaining crew of the bird of prey are sent to take over the USS Enterprise.
* A somewhat downplayed example in ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. A Group of North Vietnamese soldiers sneaking through the woods don't realize they are right on top of the American troops they are trying to find until
In ''Film/ScaryMovie3'' one of the Americans thumbs characters dramatically cocks... a shovel. A shell falls out.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''. After making Sherlock Holmes toss aside
his rifle revolver, [[TheDragon Sebastian Moran]] invites him to take an automatic C96 Mauser pistol and even insert an (anachronistic -- they used stripper clips at the time) box magazine. Holmes notes that the latter does make loading easier, but you'd still need to retract the bolt--[[QuickDraw Moran has his pistol cocked and aimed at Sherlock's head in an instant.]]
-->'''Moran:''' Easier done than said.
* Backfires on Buffalo Bill in ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs''. When he's in the completely pitch black room with his night vision goggles, Agent Starling has no idea where he is, until he cocks his gun, at which point, she immediately aims and shoots him. Shoulda cocked it ahead of time, or simply pulled the trigger.
** The novel explains this -- Buffalo Bill is a SerialKiller who does this with other women he's kidnapped. Cocking the gun draws out the anticipation of the kill. Of course, he's never stalked an armed woman before...
* ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2'' Ricky is threatened by a cop who cocks his revolver and says "Yeah, I know how to use this!" he then kills him and steals it.
* Subverted in ''{{Snatch}}'', where one of the robbers of a betting parlor wastes rounds in the gun doing so. And he doesn't even get to use it and has it stolen
from "Safe" to "[[MoreDakka Auto]]" with two barely audible clicks. One NVA trooper [[OhCrap recognizes that sound]], but him. And even worse, it's already too late.the only real gun they had.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', during Martin's escape near the end, one thug carries a shotgun which he grabs and pumps as soon as he gets it. But he never fires a round, and yet when he finally finds Martin, he pumps the shotgun at him again. Normally this wouldn't be very obvious if you weren't paying attention, but in this case, you can hear the loud CLUNK of the unfired shell hitting the floor.
* In ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'', John Wayne pulls this off with a ''lever-action rifle''.



* Happens in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' when Selina Kyle is meeting Stryver in the bar.
--->'''Selina Kyle:''' You don't count so good, huh?
--->'''Philip Stryver:''' I count fine. ''[The thug standing next to Selina cocks his pistol and trains it at her head]'' In fact, I'm counting to ten, right now.
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', just before Indy enters the temple at the beginning, one of his "partners" (Barranca) pulls a gun. The sound of him cocking the revolver tips Indy off that he's about to get shot in the back. Cue the bullwhip...
** Justified in that the revolver is single-action and has to be cocked each time it's fired.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': During the raid on the pit, Duke has the Baroness and Storm Shadow at gunpoint. When the Baroness approaches him, he thumbs back the hammer on his 1911, which means, up to that point, it was incapable of firing.
* ''Film/IronMan''
** In ''Film/IronMan2'' when Iron Man charges up his one-use laser weapon, the emitters make a sound reminiscent of a shotgun cocking.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'' a bystander stands behind the Extremis-powered woman fighting Tony Stark and proceeds to give away his position by pumping his shotgun, resulting in her turning around and grabbing it before he can shoot. She then immediately pumps it ''once more'' before firing at Stark.
** She at least has a better excuse than the bystander: She's ex-military. Military personnel are trained to check their weapons before using it in combat. She loses points on account that it's a shotgun, but it can be chalked down as a reflex from training.

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* Happens in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' when Selina Kyle is meeting Stryver in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': A fairly {{egregious}} example comes from the bar.
--->'''Selina Kyle:''' You don't count so good, huh?
--->'''Philip Stryver:''' I count fine. ''[The thug standing next to Selina cocks his pistol and trains it at her head]'' In fact, I'm counting to ten, right now.
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', just before Indy enters the temple at the beginning, one of his "partners" (Barranca) pulls a gun. The sound of him cocking the revolver tips Indy off that he's about to get shot in the back. Cue the bullwhip...
** Justified in that the revolver is single-action and has to be cocked each time it's fired.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'':
movie. During the raid on scene where the pit, Duke has commando team is investigating the Baroness and Storm Shadow at gunpoint. When the Baroness approaches him, he thumbs back the hammer on his 1911, which means, up to that point, it was incapable of firing.
* ''Film/IronMan''
** In ''Film/IronMan2'' when Iron Man charges up his one-use laser weapon, the emitters make a sound reminiscent of a shotgun cocking.
** In ''Film/IronMan3'' a bystander stands behind the Extremis-powered woman fighting Tony Stark and proceeds to give away his position by pumping his shotgun, resulting in her turning around and grabbing it before he can shoot. She then immediately pumps it ''once more'' before firing at Stark.
** She at least has a better excuse than the bystander: She's ex-military. Military personnel are trained to check
temple, they cock their weapons before using it in combat. She loses points on account that it's guns absolutely every time they hear a shotgun, but it can noise. Considering this is maybe a ten man team and there are maybe twenty gun-cocks per startling noise, this may be chalked down as the result of a reflex from training.trigger-happy foley artist.



* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', since they're all using [[RevolversAreJustBetter single-action revolvers]].
* Plenty of straight examples in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', but subverted when [[spoiler:the Lady is working herself up to shoot Herod under the dinner table with a derringer. She cocks her own gun, only to freeze when she hears an answering click. It turns out to be Herod clicking a silver matchbox lid to freak her out.]]
* When ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' enters the Kwanzaa Liberation Front's headquarters, the entire KLF points and cocks their guns at him. It takes several seconds.

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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] In ''Film/SuddenImpact'' there's one of these in ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', since they're all using [[RevolversAreJustBetter single-action revolvers]].
what seems like every scene/in which Film/DirtyHarry brandishes his gun.
* Plenty The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise:
** Sarah Connor does this several times in succession in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', blasting the T-1000 with a Remington 870 shotgun and interjecting each shot with a forceful, one-armed pump (her other arm was too injured to do it normally).
** The T-800 itself in the same film dramatically flip-cocks his shotgun, a lever action Winchester Model 1887. Doing so with a factory production gun would result in broken fingers, as the handguard is too narrow--the shotgun in question was custom-altered for the movie, much like the shotgun from ''Series/TheRifleman''. He does this because it's [[RuleOfCool cool]], and to fire one-handed on the bike.
** In [[Film/TheTerminator the first film]], Reese does one after [[SawedOffShotGun sawing off the stock and barrel
of straight examples in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', but subverted his shotgun]]. He pumps the shotgun three times: Once when [[spoiler:the Lady is working herself he cuts the barrel off, once when he wakes up from his dream, and once in Tech Noir before he starts blasting. It would seem that he pointlessly ejected two good shells, or he was walking around with it empty and was, ahem, pumping it for fun. Or he had the chamber empty for safety reasons. A good precaution if you have nightmares that make you rack the action of your shotgun.
** There was another one in Tech Noir. Right before he attempts
to shoot Herod under Sarah Connor, the dinner table Terminator cocks the pistol.
* ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'': Done to badass effect by Data: "Saddle up," (gun cock
with a derringer. She cocks her own gun, only to freeze when she hears an answering click. It turns out to be Herod clicking phaser rifle) "lock and load."
* A brief cocking (or at least readying) of
a silver matchbox lid to freak her out.]]
* When ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' enters
Klingon disruptor is seen in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', as eight or so of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front's headquarters, last remaining crew of the entire KLF points and cocks their guns at him. It takes several seconds.bird of prey are sent to take over the USS Enterprise.
* A somewhat downplayed example in ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. A Group of North Vietnamese soldiers sneaking through the woods don't realize they are right on top of the American troops they are trying to find until one of the Americans thumbs his rifle from "Safe" to "[[MoreDakka Auto]]" with two barely audible clicks. One NVA trooper [[OhCrap recognizes that sound]], but it's already too late.



* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''. After making Sherlock Holmes toss aside his revolver, [[TheDragon Sebastian Moran]] invites him to take an automatic C96 Mauser pistol and even insert an (anachronistic -- they used stripper clips at the time) box magazine. Holmes notes that the latter does make loading easier, but you'd still need to retract the bolt--[[QuickDraw Moran has his pistol cocked and aimed at Sherlock's head in an instant.]]
-->'''Moran:''' Easier done than said.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': Around 100 rifles, assault rifles, and other firearms are pointed at the brothers in the climactic scene, and we get to hear a lot of them being cocked. Interestingly, [[spoiler:the first click-click is the brothers getting handcuffed. Were the officers and soldiers going to shoot them while in custody?]]
* ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2'' Ricky is threatened by a cop who cocks his revolver and says "Yeah, I know how to use this!" he then kills him and steals it.
* Done a bunch of times by the hobo in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun''.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''. After making Sherlock Holmes toss aside his revolver, [[TheDragon Sebastian Moran]] invites him to take an automatic C96 Mauser pistol and even insert an (anachronistic -- they used stripper clips at In the time) box magazine. Holmes notes ''Film/WildWildWest'' movie, when West realizes that the latter does make loading easier, President is not who he appears to be, he points a gun to his head:
--> '''West''': Who are you, mister?
--> '''Gordon''': ''(in Grant's voice)'' What do you mean, who am I? I am the President of the United States.
--> '''West''': Wrong answer. ''(shoots ceiling, points the gun back at Gordon)'' Who are you?
--> '''Gordon''': I am the President of the -- ''(*click*; in normal voice)'' I'm Artemus Gordon.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMen1'': Taken to the extreme by Magneto when, after yanking all the cops' guns out of their hands and pointing them at their owners' heads, he cocks every one at once. His younger self repeats this action in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'',
but you'd still need to retract with the bolt--[[QuickDraw Moran has his pistol cocked and aimed at Sherlock's head in an instant.]]
-->'''Moran:''' Easier done than said.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': Around 100 rifles, assault rifles, and other
firearms of the Secret Service agents who are pointed at the brothers in the climactic scene, assigned to protect President Nixon and we get to hear a lot of them being cocked. Interestingly, [[spoiler:the first click-click is the brothers getting handcuffed. Were the officers and soldiers going his cabinet.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': This occurs when Erik Lehnsherr asks Charles Xavier
to shoot them while in custody?]]
* ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2'' Ricky is threatened by a cop who cocks his revolver and says "Yeah, I know how to use this!" he then kills
him and steals it.
* Done a bunch of times by
in the hobo in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun''.head during their training session.
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* In ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'', one of the CIA mooks who fights with Jason Bourne in the stairwell has a dubbed Dramatic Gun Cock not once but twice, having no bearing on what he's actually doing with the rifle at the time. The first time, he has just finished ejecting the magazine and the sound is played shortly before he inserts the replacement. The second time, he is raising the rifle as Bourne approaches [[spoiler:falling through the air while using the mook's team member as a human shield and crash pillow]]. At no point on camera do his hands touch the weapon's cocking mechanism.
19th Dec '16 6:30:36 AM Spindriver
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* In ''TabletopGame/GURPSDiscworld Also'', the type of repeating crossbow used in the swashbuckling seaports of the Brown Islands makes a distinctive "ka-chunk" sound when a bolt is released from the magazine.
--> "Some users regard this as an essential feature."

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* In ''TabletopGame/GURPSDiscworld Also'', the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'', the type of repeating crossbow used in the swashbuckling seaports of the Brown Islands makes is stated to make a distinctive "ka-chunk" sound sinister “kerr-chunk” noise when a bolt is released from the magazine.
--> "Some users regard this as an essential
operated -- apparently its most important feature."
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** She at least has a better excuse than the bystander: She's ex-military. Military personnel are trained to check their weapons before using it in combat. She loses points on account that it's a shotgun, but it can be chalked down as a reflex from training.
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E1Shadows "Shadows"]], Dum Dum Dugan gives a Dramatic Gun Cock with his shotgun while intimiating a bunch of HYDRA goons.

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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD Series/AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E1Shadows "Shadows"]], Dum Dum Dugan gives a Dramatic Gun Cock with his shotgun while intimiating a bunch of HYDRA goons.
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode "Shadows", Dum Dum Dugan gives a Dramatic Gun Cock with his shotgun while intimiating a bunch of HYDRA goons.

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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode "Shadows", [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E1Shadows "Shadows"]], Dum Dum Dugan gives a Dramatic Gun Cock with his shotgun while intimiating a bunch of HYDRA goons.
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