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20th Apr '17 3:11:55 AM CountDorku
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** The Unkempt Harold, which doesn't just have outstanding firepower for a pistol, but outguns quite a few full-sized guns as well.

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** The Unkempt Harold, which doesn't just have outstanding firepower for a pistol, but outguns quite a few full-sized guns as well. It is considered one of the strongest guns in the game.
4th Apr '17 9:21:15 PM TheBigBopper
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* Kiritsugu Emiya from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' favours a Thompson Contender chambered for rifle cartridges as his main weapon. He furthermore uses [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells custom-made bullets (containing his own ground-up bones)]] that, if they come into contact with an expression of magic (typically a barrier), will both disrupt it and irreparably damage the magical source, typically the caster's nerves. This is the main reason he chose such a high-caliber pistol for his AntiMagic work; by using a caliber too powerful for anything short of an armored vehicle to block, he will put the enemy magus in a catch-22 situation, forcing them to either take the bullet's extreme physical power or to create a powerful enough barrier to block the bullet, at which point their nerves will be destroyed by the bullet's enchantment.

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* Kiritsugu Emiya from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' favours a Thompson Contender chambered for rifle cartridges as his main weapon. He furthermore uses [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells custom-made bullets (containing his own ground-up bones)]] that, if they come into contact with an expression of magic (typically a barrier), will both disrupt it and irreparably damage the magical source, typically the caster's nerves. This is the main reason he chose such a high-caliber pistol for his AntiMagic work; by using a caliber too powerful for anything short of an armored vehicle to block, he will put the enemy magus in a catch-22 MortonsFork situation, forcing them to either take the bullet's extreme physical power or to create a powerful enough barrier to block the bullet, at which point their nerves will be destroyed by the bullet's enchantment.
11th Mar '17 11:22:29 AM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Meryl stated that she picked up a [[SmallGirlBigGun Desert Eagle]] with the long barrel over the only fractionally more reasonable .45 SOCOM that Snake himself uses. Snake [[LampShadeHanging remarked]] that "It's an awfully big gun for a girl," and offered to trade guns. In ''MetalGearSolid4'', Liquid Ocelot has a .45-75 hand rifle that needs reloading after one shot, but when obtained as a [[InfinityPlusOneSword bonus weapon for completing an emblem challenge]], it one shots most PMC {{mooks}}. Same on multiplayer. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' allows the player to develop the Kampfpistole, a flare gun converted to ''fire grenades''.

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Meryl stated that she picked up a [[SmallGirlBigGun Desert Eagle]] with the long barrel over the only fractionally more reasonable .45 SOCOM that Snake himself uses. Snake [[LampShadeHanging remarked]] that "It's an awfully big gun for a girl," and offered to trade guns. In ''MetalGearSolid4'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', Liquid Ocelot has a .45-75 hand rifle that needs reloading after one shot, but when obtained as a [[InfinityPlusOneSword bonus weapon for completing an emblem challenge]], it one shots most PMC {{mooks}}. Same on multiplayer. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' allows the player to develop the Kampfpistole, a flare gun converted to ''fire grenades''.
8th Mar '17 10:22:38 AM nombretomado
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* ''MechWarrior'', the tabletop RPG of the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' wargame, has a number of fairly formidable weapons, but the game's nod to this trope is the Sternsnacht handgun. The original is described as a hunting rifle cut down to operate as a pistol, but the knockoffs put out by the companies hoping to cash in on the popularity of the original are large, noisy, extremely heavy for a sidearm (2.5 kg!), have hideous recoil that translates into penalties against the to-hit number, and worst of all, only carry three shots. This makes it a hugely impractical weapon even in spite of the damage it deals.

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* ''MechWarrior'', ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'', the tabletop RPG of the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' wargame, has a number of fairly formidable weapons, but the game's nod to this trope is the Sternsnacht handgun. The original is described as a hunting rifle cut down to operate as a pistol, but the knockoffs put out by the companies hoping to cash in on the popularity of the original are large, noisy, extremely heavy for a sidearm (2.5 kg!), have hideous recoil that translates into penalties against the to-hit number, and worst of all, only carry three shots. This makes it a hugely impractical weapon even in spite of the damage it deals.
24th Feb '17 9:59:44 AM DKN117
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* The [[http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo3/content.aspx?link=h3pistol M6 series of pistols]] in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is chambered for 12.7x40mm (necked-down .50 BMG) high explosive armor piercing rounds. Seems like overkill at first, perhaps, but against the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]], it might just be justified.

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* The [[http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo3/content.aspx?link=h3pistol M6 series of pistols]] in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is chambered for 12.7x40mm (necked-down .50 BMG) high explosive armor piercing high-explosive armor-piercing rounds. Seems like overkill at first, perhaps, but against the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]], it whose forces include eight-foot-tall aliens in shielded power armor and 12-foot-tall walking siege units with tank-grade armor and decentralized nervous systems, such apparently-overpowered ammo might just be justified.
11th Feb '17 7:05:11 AM Mhazard
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** The 2013 Elite MEGA series Magnus pistol uses the same darts as the 156cm-long Elite MEGA Centurion blaster. Yes, it is a sizeable handcannon ''that chambers anti-materiel rifle rounds''. Yikes.

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** The 2013 Elite MEGA series Magnus pistol uses and its revolver counterpart, the Cycloneshock, use the same darts as the 156cm-long Elite MEGA Centurion blaster. Yes, it is a they are sizeable handcannon handcannons ''that chambers chamber anti-materiel rifle rounds''. Yikes.
31st Jan '17 1:06:14 PM Leonknight
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* ''VideoGame/{{Carnivores}}'': The mobile version has recently introduced a powerful Revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model 500. It has the highest damage of any weapon in-game, capable of killing dinosaurs within 1-3 shots (depending on the species, and excludes the T-Rex which can only be killed via a shot in the eye). However, its damage decreases over range, restricting it as a close quarters weapon.



* High powered handguns in real life have two primary uses, handgun hunting and predator defense. With proper ammo, handcannons are basically sawed-off rifles with more oomph at close range than the long guns.

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* High powered handguns in real life have two primary uses, handgun hunting and predator defense. With proper ammo, handcannons magnum pistols are basically sawed-off rifles with more oomph at close range than the long guns.
31st Jan '17 9:42:10 AM REV6Pilot
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* Pretty much every revolver in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' counts.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Torgue makes pistols ''called'' Hand Cannons, but they're not that big. The real examples are basically any gun with the long Jakobs or heavy Torgue barrel. Special mention goes to Maggie, which is essentially a shotgun pistol, the Rex, which is described by its flavor text as "a very big gun". Unlike other Jakobs guns, which fire faster the quicker you mash the fire button, Rex has a very slow firing speed but unparalleled per-shot damage -- meaning it handles ''exactly'' like you'd expect a huge, powerful pistol to, The Unforgiven, which is essentially a handheld Sniper Rifle, with the same Critical hit bonus, accuracy, and single shot damage as most snipers, the Pocket Rocket, whose massive explosive area borders on grenades and rockets more than the standard Torgue gyrojet, and fires pretty damn fast to boot, and the Unkempt Harold, which doesn't just have outstanding firepower for a pistol, but outguns quite a few full-sized guns as well.

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* Pretty much every revolver in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' counts.
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counts save for the faster-firing, lower-damage Law variants, which are [[PunchPackingPistol Punch-Packing Revolvers]].
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''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', 2}}'':
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Torgue makes pistols ''called'' Hand Cannons, but they're fitting Torgue's fame of outdamaging every single manufacturer, even if the Hand Cannons themselves are not that big. The real examples are basically the most powerful of Torgue's lineup.
** Most
any gun pistol with the long Jakobs or heavy Torgue barrel. Special mention goes to Maggie, barrel, both of which dramatically increase damage per shot. In fact, the most powerful non-unique pistol is essentially the Slapper, a Torgue pistol with the Torgue barrel.
** The Maggie is
a shotgun pistol, pistol like the Rex, which first game's Mashers, with decent damage to boot.
** The Rex
is described by its flavor text as "a very big gun". Unlike other Jakobs guns, which fire faster the quicker you mash the fire button, Rex has a very slow firing speed but unparalleled per-shot damage -- meaning it handles ''exactly'' like you'd expect a huge, powerful pistol to, to.
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The Unforgiven, which Unforgiven is essentially a handheld Sniper Rifle, with the same Critical hit Hit bonus, accuracy, and single shot damage as most snipers, the snipers.
** The
Pocket Rocket, whose massive explosive area borders on grenades and rockets more than the standard Torgue gyrojet, and fires pretty damn fast to boot, and the boot.
** The
Unkempt Harold, which doesn't just have outstanding firepower for a pistol, but outguns quite a few full-sized guns as well.
31st Jan '17 9:11:29 AM REV6Pilot
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A subtrope of BiggerIsBetter. Differs from {{BFG}} in that the Hand Cannon is large ''for a handgun'', while the BFG pushes the limit of what a single person can wield at all. The {{BFS}} counterpart is the OneHandedZweihander See also: SmallGirlBigGun. Not to be confused with ArmCannon, which is literally a cannon on the arm. Compare PunchPackingPistol in video games, where more standard handguns hold the power of one of these.

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A subtrope of BiggerIsBetter. Differs from {{BFG}} in that the Hand Cannon is large ''for a handgun'', while the BFG pushes the limit of what a single person can wield at all. The {{BFS}} counterpart is the OneHandedZweihander See also: SmallGirlBigGun. Not to be confused with ArmCannon, which is literally a cannon on the arm. Compare PunchPackingPistol in video games, PunchPackingPistol, where a more standard handguns hold handgun holds the power of one of these.
31st Jan '17 9:04:48 AM REV6Pilot
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** ''Resident Evil 4'''s Handcannon might be the most exaggerated example of the trope in video game history: its rounds can kill nearly any normal enemy in 1 shot and can pierce through multiple targets,[[labelnote:*]]and no, shields don't stop them[[/labelnote]]. What's better, the Merchant has an upgrade for it which gives it ''infinite ammo and zero reload time'', turning it into a complete GameBreaker... or it would be, if you didn't have to achieve OneHundredPercentCompletion on the Mercenaries minigame, which is only available after you beat the game once, and you didn't have to go through multiple playthroughs to amass the cash required to upgrade it to its max potential. It's one hell of a BraggingRightsReward, though.

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** ''Resident Evil 4'''s Handcannon might be the most exaggerated example of the trope in video game history: its rounds can kill nearly any normal enemy in 1 shot and can pierce through multiple targets,[[labelnote:*]]and targets[[labelnote:*]]and no, shields don't stop them[[/labelnote]]. What's better, the Merchant has an upgrade for it which gives it ''infinite ammo and zero reload time'', turning it into a complete GameBreaker... or it would be, if you didn't have to achieve OneHundredPercentCompletion on the Mercenaries minigame, which is only available after you beat the game once, and you didn't have to go through multiple playthroughs to amass the cash required to upgrade it to its max potential. It's one hell of a BraggingRightsReward, though.
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