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24th Dec '16 6:26:18 PM Abbreva
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* The most commonly seen, used, and carried firearms in ''Film/Strapped'' are handguns. Justified in that everyone is concealing them for their own protection.
18th Nov '16 8:06:58 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Your main character uses a variety of fictionalized pistol type guns that can be stored in a pocket and held with one hand. These include a simply named "pistol", the "Sand Hawk" (a CaptainErsatz Desert Eagle), and the "Mad Police" (a GLOCK police pistol equivalent).
9th Nov '16 7:50:00 AM dlchen145
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* In the war film, ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. [[BadAss Sergeant Major Plumley]], a RealLife BadAss no less, refused to use the new M16 during the battle, preferring to use his trusty M1911 service pistol during the battle, even firing it ''[[FiringOneHanded one-handed]]'' no less.

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* In the war film, ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. [[BadAss Sergeant Major Plumley]], a RealLife BadAss badass no less, refused to use the new M16 during the battle, preferring to use his trusty M1911 service pistol during the battle, even firing it ''[[FiringOneHanded one-handed]]'' no less.
21st Oct '16 3:56:27 PM MasoTey
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** He's able to take out a helicopter in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengence'' with a snub-nosed revolver. To be fair, he didn't aim directly at said helicopter...

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** He's able to take out a helicopter in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengence'' ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' with a snub-nosed revolver. To be fair, he didn't aim directly at said helicopter...



* Treated with an in-universe sensibility in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. Although Frank uses a rifle to perform his transgression (which introduces his gang and supposedly bids farewell to the McBain family), this use is hidden in the bushes, and he hands the rifle to a waiting henchman immediately upon emerging. This must have been an in-film character requirement, as Henry Fonda certainly had no reluctance to appear in films handling a rifle. In the same film, Woody Strode's anonymous character has a rifle that has been chopped short and is carried in the manner of a handgun. (Recursive reference: Chopped short sounds cooler and more badass than bobbed).

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* Treated with an in-universe sensibility in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. Although Frank uses a rifle to perform his transgression (which introduces his gang and supposedly bids farewell to the McBain [=McBain=] family), this use is hidden in the bushes, and he hands the rifle to a waiting henchman immediately upon emerging. This must have been an in-film character requirement, as Henry Fonda certainly had no reluctance to appear in films handling a rifle. In the same film, Woody Strode's anonymous character has a rifle that has been chopped short and is carried in the manner of a handgun. (Recursive reference: Chopped short sounds cooler and more badass than bobbed).
17th Oct '16 7:29:44 AM AgProv
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* In his biography, ''Literature/MailedFist'', John Foley describes bailing out of a wrecked tank and leading his crew to safety through German-held territory. He recalls encountering a German infantry section who are trying to emplace a heavy machine gun. Foley only had his standard-issue pistol to try to spoil their day with. Buoyed up by knowing he was recognised as one of his unit's best shots on the pistol range, he tried to get the Germans before they became a threat. And even at close range he missed with every shot. Fortunately, the Germans panicked, dropped the MG, and ran for it. Foley sheepishly led his men on, having realised there's a big difference between hitting every time on the pistol range and doing it for real against a real human target.
8th Sep '16 3:15:05 AM Fallingwater
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** The prequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' continues this with the 10mm pistol. Ammo is very common, and with a armor-piercing upgrade, can drop any human mook in one shot to the head.

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** The prequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' continues this with the 10mm pistol. Ammo The game is chock-full of weapons that go from the traditional (submachinegun) to the exotic (laser rifle), but a player who decides to invest all his skill points in the pistol won't be any worse off - it's extremely accurate, ammo is very common, and with a it takes very little inventory space, there's an armor-piercing upgrade, can drop any human mook upgrade that lets it down all but a couple types of EliteMooks with a single headshot, and it's even effective against ''bosses''. And you get a special achievement if you never touch a heavier weapon in one shot to the head.whole game.
31st Aug '16 2:05:09 AM Morgenthaler
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** The TV SpyFiction series ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' varied the standard handgun trope in two ways. First, the standard issue U.N.C.L.E. handgun could fire either bullets or non-lethal "sleep darts" [[PlotSensitiveItems depending on the needs of the plot]]. Second, when U.N.C.L.E. agents needed a weapon that was more like a rifle than a handgun, they could simply attach a stock, telescopic sight, barrel extension, and extended magazine to the handgun and, voila, the handgun turned into [[https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/cia-museum/spy-fi-archives/item08.html a cool looking carbine]].
*** There are some real-life "machine pistols" and pistol-caliber carbines that work this way, in the form of attaching a stock and/or extended barrel.
*** To say nothing of pistols that one can attach a stock to. The C-96 Mauser and its replacement, the Luger, both had optional attaching stocks.




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* The TV SpyFiction series ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' varied the standard handgun trope in two ways. First, the standard issue U.N.C.L.E. handgun could fire either bullets or non-lethal "sleep darts" [[PlotSensitiveItems depending on the needs of the plot]]. Second, when U.N.C.L.E. agents needed a weapon that was more like a rifle than a handgun, they could simply attach a stock, telescopic sight, barrel extension, and extended magazine to the handgun and, voila, the handgun turned into [[https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/cia-museum/spy-fi-archives/item08.html a cool looking carbine]].
31st Aug '16 2:04:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In spite of being a ColdSniper during her actual deployment, Riza Hawkeye from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' almost exclusively favored her semiautomatic sidearm throughout the series, fired �Weaver style.�

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31st Aug '16 2:01:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* In spite of being a ColdSniper during her actual deployment, Riza Hawkeye from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' almost exclusively favored her semiautomatic sidearm throughout the series, fired “Weaver style.”

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* In spite of being a ColdSniper during her actual deployment, Riza Hawkeye from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' almost exclusively favored her semiautomatic sidearm throughout the series, fired “Weaver �Weaver style.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Bolters are the iconic weapon of the setting and SpaceMarines, a two-handed machine gun that fires miniature armor-piercing missiles. It also comes in a bolt pistol variant, a ridiculously overpowered handgun popular among commissars (the distinctive bark is useful for letting soldiers know [[YouHaveFailedMe a comrade's insolent mannerisms or morale-dampening histrionics were in error]]).

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29th Aug '16 1:32:26 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In [[VideoGame/TheGodfather the videogame adaptation of The Godfather]], early on in the game handguns, when used effectively, are probably the best weapons to use. The Tommy gun has less accuracy, gives less respect per kill, and runs out of bullets quickly. The shotgun has a very small carrying capacity so it has to be reloaded often, it's slow, and the magnum revolver does comparable damage anyway. However after the Tommy and shotgun are upgraded they're significantly better than the upgraded handguns.

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* In [[VideoGame/TheGodfather the videogame adaptation of The Godfather]], ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'', early on in the game handguns, when used effectively, are probably the best weapons to use. The Tommy gun has less accuracy, gives less respect per kill, and runs out of bullets quickly. The shotgun has a very small carrying capacity so it has to be reloaded often, it's slow, and the magnum revolver does comparable damage anyway. However after the Tommy and shotgun are upgraded they're significantly better than the upgraded handguns.
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