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27th Apr '17 12:57:36 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' greatly increases the amount of handguns that the player can use compared to the first game with each of them having slightly different amounts of power, ammo capacity, and different magazine sizes. They're all restricted as secondary sidearms while more powerful guns like rifles are main weapons. However, dual wielding pistols can be used as a primary weapon.
22nd Apr '17 8:19:57 PM nombretomado
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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', as the students don't really have a choice of what weapon they start with, and most of the firearms Danya assigns are handguns. Most students with handguns swap out their handgun the second they find something more powerful, as well.

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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', as the students don't really have a choice of what weapon they start with, and most of the firearms Danya assigns are handguns. Most students with handguns swap out their handgun the second they find something more powerful, as well.
15th Mar '17 4:02:12 PM Doug86
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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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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': 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]]).
10th Mar '17 9:50:36 AM MrReviser121
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[[caption-width-right:350:The .44 Magnum. Guaranteed to blow your head clean off. Feeling lucky, punk?]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The .44 Magnum. Guaranteed to blow your head clean off. Feeling lucky, lucky? Well do ya, punk?]]
20th Feb '17 12:24:13 PM WillKeaton
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* In the war film, ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. 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''. Sergeant Major Plumley]], Plumley, a RealLife badass no less, badass, 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.
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.
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