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30th Oct '17 11:23:48 AM BattleMaster
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' continues the tradition of having good pistols early in the game, and with the weapon modding available they can be upgraded to remain potent for quite a long time. The Alien Blaster remains one of the best pistol type energy weapons, and unlike the previous games can be converted over to use common fusion cells once the Alien Blaster ammo starts to run out while losing only a couple points of damage. Another great gun is Deliverer, a 10mm pistol with the VATS Enhanced legendary effect, giving it improved accuracy and reduced Action Point cost in VATS mode. While it doesn't do that much damage to high level enemies, it can be used to deliver a ''lot'' of head shots in a row to stack with perks like Steady Aim or to quickly fill up the Critical gauge.
6th Oct '17 3:06:30 AM ddyingle
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* The other real problem is power, especially in military contexts where armor is common and only full metal jacketed ammunition is legal(, but even in civilian contexts there is little comparing common long guns to common handguns in the so-called "stopping power"). And in the world of handgun power, once one reaches the realm between the 380ACP to the 10MMAuto, terminal effect pretty much evens out to the point where trauma surgeons cannot tell the difference between the wound tracts of a 9x18 Makarov (near the bottom end of this range) and a 45ACP (near the higher end of this range). All things being equal, a longer barrel will give far more room for powder to burn, allowing rifles to achieve much greater muzzle velocities and use more powerful ammunition to take advantage of this, as well as the far more stable platform a rifle's stock and staggered grip offer. For example, [[http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/05/chris-dumm/lever-action-ballistics-30-30-vs-357-magnum/ even when fired from a carbine]] or rifle barrel, the powerful (in terms of handgun rounds) .357 magnum round will have less energy than even the diminutive (in terms of military rifle rounds) 5.56x45mm fired from the same sized barrel. There is a reason armor to protect against rifle rounds is so much heavier and more expensive than those designed to protect only against handgun fire.

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* The other real problem is power, especially in military contexts where armor is common and only full metal jacketed ammunition is legal(, but legal, (but even in civilian contexts there is little comparing common long guns to common handguns in the so-called "stopping power"). And in the world of handgun power, once one reaches the realm between the 380ACP to the 10MMAuto, terminal effect pretty much evens out to the point where trauma surgeons cannot tell the difference between the wound tracts of a 9x18 Makarov (near the bottom end of this range) and a 45ACP (near the higher end of this range). All things being equal, a longer barrel will give far more room for powder to burn, allowing rifles to achieve much greater muzzle velocities and use more powerful ammunition to take advantage of this, as well as the far more stable platform a rifle's stock and staggered grip offer. For example, [[http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/05/chris-dumm/lever-action-ballistics-30-30-vs-357-magnum/ even when fired from a carbine]] or rifle barrel, the powerful (in terms of handgun rounds) .357 magnum round will have less energy than even the diminutive (in terms of military rifle rounds) 5.56x45mm fired from the same sized barrel. There is a reason armor to protect against rifle rounds is so much heavier and more expensive than those designed to protect only against handgun fire.
12th Aug '17 10:30:50 PM Wuz
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However, when it comes to handguns, everyone agrees that RevolversAreJustBetter

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However, when it comes to handguns, everyone agrees that RevolversAreJustBetterRevolversAreJustBetter.
28th Jun '17 10:06:50 PM PaulA
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* [[Manga/GunsmithCats Rally Vincent]] almost always uses a pistol, but she does have bigger guns for she needs them.
** Another of Creator/KenichiSonoda's manga, ''Manga/CannonGodExaxxion'' has an interesting spin on this. The main hero only uses pistols, but since they're magnetic acceleration/chemical propellant hybrids built with alien supertech that require a supersuit so the force of the recoil doesn't kill the user, it's not like he needs anything else.

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* [[Manga/GunsmithCats ''Manga/GunsmithCats'': Rally Vincent]] Vincent almost always uses a pistol, but she does have bigger guns for she needs them.
** * Another of Creator/KenichiSonoda's manga, ''Manga/CannonGodExaxxion'' has an interesting spin on this. The main hero only uses pistols, but since they're magnetic acceleration/chemical propellant hybrids built with alien supertech that require a supersuit so the force of the recoil doesn't kill the user, it's not like he needs anything else.



* For the house fight in the movie ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', John Smith went with a simple handgun while Jane Smith dual wielded a submachine gun and a shotgun. Other than her ability to shoot through walls, he was able to keep up with her although this was partially due to the confined quarters being more beneficial for the light weight of a handgun letting him shoot around corners.

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* For the house fight in the movie ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', John Smith went with a simple handgun while Jane Smith dual wielded a submachine gun and a shotgun. Other than her ability to shoot through walls, he was able to keep up with her although this was partially due to the confined quarters being more beneficial for the light weight of a handgun letting him shoot around corners.
9th Jun '17 4:50:46 PM WillKeaton
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* In the war film, ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. Sergeant Major Plumley, a RealLife 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.

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* In the war film, ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. Sergeant Major Plumley, a RealLife badass, refused to use the new M16 during the battle, preferring to use his trusty M1911 [=M1911=] service pistol during the battle, even firing it ''[[FiringOneHanded one-handed]]'' no less.



* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchesters usually have shotguns and larger guns in the trunk of the Impala, but Dean is often only carrying his M1911A1, while Sam is carrying his Taurus.

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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchesters usually have shotguns and larger guns in the trunk of the Impala, but Dean is often only carrying his M1911A1, [=M1911A1=], while Sam is carrying his Taurus.
1st Jun '17 2:40:13 PM SoundStorm
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* The other real problem is power, especially in military contexts where armor is common and only full metal jacketed ammunition is legal(, but even in civilian contexts there is little comparing common long guns to common handguns in the so-called "stopping power"). And in the world of handgun power, once one reaches the realm between the 380ACP to the 10MMAuto, terminal effect pretty much evens out to the point where trauma surgeons cannot tell the difference between the wound tracts of a 9x19 Makarov (near the bottom end of this range) and a 45ACP (near the higher end of this range). All things being equal, a longer barrel will give far more room for powder to burn, allowing rifles to achieve much greater muzzle velocities and use more powerful ammunition to take advantage of this, as well as the far more stable platform a rifle's stock and staggered grip offer. For example, [[http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/05/chris-dumm/lever-action-ballistics-30-30-vs-357-magnum/ even when fired from a carbine]] or rifle barrel, the powerful (in terms of handgun rounds) .357 magnum round will have less energy than even the diminutive (in terms of military rifle rounds) 5.56x45mm fired from the same sized barrel. There is a reason armor to protect against rifle rounds is so much heavier and more expensive than those designed to protect only against handgun fire.

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* The other real problem is power, especially in military contexts where armor is common and only full metal jacketed ammunition is legal(, but even in civilian contexts there is little comparing common long guns to common handguns in the so-called "stopping power"). And in the world of handgun power, once one reaches the realm between the 380ACP to the 10MMAuto, terminal effect pretty much evens out to the point where trauma surgeons cannot tell the difference between the wound tracts of a 9x19 9x18 Makarov (near the bottom end of this range) and a 45ACP (near the higher end of this range). All things being equal, a longer barrel will give far more room for powder to burn, allowing rifles to achieve much greater muzzle velocities and use more powerful ammunition to take advantage of this, as well as the far more stable platform a rifle's stock and staggered grip offer. For example, [[http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/05/chris-dumm/lever-action-ballistics-30-30-vs-357-magnum/ even when fired from a carbine]] or rifle barrel, the powerful (in terms of handgun rounds) .357 magnum round will have less energy than even the diminutive (in terms of military rifle rounds) 5.56x45mm fired from the same sized barrel. There is a reason armor to protect against rifle rounds is so much heavier and more expensive than those designed to protect only against handgun fire.
5th May '17 12:20:32 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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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).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', both Maki Sonomura and Yuka Ayase carry handguns as sidearms.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona2'', both Maya Amano and Katsuya Suou use pistols, though only Maya dual-wields them.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Naoto uses handguns, and seems to favor revolvers in particular if ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' is any indication.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'':
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). Additionally, party member Makoto Niijima can use a variety of revolvers.
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]]).
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