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22nd Aug '16 3:30:25 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded and averted in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016''. The first thing Deadshot does upon being issued a .45 pistol is point it at Griggs, the prison guard he promised to kill earlier. But Deadshot doesn't believe anyone would be stupid enough to give the best sharpshooter in the world a loaded gun, so he assumes it's full of dummy rounds and fires it in the air. To his shock, the pistol goes off. He then joyfully fires the rest downrange (killing Griggs would get him nothing, after all).
22nd Aug '16 12:04:06 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': Dennis Stanton pulls this trick in "Suspicion of Murder". He comes up with a theory of how the murder could have been committed, but it hinges on proving the suspect could have fired a gun. Stanton pulls a BluffingTheMurderer moment by pretending to have more information than he has, and attempts to blackmail him. When the murderer pulls a gun and fires it, Stanton then reveals that he broke in the night before a switched the shells for blanks.
5th Aug '16 5:23:24 PM Kadorhal
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** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Q issues a weapon similar to the one from ''Film/LicenceToKill''. During the fight with Silva's thugs in the Macau casino one of them gets the gun away from him and levels it at him. Bond goes, "Good luck with that," and climbs out of the komodo dragon pit as one of them chomps the thug from behind.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Bond discovers too late during a car chase that his car's built in guns are not loaded and must find a different way to win. [[spoiler:M calls out Denbigh on his carelessness, after the latter tries to shoot him without checking his gun is still loaded (the bullets are all in M's hand).]]

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** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Q issues a weapon similar to the one from ''Film/LicenceToKill''.''Licence to Kill''. During the fight with Silva's thugs in the Macau casino one of them gets the gun away from him and levels it at him. Bond goes, "Good luck with that," and climbs out of the komodo dragon pit as one of them chomps the thug from behind.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Bond discovers too late during a car chase that his car's built in guns are not loaded and must find a different way to win. [[spoiler:M calls out Denbigh on his carelessness, after the latter tries to shoot him without checking if his gun is still loaded (the bullets are all in M's hand).]]]]
** A deleted scene from ''Film/GoldenEye'' had a variant between Zukovsky and an inept Pakistani arms dealer. The dealer tries to sell a Glock pistol, but Zukovsky quickly identifies it as a Chinese knockoff. Things quickly escalate to Zukovsky holding the dealer up with his own merchandise, but when he pulls the trigger nothing happens - the knockoff's firing pin was too short.
3rd Aug '16 3:36:32 PM Kadorhal
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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Turkey Guys", when Peter and Brian, attempting to return home with a new turkey for Thanksgiving, are mugged by a man in a car in the same dilemma. Brian is understandably shocked, but Peter tries to bluff him, claiming "I bet that thing's not even loaded!" He takes a bullet to the foot for the trouble. He continues anyway, now assuming "you just used your last bullet!", and takes another one to the other foot. When he tries to bluff a ''third'' time, and takes a third bullet to the arm for it, is when he finally gives up and tells Brian to hand over the turkey.
20th Jul '16 5:55:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* The "removed the firing pin" variant is used in Lisa Gardner's ''The Third Victim'', but it fails. The killer is DangerouslyGenreSavvy and checks the gun before his confrontation with Rainie. He on the other hand, did not remove the firing pin because he knew she would catch it. Instead, he filed the pin back just enough that the gun would be useless for shooting.

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* The "removed the firing pin" variant is used in Lisa Gardner's ''The Third Victim'', but it fails. The killer is DangerouslyGenreSavvy and checks the gun before his confrontation with Rainie. He on the other hand, did not remove the firing pin because he knew she would catch it. Instead, he filed the pin back just enough that the gun would be useless for shooting.
13th Jul '16 3:09:00 PM mcgrew
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** In the climax of the sequel, [[spoiler: Bryan, tired of the CycleOfRevenge, offers to spare [[BigBad Murad's]] life if he promises to drop his vendetta against Bryan and his family. When Murad promises, Bryan puts his gun down and walks away. [[TooDumbToLive Murad immediately grabs the gun and tries to shoot Bryan in the back]], but it's empty. Angry, Bryan shows him a bullet he palmed, then [[FacepalmOfDoom grabs him by the face]] and rams him into the wall, killing him.]]

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** In the climax of the first sequel, [[spoiler: Bryan, tired of the CycleOfRevenge, offers to spare [[BigBad Murad's]] life if he promises to drop his vendetta against Bryan and his family. When Murad promises, Bryan puts his gun down and walks away. [[TooDumbToLive Murad immediately grabs the gun and tries to shoot Bryan in the back]], but it's empty. Angry, Bryan shows him a bullet he palmed, then [[FacepalmOfDoom grabs him by the face]] and rams him into the wall, killing him.]]
1st May '16 8:42:07 PM JackG
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* ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Creator/SteveMcQueen's character tries to rob a passing traveler using a rusty abandoned revolver. The man turns out to be a gunsmith, and readily identifies several faults with the gun that makes it unlikely to fire, not least being the chambers are empty.
17th Mar '16 7:46:53 PM CerotechOmega
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* During the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[spoiler:Nick and Judy are tossed into an exhibit pit with no way for either to climb out (Judy's leg was cut, or she'd have jumped), whereupon Bellwether draws a gun and snipes Nick. Nick proceeds to go feral and attack Judy while Bellwether watches on, gloating all the while; in reality, Nick had the Nighthowler Extract pellet on his person the whole time, the gun loaded with harmless blueberries instead, and his frenzy was all an act that he and Judy planned out in advance.]]
14th Mar '16 5:43:28 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Tale of the Big Why", TheMole draws a gun on Steed, Gambit and Purdey and plans to shoot them so they cannot reveal his secret. Steed orders Gambit to disarm him and Gambit moves forward. TheMole fires but his gun merely clicks as the hammer falls on empty chamber. Steed had spotted the gun in TheMole's pocket and - suspicious of why an undersecretary would be carrying a loaded pistol - had removed the clip.
2nd Feb '16 2:43:56 PM nielas
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** A mobster forces the main characters to play RussianRoulette. However, the [=PoI=] is a CardSharp and he managed to secretly remove the last bullet from the gun.
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