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2nd Jun '16 8:24:44 PM PaulA
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* Sci-fi author Creator/HarryHarrison loves averting this trope with 'recoilless' handweapons ranging from a .75 calibre HandCannon (see ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'') to an underarm-fired .50 calibre {{BFG}} in "Starworld". In his story "The Jupiter Plague" Harrison describes the "small tangent flames" that shoot out sideways from the end of the barrel when the weapon is fired. Apparently his 'recoilless' hand weapons work by venting the hot gasses out small holes in the sides of the end of the barrel, and angled toward the back, to counteract the recoil. Ouch!

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* Sci-fi author Creator/HarryHarrison loves averting this trope with 'recoilless' handweapons ranging from a .75 calibre HandCannon (see ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'') to an underarm-fired .50 calibre {{BFG}} in "Starworld".''Literature/{{Starworld}}''. In his story "The Jupiter Plague" Harrison describes the "small tangent flames" that shoot out sideways from the end of the barrel when the weapon is fired. Apparently his 'recoilless' hand weapons work by venting the hot gasses out small holes in the sides of the end of the barrel, and angled toward the back, to counteract the recoil. Ouch!
26th Apr '16 3:13:16 PM thegoodsamaritan
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* Averted on one occasion in ''Film/RED'', since the woman with the RPG suffers no ill-effects from firing it, [[spoiler: at least until [[CrazyAwesome Marvin]] shoots her second rocket out of the air.]]

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* Averted on one occasion in ''Film/RED'', ''{{Film/Red}}'', since the woman with the RPG suffers no ill-effects from firing it, [[spoiler: at least until [[CrazyAwesome Marvin]] shoots her second rocket out of the air.]]
26th Apr '16 3:11:34 PM thegoodsamaritan
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* Averted on one occasion in ''Film/RED'', since the woman with the RPG suffers no ill-effects from firing it, [[spoiler: at least until [[CrazyAwesome Marvin]] shoots her second rocket out of the air.]]
24th Mar '16 3:14:11 PM jormis29
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* ''YoungIndianaJones'': Almost echoing a scene from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', one episode has Young Indy in a hot air balloon with Remy and a captured German officer being chased by a squadron of fighter planes. Indy tries to fend them off with a machine gun, oblivious to warnings that the gun will "walk up" if he doesn't brace properly, and sure enough, the recoil sends the barrel pointing upwards and punching several nasty holes in the balloon. ("''That'' is walking up.")

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* ''YoungIndianaJones'': ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'': Almost echoing a scene from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', one episode has Young Indy in a hot air balloon with Remy and a captured German officer being chased by a squadron of fighter planes. Indy tries to fend them off with a machine gun, oblivious to warnings that the gun will "walk up" if he doesn't brace properly, and sure enough, the recoil sends the barrel pointing upwards and punching several nasty holes in the balloon. ("''That'' is walking up.")



* From WorldWarII and on, anti-tank weaponry were referred to as "recoilless rifles", since the traditional anti-tank rifle had so much recoil that it was impractical. While almost ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, recoilless rifles fire normal artillery shells from a rifled barrel, but use special perforated cartridges and a Venturi chamber to propel the combustion gases out the back at a high velocity, canceling out the recoil force. They are a modern evolution of the old back-to-back recoilless cannons of the 10th century.

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* From WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and on, anti-tank weaponry were referred to as "recoilless rifles", since the traditional anti-tank rifle had so much recoil that it was impractical. While almost ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, recoilless rifles fire normal artillery shells from a rifled barrel, but use special perforated cartridges and a Venturi chamber to propel the combustion gases out the back at a high velocity, canceling out the recoil force. They are a modern evolution of the old back-to-back recoilless cannons of the 10th century.
28th Feb '16 11:16:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheBoondocks'': In the first episode, "The Garden Party", Ed Wuncler III asks Riley (an 8-year old) to shoot him with his SPAS-12 combat shotgun to prove his bullet-proof armor works. Riley gladly obliges, and while the armor works, the force of the gun knocks Ed over and out a second-story window, and causes Riley to fall over and suffer an injured wrist.
* ''TheSimpsons'',

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* ''TheBoondocks'': ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'': In the first episode, "The Garden Party", Ed Wuncler III asks Riley (an 8-year old) to shoot him with his SPAS-12 combat shotgun to prove his bullet-proof armor works. Riley gladly obliges, and while the armor works, the force of the gun knocks Ed over and out a second-story window, and causes Riley to fall over and suffer an injured wrist.
* ''TheSimpsons'',''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'',
28th Jan '16 9:55:32 PM laserviking42
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* There are many many videos on youtube in which 'responsible' gun owners give either children or young women powerful guns to fire without preparing them for the recoil. In most cases they are lucky to get off with bruises and sprains, though as the examples above show, the results can be lethal.
27th Dec '15 8:28:50 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''{{Psych}}'' has Det. Lassiter training a rookie detective who happens to be completely insane. When he takes her to the firing range, he comments that she isn't bracing herself properly to fire his gun, but she shrugs him off. The recoil from the gun blows it out of her hands.

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* An episode of ''{{Psych}}'' ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has Det. Lassiter training a rookie detective who happens to be completely insane. When he takes her to the firing range, he comments that she isn't bracing herself properly to fire his gun, but she shrugs him off. The recoil from the gun blows it out of her hands.
14th Dec '15 8:41:53 PM SovereignGFC
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* Averted ([[PlayedForLaughs in somewhat amusing fashion]]) in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' fanfic ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk''. Valla fires a very large [[MagneticWeapons sniper rifle]] while standing ([[WhatAnIdiot much to the chagrin of her minder]] who goes so far as to ''call in a medical team''). She gets blown across the room and lands painfully on her rear, resulting in a big bruise for her trouble.
4th Dec '15 7:25:05 AM TonyG
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyToons'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyToons'':''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
4th Dec '15 7:03:46 AM TonyG
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* Whenever WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|And The Roadrunner}} tries to fire a cannon, it's more than likely that the cannon will take off in reverse (with poor Wile E. in tow) while the cannonball remains in place.

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* ** Whenever WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|And The Roadrunner}} tries to fire a cannon, it's more than likely that the cannon will take off in reverse (with poor Wile E. in tow) while the cannonball remains in place.
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