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1st Oct '17 8:52:21 PM WaxingName
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* The Melee Counter move in ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'' allows Samus to whack enemies with her ArmCannon. By itself, it deals little damage, but if used against enemies that use certain ramming attacks, it will parry the attack and stun the enemy. It can also be used to instantly [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatter]] enemies frozen with the Ice Beam.
16th Sep '17 11:01:32 PM Rmpdc
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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAlliedAssault'' has this as the alt fire of any equipped pistol. It's two expansions, ''Spearhead'' and ''Breakthrough'', add this to other weapons save for sniper rifles.
9th Sep '17 11:37:40 AM Kadorhal
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* The early VideoGame/CallOfDuty games have this as your melee attack. Later games (4?) have switched to using a combat knife.
** It briefly returns in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' when Hudson smacks Mason to unconsciousness.

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* The early VideoGame/CallOfDuty ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games have this as your melee attack. Later games (4?) have QuickMelee option; ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4]]'' switched to using out for a combat knife.
** It briefly returns in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', when Hudson smacks Mason to unconsciousness.unconsciousness with the butt of the pistol Mason had just used to [[spoiler:execute Steiner]]. ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3 Black Ops III]]'' goes back to the original system in gameplay, with the quick-melee button delivering a weaker strike with whatever gun you're holding, and instant-kill melee as it used to be is restricted to dedicated melee weapons.



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'''Lara:''' [To an unconscious Amanda] From this moment, your every breath, is a gift from me.

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'''Lara:''' [To ''[To an unconscious Amanda] Amanda]'' From this moment, your every breath, is a gift from me.



* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has gun whipping as a form of a melee attack if you're low on bullets or don't have any. It's extremely weak since most of your enemies are heavily armored SWAT units, but CherryTapping them enough is key to getting a cop to surrender so you can have a hostage for trade if a player is in custody. ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' brings gun whipping back and it's no longer the only method of attacking with melee force. While you can use things like knives, sledgehammers, swords, and so on, gun whipping is always the fastest hitting attack with zero charge time.

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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has gun whipping as a form of a melee attack if you're low on bullets or don't have any.out of bullets. It's extremely weak since most of your enemies are heavily armored SWAT units, but CherryTapping them enough is key to getting a cop to surrender so you can have a hostage for trade if a player is in custody. ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' brings gun whipping back and it's no longer the only method of attacking with melee force. While you can use larger, more powerful things like knives, sledgehammers, swords, and so on, gun whipping is always the fastest hitting attack with zero charge time.time. It also obviously has bonuses to concealment for stealth heists if you're not lugging around an extra weapon for the sole purpose of bashing or stabbing people. One weapon, the Mosin-Nagant SniperRifle from the Historical Weapon DLC, even has an attachable {{bayonet|Ya}} to make the usual pistol-whipping with that weapon stronger.
4th Sep '17 3:40:06 PM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/XCOM2'', X-COM operatives subdue ADVENT's VichyEarth collaborators by bashing them with the butt of their gun to knock them out, then carry them to the evac zone.
25th Aug '17 1:46:32 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Series/MazinkaiserSKL'' has a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] version of this, as the guns were designed with this functionality in mind. The magazines have curved blades on the base, allowing them to be wielded as hand-axes by gripping the barrels. It can even take things a step further, with the conjoined pistols sprouting a long handle to become a battleaxe.

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* ''Series/MazinkaiserSKL'' ''Anime/MazinkaiserSKL'' has a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] version of this, as the guns were designed with this functionality in mind. The magazines have curved blades on the base, allowing them to be wielded as hand-axes by gripping the barrels. It can even take things a step further, with the conjoined pistols sprouting a long handle to become a battleaxe.
17th Aug '17 1:20:54 AM Eravel
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* In ''VideoGame/KillingFloor2'', using the weapon bash is one of the best crowd control options at a player's disposal, frequently staggering a Zed or killing weaker ones outright with a well-aimed bash to the head. Even larger Zeds can be staggered in this manner, as long as they aren't [[TurnsRed raged]].

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* In ''VideoGame/KillingFloor2'', using the weapon bash is one of the best crowd control options at a player's disposal, disposal in a pinch, frequently staggering a Zed or killing weaker ones outright with a well-aimed bash to the head. Even larger Zeds can be staggered in this manner, as long as they aren't [[TurnsRed raged]].enraged]].
17th Aug '17 1:18:05 AM Eravel
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* In ''VideoGame/KillingFloor2'', using the weapon bash is one of the best crowd control options at a player's disposal, frequently staggering a Zed or killing weaker ones outright with a well-aimed bash to the head. Even larger Zeds can be staggered in this manner, as long as they aren't [[TurnsRed raged]].
12th Aug '17 4:39:56 PM Linda58
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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', Worf kills two Borg drones by smashing them with his phaser rifle. Turns out that's something they ''can't'' adapt to.
5th Aug '17 10:54:35 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Notably, this doesn't show up in later ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' sequels and spin-offs, where the [[TransformingMecha Valkyries]] are given better options for melee combat; like the [[BarrierWarrior Pin-Point Barrier Punch]] introduced in ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' or the [[EmergencyWeapon pin-point barrier combat knife]] introduced in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. The VF-11B Thunderbolt, an aging model from ''Macross Plus'', had a bayonet mounted on its Gunpod.



** Harvey Bullock does this to a prisoner who looks like ComicBook/TheThing from The ComicBook/FantasticFour in the "ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}" saga.
** A crook does this to the original Robin, Dick Grayson, in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Case of the Honest Crook", leaving him bloodied and almost dead. Bats was [[PapaWolf not pleased]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he found out.]]

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** * Harvey Bullock does this to a prisoner who looks like ComicBook/TheThing from The ComicBook/FantasticFour in the "ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}" saga.
** * A crook does this to the original Robin, Dick Grayson, in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Case of the Honest Crook", leaving him bloodied and almost dead. Bats was [[PapaWolf not pleased]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he found out.]]
5th Aug '17 10:53:47 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp--and yes, that's his full name--was actually known for this. It is said that, around Dodge City when he was deputy, having a knot on one's head was actually known as having an "Earp."
** Back then, it was known as "buffaloing" someone.
** According to myth, Earp favored an extra-large revolver known as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Buntline Buntline Special]] specifically so he could flog people with its long and heavy barrel.
*** Do it a few times and your gun [[RealityIsUnrealistic will never fire straight afterwards]] unless you change the barrel. An expert marksman would have known better than to ruin his gun this way.
*** The reason for this is was Earp and many other law enforcement officers at the time believed a beating with a gun to show someone you were serious was a better deterrent than actually using the gun to kill someone. Of course, that changed when his brother was murdered.
*** Other legends posit that he favored the weapon for its accuracy, and that he also liked the long barrel because that meant that the gun weighed more and therefore ''hurt'' more when he hit people with the grip end. At the very least, this is slightly more reasonable than hitting a person with the barrel.
* Another real life example: Most infantrymen in modern armies are taught how to fight with rifles, without a bayonet, usually using the butt for striking and the barrel for parrying the other guy's rifle, but it's interchangeable, kinda. It's taught in boot camp and is a surprisingly effective way of killing someone in close quarters, in addition to the training's use by armies as an aggression enhancer for its men. Even when the gunman's weapon is loaded, in close quarters, a strike or two may be necessary before the gun can be brought to firing position.
** The rifle combat technique includes several moves where you smack your opponent in the side of the head or face with the barrel or the side of the weapon.
** In addition, some armies do teach their troops a move where one [[GroinAttack strikes the opponent in the groin]] with the butt of the weapon.
** [[TheMoreYouKnow This is why many military rifles were full-stock]] while their civilian/hunting versions can have a wide variety of stocks. The wooden part had to protect the barrel of the weapon from bending, nicking, pitting and so on, otherwise the gun would quickly lose any kind of accuracy. Nowadays, thanks to polymers both being lighter and stronger than the traditional wood, many guns have polymer folding or telescoping stocks.
** Infantrymen are taught all manner of methods for mayhem, from bare-handed to edged weapons to the use of the rifle and fixed bayonet; US infantrymen, and probably many others, are even [[ShovelStrike taught to use the entrenching tool]]--the infantryman's small folding spade--as a battle-axe in melee combat. The Japanese even have a martial art system called jukenjutsu for the rifle and bayonet, and JGSDF infantry units compete fiercely for prizes. JASDF and JMSDF units tend to compete at kendo instead.
** Many armies ([[RedsWithRockets Soviet and Modern Russian armies]] included) teach the use of entrenching tools to their recruits, they are disturbing weapons in close quarters. A small spade wielded while holding nothing back can decapitate a man or crack his skull like a hatchet.
** The rifle drills that all specialties train serve the practical (read: non-parade) purpose of conditioning soldiers and Marines in handling their rifles fluidly. Being able to spin it around your forearm, fling it in the air, then catch it balanced on your open palm isn't just for show.

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* Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp--and yes, that's his full name--was Earp was actually known for this. It is said that, around Dodge City when he was deputy, having a knot on one's head was actually known as having an "Earp."
** Back then, it was known as "buffaloing" someone.
**
" According to myth, Earp favored an extra-large revolver known as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Buntline Buntline Special]] specifically so he could flog people with its long and heavy barrel.
*** Do it a few times and your gun [[RealityIsUnrealistic will never fire straight afterwards]] unless you change the barrel. An expert marksman
barrel, though that would have known better than to ruin ruined his gun this way.
*** The reason for this is was Earp and many other law enforcement officers at the time believed a beating with a gun to show someone you were serious was a better deterrent than actually using the gun to kill someone. Of course, that changed when his brother was murdered.
*** Other legends posit that he favored the weapon for its accuracy, and that he also liked the long barrel because that meant that the gun weighed more and therefore ''hurt'' more when he hit people with the grip end. At the very least, this is slightly more reasonable than hitting a person with the barrel.
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* Another real life example: Most infantrymen in modern armies are taught how to fight with rifles, without a bayonet, usually using the butt for striking and the barrel for parrying the other guy's rifle, but it's interchangeable, kinda.interchangeable. It's taught in boot camp and is a surprisingly effective way of killing someone in close quarters, in addition to the training's use by armies as an aggression enhancer for its men. Even when the gunman's weapon is loaded, in close quarters, a strike or two may be necessary before the gun can be brought to firing position.
** The rifle combat technique includes several moves where you smack your opponent in the side of the head or face with the barrel or the side of the weapon.
** In addition, some armies do teach their troops a move where one [[GroinAttack strikes the opponent in the groin]] with the butt of the weapon.
** [[TheMoreYouKnow This is why many military rifles were full-stock]] while their civilian/hunting versions can have a wide variety of stocks. The wooden part had to protect the barrel of the weapon from bending, nicking, pitting and so on, otherwise the gun would quickly lose any kind of accuracy. Nowadays, thanks to polymers both being lighter and stronger than the traditional wood, many guns have polymer folding or telescoping stocks.
** Infantrymen are taught all manner of methods for mayhem, from bare-handed to edged weapons to the use of the rifle and fixed bayonet; US infantrymen, and probably many others, are even [[ShovelStrike taught to use the entrenching tool]]--the infantryman's small folding spade--as a battle-axe in melee combat. The Japanese even have a martial art system called jukenjutsu for the rifle and bayonet, and JGSDF infantry units compete fiercely for prizes. JASDF and JMSDF units tend to compete at kendo instead.
** Many armies ([[RedsWithRockets Soviet and Modern Russian armies]] included) teach the use of entrenching tools to their recruits, they are disturbing weapons in close quarters. A small spade wielded while holding nothing back can decapitate a man or crack his skull like a hatchet.
** The rifle drills that all specialties train serve the practical (read: non-parade) purpose of conditioning soldiers and Marines in handling their rifles fluidly. Being able to spin it around your forearm, fling it in the air, then catch it balanced on your open palm isn't just for show.
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** Also a favoured tactic of Swedish cavalrymen during the Thirty Years War. High speed charges and low effective range of pistol volleys meant that there was little time to draw a sword before the melee began. Swedish cavalry pistols from this time are almost 4 inches longer than their continental counterparts, and have brass- or steel-plated butts specifically for this purpose.
** The pistols favored by 18th century Scottish Highlanders seemed to be made with this in mind, being made entirely of steel.

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** Also a * A favoured tactic of Swedish cavalrymen during the Thirty Years War. High speed charges and low effective range of pistol volleys meant that there was little time to draw a sword before the melee began. Swedish cavalry pistols from this time are almost 4 inches longer than their continental counterparts, and have brass- or steel-plated butts specifically for this purpose.
** * The pistols favored by 18th century Scottish Highlanders seemed to be made with this in mind, being made entirely of steel.



* Generally speaking, most flintlock pistols of the early ages of firearms were designed with this in mind. Considering that a flintlock takes precious time to reload, should anyone get close, the ''heavily weighted'' ends of the grips these older guns had packed one hell of a wallop. This particular use was referenced in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
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