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23rd Jul '16 3:10:04 PM DrOO7
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* In ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'', Brady tries to do this so that he, Rachel, and Jamie can escape Micheal Myers (having padlocked the doors to keep him out, they now have no time to unlock them when he gets in anyway). Unfortunately, RealityEnsues. Having been blasted with a shotgun, the lock is far too hot to touch.

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* In ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'', Brady tries to do this so that he, Rachel, and Jamie can escape Micheal Myers (having padlocked the doors to keep him out, they now have no time to unlock them when he gets in anyway). Unfortunately, RealityEnsues. Having been blasted with a shotgun, the lock is far too hot to touch.touch and as such, they ''still'' can't get out.
16th Jul '16 10:25:29 AM nombretomado
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* Used often in ''{{Archer}}''... and subverted just as much, as Archer tries shooting out steel locks on bulletproof doors, often resulting in painful ricochets.

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* Used often in ''{{Archer}}''...''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''... and subverted just as much, as Archer tries shooting out steel locks on bulletproof doors, often resulting in painful ricochets.
22nd Jun '16 8:56:54 AM Diask
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See also OpenSaysMe and ThereWasADoor.

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See also OpenSaysMe OpenSaysMe, ThereWasADoor and ThereWasADoor.
AxeBeforeEntering for other violent ways to get throught the doors.



* Scrooge [=McDuck=] does this in the CarlBarks comic "The Old Castle's Secret".
* In one of the ''WarPictureLibrary'' comics, the heroes are freeing a captured British spy from prison, and one suggests shooting out the lock. The spy responds: "You've been watching too many cowboy movies; the ricochets would kill us all." (As the prison has stone walls and a steel door).

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* Scrooge [=McDuck=] does this in the CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks comic "The Old Castle's Secret".
* In one of the ''WarPictureLibrary'' ''Comicbook/WarPictureLibrary'' comics, the heroes are freeing a captured British spy from prison, and one suggests shooting out the lock. The spy responds: "You've been watching too many cowboy movies; the ricochets would kill us all." (As the prison has stone walls and a steel door).



** Luke does this in ''Film/ANewHope'' to keep a door ''shut'', cutting off pursuing Storm Troopers. Unfortunately, it also stops the bridge controls from working, making a heroic swing across a chasm (and a kiss that [[BrotherSisterIncest later becomes awkward]]) necessary.
** The garbage compactor [[NoOshaCompliance doesn't have a control panel]] on the inside (even though the chutes are big enough for a Wookiee to fall into), so Han tries shooting the door itself. That turns out to be a [[ReflectingLaser very bad idea]].

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** In ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke does this in ''Film/ANewHope'' shoots a door to keep a door ''shut'', cutting off pursuing Storm Troopers. Unfortunately, it also stops the bridge controls from working, making a heroic swing across a chasm (and a kiss that [[BrotherSisterIncest later becomes awkward]]) necessary.
** The garbage compactor [[NoOshaCompliance [[NoOSHACompliance doesn't have a control panel]] on the inside (even though the chutes are big enough for a Wookiee to fall into), so Han tries shooting the door itself. That turns out to be a [[ReflectingLaser very bad idea]].



* This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in the novelizations of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'', as a means of justifying why it couldn't be done in the game. The S.T.A.R.S. members only want to do it as an absolute last-ditch resort (Like Jill about to be squashed in a trap) because they are afraid of ricocheting bullets.

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* This is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] {{discussed|Trope}} in the novelizations of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'', as a means of justifying why it couldn't be done in the game. The S.T.A.R.S. members only want to do it as an absolute last-ditch resort (Like Jill about to be squashed in a trap) because they are afraid of ricocheting bullets.



** An earlier SG-1 episode manages to avert this, when an [=NID=] agent uses a machine pistol on full auto to shoot ''around'' a lock, completely separating it from the rest of the door (and he actually reloads afterward, for bonus verisimilitude).

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** An earlier SG-1 episode manages to avert this, when an [=NID=] NID agent uses a machine pistol on full auto to shoot ''around'' a lock, completely separating it from the rest of the door (and he actually reloads afterward, for bonus verisimilitude).



* ''{{Kojak}}'' used a shotgun to blow off the hinges.

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* ''{{Kojak}}'' ''Series/{{Kojak}}'' used a shotgun to blow off the hinges.



* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series has an interesting variation. This is the ''only'' way to open a door, as your energy blasts somehow open doors. Architects must've been insane to build doors like this.
** Prime 2 explains this if you scan a door: It's a low powered force field, meant to keep the native (and not-so-native) critters out/in.

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* The In ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series has an interesting variation. This series, shooting is the ''only'' way to open a door, as your energy blasts somehow open doors. Architects must've been insane to build doors like this.
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this. ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' explains this if you scan a door: It's a low powered force field, meant to keep the native (and not-so-native) critters out/in.



* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC "Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty", where you end one main quest by shooting the lock off a chest containing [[PlotCoupon part of a compass that leads to a buried treasure]]. Unfortunately, the compass part ends up getting destroyed in the process, and the next quest involves having to scrounge up parts to build a replacement.

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* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' DLC "Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty", where you end one main quest by shooting the lock off a chest containing [[PlotCoupon part of a compass that leads to a buried treasure]]. Unfortunately, the compass part ends up getting destroyed in the process, and the next quest involves having to scrounge up parts to build a replacement.



* It's possible to do this to a locked chest in ''Videogame/EnterTheGungeon'', though doing this means that you're more likely to get either a consumable or just junk rather than the item itself.

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* It's possible to do this to a shoot locked chest chests to open them in ''Videogame/EnterTheGungeon'', though doing this means that you're more likely to get either a consumable or just junk rather than the item itself.itself.
* In ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', player and enemy characters alike will shoot at any door that blocks their way. The better the doors system, the longer it takes to open them.



* ''GIJoeResolute'': Duke shoots the electronic lock on Cobra Commander's emergency bunker. Cobra taunts him for thinking that would get him in. Duke replies that he didn't think it would get him in, just prevent Cobra from getting out, as it's revealed he activated the SelfDestructMechanism.

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* ''GIJoeResolute'': ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'': Duke shoots the electronic lock on Cobra Commander's emergency bunker. Cobra taunts him for thinking that would get him in. Duke replies that he didn't think it would get him in, just prevent Cobra from getting out, as it's revealed he activated the SelfDestructMechanism.



* Real life example of the SF version: In a video shown on TruTV, an armed robber herded the employees of a store into the back room and attempted to cut telephone lines to prevent the victims from calling for help. Instead, he cut a wire controlling the door to the back room, preventing it from opening and trapping him until police arrived.

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* Real life example of the SF version: In a video shown on TruTV, [=TruTV=], an armed robber herded the employees of a store into the back room and attempted to cut telephone lines to prevent the victims from calling for help. Instead, he cut a wire controlling the door to the back room, preventing it from opening and trapping him until police arrived.



* This trope is apparently fairly old, with the result that one careless commando in a raid on St. Nazaire in WW2 tried to shoot out a lock without thinking about ricochets and shrapnel and ended up wounding himself rather badly.

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* This trope is apparently fairly old, with the result that one careless commando in a raid on St. Nazaire in WW2 UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 tried to shoot out a lock without thinking about ricochets and shrapnel and ended up wounding himself rather badly.
17th May '16 2:45:17 PM WillKeaton
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Tested on '[[http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot5.htm The Box O'Truth]]'.


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11th May '16 8:44:03 PM RaisenRhaasen
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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine" has one member of your trio - Adams -open locked doors using his shotgun

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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine" ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' has one member of your trio - Adams -open trio, Adams, open locked doors using his shotgunshotgun.
10th May '16 5:38:43 PM eroock
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* ''Film/DieHard2'' has John [=McClane=] shooting a padlock on an access grate to get onto a runway at Dulles Airport.

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* In ''Film/DieHard'', when John [=McClane=] is cornered on the rooftop, he shoots out the lock of a door to escape through.
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''Film/DieHard2'' has John [=McClane=] shooting a padlock on an access grate to get onto a runway at Dulles Airport.
10th May '16 11:12:16 AM StFan
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* Commercials for Weatherby ammunition would show a lock penetrated, but not completely destroyed, by a rifle cartridge.
* For years, the Master Lock company ran TV commercials during the SuperBowl where they would shoot one of their own padlocks with a gun to demonstrate its durability. This is an interesting application of RealityIsUnrealistic, because its effectiveness is based on viewers' expectations that a lock will break when fired at. (This commercial is referenced in the Creator/StephenKing-as-Richard-Bachman novella "Literature/{{Rage}}", when the narrator/protagonist puts his locker padlock in his shirt pocket, where it later saves him from a sharpshooter [[PocketProtector bullet in the heart]]. The narrator mentions later viewing that commercial, with adverse emotional effects.) An advertisement for a high-powered cartridge showed it blowing apart the lock with the words, "Sorry, Master Lock".
* In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbXeAycblU The Crunchie Train Robbery]]", the outlaws shoot the padlock off the strongbox holding the Crunchies.
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* Commercials for Weatherby ammunition would show a lock penetrated, but not completely destroyed, by a rifle cartridge.
* For years, the Master Lock company ran TV commercials during the SuperBowl where they would shoot one of their own padlocks with a gun to demonstrate its durability. This is an interesting application of RealityIsUnrealistic, because its effectiveness is based on viewers' expectations that a lock will break when fired at. (This commercial is referenced in the Creator/StephenKing-as-Richard-Bachman novella "Literature/{{Rage}}", when the narrator/protagonist puts his locker padlock in his shirt pocket, where it later saves him from a sharpshooter [[PocketProtector bullet in the heart]]. The narrator mentions later viewing that commercial, with adverse emotional effects.)
** An advertisement for a high-powered cartridge showed it blowing apart the lock with the words, "Sorry, Master Lock".
* In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbXeAycblU The Crunchie Train Robbery]]", the outlaws shoot the padlock off the strongbox holding the Crunchies.
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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. Jack Burton shoots off a padlock to free the female captives from their cells in Lo Pan's warehouse.

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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': Jack Burton shoots off a padlock to free the female captives from their cells in Lo Pan's warehouse.



* ''Film/StarWars'':
** Luke does this in [[Film/ANewHope the first movie]] to keep a door ''shut'', cutting off pursuing Storm Troopers. Unfortunately, it also stops the bridge controls from working, making a heroic swing across a chasm (and a kiss that [[BrotherSisterIncest later becomes awkward]]) necessary.

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* ''Film/StarWars'':
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** Luke does this in [[Film/ANewHope the first movie]] ''Film/ANewHope'' to keep a door ''shut'', cutting off pursuing Storm Troopers. Unfortunately, it also stops the bridge controls from working, making a heroic swing across a chasm (and a kiss that [[BrotherSisterIncest later becomes awkward]]) necessary.



* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** ''Film/TheTerminator'' shoots out a door lock with his SPAS-12 during the police station assault. Could count as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness as in later movies a Terminator can knock steel doors off their hinges. Perhaps it's because [[GunsAkimbo he had his hands full at the time]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
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** ''Film/TheTerminator'' ''Film/TheTerminator'': The Terminator shoots out a door lock with his SPAS-12 during the police station assault. Could count as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness as in later movies a Terminator can knock steel doors off their hinges. Perhaps it's because [[GunsAkimbo he had has his hands full at the time]].



** Then your pineal gland is safe. For now.



* ''Film/{{Clue}}'', of all places. When Col Mustard and Miss Scarlet are trapped in the lounge, Yvette recovers the revolver from the cupboard and shoots the lock twice from across the room. At least one of the bullets goes through the lock and Col. Mustard claims it hits him in the shoulder. (We never see any blood, nor anyone bandaging it, so I doubt he really got hit.)
** You can see that he was grazed. Look closely and you'll see his suit coat is damaged.

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* ''Film/{{Clue}}'', of all places. When Col Mustard and Miss Scarlet are trapped in the lounge, Yvette recovers the revolver from the cupboard and shoots the lock twice from across the room. At least one of the bullets goes through the lock and Col. Mustard claims it hits him in the shoulder. (We never see any blood, nor anyone bandaging it, so I doubt he really got hit.)
** You
(You can see that he was grazed. Look grazed -- look closely and you'll see his suit coat is damaged.)



-->'''Cowboy:''' Looks like you got yourself in a heap of trouble there, partner. Or did you just marry a cop?
-->'''Freddy:''' Excuse me, do you know a blacksmith who can get this handc-- err, bracelet off my friend?
-->'''Cowboy:''' I'll do better than that for ya. Hold your arm out straight there.
-->'''Freddy:''' [[OhCrap Ohhhsh]]-- ''(flees as the cowboy shoots off the handcuffs)''

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-->'''Cowboy:''' Looks like you got yourself in a heap of trouble there, partner. Or did you just marry a cop?
-->'''Freddy:'''
cop?\\
'''Freddy:'''
Excuse me, do you know a blacksmith who can get this handc-- err, bracelet off my friend?
-->'''Cowboy:'''
friend?\\
'''Cowboy:'''
I'll do better than that for ya. Hold your arm out straight there.
-->'''Freddy:'''
there.\\
'''Freddy:'''
[[OhCrap Ohhhsh]]-- ''(flees Ohhhsh]] -- (''flees as the cowboy shoots off the handcuffs)''handcuffs'')



** Detritus later gets a siege crossbow called the 'Piecemaker' which can shoot out the lock...and the door...and the surrounding wall...and just about anything else in a 270-degree arc.
* In the first ArtemisFowl book, Holly shoots the lock of Artemis' study with her RayGun, melting it and trapping him inside. When Butler comes to rescue him, he doesn't shoot out the lock-- he shoots out the doorframe. He notes that the door, made of reinforced steel, would have sent his bullets bouncing back at him; the doorway, made of the same porous rock as the rest of the manor, crumbles like chalk. He also notes that this is a major security risk that should be fixed as soon as possible.
* Defied in ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' - someone suggests shooting open a lock, but Sharpe points out that all it does is mangle the levers and make it worse. He does play it straight once, but in a way that would work. He shoots the door in. ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill With a cannon]].''
** Played straight in the TV series.

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** Detritus later gets a siege crossbow called the 'Piecemaker' "Piecemaker" which can shoot out the lock...lock... and the door...door... and the surrounding wall...wall... and just about anything else in a 270-degree arc.
* In the first ArtemisFowl ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, Holly shoots the lock of Artemis' study with her RayGun, melting it and trapping him inside. When Butler comes to rescue him, he doesn't shoot out the lock-- he shoots out the doorframe. He notes that the door, made of reinforced steel, would have sent his bullets bouncing back at him; the doorway, made of the same porous rock as the rest of the manor, crumbles like chalk. He also notes that this is a major security risk that should be fixed as soon as possible.
* Defied in ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' - someone suggests shooting open a lock, but Sharpe points out that all it does is mangle the levers and make it worse. He does play it straight once, but in a way that would work. He shoots the door in. ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill With a cannon]].''
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'' Played straight in the TV series.



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1st May '16 5:09:34 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheTerminator'' shoots out a door lock with his SPAS-12 during the police station assault. Could count as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness as in later movies a Terminator can knock steel doors off their hinges. Perhaps it's because [[GunsAkimbo he had his hands full at the time]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
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''Film/TheTerminator'' shoots out a door lock with his SPAS-12 during the police station assault. Could count as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness as in later movies a Terminator can knock steel doors off their hinges. Perhaps it's because [[GunsAkimbo he had his hands full at the time]].



* ''Film/DieHard2'' has John [=McLane=] shooting a padlock on an access grate to get onto a runway at Dulles Airport.

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* ''Film/DieHard2'' has John [=McLane=] [=McClane=] shooting a padlock on an access grate to get onto a runway at Dulles Airport.
5th Apr '16 11:03:37 PM Hanz
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* It's possible to do this to a locked chest in ''Videogame/EnterTheGungeon'', though doing this means that you're more likely to get either a consumable or just junk rather than the item itself.
30th Mar '16 9:27:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in, surprisingly enough, ''Film/{{Skyline}}''. A door lock is shot twice to no effect.
* Averted in a scene from Michael Mann's ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where Wes Studi and Al Pacino's characters stage an entry with Wes Studi blowing out the hinges with a shotgun instead of going for the lock.

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* Averted Subverted in, surprisingly enough, ''Film/{{Skyline}}''. A door lock is shot twice to no effect.
* Averted in a scene from Michael Mann's ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where Wes Studi and Al Pacino's characters stage an entry with Wes Studi blowing out the hinges with a shotgun instead of going for the lock.
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* Averted in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', where the Sweepers use the technique of blowing out the hinges of the door to gain entry in the first major action scene.



* Averted in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. Tuco jumps off a train while [[ChainedHeat handcuffed to his captor]], then beats his brains out against a rock. He tries to use the man's revolver to shoot the chain, but the weapon has been damaged in the fall and won't cock. He resorts to lying with the chain across the rail, waiting for the next train to sever it.



* Averted in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. Max, being chained to Nux, tries this with his recovered shotgun. Instead of aiming for the lock, he tries to blow off Nux's arm. Fortunately for Nux, the shells are duds.



* Lampshaded and averted in ''{{Sharpe}}'' - someone suggests shooting open a lock, but Sharpe points out that all it does is mangle the levers and make it worse. He does play it straight once, but in a way that would work. He shoots the door in. ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill With a cannon]].''

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* Lampshaded and averted Defied in ''{{Sharpe}}'' ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' - someone suggests shooting open a lock, but Sharpe points out that all it does is mangle the levers and make it worse. He does play it straight once, but in a way that would work. He shoots the door in. ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill With a cannon]].''



* Averted: When faced with a padlocked gate in ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'', Jason Bourne noted how useless shooting the lock would be, resulting in only shrapnel and wasted bullets. Instead, he cuts through the fence a discreet distance to the side.

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* Averted: Defied: When faced with a padlocked gate in ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'', Jason Bourne noted how useless shooting the lock would be, resulting in only shrapnel and wasted bullets. Instead, he cuts through the fence a discreet distance to the side.



* Averted in the AfterTheEnd book series ''Literature/TheGuardians''. When asked by a teenager if he was going to shoot out the lock on a locked door, the leader of the Guardians replies that it's a "great way to collect a bullet in the nuts kid and probably wouldn't open the door." He then proceeds to use a crowbar instead.

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* Averted Defied in the AfterTheEnd book series ''Literature/TheGuardians''. When asked by a teenager if he was going to shoot out the lock on a locked door, the leader of the Guardians replies that it's a "great way to collect a bullet in the nuts kid and probably wouldn't open the door." He then proceeds to use a crowbar instead.



* Averted in ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver''. Literature/JamesBond opens a metal door not by shooting the lock, but by firing around its hinges to weaken its support.
* Averted in ''[[Literature/TheGreatMerlini Death from a Top Hat]]'': when a police officer tries shooting out a lock all he does is jam it solid, they eventually have to remove the door hinges in order to send the latest corpse off to autopsy. Which really annoyed the murderer, for the record -- that murder wasn't ''supposed'' to look like a LockedRoomMystery, but the police bullets turned it into one.

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* Averted in ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver''. Literature/JamesBond opens a metal door not by shooting the lock, but by firing around its hinges to weaken its support.
* Averted
Subverted in ''[[Literature/TheGreatMerlini Death from a Top Hat]]'': when a police officer tries shooting out a lock all he does is jam it solid, they eventually have to remove the door hinges in order to send the latest corpse off to autopsy. Which really annoyed the murderer, for the record -- that murder wasn't ''supposed'' to look like a LockedRoomMystery, but the police bullets turned it into one.



* Averted, subverted, lampshaded, and played straight on one episode of ''Series/InPlainSight'', all within about a minute. The lead, Mary, and another cop are trapped in a burning building. The second cop wants to shoot the lock, but Mary informs him that it won't work; the shrapnel would just bounce back. She tries to find the key for the door on the huge bunch of janitor's keys she used to get into the building, gets impatient, and shoots the lock. No shrapnel, but the dents damage the lock enough for them to get outside. She's surprised that it actually works.

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* Averted, subverted, lampshaded, and played straight Zigzagged on one episode of ''Series/InPlainSight'', all within about a minute. The lead, Mary, and another cop are trapped in a burning building. The second cop wants to shoot the lock, but Mary informs him that it won't work; the shrapnel would just bounce back. She tries to find the key for the door on the huge bunch of janitor's keys she used to get into the building, gets impatient, and shoots the lock. No shrapnel, but the dents damage the lock enough for them to get outside. She's surprised that it actually works.



* Averted in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' - When the gang are trapped in a bank vault with a limited air supply, Stottlemeyer wraps his hand in his suit jacket and attempts to shoot the padlock off a utility box that might contain a phone line so that they can get help. Multiple shots don't faze the lock.

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* Averted Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' - When the gang are trapped in a bank vault with a limited air supply, Stottlemeyer wraps his hand in his suit jacket and attempts to shoot the padlock off a utility box that might contain a phone line so that they can get help. Multiple shots don't faze the lock.



* Averted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Naked Time", where Scotty uses a phaser to open a locked door by slowly and precisely carving into a wall to access the control circuits.
* Averted similarly in an episode of ''{{Sliders}}''. A small security robot is chasing Maggie when a door separates the two. The robot proceeds to carve a hole in the door exactly its size.



* Averted in ''Series/{{Bones}}''. Bones tries to shoot a lock with a revolver, and the bullet ricochets off the lock hitting Booth in the leg. He even knew it was coming. However, played straight a few minutes earlier when Booth shot out a padlock. Booth has shot out a few locks.
* Averted in a Season 4 episode of ''TopShot''. For one elimination challenge, the players had to breach three locked doors using a specially modified pump shotgun. Their trainer, a former Navy SEAL, took great care to show them how to do the job right: by tilting the barrel down at a 45-degree angle and putting the muzzle between the lock and the doorframe.
* Averted in the season 4 premiere of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. Deeks takes a shotgun and breaching rounds to the door, shooting out the hinges, then the handle.

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* Averted Subverted in ''Series/{{Bones}}''. Bones tries to shoot a lock with a revolver, and the bullet ricochets off the lock hitting Booth in the leg. He even knew it was coming. However, played straight a few minutes earlier when Booth shot out a padlock. Booth has shot out a few locks.
* Averted Discussed in a Season 4 episode of ''TopShot''. For one elimination challenge, the players had to breach three locked doors using a specially modified pump shotgun. Their trainer, a former Navy SEAL, took great care to show them how to do the job right: by tilting the barrel down at a 45-degree angle and putting the muzzle between the lock and the doorframe.
* Averted in the season 4 premiere of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''. Deeks takes a shotgun and breaching rounds to the door, shooting out the hinges, then the handle.
doorframe.



* Averted in the ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' pilot, where a Homeland Security agent tries to do that only to be stopped by Happy (a so-called "mechanical prodigy") to point out that a lock like that will not be affected by the bullet from his sidearm, but the bullet is likely to ricochet and hit one of them. She finds another way in.

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* Averted Subverted in the ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' pilot, where a Homeland Security agent tries to do that only to be stopped by Happy (a so-called "mechanical prodigy") to point out that a lock like that will not be affected by the bullet from his sidearm, but the bullet is likely to ricochet and hit one of them. She finds another way in.
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