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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.
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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.
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* 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.
25th Mar '16 11:26:37 PM JackG
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** Subverted in "If-Then-Else", where the Machine is running computer simulations to get them out of their latest crisis. Whenever Team Machine shoots out the lock it only alerts the guards inside, causing a shoot-out that draws other Samaritan soldiers. However when Shaw comes up with the keypad combination, they're able to take the guards by surprise, giving Team Machine a chance of survival.

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** Subverted in "If-Then-Else", where the Machine is running computer simulations to get them out of their latest crisis. Whenever Team Machine shoots out the lock it only alerts the guards inside, causing a shoot-out that draws other Samaritan soldiers. soldiers. However when Shaw comes up with the keypad combination, they're able to take the guards by surprise, giving Team Machine a chance of survival.
25th Mar '16 11:24:31 PM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Dead Reckoning" the villain shoots the lock on an electronic door to seal Reese and Snow in a room with a bomb. They cut the power, shoot the back-up battery, then push the door open.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
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In "Dead Reckoning" the villain shoots the lock on an electronic door to seal Reese and Snow in a room with a bomb. They cut the power, shoot the back-up battery, then push the door open.open.
** Subverted in "If-Then-Else", where the Machine is running computer simulations to get them out of their latest crisis. Whenever Team Machine shoots out the lock it only alerts the guards inside, causing a shoot-out that draws other Samaritan soldiers. However when Shaw comes up with the keypad combination, they're able to take the guards by surprise, giving Team Machine a chance of survival.
28th Feb '16 8:56:38 AM Beedle
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In the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series the titular Prince develops a fondness for using heavy weapons for shooting the lock off (and the door, and part of the wall). In the last book during the climatic assault on the palace the assault team repeatedly uses plasma cannons to destroy the doors in their way. This is justified due to the fact that the doors in question are constructed from star ship armor and plasma cannons are the only thing they have that can destroy them and even they requires Explosive Overclocking to do so.

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* In the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series the titular Prince develops a fondness for using heavy weapons for shooting the lock off (and the door, and part of the wall). In the last book during the climatic assault on the palace the assault team repeatedly uses plasma cannons to destroy the doors in their way. This is justified due to the fact that the doors in question are constructed from star ship armor and plasma cannons are the only thing they have that can destroy them and even they requires Explosive Overclocking to do so.
20th Feb '16 11:48:48 AM EchoFourDelta
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*** Which doesn't make much sense unless the Wraith use special materials in their locks, as the 5.7x28mm round used in the P90 is specially designed to defeat high-quality armor.
30th Jan '16 8:52:41 AM nombretomado
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* In the first act in SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror, You have to open a lock to a gate by shooting it.

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* In the first act in SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror, You ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterDarkMirror'', you have to open a lock to a gate by shooting it.
17th Jan '16 10:13:25 PM Adeon
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In the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series the titular Prince develops a fondness for using heavy weapons for shooting the lock off (and the door, and part of the wall). In the last book during the climatic assault on the palace the assault team repeatedly uses plasma cannons to destroy the doors in their way. This is justified due to the fact that the doors in question are constructed from star ship armor and plasma cannons are the only thing they have that can destroy them and even they requires Explosive Overclocking to do so.
3rd Jan '16 6:48:09 AM CynicalBastardo
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* 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.
29th Dec '15 1:21:11 AM Mhazard
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Attempts to shoot the lock mechanism itself tend to leave the distorted metal jammed in place while the bolt or latch remains closed. In effect, it is actually ''more'' locked than if you had left it alone. Although if you decided to shoot the lock with a ''[[StuffBlowingUp Rocket Launcher]]'', [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill that's another story]].

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Attempts to shoot the lock mechanism itself tend to leave the distorted metal jammed in place while the bolt or latch remains closed. In effect, it is actually ''more'' locked than if you had left it alone. Although if you decided to shoot the lock with a ''[[StuffBlowingUp [[GrenadeLauncher Rocket Launcher]]'', Launcher]], [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill that's another story]].
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