Created By: DrakeClawfang on September 13, 2017 Last Edited By: DrakeClawfang on September 17, 2017
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Combo Rifle

Two guns that can combine into a different type of gun.

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Guns Akimbo is cool. Rifles and shotguns are cool. What could be better than combining them, in the form of handguns that can connect together to form a rifle or shotgun? You can combine your favorite gun tropes together without having to deal with the logistics of a character carrying both types of weapons separately. This also lets a character cover multiple tactical options with much fewer weapons, like handguns for a traditional shootout that can combine into a sniper rifle for long-range engagements.

Sure, Fridge Logic would have you know that Guns Do Not Work That Way: just think of all the firing mechanisms of the forward gun that would somehow have to get out of the way for a bullet fired from the back gun to travel down the barrels of both at once, to say nothing of be able to pull that off without the pressures of the firing exploding out from where the two barrels connect. But, it definitely qualifies for Rule of Cool so these problems may not be a concern.

Compare Bifurcated Weapon and Gun Accessories. Can be justified if the guns in question are Energy Weapons.


Anime
  • Gundam SEED: The Buster Gundam is equipped with a beam rifle and a railgun, either of which can be powered up by plugging the other gun into its back - the beam rifle becoming a beam Sniper Rifle and the railgun becoming an anti-armor shotgun. In the sequel Gundam Seed Destiny, the Strike Freedom is equipped with a pair of beam rifles which can combine into a longer rifle in similar fashion.
  • In Gundam 00, the Seravee has two GN Bazookas that can be attached to its Shoulder Cannons for greater range and power, and/or combined together to create a Wave Motion Gun (which can further transform into a Wave-Motion Tuning Fork mode).

Video Games
  • Sazh in Final Fantasy XIII can combine his handguns into a rifle in several of his attacks.
  • The Arkham Knight in Batman: Arkham Knight has two handguns that connect into a sniper rifle, which he uses to shoot Batman from longer ranges.
  • Xigbar in Kingdom Hearts wields Arrowguns that can connect into a rifle. He avoids the Fridge Logic of how this sort of weapon would work thanks to his Arrowguns using magic projectiles launched from the tips; combining them into a rifle just lets him do a Charged Attack.
  • Super Robot Wars Judgment has the Belzelute's Orgone Rifle: Mode A, where it combines its pistols with its rifle to form a bow-like Wave-Motion Tuning Fork.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • September 14, 2017
    Mhazard
    Compare Bifurcated Weapon and Gun Accessories. Can be justified if the guns in question are Energy Weapons.
  • September 14, 2017
    zarpaulus
    • Combined with IKEA Weaponry in Lost In Space, Major West converts his pistol into a double-barreled rifle by attaching several items from his belt.
  • September 14, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    I'd say the Li S example isn't the same, since it's one pistol having accessories attached to form a rifle, not two guns merging into one.
  • September 14, 2017
    Prime32
    Not sure where the line is drawn here.

    • Gundam Seed: The Buster Gundam is equipped with a beam rifle and a railgun, both of which can be powered up by plugging the other gun into its back - the beam rifle becoming a beam Sniper Rifle and the railgun becoming an anti-armor shotgun. In the sequel Gundam Seed Destiny, the Strike Freedom is equipped with a pair of beam rifles which can combine into a longer rifle in similar fashion.

    Super Robot Wars J has the Belzelute's Orgone Rifle: Mode A, where it combines with two pistols and expands into a Wave Motion Tuning Fork that resembles a bow. Likewise, Super Robot Wars L has whatever the Straybird is doing here.

    There's a bunch of Toku heroes with a Sword And Gun who can attach their sword to the front of their gun for a rifle mode. Multiple characters combining their weapons together may also follow this form (particularly, the "team bazooka" in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger was basically three pistols that could be connected in any order).
  • September 14, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    • In the deeply bizarre fanfic Who is Voldemorts Dad? The Tales of Vernon Dursly, Dumbledore somehow creates a machine gun by magically combining two pistols.
  • September 14, 2017
    Larkmarn
    Is this not just The Same But More Specific of Bifurcated Weapon.... it's just "Bifurcated Weapon, but specifically guns."
  • September 14, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    I don't think so, combining two handguns into a rifle or a shotgun changes fighting style far more than a sword that can split into two. Both in the given three examples and the ones others are adding, it's usually done to change the properties of the weapons for different tactical purposes.
  • September 14, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    ^^^ Keft out the Straybird example, it's hard to tell what it's doing but it seems to combine the weapons and not just connect them. Looking at the various Sentai weapons, I can tell it's a theme to have the team's weapons combine into a superweapon, but the weapon types are so varied I don't think they could really qualify for this specific trope.

    ^^ Gonna need more info on how Dumbledore does that.
  • September 14, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    {merged comment}
  • September 14, 2017
    Madam-Shogun-Assassin
    I think Zahz from Final Fantasy 13 does this, if i remember correctly.
  • September 15, 2017
    Mhazard
    • NERF Brand:
      • The Modulus Barrelstrike is a quad-barrelled blaster that can transform into a rifle barrel, and the Stockshot is a quad-barrelled pistol that doubles as a stock, combining them with any pistol with barrel and stock attachment slots and you get this trope.
      • The Modules Mediator XL is a blaster rifle made of three Mediator blasters that can be separated into standalone pistols.

    Also compare IKEA Weaponry and Swiss Army Gun.
  • September 15, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    Do you have images of these weapons combining in such a manner?
  • September 15, 2017
    shadowbeast
    Film:

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has this with Captain Andor's blaster, usually used as a sidearm, often reconfigured as a carbine, and a one point, as a long-range precision rifle.

    [1]: Nerf don't seem to have many images that show the blasters actually linked, though the fans may have quite a lot, but not anything we could use here. Also, there was the forward section of the Longshot, which could be detached, and function on its own. http://nerf.wikia.com/wiki/Longshot_front_blaster This was not released seperately, nor was it re-introduced with the Zombiestrike CS-12 Longshot; only with the CS-6. http://nerf.wikia.com/wiki/Longshot_CS-6/Gallery

  • September 15, 2017
    Prime32
  • September 15, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    ^^ I'm interested in how the guns work to verify if they fit the trope or not.
  • September 17, 2017
    shadowbeast
    On second (etc.) thought, best scratch the Rogue One example, as it seems more of an OTT Gun Accessories example.

  • September 17, 2017
    DrakeClawfang
    Agreed,
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