Asked in Lost and Found about a trope that describes this. Apparently, it's not here.
What if someone's pointing a gun at you at point blank
and you're not Nigh Invulnerable
? Well, you can hope the gunshot won't kill you,
or stick your finger in the barrel.
What happens is that the shooter fires anyways (even though they shouldn't)
. The victim and his finger is uninjured, the gun explodes,
and the shooter is injured and has a Ash Face
. In the real, the victim maybe alive, minus a hand
, and the shooter is uninjured and the gun's still intact.
Subtrope of Televisionis Trying To Kill You
and Guns Do Not Work That Way
. Compare Bullet Catch
. Barehanded Blade Block
is the sword counterpart. Point That Somewhere Else
works a lot better, and less riskier on your fingers.
Nothing to do with Finger Gun
and Finger Firearms
- When the Fantastic Four first encounter Prince Namor, the Submariner is preparing an invasion of New York to combat "the human filth." At one point, some Atlantian soldiers are preparing a large gun for firing when Ben Grimm stuffs his whole arm down the barrel, causing the weapon to explode. Ben then brings four dazed and unconscious Atlantians to Reed's laboratory, saying, "Hey, Reed: I found ya four volunteers."
- Mythbusters tested this trope, and it's busted. The victim will lose his finger if not his hand, gun still works if not a bit damaged, and the shooter is always uninjured.
- The Trope Codifier if not the Trope Maker are Looney Tunes cartoons, where this is such a standard tactic that it's not clear why anyone even bothers with guns. Most prominently used by Bugs Bunny on Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam when they're (literally) gunning for him, but there's Eleventy Zillion other examples.
- Seen in the Tom and Jerry short "Quiet, Please!". Jerry tires to wake up Spike by firing a shotgun, and Tom sticks his fingers down both barrels to stop it, leaving him with throbbing, swollen fingers.
- In Lilo & Stitch, when Stitch steals Jumba's plasma pistol, Jumba jams a carrot in the barrel right as he fires. This causes the gun to go into an overload spiral, eventually exploding violently and leveling the house.
- Now for some Fridge Logic: there are several problems pulling it off, but fiction only deals with the victim being injured instead of the shooter. There's also:
- Getting your finger in the barrel. As fiction usually uses a shotgun with this trope, not a problem to stick your index finger. But any pistol or rifle is too small for the index, and maybe too small for all fingers.
- The shooter always let's it happen. He never resists it by moving the gun around or shooting before the finger's in the barrel.
- The shooter always fires anyway with the finger in the barrel. He never tries to unlodge the finger.
- The shooter is never military-trained. You will get a gun butt to your face if you try this trope against them.
- Directly inspired by Mythbusters, this guy found a old article about this. A scientific paper done a little over a century before indicates that this may have been more common in early firearms, where the barrels were often made from multiple strips of metal welded together.
- Apparently the real-life Gyrojet (a family of guns that fired tiny rockets) could actually be defeated this way, since unlike a normal firearm it had almost no muzzle velocity.