ChainsawGripBFG Chainsaw Grip BFG YKTTW Discussion
|Chainsaw Grip BFG|
Holding a really big gun like it was a logging tool.Needs Examples Better Name
Really Big Gun. It's noisy, destructive, and probably has an endearing nickname. But the main thing that shows everybody what a BFG it is...is the way he holds it. A fore handle, chainsaw-style, and a grip in the back, firing from the hip. Now, this would be a really stupid thing to do IRL for various reasons, but in assorted media it has basically become the default way of depicting oversized man-portable weaponry. It can also be used specifically because it is stupid: To demonstrate that a weapon has no need for accuracy, or that the wielder doesn't really care about cover. Frequently appears in conjunction with Gatling Good. Compare Gangsta Style and Guns Akimbo for firearms techniques similarly based on Rule of Cool.
- Ares has a minigun with the Terminator-2-style chainsaw grip on his Wall of Weapons, along with several other movie shout-outs.
- The M56 Smartgun from Aliens is a fairly reasonable example, since it also incorporates a powered harness to help with aiming and recoil compensation.
- Terminator 2: Arnold uses this in the iconic minigun scene, and the GE M134 Minigun used in the film is in fact the first known example of this trope.
- In a flash-forward due to Negative Space Wedgie in the Babylon 5 episode "Babylon Squared," Garibaldi is seen using some sort of Gatling PPG this way against unseen aggressors.
- The Vindicator Minigun from Shadowrun is designed with this in mind.
- Warhammer 40K Space Marines (and Sergeant Harker of the Catachan II Regiment) wield Heavy Bolters in this fashion. Plasma Cannons and Multi-Meltas follow the same design principles.
- Dune II. The Heavy Trooper, favored infantry unit of the Harkonnen and Sardaukar, carries a really big machinegun like this.
- Many heavy weapons in the Fallout franchise are used like this, including several incarnation of the Minigun and the "Incinerator" flamethrower/grenade launcher hybrid from Fallout: New Vegas.
- In Gods Eater Burst, all three gun types for the gun mode of the God Arcs are held in this fashion.
- Spartans wield detached turrets in this style in the Halo series.
- Vulcan Raven of Metal Gear Solid does this.
- The BFG from Quake II is wielded much like this.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic. Assault cannons, oversized weapons carried by the Commando class are held this way.
- Team Fortress 2. The Heavy's miniguns all follow this design. The Medigun and its variants use a slightly more sensible design with a pistol grip helow the barrel in addition to the top handle.
- The X-COM clone/tribute game UFO: Extraterrestrials follows this design for most of its heavy weapons, with a few (shoulder-mounted) exceptions.
- Transformers Prime:
- Dreadwing and Skyquake carry their guns this way. Averted by Optimus' minigun, as he's big enough to carry it one handed (Though still under-slung).
- Optimus Prime wields a Gatling Gun in this manner in "Beast Hunters"
- Chainsaw grips◊ are now available for shotguns. Of debatable practicality but very much Rule of Cool.
- Related to the Terminator 2 example: