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Chainsaw Grip BFG
Holding a really big gun like it was a logging tool.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-05-14 07:32:59 sponsor: MattStriker (last reply: 2013-05-21 08:42:40)

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Bob has a Really Big Gun. It's noisy, destructive, and probably has an endearing nickname. But the main thing that shows everybody what a BFG it 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.


Comic Books


Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Tabletop Game

Video Game
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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"

Real Life
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