Alice is up against someone who has a gun. Before the gunman can shoot her, Alice snatches the firearm and quickly disables it right in front of the gunman. Asskicking typically ensues.
Usually used to demonstrate the badassery of a given character as well as their knowledge of firearms, (unless they use brute force), and may involve Willing Suspension of Disbelief
to enforce the Rule of Cool
. It also makes an impressive show for the viewer.
Not to be confused with Gun Stripping
, where the character has plenty of time to take apart the firearm.
See also: Guns Are Worthless
, Blasting It out of Their Hands
, and Quick Draw
. Might involve Not With the Safety On, You Won't
- In Feet of Clay, Dorfl does this when he goes to the slaughterhouse for payback after being given free will and someone attacks him with a hammer.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when Hagrid is banging on the door of the shack in which the Dursleys are trying to hide from the Hogwarts letters, Vernon comes downstairs with a shotgun. After Hagrid breaks down the door, Vernon threatens him with it, and Hagrid yanks the gun out of his hands, ties the barrel in a knot and tosses it in the corner.
- Eliot Spencer from Leverage can do this and does it on a regular basis. Justified because he's one of the world's best fighters and he doesn't like guns.
- In Lost, Kate does it with instruction from Sayid in the second episode, right after Sawyer shoots the polar bear. Later we learn she didn't necessarily need it.
- In Star Trek: The Original Series, Khan grabs a Kirk's phaser out of his hands and bends it in half.
- In Gargoyles, the Goliath does this to Elisa in the pilot episode, snatching her gun from behind and crushing it to scrap.