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Disarm, Disassemble, Destroy
Disassembling or crushing an opponent's firearm right in front of them during a fight.
(permanent link) added: 2012-01-10 09:05:25 sponsor: kyleykh edited by: Westrim (last reply: 2013-08-27 02:10:46)

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Indices: Guns and Gunplay Tropes, Combat Tropes

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.



  • Played for laughs in You Don't Mess with the Zohan, where the lead character takes apart a goon's assault rifle ridiculously fast.
  • In Lethal Weapon 4, Jet Li's character escapes a Mexican Standoff this way.
  • In Five Card Stud some gold miners are concerned that there's a killer loose and the marshal can't or won't do anything about it, so they march towards the marshal's office, one of them carrying a shotgun, intent on taking the law into their own hands. One of the marshal's deputies accosts them, takes the shotgun, and empties it of shells.
  • Parodied in Wayne's World when Garth grabs Russell's flashlight out of his hand and immediately opens it and removes the batteries.
  • In The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne disarms two French police officers and ends up holding one of their sidearms. He dismantles it in about half a second and runs away.
  • In The Dark Knight, when Bruce's penthouse is attacked by the Joker's men, he disables an unsuspecting mook and immediately disassembles his shotgun whilst making speed to intercept Harvey and get him to safety.
  • In Rush Hour, when Detective Lee comes to the consulate and beats up the FBI agents guarding the front door, he takes one of their guns and disassembles it, apologizes, and finds another way in.
  • In Short Circuit, a villain pulls a gun on the Johnny 5, who takes it out of his hand and destroys it.
    Johnny 5: Colt .45. Semi-automatic.
    [crushes the gun]
    Johnny 5: Play-doh.
  • In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a mook attempts to shoot Holmes with a revolver at point-blank range. Holmes grabs the revolver out of the mook's hand, empties the chamber of bullets with one motion, and then hands the gun back to the mook.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • In Gargoyles, the Goliath does this to Elisa in the pilot episode, snatching her gun from behind and crushing it to scrap.

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