->''"[[BlatantLies And yet we both reached for the gun]]''\\
''Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes we both''\\
''Oh yes, we both''\\
''Oh yes, we both reached for''\\
''The gun, the gun, the gun, the gun''\\
''Oh yes, we both reached for the gun''\\
''For the gun."''
-->-- '''Roxie Hart''', ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''

A very simple dramatic scene which involves two characters and a [[CaptainObvious gun]]. Each one reaches for it and grabs it. They grapple, vying for control, until [[BangBangBANG BANG!]] A few seconds pass and one of the characters falls down dead.

Variations apply: sometimes the gunshot is a BaitAndSwitchGunshot. Sometimes it comes from a third character watching the struggle. Sometimes it's non-fatal. Sometimes [[BulletHolesAndRevelations it's not immediately obvious which of the two was shot]]. But a gun will ''always'' [[ChekhovsGun go off]]. Because that's [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]].

There is also a variation of this used for melee weapons, usually a knife.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' has variations.
* This is what a murder suspect claims to have happened in ''CaseClosed'', but Two Mix accidentally overheard ''two'' gunshots (meaning that the murderer shot his victim, then put the gun into the victim's hand and fired again so that the victim would test positive for gun-shot residue).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''BlakeAndMortimer'', "The Francis Blake Affair." Fielding and Olrik fight over a gun... and Fielding dies, because Olrik is the [[ContractualImmortality recurring villain]].
* Jorgen and Wolf in ''[[Franchise/TheAdventuresOfTintin Explorers on the Moon]]''.
** Happens on several occasions as a convenient way of bumping off the villain, as Tintin wasn't supposed to [[ThouShaltNotKill kill anybody]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''MinorityReport''.
* In the ''StarWars'' {{Radio}} adaptation Leia struggles to get a blaster off of the Imperial Lord Tion. There's a zap...
** ...and? ...[[DontExplainTheJoke AND]]?!?
* This happens between [[Film/JamesBond 007]] and a mid-level villain in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Bond quickly gets control and points the gun at the villain's head, resulting in this exchange:
-->'''Dr. Kaufman:''' Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job.\\
'''Bond:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Me too]]. (Shoots Kaufman)
* ''Film/DieHard'', only they're fighting over the gun, and the issue is to see whose neck gets snapped when they roll down the stairs...
* At the climax of ''Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut'', the FinalGirl, her boyfriend, a friendly cop, and the AxCrazy bad guy are all vying for the gun, which happens to have been mixed in with a boxful of prop guns and nobody knows which is the real one.
* In the 1951 remake of ''The Racket'', the villain kills a policeman after a gun struggle, leaving some ambiguity as to whether he meant to fire the shot. In [[Film/TheRacket the 1927 original]], he just pulls his gun and shoots the cop InTheBack. Note the difference between pre- and -post Production Code standards.
* Combined with GunKata in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
* An interesting variation occurs in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' when Indy and the mook he's struggling with briefly cooperate to shoot another mook that Todt just ordered to "Shoot them both."
* TV movies, ''The Perfect Tennant'' as well as the ''The Perfect Wife'', has this near the end.
* ''Juice'': This trope occurs between Raheem and Bishop after robbing Quiles' liquor store.
* This marks the point where things start to go bad in ''TheCrazies'' (1973). The mayor of the town and his sheriff has arrived at the headquarters the military have set up, and start protesting their actions in rounding up all the townspeople. Colonel Peckham orders his men to go through the town confiscating all weapons -- starting with the police who the Mayor orders to resist. There's a tense but silent struggle with each side trying to get the others' firearms, culminating in a gunshot which reveals that the town sheriff has been killed.
* Arthur and a dream [[EliteMook Elite Mook]] get caught in one in ''Film/{{Inception}}''. [[InterestingSituationDuel In a rotating hallway. Followed by a hotel room]].
* The killer in ''Film/TheProwler'' dies after he struggles for his sawed-off shotgun with the FinalGirl and she manages pull the trigger, blowing his head to bits.
* ''TheGoldRush'' has a variant where Big Jim and Black Larson struggles for a shotgun while Charlie tries to stay out of the conflict, but the gun is constantly pointed at him no matter where he goes.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Happens in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', between [[spoiler:Miss Pross and Madame Defarge]] near the end.
* The knife variation wraps up the TrialByCombat in ''[[Literature/BrotherCadfael One Corpse Too Many]]''.
* In one ''Literature/JudgeDee'' story, the judge is told a man dead of a knife wound was accidentally stabbed during a knife struggle. He turns to his right-hand man, a very experienced fighter, who admits that it certainly is plausible, though not enough to instantly clear the other person.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Hidden'', Chloe gets tied up by the bad guy who she used to count as a friend, freed herself and struggled for his gun; a shot is fired and we see their shocked expressions for several moments before it is revealed the bad guy is shot (it is not immediately assumed because the bad guy did manage to shoot [[BroughtDownToNormal Clark]] and [[NotQuiteDead almost killed him]], not to mention Chloe has the highest [[DeathIsCheap death]]/severe injury count in the whole show).
** In ''Hypnotic'', Simone mind controls Clark into attacking Lex, Chloe subdues Clark with green kryptonite and Lex points a gun at Simone, but she instead controls Lex to shoot Chloe. They struggle for a few seconds before the gun is fired and [[KarmicDeath instead killed Simone]].
* One of the infamous season finales of TheOC had this happening to [[SoundtrackDissonance a breakup song by]] ImogenHeap.
** SaturdayNightLive and the internet promptly had a field day by parodying it with "Dear Sister", where everyone involved gets shot multiple times.
* In the school shooting episode of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', this happened between Rick and Sean.
* This occurred in the three-way free-for-all fight between Conan O'Brien, [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]], and [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] on Conan's show. An outtake shows that somehow, ''all three of them'' were accidentally shot as a result of the struggle... but Stephen recovers quickly enough to grab the gun for himself.
* Happens at the climax of the second episode of ''WildBoys''.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in an episode of ''{{NCIS}}''. After wrapping up a case involving this trope, Ziva comments on how after a GunStruggle takes place, nobody ever admits to actually shooting the other person; the gun always somehow just "goes off" on its own.
* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine''. In "The House of Quark" Quark is attacked in his bar by a drunken Klingon who accidentally gets stabbed with his own knife during the struggle. Quark talks himself up as having defeated him in battle in order to bring in more customers. HilarityEnsues when the Klingon's relatives make Quark the leader of their house for political reasons.
* The 2010 ''UpstairsDownstairs'' revival has a variation in which a third character is ''shot'', not the shooter.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In StanRogers' song ''Harris and the Mare'', there's a bar fight, during which one man pulls a knife and rushes the singer. [[spoiler: The aggressor - the one who pulled the knife - is killed in the struggle.]]
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The quote comes from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', but it's not what actually happened. It's just what Billy Flynn (Roxie's SmugSnake lawyer) wants the jury to believe happened.
* ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'' has the FilmNoir [[ShowWithinAShow in the show]] ending this way. Both parties are shot.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Done in a Creator/FreddieWong video "Whose gun is it anyway?" [[spoiler:They simultaneously shoot each other.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* What's better than two characters struggling over a gun? Find out in [[http://girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100716 this]] ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000426c Dr. Light tries to take Protoman's gun away. It doesn't end well for him.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens during the BarBrawl in the Disney movie ''TheGreatMouseDetective''. Being a children's movie, the inevitable shot hits the light rather than a person.
* Two gangster rappers in an episode of ''TheBoondocks'' each manage to shoot ''themselves'' during one of these.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The List" has one between Wendy and Bebe. The gun accidently goes off but neither is shot. [[spoiler: The stray bullet hits Kenny while eating his dinner, killing him instantly.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* An instructional video for the Modern Army Combatives program demonstrated one alternative for long guns... have the weapon pointed away from you, then punch the other struggler in the face.
* Firearms retention training (for both hand guns and long guns) is to avert this... or at least the part about the gun going off and the trainee being the one to fall down dead.
** More specifically, once they've fallen into retention stance, [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs it's probably easier to steal a person's T-shirt than wrest the gun from them, or even interrupt their aim.]]
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