Complementing the MultiMeleeMaster, the MultiRangedMaster is a character who wields at least two distinct types of ranged weapons, ones which would require distinctly different techniques.

Wielding a rifle is very different to aiming a pistol, and using heavy weapons like bazookas and grenade launchers even more radically different. And as for those protagonists who use bows... or [[InWorkingOrder alien weapons.]] Basically, if a character carries two distinct types of ranged weapon, both of which would require a lot of practice to use without necessarily giving competence with the other, you have this trope.

May be a WalkingArmory if the character doesn't have access to a HyperspaceArsenal.

Aside from being a signature of the CrazyPrepared, it marks a character as diligent, as well as well trained.

Sub-trope of ChoiceOfTwoWeapons.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics:
** Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} of [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] fame, especially in his Ultimates version, where he can shoot, throw, flick, spit, and otherwise glance at you with deadly results.
** [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Bullseye]] is an equally extreme example, if not moreso. Pretty telling that Bullseye impersonated Hawkeye in the Comicbook/DarkAvengers.
* Miho in ''Comicbook/SinCity'' can use normal shuriken, her bladed manji, throwing knives, or arrows.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''DancesWithWolves,'' Lt. Dunbar arms the bow-and-arrow/tomahawk-using Indians with ''Winchester rifles;'' despite having absolutely ''no'' training, they succeed in wiping out the enemy tribe in a one-sided victory.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Kamen Rider Zolda]] (and his [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight American counterpart Kamen Rider Torque]]) have, besides the handgun-sized machine gun Magna Visor, a pair of shoulder-mounted cannons and a handheld artillery gun.
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[[folder:Manga And Anime]]
* Mana Tatsumiya, resident gunslinger of MahouSenseiNegima, changes between rifle, submachine gun and handcannons easily.
* [[{{Naruto}} Team Guy's]] Tenten is this, specifically for throwing weapons. If she can hurl it she will.
* Teana Lanster of the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, who starts off trained on MagiTek pistols in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', learns Nanoha's {{Signature|Move}} WaveMotionGun technique in ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' and masters it by ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', and later gains a non-magical assault rifle that could fire [[EnergyWeapons energy]] and [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter physical]] bolts for use against the {{Mage Killer}}s of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''.
* ''SenkiZesshouSymphogear'': Chris Yukine's Ichiaval gear gives her AutomaticCrossbows by default, but can also produce anything from [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile packs]] to [[GatlingGood Gatling guns]] to ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill freaking ICBMs]]'', and she's very capable of kicking ass with all of them.
* Gene Starwind of ''Manga/OutlawStar'' primarily wields a pistol most of the time, a short double barreled shotgun for tougher opponents, and his hand cannon sized magic Caster Gun for powerful magic using opponents. He has also used bazookas, rocket launchers, and a multi-missle launcher to various effect.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Usually averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' unless your character has taken weapons training with the weapon type. Different kinds of weapons require different skills, and [[KillerGamemaster considering what the GM is likely to be like,]] achieving a level of mastery with two types of weapon is unlikely to happen.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** {{Space Marine}}s are trained with both bolters (fully automatic anti-tank rifles) and bolt pistols. Quite useful in gameplay, as they can't charge the enemy in the same turn they fired the bolter in.
** Many ranged [[SwordAndGun (and melee)]] units have pistols to fire before charging in an assault. That is generally not a good idea since most ranged units will never go as much damage as any unit made for melee face-to-face, and most standard ranged weapons are rapid-fire meaning they fire two shots instead of one when in range to assault as opposed to firing one shot with their pistols and charging in. Utilizing rapid-fire is generally prefered for most units. It can work for the {{Space Marine}}s, being TheMario, though.
** Pistols -can- be fired and still allow a unit to charge in the 5th Edition of the game and earlier. Many weapons, including all pistols, are classed "Assault" weapons. This means anyone carrying that weapon can shoot normally and charge later in the turn. Since not every model in a unit must shoot, a unit which plans to close to close combat can choose to fire ''only'' its assault weapons, including ''all'' pistols. A player usually should try to shoot the enemy first to soften them up, unless the enemy is one who has no chance in close combat and might retreat out of range if shot up. For example, Khorne Berserkers are axe-crazy madmen who can decimate the RedShirtArmy Imperial Guardsmen in hand to hand; they may hold off shooting their pistols. If the Guardsmen fall back from shooting, they may escape the close combat, rally, turn around, and light up the Berserkers. An even more canny player may shoot only a few pistol shots, softening up the target as much as they can without actually risking the enemy retreating out of range. Consequently, units with mixed ranged weapons really fit this trope when considering whether or not they want to be able to fight close combat later in the turn and whether they want to curbstomp their enemies in one turn or draw out the combat (to avoid being shot on their opponent's turn). This really hits home when shooting/assaulting Space Marines; they can ''choose'' to fall back from your shooting if it's advantageous to, like, say, if it helps them avoid an assault they want no part of.
** Upgrades for squads generally allow the squad to have different ranged weapons from one another. Mixing anti-tank and anti-infantry weapons in the same squad is not advised though, since they can only attack one or the other in ([[HouseRules standard, mind you]]) rules.
** Tau Battlesuits fit this trope very frequently, as most carry at least two weapons, most carry upgrades letting them fire two weapons in a turn, and they have ranges from "terrifying close" to "across the damn table." Whether the competence in one is not competence in the other requirement is met is debatable, as the character is piloting a suit, and who knows whether these different weapon systems require different training.
** Ork weaponry, being ''extremely'' varied and downright nonsensical, is semi-powered by the owner thinking it works and holding down the trigger.
* Many a character in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.0 or later or TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} is automatically proficient with a stunning array of ranged weapons and may carry two or three of them at will. A typical fighter may be roughly as competent with a thrown dagger, thrown hammer, javelin, longbow, crossbow, shortbow, sling, darts, a blowgun, and a chakram at first level. The list of melee weapons such a character knows how to use is far longer. When you realize human first level characters created by the rules are often about 16 years old, one can only wonder when they found time to learn it all. This is generally considered an AcceptableBreakFromReality. Earlier D&D characters also could fit this trope, but the player had very limited slots for characters to learn to use weapons and it would be based on player choice.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Let's get the obvious out of the way first: 90+% of all {{FPS}} protagonists, ever.
** Franchise/JamesBond was likely the first to [[GunsAkimbo wield two very different weapons at the same time]], wielding an [[AKA47 AR33]] in one hand and a grenade launcher in the other in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye 007]]''.
* Link (in his various incarnations) from TheLegendOfZelda has used a bow, boomerang, slingshot, hookshot/clawshot (a hook or claw on a spring-powered chain), grappling hook, various magical staves and wands, a whip, a wrecking ball on a chain, has shot laser beams from his sword, throws and rolls bombs, and recently used a remote-controlled robotic beetle. Oh, and a fishing rod.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' allows the protagonist to operate both a longbow and crossbow with equal competence, despite the two weapons being very different in function and requiring a lifetime of practice with the longbow. (Crossbows are easier to pick up and learn to fire, and don't require the same insane levels of strength.) The sequel does away with the longbow but adds rifles into the mix, which are different from crossbows again. The third game swaps out crossbows for pistols.
* The Soldier class in ''MakaiKingdom'' excels at using rifle and another ranged weapon. Males favor [[GatlingGood gatling guns]] while females are proficient with [[VideogameFlamethrowersSuck flamethrowers]].
* In ''WorldInConflict'', Rifleman squads have a medic, a rifleman, an AT soldier, an AA soldier and a machinegunner, with the first two having grenade launchers mounted on their rifles. Anti-tank squads have mostly AT soldiers with a medic and some riflemen, lacking grenade launchers.
* Ezio Auditore from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' is this ''and'' MultiMeleeMaster. While his ancestor Alta´r only used throwing knives - the crossbow was CutscenePowerToTheMax and doesn't count - Ezio eventually gains a [[ArmCannon Hidden Gun]] and, in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', a crossbow.
* [[EgomaniacHunter Mordecai]] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' is both a skilled sharpshooter and an archetypical [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]].
* Laguna in DissidiaFinalFantasy doesn't need swords or sorcery, nor even significant athletic ability. While others are trading barrages of Holy and a lifetime's martial training with each other, Laguna just shoots things. With a machine gun, a sniper rifle, a shotgun, a bazooka, a multi-rocket launcher, grenades, sticky bombs and electro-shield bombs. Oh, and a laser cannon. Also, Vaan, to a lesser extent, as he can use a rifle and crossbow and Firion who can uses a longbow and throwing knives.
* Billy Lee Black from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' wields pistols, two elemental-bullet firing guns and a shotgun. The game's combat system lets him swap between the weapons seamlessly, but his combos stand out: Launching an enemy into the air with a shotgun, then firing two pistols at them to juggle them in mid-air. And that's just the start!
* The Ranger job tree in ''{{Dragonica}}'' uses a different type of firearm (plus multiple types of grenades and a remote drone or two) for nearly every attack skill, with their actual equipped weapon being a crossbow.
* While DemonsSouls allows you to carry different types of ranged weapons (bows and crossbows), it was superfluous because ranged combat isn't too useful. Its SpiritualSuccessor ''DarkSouls'' however, allows you to become a bona fide pure non-magic user ranged weapon fighter. At least three weapons are viable for this playstyle: The Dragonslayer Greatbow, Composite/Darkmoon Bow, and Avelyn. The first is a [[AbnormalAmmo spear-firing]] large bow that does tremendous damage and knockback with sluggish reload time, the second is a fast-firing medium range bow that can be used for harrassing players, and the last is a triple-shot crossbow that can kill other players scarily fast, but has a long vulnerability window and high end ammo costs can really break the Soul Bank. Switching between these three gives the most flexibility and advantage in a battle.
* This is pretty much a necessity in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s Multiplayer; the sheer usefullness of sniper rifles means that most any class that isn't Vanguard or Adept is carrying a sniper rifle as a primary weapon, and a short ranged weapon, typically a pistol or SMG, as a backup. As an example, a commmon loadout is Mantis sniper and Predator pistol, which is actually quite practical as the ''stock'' Mantis can dish out one hit kills with [[AbnormalAmmo ammo mods]] and [[BoomHeadshot headshots]], while the Predator, properly leveled and outfitted, is less like a pistol and more like a small semiauto rifle.
** This is the default for several player classes in the second game in the trilogy (not counting heavy weapons) and all squadmates can carry at most two different weapons.
** Even in the third game, while Shepard can use all weapon classes, the encumbrance system means that power reliant classes can as a general rule only carry two different weapons. Averted with the Soldier Class who can, with the right weapons and mods potentially carry up to four weapons at once and still have close to maximum cooldown bonus. And Soldiers are less reliant on power cooldowns to start with if you want to add more or use heavier weapons.
* In GuildWars2, Warriors, Engineers, Rangers, and Thieves can all use at least 2 nonmagical ranged weapons. All except the engineer can switch between 2 weapon sets in combat as well, and the engineer gets skills that open up an array of other weapons.
* In VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance, ComicBook/ThePunisher is depicted with a number of guns on his person, and has a move which switches both his class and his gun.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Archer [[spoiler:and Shirou]] can call down a StormOfBlades, or turn functional copies of magical swords into arrows and fire them from bows.
* The Tenno from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' switch effortlessly between assault rifles, bows, kunai, pistols, shotguns, sniper rifles, other heavy ordnance... Pretty much every weapon you can think of.
* Noel Vermillion of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' uses Arcus Diabolus: Bolverk, which can become a pair of long pistols, a minigun, a rocket launcher, and as of ''Chronophantasma'', a shotgun. [[{{Magitek}} Bolverk is not a gun in the traditional "as-we-know-it" sense...]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Officers in the British armed forces will learn to shoot both their standard issue rifle and their signature handguns, though these are falling out of favour nowadays, and all soldiers are expected to know how to use crew-served machine guns and anti-armour weapons in an emergency even if they aren't specialists.
* It's also pretty common for infantry to have one or two members of a squad carry a light anti-tank weapon just in case they run into enemy armoured vehicles or -more likely these days- a heavily fortified MG nest that they can't silence with grenades.
* Armoured vehicle or helicopter crews usually have a carbine or sub-machine gun each, but since the only time they'll actually fire their small arms in combat is after getting forced to bail out of their vehicle they also wear sidearms in case they can't retrieve their bail-out bags.
* Police in America carry a handgun normally, but they do have a shotgun in the car if something heavier is needed. One would think they'd choose a more long-ranged weapon, such as a rifle, but policemen prefer shorter-range weapons because the longer range on rifles means they might go through a house or car or street and kill bystanders even if they ''don't'' miss their targets.
** This is not to say that they don't have rifles as well. But those are usually reserved for [[MoreDakka SWAT]] [[BigDamnHeroes teams]] and situations where they're dealing with shooters with body armor.
** Also, the range limitation of shotguns is vastly exaggerated. They're actually quite effective up to 200-300 feet, far beyond the range that would mostly be called for. Rifles are simply more likely to ricochet or overpenetrate. Additionally, the penetration of shotguns is grotesquely exaggerated. For all a shotgun's ability to tear flesh, they really do a poor job of ripping through cover. This is a benefit for a cop. If a shot misses, a shotgun has a lower chance to punch through a wall or door and hit someone else.
* Scottish Highlanders often carried both a longbow and a Musket-so they'd have both a fast firing long ranged weapon for lightly armoured troops and a slower firing mid ranged one for heavy infantry.
* [[BornInTheSaddle Huns]] often carried both a set of darts and a composite bow.
* After lessons learned from Vietnam, modern fighter jets carry an autocannon, short ranged infrared missiles, and long range active radar missiles to remain effective from a few hundred yards to a hundred miles.
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