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->''I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier,\\
Said 'stand and deliver', for he was a bold deceiver.''
-->-- '''Music/{{Dubliners}}''', "Whisky in the Jar"

The child of GunsAkimbo and DualWielding - a character simultaneously wielding a gun in one hand and a sword in another, or another combination of projectile and melee weapon. This would generally be impractical, as you might want that other hand free to help you steady or something, but it is much, much easier to [[FiringOneHanded handle a weapon with one hand in fiction]]. Thank the RuleOfCool for that one.

The Sword and Gun combo is strongly favored by pirates, [[{{Pirate}} traditional]] or [[SpacePirates otherwise]], and [[TheHighwayman highwaymen]]. As such, it's a classic for any sort of swashbuckling type. With piratical characters, the trope is actually somewhat accurate. Many pirates in real life would carry a pistol in one hand and a cutlass in the other. When their opponent attacked with his sword, the pirate would block the slash, put his pistol in the enemy's stomach, and shoot him. [[RuthlessModernPirates Nowadays]] the pirates carry AK-47s and machetes, but the effect is the same.

The sword and gun combo was also considered the preferred combination for cavalry. There is even a specific kind of pistol holster called a Cavalry Holster that is worn to facilitate an easy cross draw for your off hand. The saber was considered the primary weapon and the pistol a secondary. The general idea was the pistol allowed the cavalryman to engage threats beyond the reach of their saber.

Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in historical settings, since old-fashioned pistols were almost entirely single-shot and inaccurate enough to make it essentially pointless to use both hands. Once you'd "had your shot", a single-shot pistol became nothing more than an elaborate club or a tool for parrying blades, until you got the thirty-plus second respite required to reload. Most folk, being fairly GenreSavvy, would often carry a whole brace of guns as a result (assuming they could afford it) so that they could have more than just one shot. This is often seen with the SamuraiCowboy.

Replace this with a rifle and a pike, then mash them together for handling purposes, and you have the concept behind the [[BayonetYa bayonet]].

A modern version of this trope has the wielder carrying a gun in one hand and a knife in the other. To some extent, this is actually TruthInTelevision, as soldiers are still issued knives or machetes for use as tools or emergency weapons. Many special forces units are well-versed in the use of knives for close-quarters combat, with some techniques advocating the use of both in tandem with each other.

For guns that ''shoot'' swords, see AbnormalAmmo. For swords which ''turn into'' guns see SwissArmyWeapon.

Compare BowAndSwordInAccord, which substitutes guns for a different kind of projectile weapon, and SwordAndFist, where the character punches and kicks you instead of shooting in-between armed attacks.

Not to be confused with the show ''Anime/GunXSword'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII gunblades]], or TheMusketeer (a person ''proficient'' in both sword and gun, but who doesn't generally dual-wield them).
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Omnimon of Franchise/{{Digimon}} one hand is a [[TheHero Wargreymon]] themed [[{{BFS}} Transcended Sword]], the other is a [[TheLancer Metalgarurumon]] themed [[{{BFG}} Supreme Cannon]]
* As Teana Lanster of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' dual-wields a pair of [[EmpathicWeapon Devices]] that can [[SwissArmyWeapon switch from]] [[GunsAkimbo guns]] to [[DualWielding daggers]] and back, this trope was inevitable. She employs this during her final confrontation with the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] [[HollywoodCyborg cyborgs]].
* Maria Grace Fleed, a character of ''[[Anime/MazingerZ the]]'' ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Mazinger]]'' ''[[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer trilogy]]'' wielded a ray gun and a sword in her first appearance.
* Gandolfini, the dark-skinned mage teacher in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. While most mages are shown using [[SimpleStaff staves]] or [[MagicWand wands]], his weapons of choice are a 9mm handgun and combat knife that he dual wields.
** Chachamaru turned one arm into a sword, and the other into a gun.
* If it's a pirate trope, ''OnePiece'' will have it (not counting [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatches]]... yet). In this case, it appears to be the fighting style of none other than [[spoiler: the Pirate King, Gold Roger, according to a canon chapter promoting the tenth movie]].
* In the final episode of ''GaReiZero'', [[TheWoobie Yomi]] uses this style. Bonus points for having a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] and a P-90.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ActionGirl Olivier Armstrong wears this trope when she takes part in [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified Roy's rebellion against Central]], using her sword and a gun she snagged from one of the generals. She easily took down a whole floor of soldiers with only these two weapons. Too bad Sloth came too early to end the festivities.
* It seems to be quite popular in ''{{Gundam 00}}''. Such as [[spoiler: when Alejandro's Alvaaron exited its base mobile armor he carried two guns only to toss one away and draw a beam sword. Ribbons' Gundam in the GrandFinale also does this, but mostly it seems to be because the rifle is mounted on the arm rather than being purely hand-carried.]] Also two Trinities, Graham, Exia, and Dynames near the end of season 1.
** Exia and 00 Gundam have [[SwissArmyWeapon swords with built-in guns]].
** ''CrossboneGundam'', being about SpacePirate HumongousMecha, naturally does it, but with a special twist. Their pistol and sword (modeled on the flintlock and cutlass) can combine into a standard beam rifle that can fire rifle grenades, meaning both weapons are always right at hand.
*** The X1 and X2 play this straight but the X3 has the "Muramasa Blaster" instead, a beam rifle that happens to have [[{{BFS}} 12 beam sabers built into its sides]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'', [[spoiler: Sakura]] wields a katana in one hand and a modified Beretta 92G Elite II pistol in the other [[spoiler: [[TheReveal post-reveal]]]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Stark and Lilinette end up fighting with this combination.
** Not simultaneously, as it's one sword for Starrk alone, and Guns Akimbo [[FusionDance with]] Lilinette.
* ''CaptainHarlock'' and his DistaffCounterpart Emeraldas carry both gun and sword, but they usually avoid it for two reasons: the guns are ludicrously powerful (Emeraldas once shot down a starfighter with it, and Harlock's the same model) and the sword can also fire laser beams.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has its protagonist Kirito dual wield a LIGHTSABER and an FN Five-Seven pistol in the GGO arc of the series. He can even fight by using the pistol as an ''alternative to a sword and even pull off his Dual Blades skills with it''.
* Downplayed in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', the titular character does use both a [[KatanasAreJustBetter sword]] and a rifle, though not both at once
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* All of Rob Liefeld's creations, including:
** {{Deadpool}} usually has a gun in one hand, a sword in the other, a gun in the other and a sword in the other.
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': Corsair, SpacePirate and father of Scott Summers (aka Cyclops).
* Seen in the pirate flashback in [[{{Tintin}} The Secret of the Unicorn]]
* {{Blade}}
* Comicbook/{{Grimjack}}, seen above, carries both for a simple reason. His home city of Cynosure is a multi-dimensional nexus where the laws of reality can change with the crossing of a street. Magic works some place, guns in others, but swords work everywhere.
* Travis Morgan, ''Comicbook/TheWarlord''. The gun is a .44 [=AutoMag=].
* In the climax to ''[[SinCity Sin City: Hell and Back]]'', the main character has GunsAkimbo and [[MacheteMayhem a machete]].
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' antagonist ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} is skilled in both melee weapons and guns, and regularly carries examples of both types at once.
* In a bid to have her RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Kennedy of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had gone full Slayer Commando using blades and firearms with silver bullets.
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[[folder: Fan Work ]]
* The second ''SpiritsOfTheForce'' film, featured [[MemeticBadass Kyle Motherf'ckin Katarn]] shooting mooks with his blaster in one hand while deflecting shots and cutting up sentry droids with his lightsaber in the other.
* The ''{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' has both River and [[spoiler: Book]] fighting in this style.
* ''FanFic/{{Hands}}'' has Spike briefly shown armed like this when he shows up as part of TheCavalry at the end of the Wedding Arc.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Both [[EnigmaticMinion Blankman]] and [[GuestStarPartyMember Ramirez]] are both armed this way when entering the [[EldritchLocation Vault of Endless Night]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', natch.
* Franchise/IndianaJones, with his iconic whip and revolver.
* At one point in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', Morpheus had a machine pistol in one hand and a katana in the other. He then proceeded to use both to dispatch The Twins.
* Long John Silver in Disney's ''TreasureIsland''.
* Blackbeard in Disney's ''BlackbeardsGhost''. He carries a Cutlass and multiple pistols, including some modern pistols.
* ''EvilDead2'', Ash Williams wields a shotgun and a chainsaw in either hand. The shotgun is sawn down to wield in one hand, while the chainsaw is attached to his arm-stump.
* Film/{{Blade}} has done this a couple of times.
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander: [[LongTitle The Far Side of the World]]''
* Snake-Eyes in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* Mel Gibson during the final battle of ''ThePatriot'', with a pistol and hatchet.
** Earlier, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the ambush]] [[RoaringRampageOfRescue scene]], using [[UpToEleven two rifles, one pistol, a hatchet and a knife]]. [[BerserkerTears Mel had]] [[ChewingTheScenery a good time.]]
* Baby Doll in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' uses a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] in one hand and a nickel-plated 1911 Colt .45 in the other. As you can guess, the action scenes in this movie run exclusively on the RuleOfCool.
* Luke Skywalker in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Luke is equipped with both a blaster and a lightsaber when he enters the Cloud City.
* In ''Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', Nathaniel and [[RaisedByNatives his fellow]] [[TheSavageIndian Indians]] keep switching from [[ShownTheirWork shiny old rifles]] to [[DiagonalCut hatchets]] and [[KnifeFight knives]].
* In ''Film/RobRoy'', the titular hero Rob Roy [=MacGregor=] finds himself killing two men with some rather pretty pistols before [[spoiler:Killing Archibald Cunningham with a large broadsword]].
* The battle at the river barricade in ''Film/TheSandPebbles''.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* SolomonKane is the embodiment of the trope, for all the reasons noted above. Plus he has a nifty hat.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' tend to feature this trope in their various incarnation.
* '''[[Literature/CiaphasCain CIAPHAS CAIN, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM]]''' uses a Laspistol and a [[ChainsawGood Chainsword]].
* A humorous example: In a letter purported to have been written during the Irish Revolution, the anonymous writer says "Whilst I write this, I hold a sword in each hand and a pistol in the other."
* ''Literature/InTheCourtsOfTheCrimsonKings''. As the biotech weapons of the Martians take a few seconds to reload, swordwork is still important.
* Common in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' with notable examples being Sanya, a black Russian who wields a cavalry saber with a nail from the true cross in the hilt and an AK-47 and Thomas Raith, a vampire who wields a saber and a sawed off shotgun, or sometimes a Kukri and a Desert Eagle. Harry carries a sword and a pistol on occasion, but rarely pulls both out as per this trope. Murphy counts as this when she borrows one of the three Swords of the Cross for the assault on the Red Court in New Mexico. Young, savvy Wardens tend to be this, including Carlos, who has a Desert Eagle and his Warden Sword.
** Vampires in general are known to do this. It helps to have literally-supernatural accuracy and proficiency with just about any weapon. The equally-supernatural strength to bear and use those weapons helps, too.
** At least partially justified by many supernatural threats being more or less ImmuneToBullets and the WalkingTechbane status of wizards making any straightforward attempts to combine magic and gunpowder to get past that likely to have literally explosive results. ''Magical'' swords at least aren't going to outlive their usefulness for quite a while yet in this setting.
*** Sort of. The Fae are particularly vulnerable to iron and many creatures have a vulnerability to silver (and custom-made bullets have been used in the setting). Also, it is pretty well established that the anti-tech field wouldn't cause explosive failure, and instead results in frequent jamming. Which is why most of the guns featured are notoriously reliable (Sanya's kalashnikov and all the revolvers Harry uses).
** Lampshaded by Thomas in ''Small Favor'', when he starts whistling "Froggy Went A-Courting" (see Music, below) while so-armed.
* Lieutenant Walter Hamilton VC charges into his last fight with revolver and sabre in M.M. Kaye's ''The Far Pavilions''. Essentially TruthInTelevision, as this is a historical novel dealing with events spanning the Indian Mutiny and the Second Afghan War.
* In the later books of ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'', Alexia occasionally wields [[ICallItVera Ethel]] in combination with her [[ParasolOfPain trademark accessory]]. It's mostly for effect though. She's a terrible shot with the former, and the latter is actually ''least'' dangerous as a melee weapon.
* In the ''Deathstalker'' novels, humanity of the distant future uses disruptors that can blast through almost anything, but the power crystals take two minutes to recharge. As a result, many people carry swords, and those who can afford (or are supplied by them by the Empire) carry a sword, disruptor, and a force shield. Full-on duels involve using all three weapons (force shields block swords but reflect disruptor bolts.)
* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, this is par for the course for Jack Aubrey. After he's fired his pistol, he'll use it as a makeshift buckler while killing people with his cutlass.
* ''JohnCarterOfMars'': Swords and Firearms are the standard weapons for most Martians.
* In ''{{Literature/Dune}}'', most infantrymen prefer to use this combination. Though there are various context-appropriate subversions throughout the series.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', Summer takes on Tenaya with a Nitro Blaster in one hand and a Nitro Sword in the other. Given how nearly every ranger team has the core rangers carrying identical weapons, it's quite frankly surprising that this sort of thing doesn't show up more often.
* Played straight in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' - each ranger carries a sword and gun. Apparently someone at Toei was keeping tabs on the [[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]] example above, because they start swapping weapons from the first episode - Green and Pink are [[GunsAkimbo better with guns]], apparently, while Blue and Yellow [[DualWielding like swords]]. Red favors one of each.
* Several characters in A&E's ''HoratioHornblower'' series.
* As the characters prepare for the Headless Monks to attack in the ''Series/DoctorWho 2011'' mid-series finale, Rory can be seen dual-wielding a gladius and pulse pistol combo.
** [[spoiler: Given how Rory spent 2000 years protecting the Pandorica armed with only an ArmCannon and a gladius, it's safe to say he's had a ''lot'' of experience with this style of combat]]

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[[folder:Music]]
* The traditional song "Froggy Went a Courtin'", recorded by hundreds of people including BobDylan and Bruce Springsteen, says the title character rides with "a sword and pistol by his side". Alright, I admit, there's no mention in the song of either of these being used much less simultaneously, but still the image of an anthropomorphic frog with a sword and pistol is pretty funny for a song that's OlderThanSteam.
* And then there's "Whiskey in the Jar", an Irish folk ballad recorded by a whole bunch of artists (most notably Thin Lizzy and Metallica), in which the first-person narrator encounters the rich Captain Farrel, whereupon our intrepid highwayman "first produced my pistol/ And then produced my rapier/ And said, stand and deliver/ Or the Devil, he may take ya..." (of course, some versions replace the rapier with an equally ([[PainfulRhyme -badly]]) rhyming saber).
* The title character in the Irish ballad "The Highwayman" is described carrying a rapier and a couple of pistols.
* Keeping with the highwayman theme, another song called "Highwayman" (written by the Highwaymen) mentions the titular highwayman having "sword and pistol by my side."

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* This style is prevalent in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. [[PistolWhipping Having a pistol nets you the same benefits as wielding another close-combat weapon]]--usually for the exact same cost--and you can also shoot with it. There are ''some'' melee weapons which require a soldier having two of that same weapon for that benefit, though.
** Oddly enough you have to put quite a few points into the right weapon skills to do this in the [=RPG=]s, despite it being an almost universal practice in the setting for anyone carrying a pistol.
*** This is not unusual, as the Tabletop figures that do this are usually leaders, special characters, or specialist assault troops who, in the RPG, would have XP to burn.
** Where normal chapters can use Bolt Pistols along with a sword, the Grey Hunters and some other units of the Space Wolves chapter can use boltguns instead at the same cost. To elaborate, boltguns are weapons that normally uses both hands to carry, and the Space Wolves use it one-handed at the same efficiency, plus the bonus of also being able to carry a melee weapon in the other hand.
*** To take it to an even greater extreme, the Grey Knights use a storm bolter, which is similar to having two bolters ''in one hand'' (well, [[UnusualWeaponMounting wrist]]). To reiterate, a boltgun is the main infantry weapon of the setting's Super Soldiers, and these guys have a double-barreled version of them in one hand, and a goddamn halberd in the other. UpToEleven indeed.
**** Both the Grey Knights, and all Space Marine Terminators, use storm bolters--which are weapons in their own right. Their traitorous brethren, the Chaos Space Marine Terminators, use the older design--which ''is'' two bolters strapped together.
*** Exaggerated and PlayedForLaughs with the meme "Drive me closer I want to hit them with my sword." The person with the sword has a pistol as well, but is also standing in the turret of a Leman Russ battle tank.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battle'' the Empire, the Skaven and Dwarfs can do this. For dwarfs it's the only way many of their characters can get "two hand weapons"; Skaven can do this together with a tail weapon.
* The Master Privateer in ''The StarWars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition'' has a series of three talents for this. When you have all three of these talents, you have the ability to move and make up to 6 attacks in the same round (three with each weapon). Oh, and the melee weapon can be a two-handed (and thus more powerful) one like a vibro-ax.
* In the tabletop game ''WarZone'', this is pretty much a standard configuration for heroes, usually with an SMG and a chainsword, and mortificators (McNinja in service of the inquisition), with a one-edged sword and a large pistol.
* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' does not have many settings [[FantasyGunControl where guns are common or even exist]]. It does have the next best thing; [[BowAndSwordInAccord the one-handed hand crossbow]]. Some feats exist that allow a character (typically a ranger or rogue) to fight well using a hand crossbow in conjunction with a melee weapon, particularly in Fourth Edition. This fighting technique seems to be especially favored by [[OurElvesAreBetter Drow]] for some reason.
** Drow introduced hand crossbows to the D&D rules way back in 1st edition. Although weak, the Drow poison the bolts.
* Sister product ''D20Modern'' has surprisingly little support for this. Rules as written, firing a pistol provokes an attack of opportunity from foes in melee (essentially, trying to point-blank someone gives them the opportunity to shove the gun away), and there are very few ways to get around this. That said, if you can manage to overcome that difficulty, the regular two-weapon-fighting Feats are all that you need.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' had no shortage of characters that were designed purely for the purpose of being [[BadAss dangerously awesome]], but only a select few lived up to the notoriety of [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Francisco]] [[ChessMaster Domingo]] [[MagnificentBastard de]] [[CrazyPrepared Polonia]], [[ReligionOfEvil Sabbat]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Archbishop]] of [[EldritchLocation New]] [[GeniusLoci York]]. Appearing in numerous supplements and novels, he was easily one of the company's favorites. One of the supplements he appeared in not only gave him impressive Firearms and Melee stats, but his character description actually pointed out that when in battle - in a modern, American setting, with all the legality that attends - he was always seen with a machine pistol and a shortsword simultaneously drawn.
* Agent Carr and the second version of Sgt. Drake Alexander in ''TabletopGame/HeroScape''.
* Not an uncommon combo in ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'', especially for noble characters who are both allowed to have swords and guns and can afford them. The Dilettante career starts with a [[RoyalRapier rapier]] and a pistol, as well as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parrying_dagger#Main_Gauche main gauche]] for after shooting.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' does this with Nero in the fourth game, who wields the sword Red Queen in his left hand, and switches his double-barreled [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] [[HandCannon Blue Rose]] over to the other (when he's not using the [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer]] to grapple and make enemies [[MortalKombat "GET OVER HERE!"]]) to perform charged shots, in contrast to Dante's GunsAkimbo style.
** Nero actually shoots with his right hand ''for'' said charged shots, as the 'charge' is demonic energy that, oddly enough, comes from his [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer right arm]].
* Any humanoid character in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is capable of wielding both a Magichange sword and a Magichange gun at the same time.
* ''{{Tenchu}}'' has done this a few times, having a boss who wields both at the same time. Usually he's a pretty horrible and limited swordsman, but if you don't kill him quickly he can open up some powerful combos on you with both the gun and sword.
* Julie from ''HeavyMetalFAKK 2'' can wield a melee weapon and a ranged weapon (pistol, UZI, or crossbow). Sadly, it is AwesomeButImpractical as for the most time, you need either a shield in the off-hand or dual guns to max out the firepower.
* ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'': Kyle Katarn is occasionally depicted holding both a lightsaber and his Bryar pistol... itself a cut-down rifle.
** Kyle Katarn is one of the few Jedi seen using a blaster as a regular weapon.
*** There's a good reason for that. He spent much of his life as a {{Muggle}} soldier/mercenary. It's not until ''Jedi Knight'' that he finally gets Force powers and a lightsaber. Most Jedi are trained from a very young age. Kyle knows how to use a lightsaber, but is also [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] enough to know not to rely exclusively on a close-range weapon.
* The first two games in the ''VideoGame/SuperStarWars'' trilogy allowed Luke Skywalker to switch between a blaster and his lightsaber on the fly, but since the lightsaber was better in almost every way, there was little need to use the blaster. He sticks to just using his lightsaber in ''Super Return of the Jedi'', much like in the movie proper.
* In ''Anno 1701'', in the third installment of the ''AnnoDomini'' series, the militia men wield a pistol and a sabre each (strange thing though, that that those pistols are able to fire after every second sabre thrust - so once every three seconds... in 1701!!)
** Also, it should be noted, that the militiamen, being armed with sabres ''and'' pistols, are, ''purely theoretically'', better armed than any other unit in the game (Grenadiers, for instance, fight with [[YouFailHistoryForever grenades and knives]], [[InNameOnly pikemen with halberds]], and [[TheMusketeer Musketeers]] are [[YouFailHistoryForever nonexistent]]).
* ''SoulCalibur'' has Cervantes, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie pirate]], who wields Soul Edge and Nirvana, a dagger with a pistol inside it. He only has a few attacks that use the gun, though.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'''s Naked Snake. CQC is based around holding a gun and a knife at the same time, in particular the knife held in reverse alongside the pistol in a two-handed grip that can easily separate. The Boss, having created CQC, does likewise, albeit with a BFG.
** Down the line, Old Snake would later use a version where he could carry a knife and ''rifle'' at the same time, albeit using an odd two-fingered grip; however, in gameplay the knife is not actually used with the rifle, since the melee attack is a smack with the rifle's stock. (One of the odder ''Metal Gear''-related pictures around is characters from Metal Gear Online using this grip ''without'' a knife.)
*** In the final release of ''Metal Gear Online,'' the knife is always present. In ''Guns of the Patriots,'' Snake makes better use of the knife + rifle combination [[CutscenePowerToTheMax in cutscenes,]] although never lethally; it's clear that the intent is the same as with a pistol, just more limited with the rifle's bigger size. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In gameplay,]] Snake can't make a direct attack with the knife while he has a pistol equipped, either. Finally, some of the rifle grips are ''really'' bizarre, when having the off-hand in the "traditional" position under the barrel would result in the knife poking the magazine, Snake or online characters resort to a strange [[http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Games/M/Metal%20Gear%20Solid%20Online/Everything%20else/CutOut1--article_image.jpg claw grip.]] It should be noted that [[RuleOfCool while all of this is visually awesome,]] it would be completely ridiculous in reality.
** [[http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7960/knifegun.jpg Knife + Gun = Knifegun]]!
* Gordon Freeman of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is often shown with a gun in one hand and a sword... er, make that crowbar... in the other.
* Gangplank, the pirate champion in the online game ''LeagueOfLegends'', fights with a cutlass and a pistol. As a result, he is rather [[GlassCannon squishy]], but he is capable of a low-cooldown, short-to-mid range blast from his hand cannon that deals incredible damage.
* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'''s characters wield a gun and a wrench, and a magic-zapping armband and a sword, in their left and right hands respectively.
* Most of the artwork in the online game ''GunZ: The Duel'' depicts characters with such weapons. K-style makes this somewhat possible through a combo of close-up sword-slashing and ranged shotgunning or revolver fire. It had the downside of making the shotgun one of the most overused weapons in an online game.
* A one-handed sword/one-handed gun combo is one of several possible stances in ''PhantasyStar Universe''.
** It's pretty much mandatory, really. It's the default setup, and for whatever reason one-handed melee weapons (and wands, for casting spells) can only be used in the right hand while one-handed guns can only be used in the left hand. In order to use GunsAkimbo or DualWielding you'd have to go and buy the ''two-handed weapon'' which was a pair of guns or swords. As opposed to, say, wielding two one-handed guns. EveryoneIsBi- er... ambidextrous.
* Reiko from the ''{{Onechanbara}}'' games favors a sword and a shotgun (or sub-machine gun).
* The SpacePirates in the various incarnations in ''MetroidPrime'' wield both a handheld sythe and mounted blaster.
* Witch Hunters in ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' use a rapier and a matchlock pistol.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' has Billy Church, a sanguimancer (blood mage) who carries an SMG and a katana. [[RuleOfCool She prefers the katana.]]
* A basic "balanced" loadout for ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' mecha includes a LaserBlade and some sort of mid-range firearm (either a [[FrickinLaserBeams plasma rifle]] or SMG).
* Rayne from ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' is able to DualWield a pair of guns and a pair of blades at the same time; her blades are mounted on her forearms, leaving her hands free to wield a pair of submachine guns.
* Hayden from ''VideoGame/DarkSector'' wields a pistol in one hand and the bladed Glaive in the other hand. Notably, the Glaive is also dual-functioned as it can be used in melee or thrown as a Boomerang Sword.
* The protagonist of the "Katana" mod for ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' can opt to wield his title blade and a SawedOffShotgun together.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', Nobunaga does this with a SawnOffShotgun. He can chain them together for a combo.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' allows its Templar classes to do so, with the guns ranging from grenade launchers to chaingun pistols.
* ''RedSteel2'' allows you to switch between guns and katana at any time, as opposed to the segregated shooting and dueling segments of its predecessor.
* In ''Oniblade''[=/=]''VideoGame/XBlades'', this is taken even further. Ayumi wields the gun ''and'' the sword with single hand: she's using a gunblade, which is basically a shortsword with revolver welded into it, and she's carrying ''two''
* Spark Blade in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' combines this with electric-charging powers. Since there's no actual way to depict this in the game yet, he has so far only existed in the lore and a couple of promotional trailers.
* Like in the tabletop version, most close combat units in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' carry this kind of equipment.
* Saint Germain from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' does this.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' has the "Tactical Knife" attachment, which increases the speed you can perform melee attacks at while you're holding a gun with it. This can be attached to ''any'' pistol - specifically, the USP .45, M9, [[HandCannon .44 Magnum, or Desert Eagle]].
* It's possible to do this with every class in ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}''.
* Haken Browning of ''[[EndlessFrontier Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier]]'' packs the Night Fowl, a SwissArmyWeapon that's basically an assault rifle, pile bunker and bayonet rolled into one. At times, in conjunction with the Night Fowl, Haken will pull out the Longturm Special, a revolver that doubles as a portable WaveMotionGun. ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' import Reiji Arisu carries ''two'' katanas and ''two'' guns (revolver and shotgun). In both cases, there will be lots of juggling of weapons...[[{{Gainaxing}} among other things]]...
* Hubert Ozwell of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is not content with just this trope, so he decides to wield a [[DoubleWeapon double-bladed sword]]. Composed of [[DualWielding two short swords]]. [[GunsAkimbo That can turn into double pistols]]. [[SwissArmyWeapon And a bow]].
** Again in the ''TalesSeries'', precisely in the [[TalesOfTheWorld Radiant Mythology subserie]], more precisely [[NoExportForYou in the two titles not released outside of Japan]], there's the {{Pirate}} [[JobSystem class]] that fights with [[http://images.wikia.com/aselia/images/e/ec/Pirate.jpg both a dagger and a gun]] and looks cool too.
** Alvin from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' plays this straight, wielding a [[OneHandedZweihander huge one-handed sword]] and a pistol.
* Heaven and Hell stance in ''VideoGame/GranadoEspada''.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'', the titular Model ZX. It's the only form in the game that has both a blade and a gun. This might also apply to the Z-Saber from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' too.
** And [[InfinityPlusOneSword Model OX]].
* Both X and Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX''. Zero, in all his incarnations bar X1, wields the Z-Buster alongside the Z-Saber, while X gains Zero's saber in X6.
* ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' was supposed to feature this, but it was eventually left out.
* Thanks to both the versatile costume creator and the equally versatile power system of ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', it is possible to create a character who wears a pistol on one hip and a sword on the other, and to create one who can use a pistol for one attack and a sword (or two) for another. No single power animation uses one in each hand, however.
* In ''{{Neptunia}}'', Neptune herself starts off with a sword and a gun.
* Mordecai in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'': His close range weapon is a sword. May possibly apply to Brick as well; just change sword to pipe. In the sequel, Zer0 got a skill that advocates using a gun and his sword in tandem.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', Ezio can use both a one-handed sword or bludgeon and his hidden gun together in combat, unlike in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII 2]]'' where they were separate. A variant is using a Short Blade together with throwing knives. Swiss Guards, the most EliteMook, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPqL2QEWnkY pack both a pistol and a sword]].
** This trend continues in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Revelations]]'' with the Janissaries, who won't hesitate to pull out a pistol and shoot you (the trick to beating them is to pull out ''your'' pistol and shoot them).
** Goes right on into ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII III]]'' with Officers and Hessian Jagers.
** Ditto in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag IV]]'' given the pirate theme. Edward {{Dual Wield}}s swords and can carry up to ''four'' loaded pistols. Trailers show him stabbing a guy in front of him with a cutlass while shooting a guy coming from the left with a pistol.
* Rudy in the original version of ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' uses a sword for his normal attacks and an [[EmpathicWeapon ARM]] for his specials. Picturing him in this fashion is almost irresistible.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' encourages the player to act like this in the modules for later weapons, either because (in the case of black powder firearms) the firearms are generally inaccurate and slow, or (even in the case of more modern eras) ammo is limited and a clipping error prevents you from shooting somebody who is too close to you. Of course, there is also the option of just switching the firearm to melee mode and bludgeon the poor sap to death with it, but it's not as recommended.
** And if you don't have firearms enabled, pretty much the same effect can be had by equipping a throwing weapon of some sort.
* During the attract mode of ''TimeCrisis 3'', Giorgio Zott can be seen holding a sword and an assault rifle.
* The Pirate class in ''VideoGame/FatPrincess'' does this.
* From ''VideoGame/FableII'' onwards, the game mapped each type of combat to a different button. So if one has a pistol as their ranged weapon, they can do this.
* The protagonist of ''LuminousArc'' equips swords, but uses a rifle for most of his special attacks.
* In ''SamuraiWarriors Chronicles'', your customizable character, if male, gets to use a 2-handed katana and a rifle in tandem during combat. That is: he holds the katana one-handed and fires his rifle one-handed. And can do this while running. Two generally 2-handed weapons being used one-handed. This also applies to [[SmugSnake Masamune Date]], who uses a saber and pistol in certain combos.
* The titular character in ''RisingZanTheSamuraiGunman'' (for the PS1).
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' allows you to equip a pistol and a melee weapon simultaneously--see the Tabletop Games example above--but it's also possible to switch between melee and ranged attacks so quickly that this effect can be achieved with, say, a power axe and a ''grenade launcher''.
* Many ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games have the main character wield swords, knives, and guns. Specifically, the protagonists of the [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI first]], [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII second]], and [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney fourth]] games, [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Raidou]] [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha]], among others.
* Subject Delta of ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'' can wield a projectile plasmid in one hand and a drill in the other.
* Lightning Farron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' actually uses a gun as a part of her sword attack combo when her ATB gauge reaches level 4, in addition of showing her carry it in cutscenes once in a while.
** Lightning's gunblade is more actually a SwissArmyWeapon since it transforms between sword and gun. Her fourth attack just has it transform for the final hit.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard gains the Omni-blade for melee attacks. Promotional artwork and cinematic trailers heavily featurd Shepard wielding both a gun and an Omni-blade, cutting down husks with both in rapid succession.
** In the multiplayer, this is the preferred style of Cerberus Phantoms and N7 Shadows (Infiltrator) and Slayers (Vanguard).
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', [[http://suda51.wikia.com/wiki/Skelter_Helter Skelter Helter]] has a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] that is ''twelve'' revolvers, and a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] that is ''three'' katana.
* The Buccaneers of ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey III: The Drowned City'' use [[RoyalRapier Rapiers]] and [[TheGunslinger Guns]] as their weapons of choice. While the player cannot have them equip both[[note]]unless their primary class is the dual-wielding Shogun[[/note]], Mastering both weapons is key to unlocking their best skills: Swashbuckling, which lets them strike multiple times with every normal attack, and Pincushion, their ultimate Attack technique which can be used with ''either'' a sword or gun.
* ''EYEDivineCybermancy'' allows players to wield certain pistols and swords at the same time. Players can carry the fully automatic .45ACP pistol with a katana, for example. Or the [[{{BFS}} Damocles]] [[StuffBlowingUp high-explosive sword]] with a [[HandCannon .444 anti-vehicle revolver]]
* In GuildWars2, Rytlock Brimstone does this. However, we don't really see the gun much because Rytlock is ALWAYS marketed with his [[FlamingSword nice]] [[CoolSword sword]]. Mesmer and Thief characters can both wield sword and pistol.
* Corvo Attano of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has a shortsword and a pistol (or crossbow, if you like) as his primary weapons. Officer-type guards are similarly equipped.
* [=Zer0=] the Assassin in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has a skill in the melee-focused Bloodshed tree called "Be Like Water", which gives a temporary gun damage bonus for every successful melee attack, and vice versa. Essentially, your strategy becomes Step 1. Shoot, Step 2. Slash, Step 3. Repeat Step 1 and 2.
* Parasoul of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' actually wields an ''umbrella'' in tandem with her pistol, but it definitely evokes the same imagery as a sword. Her [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120515183214/skullgirls/images/3/3a/Parasoul_skullgirls.jpg official portrait]] has her swinging it around in a sword-like fashion.
* ''VideoGame/MadStalkerFullMetalForce''[='=]s protagonist mecha, Hound Dog, carries a sword and cannon that shoots fireballs.
* Yae from the ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' series wields both a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] and a bazooka.
* Promo artwork and trailers for the upcoming game ''Videogame/{{Bloodborne}}'' feature the monster slayer wielding a saw-like weapon and a shotgun.
* In ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', the Phantom Sentry wields a sword and a pistol in his first encounter with the party (which is deleted from the remake).
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* This is the primary fighting style of Jebus, the primary antagonist from the ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' series, wielding a sword in one hand and a revolver in the other, particularly in ''Inundation''. Hank has also made use of the style from time to time, particularly in ''Apotheosis'' when he gets his hands on his first katana and promptly skewers a mook with it before lifting him up and unloading an [=MP5K=] into his face at point blank range.
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* Jason Kiehart of ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' has both a sword and a gun enhanced by alien technology. He can actually change the setting of the gun from firing armor piercing rounds to paintball pellets.
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] will sometimes wield his [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Green Dragon Dagger]] and [[CoolGun Magic Gun]] in combination.
* Happens all the time in ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat''. Most commonly, it's Hank (sword plus [=MP5=], axe plus P90, etc.) or Jebus (sword plus [=S&W.500=])
* Averted, much to the dismay of [[{{Noka}} Found]]. During the Serial Killer Arc, he wears a [[AwesomeButImpractical trenchcoat]] styled after old noir films and Sherlock Holmes. [[CloudCuckooLander He reasons that dressing the part is crucial to tracking down a serial killer]] (much to Az's annoyance), but unfortunately, he can't use both his pistol and sword at the same time with the constricting clothing.
* Tucker, of Machinima/RedVsBlue fame, goes armed with an Energy Sword and a Battle Rifle. He's surprisingly effective with both, able to hold off a squad of mercenaries lead by a [[spoiler: Freelancer, though one of the least of them]]. He prefers using his sword. It doesn't stay up for other people.
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* {{MAG ISA}} -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119796 Kyle]] has a gun on the left hand and a sword on the right hand.
* In ''GalacticMaximum'', [[http://maximumcomic.com/?strip_id=1 during the initial fight.]]
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* The pistol originated as a knightly weapon. After abandoning the lance in the 16th century, knights took the pistol as their primary weapon. The favoured tactics were either caracole (counter-march on horseback) or attacking the enemy in gallop, and shooting two pistols at the enemy without re-loading at close distance and then hitting him with sword.
* Although swords are now generally restricted to ceremonial use, knives are still useful in battle.
* UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar Finnish ''hakkapeliittas'', who were armed with two pistols and sword. They attacked the enemy in full gallop, with shooting him at close distance and then drawing the sword.
* Golden Age pirates, most famously Blackbeard, would carry both a sword and multiple loaded pistols on their person. Blackbeard tended to carry as many as he could manage, even adding extra pockets to his clothes just to make room for more. This was in addition to the [[BadassBandolier dozen carried on a bandoleer over his shoulder]]. Blackbeard was a walking armory.
** In the same vein, naval encounters also tended to involve both sword and pistol.
* During the American Civil War, this was actually very common. Officers, whether actually in the cavalry or not, had the trappings of cavalry due to military history stretching back to the concept of knighthood. As such, while the rank and file had rifles with bayonets, officers were outfitted with revolvers and sabres. To see a cinematic example of how this can be both effective and awesome in the context of warfare that sits at the transition between pitched battles on open fields and WWI trenches, see ''Film/{{Glory}}''.
** The first revolvers were designed to be held in the left hand, specifically with the cavalry in mind, who would have held their swords in the right. US Army pistol holsters from that era are all designed to be worn on the right for a cross-draw using the left hand. The reason was the pistol was considered secondary to the saber.
* Not surprising considering how many songs mention it, but highwaymen often carried both sword and pistol.
* The French elite warriors, the musketeers were skilled with both muskets and rapiers. It is somewhat humorous that they are now famous for their swordwork, when at the time it was their guns that made them famous (hence they're called musketeers). Muskets were something to open the battle with - after that the chances were high that a musketeer had to rely on his sword for the rest of the fight. The muskets just happened to be more iconic at the time than rapiers that were carried by just about any officer or nobleman.
* During WW2 there was a British soldier by the name of [[JackChurchill Lieutenant Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming "Mad Jack" Churchill]].(Try saying that 5 times fast). He was notable for being a total [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/churchill.html badass]] who not only carried a pistol and [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/churchill4.jpg claybeg]] into battle, but also a longbow. When asked about his bizarre choice of weapons, Mad Jack replied, [[GoodOldWays "In my opinion, sir, any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed"]]. On one night he took 42 German prisoners, and captured a mortar position single-handedly, using only his broadsword. [[BunnyEarsLawyer He often went into battle playing the bagpipes.]] Some historical accounts make his sword a claymore instead of the basket-hilt claybeg. Let's hope this is true
** Jack Churchill is reputed to be the last British soldier to have killed an enemy with a longbow. This was in 1944, after the Normandy Landings.
** The last cutlass action in the British Navy occurred in 1940, during the Altmark Incident.
* This was actually very common well until the 60's. While by no means an everyday occurrence, many, many soldiers - particularly officers - carried swords as well as guns into battle. The Japanese military are the obvious example, but even the Soviets and Germans (who probably did it the least) provide some.
* During WorldWarI, the Italian officer [[WarriorPoet Gabriele D'Annunzio]] (in the sense he was actually a poet who had joined the army) charged Austrian trenches with a gun in each hand and a knife in his mouth.
** Carrying melee weapons was actually a regular practice in World War I. Soldiers took to creating improvised clubs and knives because a lot of fighting in the trenches took place in confined spaces, where the length of a standard infantry rifle (especially with a bayonet attached) proved to be a distinct disadvantage.
* Dress swords are still part of the formal dress uniform of the military in many countries.
* While not quite swords, many American soldiers and Marines in the Vietnam War carried machetes. Some soldiers in the current War in Afghanistan are also issued tomahawks.
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