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[[caption-width-right:350:When he said "last call for shots", he wasn't kidding.]]

So the hero wanders into a seedy bar. Maybe he brushes against a less-than-reputable goon. Maybe the goon is just looking to pick a fight. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Maybe the hero can't afford to pay the tab]]. Whatever the case, this scenario can only end in bloodshed.

The bartender quickly dives behind the bar. A cowardly move... but then he emerges, shotgun in tow and ready to quell any disturbances to his business.

This action is not necessarily limited to bartenders, although it is a common occurrence. Similarly, while the shotgun is a common firearm used, other firearms such as rifles or pistols may be used. The key point is that the firearm is retrieved ''specifically from the bar''.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Bao, the owner of the [[BadGuyBar Yellow Flag]], keeps a shotgun behind the bar handy for inevitable shootouts. It doesn't hurt that the bar itself is fully armored to withstand gunfire.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In most Western films where there's a gunfight in a saloon, the bartender will produce a gun from behind the bar and join in. The trope probably originated in that genre.
* The Winchester in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' has the gun hidden [[ChekhovsGun in plain sight]], but Shaun and the others initially think it's just a prop.
* The shotgun-wielding bartender is among the victims of the bar BlastOut in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''.
* After the T-800 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' beats up several bikers in a bar, the bartender confronts him outside with a shotgun to prevent him from stealing one of their motorbikes. The terminator proves his [[BadAss Bad to the Bone]] credentials by snatching the loaded shotgun off him, as well as a pair of CoolShades.
* In ''Film/DirtyHarry'' it was a liquor store and this was how the villain, an ex-con, was able to get a gun to battle with Dirty Harry.
* The opening shootout from ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' ends with the bartender pulling a shotgun to try to take out the Mariachi as he was walking away. As for how it turned out...
-->'''Buscemi:''' ...No, man. The bartender got it worse than anybody.
* The opening shootout from ''Film/TheKiller'' featured a bartender with a shotgun. Needless to say, it didn't end well for him.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', when Logan threatened a customer with his claws, the bartender quickly aimed a shotgun point blank at his head. Logan promptly sliced the shotgun in half, demonstrating why you should never bring a gun to a [[WolverineClaws clawfight]].
** This trope came up again in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', when [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} Erik]] hunts down former Nazis at a bar in [[ArgentinaIsNaziland Argentina]]. As he controls metal, it failed even worse than the above example.
* Averted in ''Film/TheLastDetail'': The bartender threatens this, but JackNicholson's character points out he knows there's only a baseball bat back there, because he once saw the bartender use it.
* A variant happens in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' when Selina Kyle is attacked by henchmen in a bar. One of the henchmen is stationed behind the counter, and tries to draw a weapon when the attack begins, only for Selina to shoot him before he can fire it.
* Featured in the vampire western ''{{Near Dark}}''; unfortunately for the bartender, the vampires are ImmuneToBullets.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Happens several times in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* In an episode of ''TheMentalist'', Rigsby's father (an ex-con) is "helping" on a case, and goes into a BadGuyBar. Moments later several people run out. Rigsby enters and finds his father with a shiv pointed at some guy's throat and the bartender with a shotgun pointed at Rigsby Sr.
* When a barfight erupted in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Ten Forward]], Guinan pulled a phaser rifle from behind the bar and fired a shot into the ceiling.
-->'''Guinan:''' That was setting one. Anyone want to see setting two?
* Visually homaged in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' when Tony draws down on Rick from behind a bar.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Artemis Bock, the bookstore owner, keeps a sawn-off 10-gauge wired underneath the counter. [=MacAnally=] the bartender has one as well as two M1911s, but they're only placed easily accessible when there's trouble brewing.
* Literature/{{Middlesex}}:
-->''When a group of men came (into Lefty's bar), boasting of having beaten a Negro to death, my grandfather refused to serve them."Why don't you go back to your own country?" one of them shouted. "This is my country," Lefty said, and to prove it, he did a very American thing: he reached under the counter and produced a pistol.''
* The ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft}}'' {{novelization}} ''Liberty's Crusade'' had the protagonist kill a Zergling with a shotgun he found behind the bar in a ghost town.
* TheBrentfordTrilogy: Neville, full-time part-time barman at The Flying Swan, keeps a knobkerrie for convincing punters of dubious manageability to leave. This being set in England, guns are far more rare than in the United States.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The bartender in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has a sawed-off shotgun behind the counter. However, she also carries her own.
* After Bond crashes the Kiss Kiss Club in ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'', he automatically takes cover behind the bar and acquires a shotgun.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout 3'' has a sawed-off shotgun and its shells stored at the Statesman Hotel's restaurant, under the counter. The reference to the trope is ambiguous, as there's also an ammunition box and frag grenades behind the counter as well.
* During ''VideoGame/{{Mafia}}'s'' mid-mission stages, Luigi the bartender packs a sawed-off shotgun behind the bar and [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment will not hesitate to gun Tommy down]] if he attacks any of his allies.
* Bartenders in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' will pull a shotgun on Vito if he tries to rob them.
* After Jenny in ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' is taken hostage at the Alhambra Saloon, the bartender unlocks a cabinet behind the bar and pulls out what appears to be a rifle. However, after the cutscene ends he actually uses a pistol instead.
* In the "Massacre at Cheung Chau Fish Restaurant" and "The Lee Hong assassination" levels of ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'', if 47 pulls a weapon on the bartender, he will duck behind the bar and unload a sawed-off shotgun on him.
* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', after the player blunders into his bar, the bartender screams "WE'RE CLOSED!" and proceeds to shoot the crap out of you.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', there is a shotgun tucked behind the (unmanned) reception desk in one of Vinnie's apartments, near the laundromat.
* In ''DirgeOfCerberus'', Vincent can retrieve the Hydra rifle in Edge from behind a bar inside a deserted building.
* The player can do this in ''{{VideoGame/Poke646}}: Vendetta''. In Nation City, there is a empty bar the player has to pass through. Picking up the shotgun makes Aliens telepot in, as convenient target practise.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bartender Moe Szyslak]] keeps a sawed-off shotgun handy in case of cheapskate customers or when he loses his temper, which happens ''all'' the time. Or when he just wants to rob people.

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