[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlingBlingBang Okay, this is just plain pushing it]].]]
-> ''"God made men. Sam Colt made men equal."''
-->-- Popular saying referring to the Colt Single Action Army, or "Peacemaker"

Some real-world firearms just look so cool people have to put them in things to show how awesome they are. In some cases, so much so that [[RareGuns they appear more than in real life]] and / or [[ImproperlyPlacedFirearms in the wrong places]], but this page is for the rest; cool guns that generally ''do'' belong where they are, are {{justified|Trope}} by internal backstory, or hidden under Hollywood embellishments. Regardless, these are the weapons that are often given that special close-up, spot on the cover, or speech extolling their virtues. Frequently, the real gun isn't ''quite'' as cool to actually use as fictional depictions would have you believe. CoolGuns may even have pride of place as a {{BFG}} or HandCannon, or at least be depicted as similarly awesome; this is particularly true if they have any unusual characteristics. If they do, this is a '''Cool Action''', and will be listed with the weapon.

This trope also includes the guns so widely used that you just can't get away ''without'' having them, since these too often get special attention from the cameraman. If not, they're just regular guns; the ones that are there purely because someone needs to fire something at someone else.

See also GunPorn, GoodGunsBadGuns, RareGuns, GunAccessories, and the SwordCounterpart, CoolSword. For guns that are not so cool, see ReliablyUnreliableGuns.

* CoolGuns/{{Handguns}}
* CoolGuns/{{Revolvers}}
* CoolGuns/MachinePistols
* CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns
* CoolGuns/{{Rifles}}
* CoolGuns/AssaultRifles
* CoolGuns/BattleRifles
* CoolGuns/SniperRifles
* CoolGuns/{{Shotguns}}
* CoolGuns/MachineGuns
* CoolGuns/RocketsMissilesAndGrenadeLaunchers

[[folder:Fictional Cool Guns]]
[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* In Creator/MasamuneShirow's works, the small arms manufacturer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seburo Seburo]] and their productions appear frequently, alongside real guns.
* The Dominators from ''Anime/PsychoPass.'' Accept no substitutes. The second season and the movie introduce the [[{{BFG}} Assault Dominator]], which can [[ArmorPiercingAttack shoot through walls.]]
* Blitz Talker's revolver from ''Anime/ReCreators,'' which uses the rare 6 o' clock barrel position that was invented by the [[RareGuns Mateba Auto-Revolver]] and is currently in used by the [[CoolGuns/{{Revolvers}} Chiappa Rhino.]]

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'''s sidearm, the Lawgiver, is a SmartGun [[AbnormalAmmo capable of firing multiple ammunition types]] and explodes if an unauthorised user attempts to use it. The original Lawgiver is listed under pistols, as it was based on a Luger. [[Film/JudgeDredd Both]] [[Film/{{Dredd}} movie]] versions are listed as well, with Creator/SylvesterStallone's Lawgiver built around a Beretta 92 and Creator/KarlUrban's built around a Glock 17.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' gives us the Good Samaritan, a giant revolver that fires four very large and powerful shots. The barrel and cylinder are forged from church bells, with the grips made from pieces of the cross Jesus was crucified on. There is also Big Baby, which is this time a revolving shotgun that fires very large shells.

[[AC:Live-Action Film]]
* [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Scaramanga's "Golden Gun"]], that can be [[ScaramangaSpecial assembled from simple parts]] and used for assassinations. It's been a staple weapon in many ''007'' video games such as ''[[VideoGame/{{Goldeneye1997}} Goldeneye 007]]'' and ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}'' as a [[OneHitKill one shot, one kill]] weapon.
* [[Film/BladeRunner Rick Deckard's Blaster]], [[IHaveManyNames also called the]] [[FunWithAcronyms P.K.D.]], "LAPD 2019 Blaster" "2019 Detective Special", "M2019 Blaster", or simply "[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas That Gun]]". It's one of the rare examples of a fictional Cool Gun to show up outside of its originating work, most notably in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' video game series.
* Franchise/RoboCop carries an Auto-9 pistol, which is fired in single-shots and [[MoreDakka bursts]] at various points through the films. Like Deckard's Blaster above, it's been popular enough to show up in non-Robocop works, such as the film adaptation of ''Film/SinCity'', ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', and ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''.
* Almost every blaster in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga is this by principle, all based on a real world firearm mocked up to look futuristic. Two of the most popular weapons are the DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol (based on the Mauser C96 pistol & Han Solo's weapon of choice), and the E-11 Blaster Rifle (based on the Sterling submachine gun, standard issue for the Imperial Stormtroopers).
* Film/{{Aliens}} has its iconic [=M41A=] Pulse Rifle and [=M56=] Smart Gun, both of which are apparently chambered in 10mm caseless, armour piercing, explosive-tipped rounds. The Pulse Rifle is additionally equipped with a GrenadeLauncher and the Smart Gun is [[{{BFG}} so big, its user carries it using a Steadicam harness]].

[[AC:Video Games]]
* The Gravity Gun from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. With your own personal tractor beam at your side, you can pick up all manner of objects to shoot at your enemy, including buzzsaws. [[spoiler: Then it gets supercharged at the end of the game and those caught in the shadow of Gordon Freeman have cause to fear.]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} The Portal Gun]] is a rather odd example of a gun seeing as it isn't particularly useful for violent encounters outside of some very specific scenarios. Still, a gun is a gun and there's nothing quite like being able to connect two distant places with a portal to a flat wall.
* [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Reaper's Hellfire shotguns]] don't behave much differently to regularly guns. He dual wields two of them and they fire four shots apiece. Rather than reloading an empty gun, however, Reaper simply tosses his guns aside and pulls a new pair out from his BadassLongcoat. Still, though, those guns are ''very'' stylish and cool.
* While the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' series gave many different weapons, the weapon that tops them all would have to be the [[{{BFG}} BFG9000]], which makes mincemeat of many demons Doomguy encounters.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series features the Fat Man, a personal mini nuke launcher. It's generally one of if not the strongest weapon in the game, and can defeat most enemies in a single shot. Sadly, the rarity and expense of ammo and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard risk of getting caught in the blast]] often keep it in the AwesomeButImpractical or TooAwesomeToUse category, brought out only for the most dangerous enemies. If you didn't forget it in storage, because it's one of the heaviest weapons available.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' series is a semi-frequent offender, ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' having the biggest imapct for being the TropeCodifier for the [[GatlingGood chaingun]] as a staple for shooter games, and its 2001 sequel ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' making it better with the Venom chaingun, a [[{{BFG}} 12.7mm monstrosity]] that can and will reduce anything to little giblets. ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' also gives us the Laserkraftwerk, a big, bulky [[FrickinLaserBeams laser gun]] that starts out primarily as a tool like the Gravity or Portal guns above, but with upgrades across the game eventually turning into one of your biggest and best options, able to turn an entire squadron of Nazis into cinders with one shot.
* Like with the films above, the ''Star Wars'' video games also has a nice few weapons that you can get your hands on.
** The ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' has a nice variety, ranging from the [[BoringButPractical humble]] sawed-down Bryar pistol to the [[{{BFG}} concussion rifle]] - the latter being conspicuously absent in ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast'' in favor of the PLX missile launcher, but returning with a vengeance in ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy''. ''Outcast'' even gives the ''Star Wars'' equivalent of an assault rifle with a grenade launcher in the form of the Imperial Heavy Repeater.
** The [[SwissArmyWeapon DC-17m Interchangeable Weapon System]] issued to Delta Squad in ''VideoGame/RepublicCommando''. It's a blaster rifle, a sniper rifle, and even an anti-armor grenade launcher that can easily be reconfigured for the right job in two seconds. Also, there is the [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter ACP Array Gun]] and the Wookiee Rocket Launcher that can be picked up.