"God made men. Sam Colt made men equal."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 they appear more than in real life and / or in the wrong places, but this page is for the rest; cool guns that generally do belong where they are, are justified 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. Cool Guns may even have pride of place as a BFG or Hand Cannon, 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. For cool guns that are also rarely found in real life, see Rare Guns. See also Gun Porn, Good Guns, Bad Guns, Gun Accessories, and the Sword Counterpart, Cool Sword. For guns that are not so cool, see Reliably Unreliable Guns.
— Popular saying referring to the Colt Single Action Army, or "Peacemaker"
- Machine Pistols
- Submachine Guns
- Assault Rifles
- Battle Rifles
- Sniper Rifles
- Machine Guns
- Rockets, Missiles and Grenade Launchers
Semi-Fictional Cool Guns
- Judge Dredd's sidearm, the Lawgiver, is a Smart Gun 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. Both movie versions are listed as well, with Sylvester Stallone's Lawgiver built around a Beretta 92 and Karl Urban's built around a Glock 17.
- Scaramanga's "Golden Gun", that can be assembled from simple parts and used for assassinations. It's been a staple weapon in many 007 video games such as Goldeneye 007 and Nightfire as a one shot, one kill weapon. It's a complicated story what it is, details here.
- Rick Deckard's Blaster, also called the P.K.D., "LAPD 2019 Blaster" "2019 Detective Special", "M2019 Blaster", or simply "That Gun", and is actually a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special revolver hidden inside the receiver of a Steyr-Mannlicher Model SL .222 bolt-action rifle. It's one of the rare examples of a fictional Cool Gun to show up outside of its originating work, most notably in the Fallout video game series.
- RoboCop carries an Auto-9 pistol, in actuality a Beretta 93R pistol fitted with a raised rear sight and giant casket-shaped ported barrel extension, which is fired in single-shots and 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 Sin City, Perfect Dark, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
- Almost every blaster in the Star Wars 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).
- 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 Grenade Launcher and the Smart Gun is so big, its user carries it using a Steadicam harness. The former is a Thompson SMG in a polymer shell with the grenade launcher a Remington 870 hidden inside the outer body of a SPAS-12, the latter a German MG42 decorated with parts of several motorcycles.