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[-[[caption-width-right:300:Yes, folks, that's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfeifer_Zeliska_.600_Nitro_Express_revolver real gun.]] .600 caliber, in fact.]]-]

->''"You see the size of that gun he fired at us? It was bigger than him!"''
-->-- '''Jules''', ''Film/PulpFiction''

It's big. It's bulky. It's heavy, [[AwesomeButImpractical sometimes impractical]], and loud. It looks really, really cool. Sometimes, [[BlingBlingBang it has a nickel finish, or better yet, gold.]] It may even [[ICallItVera have a name.]] It's the '''Hand Cannon'''. And its power goes ''way beyond'' the standard sidearm.

Magnum caliber handguns or pistols that use rifle cartridges comprise most of the Handcannon trope, due to their superior ballistics. SawedOffShotguns & rifles, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M79_grenade_launcher grenade launchers]], and fictional pistols that fire [[FrickinLaserBeams powerful laser beams]] are also considered. A large pistol may not be a handcannon if it's chambered for a weak caliber, or simply not that strong.

Back in TheSeventies, a Handcannon was a [[RevolversAreJustBetter .357 or .44 Magnum revolver]], like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Python Colt Python,]] the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_29 Smith & Wesson Model 29.]]
In modern times, more powerful revolver cartridges like the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.454_Casull .454 Casull]] and [[UpToEleven .500]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_500 Magnum]] reign supreme. Eventually, semi-automatics firing the same rounds were introduced. The modern successor to the crown of most ridiculously oversized handgun is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Eagle Desert Eagle]] in .50 Action Express. Other Magnum semi-automatics also exist, but they are not as [[RuleOfCool cool]].

You know you're dealing with this if a character says something along the lines of, "Wow, that's a really big gun, or "He's CompensatingForSomething". Sometimes, the user's hands are barely big enough to support the weapon. In particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} cases they're fired [[FiringOneHanded one-handed]] or even [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]] -- try this in RealLife and you'll end up with a broken wrist/nose and [[ATeamFiring a bullet going nowhere near where it's supposed to.]]

The character with the giant handgun is sometimes [[StockSuperpowers superhuman]], [[OurMonstersAreDifferent supernatural]] or [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetically enhanced]] in order to compensate for the weapon's weight and recoil. In series where the heroes battle supernatural or cybernetically enhanced beings, weapons like these may well be necessary to take down their MadeOfIron[=/=]NighInvulnerable enemies.

A subtrope of BiggerIsBetter. Differs from {{BFG}} in that the Hand Cannon is large ''for a handgun'', while the BFG pushes the limit of what a single person can wield at all. The {{BFS}} counterpart is the OneHandedZweihander See also: SmallGirlBigGun. Not to be confused with ArmCannon, which is literally a cannon on the arm. Compare PunchPackingPistol, where a more standard handgun holds the power of one of these.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross uses a giant [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver called Judgment]] that can destroy Level 4 Akuma in 3 or 4 hits and Noah in a few more.
* The vampire [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]] in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': he carries an awesomely huge pistol (39 cm/16" long, 6kg unloaded) stylized after an old-fashioned Colt that can fire the mighty .454 Casull cartridge (which is only ''slightly'' smaller than a AA battery); in fact, this ammo gives the gun its common name, "The Casull." Later on he is given another, ''bigger'' pistol (though it's more like a huge block of metal with a trigger) called "The Jackal" (also 39 cm/16" long, 16kg unloaded, 13mm Mercury core rounds with [[AbnormalAmmo blessed Macedonian silver jackets]]), which he uses together with the first one [[GunsAkimbo akimbo-style]]. Both guns are ridiculously heavy for their size. For comparison, the US Army's standard-issue platoon machine gun, the [=M240B=], weighs in at 12kg. Neither are weapons any human could hope to wield, the former for its recoil and the latter for its insane weight, but they are the perfect sidearms for an insanely powerful vampire like Alucard. The latter is also so heavy because [[spoiler:it has a bomb inside it, intended for use against Alucard by Millennium]].
** Witness Luke Valentine's reaction to the Jackal being fired once, and blowing up half a wall:
-->'''Luke Valentine''': A pistol... did ''that''!? Jesus...
** In the [[Anime/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing anime]], the BigBad [[LooksLikeOrlok Incognito]] wields an Arms Cor 40 mm, which is a Grenade launcher; and the grenades contain [[AbnormalAmmo vampire-killing spines of death]] with, as Alucard puts it, [[HermeticMagic Sorcery from the Dark Continent]]. This gun is actually chained to his arm. [[BodyHorror He can also produce it from his arm at will, and reloads it by vomiting green slime into it]].
** Although not quite as impressive as the above examples, Luke Valentine can single-handedly wield a cut-down M1 Garand as his weapon of choice. While not quite as absurd as the solid slabs of steel that Alucard uses as handguns, the Garand is chambered for high-powered rifle ammunition that is actually superior to the Casull in most respects. Or at least would be if not for Alucard's Casull firing [[SilverHasMysticPowers silver]] [[SilverBullet bullets]] [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells made from melted-down holy relics]], giving it superior power against undead targets.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': {{Human alien|s}} Vash the Stampede's sidearm is a [[http://www.kitsune.addr.com/Firearms/Revolvers/Mateba_Model_6.jpg Mateba Model 6 Unica]] semi-auto revolver with a shiny, nickel-plated finish. In keeping with the western theme of the series, it is chambered for old-fashioned .45 Colt cartridges. While .45 Colt is a pretty anemic round, it can be loaded up to .44 Magnum power levels. Vash's gun also contains a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum that allows the gun to merge with his arm and form the [[ArmCannon Angel Arm]], a [[WaveMotionGun beam weapon]] of [[SphereOfDestruction monstrous destructive power]] that can annihilate entire cities.
** His EvilTwin Knives (who designed and built Vash's gun) uses an [[NemesisWeapon identical weapon with the same capabilities]], although his was made with a dark, blued steel finish.
* In the anime {{OVA}} ''Anime/AngelCop'', one character totes around a gigantic gun that's actually intended for use by a character in a strength-augmenting suit of armor. She's warned that firing it too often will eventually destroy every muscle in her arms.
* The exact same thing occurs in the OVA ''Anime/BurnUp W''
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': Revolvers the size of Volkswagens! Mind you though, they ''are'' for HumongousMecha.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has its own vicious way with this trope using a GiantMook neo-Nazi who claims that only a man of his gigantic proportions can handle his [[BlingBlingBang gold-plated Luger]] chambered for .454 Casull. Revy [[TalkToTheFist guns him down while he's still ranting]] about the capabilities of his weapon. She then points out (while sitting on his chest, which is still bleeding from her shooting him) that having a weapon that huge isn't even necessary, because all a bullet needs to do is hit the target to kill it, regardless of its size. She proves her point by shooting him in the face at point blank range with her comparatively-dinky 9mm handgun. The funny part? Revy actually was out of ammo when he showed up, and reloaded ''while he was giving his rant''.
** ''Black Lagoon'' also has plenty of other characters (most of them villains) with oversized weapons, including Yolanda, the old nun from the Church of Violence who fires a gold-plated .50 AE Desert Eagle one handed; Gretel, a small girl and one of a pair of truly CreepyTwins, who fires a BAR from the hip; Roberta, who uses a SPAS-12 shotgun mocked up as a parasol [[FiringOneHanded with one hand]] (and later graduates to doing the same thing with a ''[[{{BFG}} Barrett Light Fifty]]''); and even a ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]''-style minigun-wielder.
* Corporal Randel Oland from ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' and his 13mm[[note]].51-caliber. For those curious, that's a little bigger than the ammunition used in anti-tank rifles.[[/note]] armor-piercing hand-gun (the "Door Knocker") -- which is used by special infantry to go up against tanks. Randel wields it with one hand.
** It's actually pointed out in-universe to be a highly impractical weapon; Randel, being over seven feet tall and built completely out of muscle, is one of the few people who's able to make good use of it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime: During the arc that introduced the Necrolyzation technology, Brandon resorted to using a large handgun that fired "D-point rounds" to deal with Necro-Raised enemy Mooks.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': Both Leon and Priss carry Hand Cannons. Leon especially has a futuristic break-top style revolver called the "Earth Shaker" chambered in [[http://www.vincelewis.net/60magnum.html .600 Nitro Express]] with only three chambers in the cylinder. Considering that he's a member of a special police force which has to fight killer cyborgs who can shrug off small arms fire with ease, it's kind of understandable that he would carry something with more punch with him.
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' has a couple of examples of this, the most notable of which are Tres' twin M13 Jerichos. Tres being an android, his usage of oversized weaponry is a bit more reasonable.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', new character Basco Shot uses a large Flintlock on the [[spoiler: Blackbeard Pirates' assault on Whitebeard]]. Considering that Shot has to be around 22 feet tall, that's got to be one big gun.
* David from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' carries a huge Smith & Wesson Model 500 revolver (the very one mentioned in the top page quote), which he can [[HammerSpace imperceptibly hide]] in the folds of his jacket. Somewhat justified, in that he spends most of his time shooting it at Chiropterans, large and powerful quasi-vampiric monsters. ([[ImmuneToBullets It never seemed to do much good, though]]). It's odd considering David comes right out and says that guns are useless against the monsters in the second episode.
** All a gun, even a Hand Cannon firing AbnormalAmmo, can do to a Chiropteran is slow them down until [[AchillesHeel Saya uses her blood to kill them]].
* Mana Tatsumiya in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' normally [[GunsAkimbo dual-wields]] Desert Eagles. They may or may not be air gun replicas, but can certainly fire real bullets, or at least DepletedPhlebotinumShells. Keep in mind that firing a Desert Eagle in a single hand could potentially break the user's arm through recoil.
** Contrary to popular belief, large-caliber handguns actually have ''less'' recoil than smaller-caliber ones, due to increased mass which helps compensate for the force and energy of the bullet leaving the gun, and due to the smoothness of the Desert Eagle's action in particular, it wouldn't kick nearly hard enough to break someone's arm. It does, however, have to be held firmly in place for the action to cycle properly.
** Also contrary to popular misconception, no pistol generates enough recoil to break the user's arm (unless they have the same medical condition as Mr. Glass). A weapon capable of generating arm-breaking force would more likely launch the firearm out of your grip and over your shoulder instead. It's unlikely that any hand-held firearm could fracture the user's wrist, let alone break bones. Physics just doesn't work that way.
* Killy's Gravity Beam Emitter in Tsutomu Nihei's ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' better fits into a WaveMotionGun category, both due to its truly ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom immense]]'' [[EarthShatteringKaboom firepower]] and enormous recoil, but it's still a ''pistol''. And it isn't even all that big.
* [[http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/2119/blazerm.jpg Blazer Mode]] of [[TheGunslinger Teana's]] [[{{Handguns}} Cross Mirage]], which was introduced in ''Audioplay/StrikerSSoundStageX'' of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Cross Mirage's [[SwissArmyWeapon high-powered shooting form]], not only is it larger than the gun's default mode, but it can also fire [[spoiler:[[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]]]].
* Kurausorasu from ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'' is another Desert Eagle [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielder]]. The fact that she can do that so easily was explicitly mentioned to be a sign of her possessing SuperStrength.
* ''Anime/WickedCity'' protagonist Taki wields a revolver with an undisclosed modification specifically for demon hunting. The resulting force from every shot in the entire film throws him into walls, and unlike some anime the shots always have devastating results.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the spent casings from the Eva-sized handguns and assault rifles are big enough to crush cars. Not that the damn things are ever actually useful against [[ImmuneToBullets Angels]]. Except for Matariel.
* A character in ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' has a pistol which has been "modified" so that it can damage Zoanoids, who are normally ImmuneToBullets -- it has a very large stock and its bullets are high-calibre, armour-piercing ''and'' explosive. They're so huge the gun can only hold three of them at once.
* The Arcane Colt Custom in ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' demonstrates the realistic effect a weapon like this would have; after firing it only once, the main character's arm is broken by the recoil.
** For a certain given definition of "realistic."
* Liz and Patti's 'Death Eagle .42' forms in ''Manga/SoulEater'', being massive versions of their usual Weapon forms. Kid uses one in each hand to shoot down Mosquito's bats.
* ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' features the title character's weapon, Senryuu (which grows even bigger as the series continues, and can transform into a gatling revolver, a sniper rifle, a shotgun/cannon, and something vaguely semblant of a minigun) and Onimaru's gun.
* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' Togusa uses a truly impressive looking .44 magnum auto-revolver. But he's frequently told to finally get rid of this flimsy thing and upgrade to something with [[MoreDakka real firepower]]. [[note]]It's a real gun, too. Meet the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mateba_Autorevolver Mateba Model 6 Unica]].[[/note]]
* ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' has something akin to this, an the one-shot weapons that Dola's pirate gang uses seem to also be capable of loading stink bombs as well as the normal bullet/explosive rounds. Near the end, the BigBad actually calls the one Patsu carries a "cannon you can hardly lift."
* Parodied [[TropeOverdosed (and what isn't?)]] in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', where [[TheChewToy Mikuru]] is made to DualWield airsoft Desert Eagles for the student film. In her hands the guns are comically oversized, which is only made worse by the absurd extended barrels.
* Kiritsugu Emiya from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' favours a Thompson Contender chambered for rifle cartridges as his main weapon. He furthermore uses [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells custom-made bullets (containing his own ground-up bones)]] that, if they come into contact with an expression of magic (typically a barrier), will both disrupt it and irreparably damage the magical source, typically the caster's nerves. This is the main reason he chose such a high-caliber pistol for his AntiMagic work; by using a caliber too powerful for anything short of an armored vehicle to block, he will put the enemy magus in a MortonsFork situation, forcing them to either take the bullet's extreme physical power or to create a powerful enough barrier to block the bullet, at which point their nerves will be destroyed by the bullet's enchantment.
* Shows up fairly often in ''Manga/CityHunter'', as only two of the main characters use normal-sized pistols: protagonist Ryo Saeba uses a modified Colt Python .357 Magnum (he can use ''any'' gun with near-perfect aim, but his usual weapon is that); his assistant Kaori, while favoring bazookas, grenades and [[GatlingGood miniguns]] (and a giant [[HammerSpace hammer from hammerspace]]), carries a relatively smaller Colt Lawman Mk III in .357 Magnum caliber (a memento from her late brother); Umibozu, [[NoKillLikeOverkill when he can't use machine guns, bazookas and other heavy weapons]], uses a S&W Model 29 chambered for .44 Magnum ({{Justified}} due him being just too big for smaller guns); and Reika Nogami carries a Derringer C.O.P. .357 Magnum (big for a Derringer, and very powerful). One-shot and recurring characters bring their own contributions.
* Homura from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' uses at least once a .50AE Desert Eagle (and what looks like a Taurus Raging Bull in the manga). Bonus points since Homura is an average built ''14 year old girl''. It's arguably a subversion: [[spoiler:that Desert Eagle was the first firearm she wielded in an early timeline, having stolen it from the Yakuza when she was a lot less experienced. By the time of the show's timeline, dozens of iterations later, she's switched over to a much less flashy 9mm Beretta.]]
* ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'': Chirico Cuvie's signature sidearm is the "Bahauser M571 Armor Magnum", an ''anti-armor pistol.'' Holds three (plus one) armor-piercing slugs in its underslung tubular magazine, each about the size of a C battery. Implied to be standard for Gilgamesh's Armored Trooper pilots, it's only capable of piercing weak spots on enemy mechs, such as joints and the main camera. This doesn't stop Chirico from scoring his fair share of [=AT=] kills with it, nor does he shy away from [[NoKillLikeOverkill using it on people,]].
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Giroro's [[RuleOfCool oh-so-cool alien handguns]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': Sam's trusty revolver ''so'' big the barrel bends from its own weight!
* In Mike Mignola's ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' series, the title character packs the Samaritan: a 20mm (.79'') hand-cannon. However, he is a superhumanly strong demon who fights supernatural menaces. Usually the gun isn't much use anyway, and Hellboy himself admits that he's a lousy shot with it, which is why he uses DepletedPhlebotinumShells and his [[RedRightHand Right Hand of Doom]].
* In the ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'' comics, Travis Morgan carries a .44 [=AutoMag=] which was certainly never a standard issue sidearm for USAF officers. It also qualifies as an instance of RareGuns.
* Some of these show up in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': .45 revolvers, .50 pistols, and one piece the BigBad maniacally refers to as "Doomcock." The [[TheGrimReaper Saint]] [[ImplacableMan Of]] [[TheJuggernaut Killers]] also [[GunsAkimbo wields a pair of]] Walker Colt revolvers, which pack .44 ball and were arguably the most powerful handguns until magnum revolvers appeared in the 20th century. More specifically, they're a pair of Walker Colts forged from what used to be the [[GrimReaper Angel of Death's]] sword which makes them WeaponOfMassDestruction-class revolvers which never miss, never fail to kill what they hit, and can kill [[spoiler: God]].
* When ComicBook/NickFury makes his return to the mainstream MarvelUniverse during the Skrull invasion of New York in ''Secret Invasion'', he does so wielding a gun that's about as big as he is.
* In ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', one of Sable's preferred weapons is a chrome .357 Magnum pepperbox. As a prototype that never made it into production, it also counts as an instance of RareGuns.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
** Mr. Shlubb and Mr. Klump, [[ThoseTwoBadGuys two]] [[DelusionsOfEloquence loquacious]] hitmen in the series, use Franchise/{{Robocop}}'s Auto-9 machine-pistol (it's actually the same prop, even). Hartigan uses it akimbo with another gun to blow them both away in ''That Yellow Bastard''.
** Hartigan's original pistol was a .44 Magnum, mirroring Film/DirtyHarry's WeaponOfChoice.
** Other minor characters have a preference for large handguns as well, including the prison guard who escorts Hartigan out and the guy who tries to stir trouble up with Marv in ''A Dame To Kill For''.
* ''Lobo'' uses pretty much nothing but Hand Cannons or {{BFG}}s.
* Marvel Comics' ''Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'' uses as his main weapon the circa-2015 manufactured Smith & Wesson .54 Magnum full-automatic revolver. It's belt-fed and can fire 6 rounds a second (360 a minute). One character later observes that this weapon usually leaves the Punisher's victims with a "hole in the chest...and a missing back."
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'', workcrew on a massive terraforming operation on Mars have been going missing. The woman in charge carries a massive hand cannon with three chambers, but only three rounds. It is capable of killing anything it hits. She is eventually killed by hundreds of Martian animals after using up her three rounds.
* In ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Detective Comics]] #841'', the Mad Hatter uses a revolver that is actually fairly normal... if you don't take into account its four foot long barrel; It's easily mistaken for a walking cane.
* In what seems to be a ShoutOut to the ''Johnny Dangerously'' reference below, a character in the '''very''' {{NSFW}} ''Lann'' by Frank Thorne says about his favored machine pistol, "This is ''not'' a ''gun''. It's a ''poem''. An ''ode'' to ''death''. It ''shoots through schools -- of sharks!''"
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd's'' Lawgiver falls into this category especially after the introduction of the Mark II version. Naturally, there is a degree of DependingOnTheArtist here. It also shoots (at least) six different types of rounds, including high explosive.
* Image Comics' ''Officer Downe'', the titular undead cop uses "The Answer Man", which is a hybrid twin-barrelled revolver and machine pistol. The revolver part of "The Answer Man" uses humungous .85 Magnum rounds while the under-barrel machine pistol shoots bullets that are only slightly smaller.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' comic ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' has the Joker wield an enormous pistol [[https://web.archive.org/web/20070106185259/http://www.vacuumboy9.com:80/tlh/3p9.jpg here]].


[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''[[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Fairy_Tales_by_the_Countess_d%27Aulnoy/The_Fair_with_Golden_Hair The Fair with the Golden Hair]]'' (also known as ''The Story of Pretty Goldilocks''), one of the hero's challenges by the titular maiden is to defeat a nearby prince who wants to marry her. He is a giant so big that he follows this trope ''literally''.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/28/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor,]]'' Reiko wields a miniature handheld fusion cannon "because fuck you and everything around you." It destroys a [[Franchise/StargateVerse Wraith fighter]] in a single shot. Unfortunately, it has a twelve second recharge.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'' has two examples: The [[SpaceMarine Rubric Marines']] bolters are repeatedly noted as being more suited to crew-manning and compared with a grenade launcher. [[HumongousMecha Eva]]-scale ones are part of L-Type Equipment.
* ''Fanfic/CoreLine'': Recurring character Roger Hackett has a fondness for these weapons. ''Fanfic/SomeoneWithTheSkillsToInterveneACorelineStory'' has him use a .45 Glock to wipe out several Death Eaters (the first one he kills by using a BoomHeadshot that the narration mentions went through the man's metal mask and ''wiped out the back of his head''), while ''Fanfic/ALittleHospitality'' has him packing a Stingray Industries "Slammer" .50 Action Express pistol (a RetroUpgrade recreation of the real-world out-of-production [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMT_AutoMag_V AMT Automag V]]), which he uses to heavily cripple a rampaging MobileSuitHuman MiniMecha ([[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain the Brain's]]) and shoot a van's tires.

* ''Film/DirtyHarry'' arguably started the whole trend with his famous .44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world" (in 1971). While handgun hunters knew about magnum pistols before, Clint Eastwood's movie popularized the concept of powerful handguns with the general public. In-fact, the sales of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_29 Smith & Wesson Model 29]] [[TheRedStapler went up after the movie came out]], and was hard to get for a number of years.
* Deckard's gun from ''Film/BladeRunner'', a cross between a Steyr-Mannlicher .222 rifle and a Charter Arms Bulldog revolver. Is it a blaster? Naw, but there is nothing like a gun that puts a four foot hole in...well anything.
* Colonel Douglas Mortimer in the {{Western}} ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' wields a Buntline Special that may be cumbersome on the draw, but can pack one hell of a punch with deadly accuracy. He unfolds a pack on his horse to reveal that among his many weapons, he carries an even longer-barreled pistol as well.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Han Solo's pistol, the DL-44, is the EnergyWeapon equivalent. It only gets a few shots per power pack, but it only needs to hit once, being able to blow torso-sized chunks out of concrete walls or instantly incinerating Greedo before [[HanShotFirst he could ever fire a single shot.]]
*** The gun that it's built around, the Mauser C96, is pretty much a 9mm version of this trope...though it could just as well be a PunchPackingPistol.
** The prequel trilogy, particularly media set around it like ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', also features one in the DC-17 hand blaster, a boxy, bulky thing with power and a rate of fire equivalent to a full-size blaster rifle. Background material explains this is because it shares a lot of components with the similarly-named DC-17m rifle from ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando''.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', the midget pirate is seen firing a very large hand cannon that blasts him back out of the frame when Barbossa's meeting with Sao Feng is interrupted by the East India Trading Company.
* ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' in his movies and TV series used a huge machine pistol. It was a Beretta [=93R=] with some futuristic doodads including an extended, casket-shaped barrel and slide assembly with ostentatious compensator. It spews flames each time it's fired, and has an implausibly large ammunition supply. Overlaps with MoreDakka. It was originally supposed to be a Desert Eagle (itself a handcannon), but they switched to the modified Beretta when they saw that ''the Desert Eagle looked small in Robocop's hands''.
* ''Film/MenInBlack''
** Played straight with the huge revolver the tow-truck driver pulls out when Bug!Edgar threatens him with a shotgun. He's killed by Edgar's shotgun blast before he can use it.
** Inverted by the Noisy Cricket: a tiny, unseemly weapon resembling a hypodermic needle with a handle, pauses momentarily and chirps like a cricket when you pull the trigger, and then promptly annihilates whatever it was pointed at and knocks you flat on your butt. The recoil usually hurls Agent J about fifteen feet, no matter how he tries to brace himself; in the TV series, he eventually acquired what amounted to a silencer for it, which made the blast more manageable and stifled the recoil.
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's character in the movie ''Film/RedHeat'' wasn't impressed by the .44 Magnum he was loaned after his personal gun (a hand cannon in its own right) was confiscated.
** The Hand Cannon in question was a customized Desert Eagle, presented as the Soviet [[http://www.imfdb.org/index.php/Red_Heat#Podbyrin_9.2mm_Pistol_.28mocked_up_Desert_Eagle_.357.29 "Podbyrin 9.2 mm."]] Arnold's character insists it is the "most powerful handgun in the world" after the local detective he's teamed up with describes the .44 Magnum as such.
* The '89 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie has ComicBook/TheJoker pulling out a revolver with a ''telescopic'' 36-inch barrel... out of his pants... which he uses to shoot down the Batwing in ''one shot''. Make of that what you will.
* In the Prohibition-era gangster parody ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', Danny Vermin shows off his .88 Magnum. "It shoots through ''schools''."
* In ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'', the BigBad (played by Creator/DemiMoore) uses [[GunsAkimbo two]] [[BlingBlingBang golden]] Desert Eagles.
* ''Film/{{Snatch}}.'' Bullet Tooth Tony and his "Desert Eagle. Point five-o."
* At one point in ''Film/HardBoiled'', Mad Dog, TheDragon, uses a Thompson/Center Contender, a single-shot pistol that uses rifle bullets, and which he's apparently modified to spit the spent cartridges out in slow-mo, to fight Tequila and Alan. This pistol appears to be using a .30-06 barrel.
* In the Woo-directed Van Damme flick ''Film/HardTarget'' the main villain Fouchon (played by Lance Henriksen) also favored a Thompson single-shot pistol (in .45-70 Gov't!) as his main firearm.
* Hungarian movie ''Film/{{Argo}}'' features a character called Psycho carrying a 2 ft. long revolver. With Disney characters carved on it. Yes, like Mickey Mouse.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Jules and Vincent get shot at by a guy with a Hand Cannon, but [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy every shot misses]]. "Did you see that gun he fired at us? It was bigger than him."
* A {{Western}} example from ''Film/TrueGrit'':
-->'''Rooster Cogburn:''' Why, by God, girl, that's a Colt's Dragoon! You're no bigger than a corn nubbin, what're you doing with all this pistol?\\
'''Mattie Ross:''' It belonged to my father, he carried it bravely in the war, and I intend to kill Tom Chaney with it if the law fails to do so.\\
'''Rooster Cogburn:''' Well, this'll sure get the job done if you can find a fence post to rest it on while you take aim.
** Amusingly, the pistol used in the original film was not actually a Colt Dragoon, but a Colt Walker which is even [[BiggerIsBetter bigger]]. The remake on the other hand, uses an authentic Dragoon.
* ''Film/TheCowboys'' had Creator/JohnWayne telling the boys he had for cowhands to put their guns in a wagon. Cue the smallest boy extracting the largest gun from his belt.
* The opening scene of ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' has El Mariachi's buddy spin a story of how he cleared a bar with a sawed-off and a de-stocked [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armsel_Striker Armsel Protecta]] shotgun, which manage to throw your average Mexican about ten feet in the air with one shot:
--> '''Buscemi''': The stranger... he ''bolts'' out of his bar-stool like you wouldn't believe, he grabs his case and he dives right in the middle of the room with it! Just dives right in! Now, I don't know what he does on that floor, but he's up in two shakes, his suitcase is wide open, and he's pulled God knows what out of it, but it's the biggest hand cannon I've ever ''fucking seen!''
* In the VigilanteMan flick ''Film/DeathSentence'', Kevin Bacon needs to buy some guns for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge so he goes to a black market gun dealer (played by John Goodman). John Goodman then proceeds to use this sales pitch when referring to a [[RevolversAreJustBetter Colt Python]], a [[CoolGuns Colt M1911]], and a [[RareGuns Desert Eagle]] respectively:
--> '''John Goodman''': You got the bastards of bastards, .357. A guaranteed head removal. That's... that's a sweetie. You got your standard-size .45, super-sized. That's a fucking Hungry Man right there. And you got the king of mayhem. Half-cannon. Sword of justice. Take this fucker to the holy land, start your own crusade. Any one of these is bound to make you feel better of what's bothering you.
* In ''Film/AlienNation'', Sykes upgrades from his police-issue sidearm to a Freedom Arms Model 83, a 5-round .454 Casull revolver, in order to combat the Newcomer gang that killed his partner. At the time the film was made (1988), this was the most powerful handgun/cartridge commercially available.
* Bohdi (played by Patrick Swaze) also uses the .454 Casull in ''Film/PointBreak1991''.
* Paul Kersey's friend "Wildey" from ''Film/DeathWish3'' is the world's most powerful production semi-automatic. The bullet has as much impact energy at 100 yards as the .44 Magnum has at 1 yard. Unlike most examples here, the .475 Wildey Magnum has a relatively manageable recoil.
* Almost all the major characters in ''Film/HarleyDavidsonAndTheMarlboroMan'' wield a Hand Cannon at some point in the movie, ranging from .44 Magnum Desert Eagles to .454 Casull Rugers.
-->'''Marlboro:''' Man, why in the hell are you carrying a hand cannon like that?
-->'''Harley:''' Hey... I learned to shoot using one of these.
-->'''Marlboro:''' Which might be why you shoot like shit. Harley, ''nobody'' learns to shoot using a gun that big.
* In ''Film/TheBoondockSaintsIIAllSaintsDay'', the Saints trade in the silenced Berettas from the first film in favor of Desert Eagles.
** In the original movie, the two trade in two .50-caliber Desert Eagles used by two Russian mob dudes who tried to murder them, along with a pager and a money clip, in order to get their hands on their original arsenal.
* In ''Film/PoliceAcademy4CitizensOnPatrol'', gun nut Tackleberry gets to take the recruits to the range. By far the most enthusiastic recruit is Mrs. Feldman, an 80 year old who is raring to become a [[BadassGrandpa badass grandma]] and bust some criminal heads. She takes a particular liking to Tackleberry, and demands to wrap her hands around his immense, rigid, manly instrument. The recoil blows her across the room, and she promptly declares "Damn, that was FUN!"
** Any scene involving Tackleberry. Particularly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vom9iLDfb-Y this scene]] from the first movie.
* Every agent in ''Film/TheMatrix'' spawns (literally) with a Desert Eagle .50 Action Express in their shoulder rig. And they seem to have BottomlessMagazines. Just to be clear, the Desert Eagle .50AE uses a gas-operated cycling system akin to what you would find in a semi-automatic ''rifle''. The agents, because of their nature, can of course fire these things one-handed.
* ''Film/IComeInPeace'' (aka ''Dark Angel'') has an alien pistol that when fired, blows up entire rooms.
* ''Franchise/{{Hellboy}}''
** In ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' it is shown that HB's "Samaritan" holds four rounds each about the size of a thumb.
-->'''Hellboy:''' I'm not a very good shot, but the Samaritan uses really big bullets.
** In the [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy second movie]], he gets an even ''bigger'' gun, that apparently uses clockwork to fire, has six barrels, and fires pairs of massive flaming shotgun shells. It is called the "Big Baby" and he uses this to destroy a forest god.
--> '''Hellboy:''' You woke up the baby!
* Though normal-looking guns are present, the air pirates in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' use these as their weapon of choice.
* The toon revolver in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is abnormally large. Possibly because all of its bullets are sentient.
* Leslie Nielsen briefly wields a ridiculously over-sized Magnum at the end of, ''[[Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceTravesty 2001: A Space Travesty]]''.
* In ''Film/DriveAngry'' John Milton steals a five barreled Hand Cannon from Hell called the Godkiller. It has 3 shots in it and can be used to kill demons.
* The title character of ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'' walks around with a massive .44 magnum revolver sticking out of his waistband at all times.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. The Lawgiver II pistol used by Judges, which is also able to switch ammo types by voice command.
* The Lawgiver in ''Film/{{Dredd}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Looper}}'', the Gat Men all use the Magnum Research BFR .45/70 revolver.
* ''[[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/City_Heat City Heat,]]'' when Burt Reynolds' character pulls out an "artillery" model Luger P08, and Clint Eastwood pulls an even bigger Colt Buntline Special. Definitely some subtext there.
* In ''Film/SplitSecond'', Stone's modified sidearm is ''massive'' -- and that's lampshaded by multiple characters calling it his personal cannon.
* In ''Film/DeadInTombstone'', Guerrero carries a pair of massive custom-made three barreled pistols. He is the only one who knows how to assemble them.
* Travis Bickle buys a massive S&W Model 29 in ''Film/TaxiDriver''. It turns out to be less than effective during the final shootout, and Travis only succeeds in blowing off half of one guy's hand with it before having to discard it in favor of using his other guns.
* Kaulder's sidearm in ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'' looks like a small shotgun and works like a full-sized one.
* [[BigBad John Harrison]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' [[GunsAkimbo wields both]] a hand cannon and a {{BFG}} straight from a small spaceship. {{Justified}} when he turns out to be [[spoiler:Khan Noonien Singh]].
* Driver in ''Film/{{Faster}}'' wields a Super Redhawk Alaskan .454 Casull, a snub nose revolver for protection against dangerous game. The Casull displays its' massive power when Driver decimates a wall that his opponent is using for cover.
* Jack Slater carries an IMI (now IWI) Desert Eagle Mk VII chambered in .44 Magnum in ''Film/LastActionHero''. While that particular model is only the second largest of the three calibers this handgun is currently chambered in (the .441 Cor-Bon was discontinued some time ago), the Desert Eagle has always been portrayed as an over-the-top sidearm, both in its looks and stopping power, regardless of chambering. Not to be outdone, the antagonist, Benedict, wields what he claims to be an 11 mm revolver (just shy of .44 caliber). However, it is actually a customized, compensated Dan Wesson .357 Magnum with what appears to be a 10" barrel.
* ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' depicts the titular character toting, among other weapons, a pair of Mk XIX Desert Eagles, chambered in .50 Action Express. Though the Desert Eagle is one of the most intimidating sidearms imaginable, carrying even one of these seems impractical, based on their extreme size, weight, recoil, and underwhelming magazine capacity.
* DEA Agent Norman Stansfield carries a customized Smith & Wesson Model 629 "Classic Hunter" chambered in .44 Magnum in ''Film/{{The Professional}}''. The 629 was a fairly common weapon that had several normal production runs; what Stansfield carries was a one-off customization of one of the rare, limited production run models. The "Classic Hunter" isn't small to begin with, and the unfluted cylinder, shortened barrel, and muzzle crown make the thing look even bigger.


* In ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'', a sci-fi action/comedy series by Harry Harrison, James "Slippery Jim" [=DiGriz=] (the title's "Stainless Steel Rat") carries a .75 recoilless semiautomatic pistol (usually firing explosive bullets) which, while having been fired repeatedly, has NEVER killed anyone, or even seriously wounded anyone. This is attributed to [=DiGriz=]'s [[ThouShaltNotKill semi-pacifist]] beliefs.
* Literature/CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''') encounters a lot of people with very large-caliber boltguns. Of the sort that are normally mounted on tanks. Including Amberley in the book where she shows up in her power armor.
** Notably averted by Cain himself. Although most Commissars carry bolt pistols (the aforementioned full-auto-firing RPG launchers), Cain prefers his trusty old laspistol, the classic pea-shooter of the setting. The trope is in full force on the covers of the books, though, since these depict Cain as he likely appears on propaganda posters throughout the Imperium: either [[GunsAkimbo dualwielding]] boltpistols or combining a boltpistol with a [[ChainsawGood chainsword]] (though the real Cain actually ''is'' quite good with a chainsword).
* In the [[Literature/TheExecutioner Executioner]] series of novels, protagonist Mack Bolan carries a .44 [=AutoMag=], the first automatic pistol to use .44 magnum ammunition. He later switches from that to a Desert Eagle.
* In ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' by [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]], protagonist Sharrow has this literally; the model name of her gun is [=FrintArms HandCannon=].
** Another shows up in the form of a gun much like Killy's from BLAME! in the short story collection State of the Art.
* In the {{Western}} novels of Creator/JTEdson, the preferred handgun of the Ysabel Kid is a Colt Dragoon, nicknamed "the thumb buster" because of its recoil.
* In the Franchise/DocSavage novels, Patricia Savage's signature weapon is an old six-shooter handed down from her grandfather - a Colt Frontier Single Action .44 with the trigger filed off and a fanning spur welded on the hammer, which she carries in her purse.
* [[Literature/DirkPittAdventures Kurt Austin]] carries a custom-made Bowen revolver, essentially a Ruger .44 Magnum bored out to fire the same .50 AE rounds that the Desert Eagle is famous for. His partner Joe Zavala calls it "Kurt's Cannon" and likes to joke that it shoots [[AbnormalAmmo railroad spikes]].
* Roland's revolvers in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series are described as being very, very large .45 Colt Single Action Armies of an incredibly antique vintage, with yellowed sandalwood grips. It's also alluded to that they were forged from the metal of Excalibur.
** In the illustrations, the guns look like 7" Colt Single Action Army revolvers. With swingout cylinders instead of a loading gate. Considering they were made in another "if," this makes sense.
* The main character in the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Roadwork'', who has virtually no experience with firearms, walks into a gun shop and buys a .44 Magnum and a Weatherby .460 rifle. He eventually uses both of them to shoot it out with the police who have come to forcibly remove him from his house.
* Burke from Creator/AndrewVachss's books favours large-calibre handguns for quick manstopping.
* Brian Mallory, the protagonist's brother from ''Literature/TheDifferenceEngine'' by Creator/WilliamGibson and Creator/BruceSterling, carries a Russian pistol that most definitely qualifies as a Hand Cannon (and is later called that). It was picked from a dead Tzarist officer in Crimea, "isn't exactly regulation," "queer-looking," and presumably shoots something not unlike artillery canister shells. Think [[BiggerIsBetter giant razor-buckshot rounds, "as thick as a copper's baton."]] It is single-shot, insanely loud (it even causes friendlies to lose their bearing for a minute) and can literally ''gib'' six people at once with a well-placed shot. In other words, a flare gun from Hell.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' has her trademark weapon, a replica Colt M1911 chambered in .45ACP. The 1911 is not quite a Hand Cannon in the 21st century, but when the story takes place (around two thousand years in the future), the standard firearms use gravitic technology to propel streams of tiny darts at railgun velocities, to incredibly gory and lethal effect. Duelling is legal on her home world, but specifies the use of only chemical propellant firearms specifically because the wounds they inflict are survivable. She only has the gun because it was given to her since she's an avid supporter of the Society of Creative Anachronisms [[note]] which in RealLife is an organization that likes to recreate the Medieval and Renaissance-era lifestyle "The Way It Should Have Been"[[/note]]
* Anya of the ''Literature/DamselsOfDistress'' novellas dual-wields a pair of .45 auto revolvers. Being a wendigo, she has the strength and coordination to use them effectively.
* Inverted in the Creator/RaymondChandler novellas ''Trouble Is My Business'' and ''Red Wind''. Both stories feature hard guys carrying .22 target pistols. As Chandler puts it: "This guy uses a twenty-two. He uses it because he's good enough to get by with that much gun. That means he's good."
* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'': Johannes uses a Webley .577 to insure that his victims stay dead. In his line of work, it certainly makes sense.
* Eddie Chase in Andy [=McDermott's=] ''Literature/WildeChase'' novels favours a .50 Wildey automatic, often being mocked by other characters for the overkill. Subverted in ''Literature/TheSacredVault'' where he loses not one, but two Wildeys over the course of the story before even getting a chance to fire them.
* Dr. Theophilus Algernon Tanner of the Literature/DeathLands adventure series and his always trusty [[=LeMat=]] revolver. He's blown away many a "mutie" with the .63 caliber "grapeshot" round fired from the gun's underbarrel. HeroicAlbino Jak Lauren packs a .357 Colt Python, which he uses when [[KnifeNut stabbing the problem to death]] isn't going to cut it.
* In the ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' Series, "Two-Gun" Berg's signature weapons for his PowerArmor are a pair of handguns that are essentially sawed-off .50 caliber sniper rifles.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', magic isn't always the answer. Sometimes a massive gun is. Especially if you're a demon-fueled semi-supernatural entity who can fire a Desert Eagle on the run in heels and still hit a target. Even the eponymous Harry Dresden is known to carry a .44 [[ShoutOut Dirty]] [[StealthPun Harry]], among others. It's also good for tactical variety (to have non-magical weapons), noir-detective vibe, and the occasional phallic joke.
** Later in the series, Murphy gives Harry a Smith & Wesson .500, which he actually argues is overkill, until he's reminded that his RoguesGallery now includes mutant Sasquatch, fallen angels, ancient gods, and other things that might not even notice a hit from a .44.
* ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'':
** In ''Choosers of the Slain'', MI6 agent Charles Calthrop pulls out a Winchester .454 revolver, after initially reaching for a service-issue Walther to fight back against multiple gunmen in the defense of [[spoiler:Katya and Natalya.]]
** The main protagonist's Desert Eagle .50 cal pistol from ''A Deeper Blue'', with large caliber pistols discussed a bit with a terrorist whose head said pistol is aimed at.
* ''Literature/ThePostmodernAdventuresOfKillTeamOne'':
** In ''Literature/RatedR'' Victor Hansen uses a .50 Desert Eagle.
** In ''Red Scare'' Sid goes GunsAkimbo with two massive Smith and Wesson Model 460 revolvers (pistols designed to hunt grizzly bears) to try and [[spoiler:kill the Ghoul.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' series, the fact that demons are larger and much tougher than humans makes .50 caliber Desert Eagles and Smith & Wesson .500 revolvers the handguns of choice.
* In Literature/{{Portlandtown}} The Hanged Man's gun is a red-handled Colt Walker, which never needs reloading.
* ''Literature/UltimateHero'' has 'Fate', a pistol with two barrels that can fire at supersonic speeds. Played a bit more seriously than normal; firing it has a very high chance of spraining or breaking the shooter's hands.
* In Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/CountZero'' Turner wields a .41 caliber revolver loaded with explosive bullets that has a narrow-beam xenon flashlight under the barrel for night fights. At one point he uses it to shoot down a helicopter.
* In ''Literature/{{Artemis Fowl}}'', Butlers SIG Sauer is described as so big, Butlers the only one able to handle it.
* Frank Rich's Jake Strait tetraology features the title character carrying a gyrapistol, which fired 20mm gyroscopically-stabilized rocket-assisted shells.
* In ''Literature/{{Blood Meridian}}'', the [[VillainProtagonist Glanton gang]] carry [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Walker Colt Walkers]], gigantic revolvers [[ShownTheirWork made at about the time the book is set]]. Each one weighs 4.5 pounds and uses .44 caliber ammunition. Toward the end of the book, [[BigBad Judge Holden]] wields a howitzer cannon as if it were a handgun in a literal example of this trope, but never actually fires it.
* In the ''Literature/JoePickett'' novels, Nate's firearm of choice is a Freedom Arms Model 83 revolver chambered in .454 Casull with a scope mounted on it.
* The [[Creator/RaymondChandler Chandleresque]] private eye narrator in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresBloodHarvest Blood Harvest]]'' packs a Colt 1911. "Some people say the old 1911 Model Army Colt Automatic is big and clumsy and noisy, and I guess it is. But hit a man anywhere with the slug from a .45 and he'll go down and stay down." Gets a MeaningfulEcho near the end of the novel, when he establishes that even a vampire will be severely inconvenienced.
* In Jay Posey's ''Legends of the Duskwalker'' cyberpunk zombie apocalypse series, the elite bounty hunter/warrior Three carries a massive pistol. It's never stated what calibre the pistol has, but it can only chamber three shells at a time and when fired the shells generate 30 kilojoules of kinetic energy. For comparisons, a .50 BMG comes in at a little over 15 kilojoules.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/{{Highlander}}: In the the episode The Sea Witch one of Alexi's thugs carries around a Dessert Eagle as his sidearm. Notably it's treated realistically for a large caliber handgun with him grabbing it two-handed and bracing himself the single time he fires it to break out a glass door. It's clear from his behavior with it he considers a big handgun an intimidation tactic rather than a practical weapon.
* Deputy Jo Lupo from ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' loves Hand Cannons, having an entire drop-down rack of them. When she administered the weapon familiarity test to the sheriff, he had to take it several times to pass.
* Hammer's .44 Magnum in ''Series/SledgeHammer'' is not only a blatant phallic symbol, it's the only thing keeping Hammer sane... well when he isn't talking to it... or sleeping with it.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Jayne might be better known for his [[ICallItVera most favorite gun]], but his one-handed death-dealing implements are not lacking either. (Nor is [[WallofWeapons the ''quantity'' lacking]].) In fact, the main sidearm that Jayne uses is a [=LeMat=], a Civil War era revolver with 9 chambers, as well as a second barrel that can shoot buckshot. That's right, a revolver AND a shotgun.
** Zoe's main sidearm is a "Mare's Leg," a cut-down Winchester 1892 carbine worn in a hip-holster.
** Lots of people on ''Firefly'' have massive pistols. Jayne's estranged former partner in "Jaynestown" springs to mind.
** Even Mal gets an honorable mention: his gun fires .303-caliber ''rifle rounds''.
* Series/{{Bones}} acquires an extremely large handgun (a S&W .500) when she is being threatened by one of the villains of the week. It is clearly too large for her to handle, as shown in the [[http://www.imfdb.org/images/2/28/Bones_31.jpg Halloween episode]] when she fires it at a bad guy with a shotgun, she misses completely, and it knocks her back, so she gives it to Booth. Even he has trouble firing it successfully. But, boy, does it look [[RuleOfCool threatening]]. Its ridiculous power eventually comes in handy when Booth uses it to shoot a bad guy through an inch-thick solid-steel door.
* Stick-up artist and cat burglar Omar Little uses a Desert Eagle in HBO's ''Series/TheWire'', mostly to break "bulletproof" glass.
* On ''Series/NYPDBlue'', stick-up man Ferdinand Hollie (sort of a proto-Omar) extolls their virtues in "Hollie and the Blowfish":
-->'''Sipowicz:''' No, you see, I got a vision of a street full o' taxpayers gettin' caught in the crossfire, Ferdinand, while you do business with your thirty-eight.
-->'''Hollie:''' Forty-four.
-->'''Sipowicz:''' My mistake.
-->'''Hollie:''' Niggas see that big gun come out, they don't argue. They lookin' down that big-ass barrel like it's the Lincoln Tunnel, and they ''Jersey''-bound. Man, they give it up, wail like bitches. Only fools stop to trifle with a forty-four.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAIigNcwYLc Particle Magnum]] used by Ronon Dex in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
* Josh Randall's "Mare's Leg" in the series ''Series/WantedDeadOrAlive'' is a cut down Winchester 1892 Carbine, in a hip holster similar to that of Zoe above.
* Parodied on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' with "Harry Filth," a Film/DirtyHarry-esque cop played by John Candy, who at one point carries a revolver that's much bigger than ''Harry himself''.
* During a gun battle on one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', the BigBad's weapon lets off a godawful boom and blows huge holes in the scenery.
--> '''[=McGee=]:''' What's he using, a cannon???\\
''(After which, Ziva identifies it as a .50 caliber.)''
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Gnaws", Gambit thinks enemy agents might be using some kind of specialised armoured transport in the sewers, and arms himself with a handgun which, in his words, will "stop a tank at 30 paces". In the end, it proves just as effective against the actual threat which turns out to be a giant rat.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Omar possesses a Desert Eagle, but he used it on only one occasion, to make a point to Prop Joe. As such, he explicitly used it to [[WeaponForIntimidation threaten someone because it looks flashy]]. When he's actually out robbing people, he prefers smaller handheld guns or a SawnOffShotgun that he can hide under his trenchcoat.

* In Music/HankWilliamsJr's song "I Got Rights", the singer goes to a gun store and specifically requests a "Smith and Wesson magnum 44" to hunt down the killer of his wife and son.

* In ''Pinball/LastActionHero,'' Slater takes aim with his Desert Eagle on the playfield, while Benedict has his Dan Wesson on the backglass.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The oversized bolt pistols and [=SMGs=] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. .75 caliber rocket-assisted rounds. Don't forget the plasma pistols too. The space marine version even moreso, since it's designed for people who are at least eight feet tall and would require a tripod for a human to wield.
** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' has a pistol that is actually named Hand Cannon. While not the most powerful sidearm in the game by any standard, it is fairly effective (especially when loaded with armor-piercing rounds) and its low price makes it attractive to players who can't afford a bolt pistol (there are plasma pistols and Inferno pistols as well, but they're so rare and expensive they only exist in the game to taunt you. And for it's sibling systems, where you usually have more requisition power).
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' Eichiro Hatamoto II is a pistol that fires a single shotgun slug. It's recommended not to miss. Then there's the Remington Roomsweeper, which is kind of like a SawedOffShotgun, except not. It's a pistol that fires shotgun slugs. It's noted that it's damn hard to fire.
** The Ruger Bloodhawk and Super Warhawk, as well as the Krime Stopper are all somewhat oversized for their catagories - the Krime Stopper, especially, is essentially a sawed off shotgun that is classified as a light pistol; thing to keep in mind is that most of these weapons are made for orks and trolls, who're significantly larger than other metahumans; while still big, these guns are more reasonably sized for them.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'''s weaponry supplements have many examples of this, as they're intended for use by and against cyber-enhanced combatants. One of the most memorable is the 'Hellbringer,' a 3-round [[NumberOfTheBeast .666 caliber]] magnum revolver. There's also the Colt AMT, an eight-shot revolver that fires very large bullets. The caliber is not specified but it causes very high damage in-game. Both of the aforementioned are designed to be used only with cybernetic arms.
** Characters who have full body cybernetic conversions or are wearing powered armour can also carry firearms such as "assault rifles" chambered in .50 BMG or 14.5x114 RUS, as well as a 4 gauge autoshotgun and a 10 gauge, 6-barrel gatling shotgun with a back-mounted ammo hopper.
* Subverted in ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Warmachine]]'' where many warcasters carry guns that are called Hand Cannons but which are no bigger than the setting's average handgun. Most of the time.
** Only a partial subversion as they hit just as hard (or even slightly harder) than the full rifles used by the rank-and-file troops. Hand Cannons have a range of 12 inches and are Power 12 while the military rifles issues to Cygnaran Trenchers are only Range 10 and Power 11. Even in the new RPG; compare the hand cannon (which has the same stats as in the wargame) with a normal repeating pistol shows that it's worthy of the name.
* While ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' gives us the standard hand cannons for the contemporary juncture, for those coming from the 2056 juncture, there's really only one gun worthy of Hand Cannon status -- the Buro Godhammer, which fires .50 caliber rounds, has a five-round mag, and can be fired full-auto for even nastier damage (though you'll have to reload after).
* ''TabletopGame/HongKongActionTheatre'' actually calls the largest handguns Hand Cannons, which range from your standard .44 Magnum caliber boomers to out-there weapons out of a sci-fi movie.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has a fair number of large handguns, including a plasma Cartridge pistol with a bore two inches wide, weapons deliberately designed for large humanoids, and a laser pistol with its own under-slung ''GrenadeLauncher''.
* The magnum pistol from ''[[TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} GURPS: Ultra-Tech]]'' fires a 15mm round, larger than the bullets in a modern anti-materiel rifle. And then there's the shotgun pistol...
* ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries'' has the BLA 046M 'Blitzer' which is a 12.7mm revolver. Additionally there are the only slightly smaller K.K20 'Panther' and K.K30 'Ripper' which are both arm-mounted automatic pistols that fire powerful 12mm rounds.
* ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'', the tabletop RPG of the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' wargame, has a number of fairly formidable weapons, but the game's nod to this trope is the Sternsnacht handgun. The original is described as a hunting rifle cut down to operate as a pistol, but the knockoffs put out by the companies hoping to cash in on the popularity of the original are large, noisy, extremely heavy for a sidearm (2.5 kg!), have hideous recoil that translates into penalties against the to-hit number, and worst of all, only carry three shots. This makes it a hugely impractical weapon even in spite of the damage it deals.
** Speaking of ''[=BattleTech=]'' there is also a pistol version of the Gauss Rifle, so just imagine that. There is also a GyroJet Pistol, which pretty is much a rocket launcher pistol, and is also described as a "handcannon" in the rulebooks.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', Eric Donner, Scion of Thor, (one of the "canned characters" in the gamebooks) has as his signature weapon an oversized revolver called "Giantkiller." In addition to being a huge gun with oversized ammo (which he has to have custom-made), thanks to his divine parentage, [[ShockAndAwe it can shoot lightning]].
* The shellcaster in ''Shards of the TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dream'' is explicitly identified as a hand cannon. The biggest have barrels the size of a man's thigh.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' universe, every pistol, submachine gun and assault rifle looks far beefier than it should have to be, and a lot of the Dark Legion's weapons are handcannons, the Ezoghoul's favorite weapon is actually called the "Blutarch Handcannon."
* In the TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness games (especially the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness game ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''), the impracticality of the hand cannon - and especially the Desert Eagle .50 - actually became a plot point, explained by [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]] influencing gun manufacturers to produce weapons suitable for supernatural combat.
* You can have one in D20, by way of ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons'' by Plain Brown Wrapper Games. Many silly big calibres made obsolete by advances in propellant have come back and even bigger due to advances in the guns themselves, meaning not only does the book have [[{{BFG}} BFGs]] and many weapons, particularly earlier energy weapons, turn out rather large and heavy, but there is actually a self-loading centrefire pistol available in .75.....
* Many ranges of tabletop game miniature figures wield massive weapons, even in historical ranges, due to the practicalities of playing with scale-size small arms. However they do seem to go overboard in speculative fiction, with [[{{BFS}} surfboard swords]] and infantry carbines that look like half a railway sleeper with a hole drilled in one end and a pistol grip and autocannon magazine stuck in the bottom.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnhallowedMetropolis'', zombies aren't bothered much by low calibre ammo, so two of the big boys are the Magwitch Terminus revolver and the Westgate Executioner semi-automatic which both fire 12mm handgun rounds. Even more powerful are the heavy revolvers of Kramer Arms and the custom heavy revolvers from Lion Arms (the latter can break a character's wrist, if shot without a special arm brace).
* The role-playing version of ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' has the somewhat oddball example of the Emancipator Heavy Pistol sidearm. The Mobile Infantry Field Manual sure talks a big game about it and it has a massive penalty to hit if the user isn't in PowerArmor. But unlike the other guns listed on this page, the Emancipator has a rather small calibre at 7.62mm (though it does use a rifle cartridge).

* In the post-series ''TransformersGenerationOne'' toyline, "Action Masters" were Transformers who gave up the ability to transform in exchange for greater physical prowess and to be "more alive" as the commercial put it. Some apparently felt the need to compensate further, as they came with accessories (usually weapons) that ''do'' transform: Kick-Off, for instance, has a handgun with a barrel as long as his arm and as wide as his fist. Several others, like Krok, Rad, and Banzai-Tron, had partners who transformed into extensions of their already-sizable guns, increasing their size and power dramatically. Kick-Off's own weapon can be enhanced by transforming his ''jetpack'' and attaching it, making it roughly the size of his entire body but still held in one hand. Meanwhile, Overrun normally pilots a helicopter, but it apt to tear off its primary weapon (which is freaking huge relative to his body; this is a very small helicopter, of course) and use it on foot.

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* Often, in VideoGames, the Desert Eagle is used as a symbol of just how badass the military is, never minding the fact that a huge gun like a Desert Eagle would never be used by any unit, Special Ops or otherwise, because they're just too heavy and loud.
* The heavy pistols from ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'' are these. Two headshots from these weapons are enough to kill majority of the mercenaries.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' and [[VideoGame/{{Destiny 2}} its sequel]], one of the weapon classes is outright called "hand cannons". They're oversized revolvers with low fire rate and range but massive damage with a larger [[BoomHeadshot precision hit]] damage bonus than any other weapon type besides sniper rifles. They're classified as primary weapons, on par with full-sized assault rifles.
* Pretty much every revolver in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' counts save for the faster-firing, lower-damage Law variants, which are [[PunchPackingPistol Punch-Packing Revolvers]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'':
** Torgue makes pistols ''called'' Hand Cannons, fitting Torgue's fame of outdamaging every single manufacturer, even if the Hand Cannons themselves are not the most powerful of Torgue's lineup.
** Most any pistol with the long Jakobs or heavy Torgue barrel, both of which dramatically increase damage per shot. In fact, the most powerful non-unique pistol is the Slapper, a Torgue pistol with the Torgue barrel.
** The Maggie is a shotgun pistol like the first game's Mashers, with decent damage to boot.
** The Rex is described by its flavor text as "a very big gun". Unlike other Jakobs guns, which fire faster the quicker you mash the fire button, Rex has a very slow firing speed but unparalleled per-shot damage meaning it handles ''exactly'' like you'd expect a huge, powerful pistol to.
** The Unforgiven is essentially a handheld Sniper Rifle, with the same Critical Hit bonus, accuracy, and single shot damage as most snipers.
** The Pocket Rocket, whose massive explosive area borders on grenades and rockets more than the standard Torgue gyrojet, and fires pretty damn fast to boot.
** The Unkempt Harold, which doesn't just have outstanding firepower for a pistol, but outguns quite a few full-sized guns as well. It is considered one of the strongest guns in the game.
* The [[http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo3/content.aspx?link=h3pistol M6 series of pistols]] in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is chambered for 12.7x40mm (necked-down .50 BMG) high-explosive armor-piercing rounds. Seems like overkill at first, perhaps, but against the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]], whose forces include eight-foot-tall aliens in shielded power armor and 12-foot-tall walking siege units with tank-grade armor and decentralized nervous systems, such apparently-overpowered ammo might just be justified.
* ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' has Desert Eagles [[AKA47 renamed]] "Hand Cannons."
* The sequel ''VideoGame/KillingFloor2'' takes it up a notch by introducing their own version [[RareGuns/Revolvers Smith & Wesson Model]] 500 called the [[http://www.imfdb.org/images/8/8f/KF2_Zed_Collector_render.jpg "T&W 500 Zed Collector"]] (though known as the "500 Magnum Revolver" in the actual game) and they can be dual-wielded, a feat that even surpasses the Desert Eagle's dual-wielding antics in sheer ridiculousness. It's very powerful in-game, even on hard and above.
* In the Telltale seasons, ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' have a huge revolver and Luger, respectively. This is probably to compensate for the fact that they weren't allowed guns in the TV show and "left them at the cleaners" in ''Hit the Road''. Successfully complete the ''Hit the Road'' game however, and you get to watch Sam and Max amuse themselves by unloading on a carnival's BB gun shooting gallery with them.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink In fact, they've had them since]] [[AdaptationDisplacement the comics.]]
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games usually have a Magnum serving as one of the more powerful weapons. Ammo's rare and it's usually slow to fire, but they typically kill zombies, Hunters, Lickers, et cetera in one hit. Players often reserve their ammunition entirely for the boss fights as they tend to be the best weapons.
** ''Resident Evil 4'''s Handcannon might be the most exaggerated example of the trope in video game history: its rounds can kill nearly any normal enemy in 1 shot and can pierce through multiple targets[[labelnote:*]]and no, shields don't stop them[[/labelnote]]. What's better, the Merchant has an upgrade for it which gives it ''infinite ammo and zero reload time'', turning it into a complete GameBreaker... or it would be, if you didn't have to achieve OneHundredPercentCompletion on the Mercenaries minigame, which is only available after you beat the game once, and you didn't have to go through multiple playthroughs to amass the cash required to upgrade it to its max potential. It's one hell of a BraggingRightsReward, though.
** The one that Barry is packing in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil (1)'' Remake can OneHitKill the Tyrant's first form. The regular Magnum only takes a bit more than that.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', Leon gets the .50 caliber Desert Eagle, which is a one-hit kill to zombies and lickers, and a two-hit kill to anything else short of a boss. Apparently unsatisfied with this level of death, however, it's eventually customized with a ten-inch barrel that, in addition to one-hit killing ''everything'' short of a boss, damn near [[BlownAcrossTheRoom knocks Leon off his feet]] with each shot. On top of this, if you have enemies lined up and shoot them, you can hit ''all'' of them with one bullet due to the custom Magnum having piercing effects.
* The weird, [[TheQuietOne silent]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot techno-zombie]] (or Deadman, as called in the series) Beyond the Grave in ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' wields not one, but [[GunsAkimbo two]] very large pistols called Cerberus (Left Head and Right Head, respectively). Heck, his frickin' coffin is [[SwissArmyWeapon a mobile weapons platform!]]
** Then in ''Gungrave Overdose'' there's Fangoram who wields the massive "Center Head" which is bigger than both of them and fires what can only be described as small artillery rounds, and is strong enough to [[spoiler: critically injure Grave to the point where his Regeneration powers can't close his wounds properly, leaving Grave in a near-comatose state for a while...until he snaps out of it by sheer force of will]].
* Carmelita Fox in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games has her shock pistol, a huge red handgun firing bolts of electricity that kicks so hard she has trouble holding onto it when she shoots the thing. Some of the [=NPC=] guards can be seen brandishing these as well, either single or akimbo.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** The pistol weapons in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are rather large for a human being... but since the grip is intended to be large to allow a variety of species' hands to use it, we don't know what it's made of (light weight nano composites?) or how the technology would realistically act, it could very well be a JustifiedTrope given how most of the weapons expand from a storage mode.
** You can put together a pretty cool one in [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 the first game]] with explosive rounds.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' one of the pistol type weapons is the literal the Carnifex Hand Cannon. It is an excellent weapon against armored opponents.
** The Phalanx heavy pistol from the Firepower Pack DLC does it one better. Besides being a literal SniperPistol, the thing is positively enormous. It doesn't help that, unlike other weapons, it doesn't fold up while holstered, making it look borderline ridiculous (they fixed that problem in ''3'').
** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', not only do the Carnifex and Phalanx return, they're outdone by two new weapons. The Paladin is explicitly stated to be an ''even more powerful'' variant of the Carnifex, and the Talon is a shotgun revolver.
** Also making an appearance in ''3 ''is the Scorpion. It's one of the heaviest pistols in the game and fires [[StickyBomb Sticky Grenades]].
** The Groundside Resistance Pack adds the Executioner, a pistol whose strength is on par with the heaviest sniper rifles, at the cost of massive recoil and a single shot per clip.
** Subverted with the pre-order bonus weapon, the N7 Eagle. Its description blatantly says it was named after the Desert Eagle, but instead of being a low capacity Hand Cannon, it does low damage per shot, is fully automatic, and has a huge capacity, to the point where some players using power-intensive classes will use the Eagle as a replacement for an ASSAULT RIFLE.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'''s reward for completing its hardest difficulty is a weapon known as the hand cannon, which is in actuality your character using a {{fingergun}} inside of a foam finger and going "bang, bang" or "pew, pew" when you "fire." This causes the enemies to explode instantly. It also qualifies as a BraggingRightsReward.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''
** Nero of ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 4]]'' has the Blue Rose, a customized Smith & Wesson Model 500 with barrels at the twelve and six o'clock positions of six-shot cylinder(normal M500s have five shots), which [[HandWave somehow]] fires both at once with a single hammer. He can fire it one-handed, and it can later be upgraded to have a ChargedAttack that fires delayed-detonation high-explosive rounds.
** On a similar note, Dante's signature pair of pistols ''look'' like handcannons, but they're more like heavily customized Colt .45 M1911s. What gives them their Handcannon status, however, is that the bullets fired by them are charged (and [[BottomlessMagazines somehow reloaded]]) by Dante's power.
* Masterminds with the Thugs powerset in ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' get a [[GunsAkimbo pair]] of large pistols.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** The first two games have the .223 pistol -- apparently a cut down .223 hunting rifle that's been "lovingly handcrafted" into a pistol. It looks suspiciously like Deckard's gun from ''Film/BladeRunner'', and .223 is almost never used to hunt with, but it's still a rifle round in a pistol package. It is justified, in an odd way, since the outer casing of the gun in Blade Runner is the lock section of a real .222 rifle.
** The 14mm pistol also counts. There's some [[AllThereInTheManual background info]] that explains before the end of the world that it was a hunting pistol.
** And, after a noted absence in ''3'', both return in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' -- the 14mm (now 12.7mm) pistol is a bona fide Hand Cannon, boasting the highest damage of all semi-auto handguns, but the .223 pistol, AKA "That Gun" is a unique revolver with no common counterpart in the base game, [[note]]although they added one in the ''Gun Runners' Arsenal'' DLC[[/note]] actuated components, and still chambered for .223 (or more accurately, the .223's military counterpart, the 5.56x45mm NATO).
** ''New Vegas'' also introduces the Hunting Revolver, an oversized big bore revolver, based on the Magnum Research BFR ("Big Frame Revolver"), that shoots .45-70 Gov't rifle rounds. It's the most damaging non-unique handgun in the entire game. Its (semi-) unique counterpart, the Ranger Sequoia, does even more damage.
** Arcade Gannon packs his own personal Plasma Defender which, along with a stylish design, packs quite a mean wallop.
** The unique weapon Pew Pew is a modified laser pistol that has only two shots in spite of taking 10 energy cells in its magazine. In exchange for draining five batteries with each shot, it does over six times the damage of a standard laser pistol, four times the CriticalHit damage, and has a boosted critical hit chance besides. Several perks can boost its damage from 75 per shot to 100 per shot, making it more powerful than several higher-tier guns. Contrary to the expectations of hand cannons, Pew Pew is the same size and weight as a laser pistol, and has no additional skill or strength requirements to use--a starting player can use it just as easily as a seasoned Mojave Courier.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the Blackhawk, a powered-up unique version of the Scoped .44 Magnum, earned by bringing a sheet music book to Agatha after completing her quest. ''Broken Steel'' also has the even more-powerful Callahan's Magnum (ShoutOut to ''Film/DirtyHarry''), but the only way to obtain that is to commit the [[MoralEventHorizon ultimate betrayal]] by {{Kill Sat}}ting the Brotherhood's citadel.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the go-to special Hand Cannon is [[spoiler:Kellogg's .44 Magnum, the gun he used to murder your spouse]]. With the game's DesignItYourselfEquipment, any pistol could be made to be this with the right mods: you could fit your gun with a pistol grip (so the game classes it as a pistol) but also give it an enormous magazine, a long barrel meant for a ''sniper rifle'', and ''a muzzle break''.
* The character Max in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' enters your party with a gun the size of a toaster oven that he wields one-handed. To repeat: that is his ''starting weapon''. [[{{BFG}} You should see what his best weapons look like.]]
* In Case 3 of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the victim is shot with a huge, 45-caliber revolver. The gun is described as being able to not only knock the target off their feet if hit with a shot from it, but capable of dislocating the shoulder of the shooter if they aren't used to firing such a powerful weapon. In appearance, it's described as "making normal revolvers look like water pistols," giving the impression that this is a huge (and very, VERY intimidating) weapon. Klavier even calls it a [[TitleDrop hand cannon]] at one point.
* For some reason, the most powerful and second-most accurate gun in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' is a .357 Magnum. [[RevolversAreJustBetter And this is with the futuristic pulse rifles and sniper-crossbows]]. Balanced by the [[LawOfInverseRecoil high recoil]], low rate of fire and small amount of ammunition Gordon can cary for it.
** One of the Expansion packs, Opposing Force, gives the HECU marine protagonist the actual desert eagle.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', the persona Dan Smith uses a Colt Python as his primary weapon. While this is large enough to qualify for this trope as is, he receives a mid-game upgrade: the Demon Gun, a double barreled, twelve-shell cylinder revolver, which appears to be larger than his head in several cut scenes. MASK goes one better by using a pair of cut-down grenade launchers.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemManhattanProject'' has Duke start with a large handgun with a shiny gold finish.
-->'''Duke:''' Say hello to my little friend...
* The ''VideoGame/EmpireAtWar'' ExpansionPack, ''Forces of Corruption'', features Tyber Zann, leader of the corrupt fraction, who has a handgun that can blow away a whole squad of infantry.
** Implied to be the blaster equivalent of a SawedOffShotgun.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' has a weapon that the player can construct from parts called the Hand Cannon. It's a wooden grip, a trigger, and what looks to be at least an inch-wide barrel.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Meryl stated that she picked up a [[SmallGirlBigGun Desert Eagle]] over the only fractionally more reasonable .45 SOCOM that Snake himself uses. Snake [[LampShadeHanging remarked]] that "It's an awfully big gun for a girl," and offered to trade guns. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', alongside Meryl having upgraded to a [[SniperPistol long-barreled and scoped Desert Eagle]], Liquid Ocelot has a .45-70 "hand rifle" that needs to be reloaded after one shot, but when obtained as a [[InfinityPlusOneSword bonus weapon for completing an emblem challenge]], it one-shots most PMC {{mooks}}. Same for in multiplayer. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' allows the player to develop the Kampfpistole, a flare gun converted to ''fire grenades''. Skull Face of ''Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' uses a Mare's Leg as his personal sidearm.
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'' introduces what is described as a handgun that fires ".90 calibre armour-piercing concussive rounds" and can be [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]]. Obtaining a good level of handgun skills allows protagonist Gideon to fire the weapon in rapid three-round bursts that can match the rate of fire of any machinegun in the game. This is trumped by an energy pistol powered by a miniature fusion generator which hits significantly harder and can still be [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]]. Better skill in with this handgun allows Gideon to fire grenades at the cost of more ammo. This is then matched by a Seeker energy pistol which, while it starts off weaker, can become stronger when Gideon learns the skill needed to fire hideously powerful rounds which can bounce between upwards of four enemies at the cost of extra ammo. This, too, can be [[GunsAkimbo dual wielded]]. About the only thing limiting total arm cannon carnage is ammo consumption.
* Fefnir in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' has two. Justified as he was built as a heavy weapons specialist and is strong enough to do it.
* Xavi from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' [[DualWielding dual wields]] a pair of literal hand cannons. Apparently, it can also function as a flamethrower and a jet exhaust to power up his punches, or to lift him up.
* The Sniper vs. Spy update for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' brings us the Ambassador, an alternate revolver for the Spy which was initially touted as a Hand Cannon. In reality, though, the Ambassador is marginally weaker and slower than the standard revolver. Its true power comes from its near-perfect accuracy and ability to always crit with a headshot. In skilled hands, it lives up to the title of Hand Cannon; in unskilled hands, the standard revolver is just better.
** The Enforcer was one of these for a while, a snubnose revolver with a hilariously huge bore for its size. It used to do a straight-up 20% more damage than the standard revolver for a downside that was almost pointless when paired with the extremely popular Dead Ringer. Valve figured out that giving the Spy access to the functional equivalent of a super-accurate fast-reloading shotgun (in terms of average damage) was not a good idea, and toned it down over the years.
** In addition to SawedOffShotgun[=s=], the Scout can also carry the Shortstop, which essentially takes the already-large COP .357 derringer and makes it even bigger to fit shotgun shells.
** The [[DemolitionsExpert Demoman]] has a primary weapon called the Loose Cannon which is a *literal* cannon.
* The guns in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series are all above average as far as size goes, but it's taken to a ridiculous extreme in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', where a giant monster unit can magichange into a handgun that's ''as big as the wielder''. Considering that the wielder can't even reach the trigger, it seems logical to assume that the monster turned weapon is capable of firing of its own accord.
* Any and all guns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'''s [[TheVerse Ivalice]], which more accurately resemble shotguns in size but can be [[FiringOneHanded fired one-handed]]. Particularly noticeable in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics: [[UpdatedRerelease War of the Lions]]'', where [[{{Cameo}} Balthier's]] Ras Algheti is the size of his torso.
** [[InfinityPlusOneSword Fomalhaut's]] barrel in ''FFXII'' is roughly as thick as Vaan's arm. Overall, the gun's looks and sheer damage output make it seem more like a GrenadeLauncher.
** Interestingly, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' has smaller guns, but also smaller wielders--they're used by a class only available to Moogles, the smallest playable species. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' reintroduces hand cannons as a separate weapon type from the small guns, making them available both to Moogles and to [[ProudWarriorRace Bangaa]], although the animation doesn't make it clear if they're being fired one-handed like they were in ''Tactics''.
* The Culverin weapon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', which actually looks more like a modern-day shotgun ingame, is unique in that it does not accept regular ammunition of any sort, instead opting for ''cannon shells'' that are significantly less efficient inventory-wise.
* Vincent Valentine's Cerberus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' is a gigantic, aggressively ridiculously designed revolver with three cylinders, three hammers linked to one trigger and three barrels. Even with the normal barrel the weapon is the size of his own leg, and it can be fitted with an even sillier three-foot "sniper" barrel. His [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Gun]] is the Death Penalty. In his earlier appearance in ''Final Fantasy VII'', it looked like [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/3/3b/FF7_Death_penalty.jpg this,]] which is not quite a Hand Cannon. Come ''Dirge of Cerberus'', and it looks like [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/b/bf/DoC_Death_Penalty_Artwork.png this.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OG Saga: VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', TheGunslinger Haken Browning's backup weapon is the Longtomb Special: a three-foot long [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] that he fires [[FiringOneHanded one-handed]], [[IAmNotLeftHanded left-handed]], from the hip, with the right hand pulling the hammer. He will also sometimes fire Dual-Wield it along with his Assault rifle, which is natually also fired one-handed. In his LimitBreak, he uses the "Klondike Mode", turning it into a WaveMotionGun with a lot of recoil.
* Noel Vermillion in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' [[SmallGirlBigGun wields two guns the length or her arms.]] Though this is hardly the most [[{{BFS}} absurdly oversized weapon]] in the game.
* The strongest handgun in ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'' is a "magnum" that already rivals the shotgun for power at both their first levels. You can upgrade it. Have fun. The sequel takes it to ridiculous lengths: You start with .357, upgrade to .44, then hit .50 and a [[BribingYourWayToVictory real cash-purchased extra]] gives you '''.700'''.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', the in game version of the Desert Eagle is called the GDHC (God damn hand cannon).
** In [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird the third game]], a fully-upgraded [[AKA47 .45 Shepherd]] is larger than the Boss's entire forearm and fires [[AbnormalAmmo exploding bullets]] that [[BlownAcrossTheRoom toss targets through the air]] on impact. Oh, and they can be [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]], too.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' series has the HE .44 magnum, introduced in the second game, that fires bullets loaded with explosive charges that can be remotely detonated after hitting a target. The third game allows you to upgrade so each bullet spawns three explosive charges.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' features a fairly powerful and accurate .357 magnum revolver that can be upgraded to fire bullets that explode on impact. It deals more damage than the game's other handgun, a 10mm auto pistol - even though .357 magnum is a [[ArbitraryGunPower smaller, slower round.]]
* WordOfGod says that ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' villain Takaya's revolver is an S&W 500.
** And then there's the Reaper, who dual wields two revolvers with barrels longer than he is.
* The Chaos Dwarf Hand Cannon of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' is a literal example, as it really is a cannon. That you can carry.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'', the Launcher class' preferred weapons of choice are a pair of literal hand cannons. They have a passive skill called "Hand Cannon Mastery," which increase the attack speed and damage of a hand cannon, which in turn fires by creating small, short-ranged explosions that can hit multiple enemies and ignores obstacles. It's also the only way a launcher can use the skill Cannonball, which shoots an orb of energy.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', one of Geno's final weapons is called the Hand Cannon. It's taken ''literally'', as it's fired by Geno swinging his arms down and firing gigantic shells from his arms.
* The Cougar Magnum in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' (which can even shoot through walls), and its ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' counterpart, the DY 357. Both sound like cannons, too.
* Carnby's custom-made, twin-barrelled .44 magnum revolver in ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare''.
* ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune'' has the Silver Talon .44, an AKA47 version of the Desert Eagle .44, that can blow a {{Mook}}'s [[BoomHeadshot head clean off]] [[SniperPistol at ridiculously long range]]. And it's fired [[FiringOneHanded with only one hand]].
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' has the ol' Desert Eagle as its strongest handgun, which {{One Hit Kill}}s most mooks.
* ''VideoGame/S4League'' gives us [[RevolversAreJustBetter The Revolver]]. A giant handgun that uses ''shotgun 12-gauge ammo''.
* ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill'' has G and Washington using these as their default guns - they're AMS' standard firearm, apparently.
* ''7.62 High Calibre'' has several, including the .357 Colt Python, the Garza 12.7mm (.50 caliber) revolver, and the .44 [[CoolGuns Desert Eagle]]. They tend to be significantly more powerful than any other handgun weapon, but severely hampered by lack of balance, slow firing, and small clip size. In most cases, a normal handgun (or small submachine gun) is more useful.
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. Maya's gun.
* There are a few examples in the 1997 ''VideoGame/BladeRunner'' video game. Most distinctive is Crystal's sidearm, which is huge and literally sounds like a ''shotgun''. If the player obtains a certain ammo upgrade, his pistol essentially becomes one of these as well.
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes'': The Royal army has Harry's Hand Cannon, which falls under the Pistol category.
* The antagonists of the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series seem to favour this kind of pistol; Imran Zakhaev in ''Call of Duty 4'' used a .50AE Desert Eagle, while General Shepherd in ''Modern Warfare 2'' had a .44 Colt Anaconda.
* All the handguns in the ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' remake, but especially the Bullhammer Mk II, a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] firing .600. One upgrade option for that is the [[MagneticWeapons Magnetic Acceleration Rail]], which gives it an impact profile, to directly quote the fluff, "such that it's often mistaken for cannon or explosive blasts in police investigations."
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'': The Desert Eagle has appeared in the series since Vice City (albeit only cutscenes in that game only so far) and on, it is often regarded as being the most powerful hand gun in the series with great accuracy, making it one of the superior weapons.
** Vice City did have its own player-accessible Hand Cannon in the form of a Colt Python revolver.
* ''All'' the pistols in ''VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' are this, to an extent. The smallest pistol, the [=BK13=], is a fully automatic .45ACP pistol with a 20 round magazine that is [[GunsAkimbo dual wielded]]. The Black Crow fires .50cal bullets from a 13 round magazine. The [=BK222=] revolver fires .222 rifle ammunition which can kill most enemies in one hit. And finally, the Bear Killer pistol fires .444 armor-piercing bullets that can take out an attack helicopter with a couple blasts.
* ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'' lets you purchase a number of positively enormous revolvers, especially in the v1.13 mod. There is also a sidequest which nets you a pair of custom-modified Automag pistols chambered to fire [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.62%C3%9751mm_NATO 7.62 Nato rounds.]] In 1.13 they take [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.50_Beowulf .50 Beowulf rounds]] instead. If you've got a dual-wielding merc on your team, this is that gun-for-hire's wet dream.
* The ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' reboot features the Magnum pistol sidearm. It has explicitly been said to be the most powerful sidearm in the game and it shows. 6 bullets, each inflicting 24 points of damage IIRC, decent firing rate, particularly accurate and only balanced by it's slow reload. Its also so much more easier to use compared to the [[MacrossMissileMassacre Swarmer]] and [[FrickinLaserBeams Laser]] [[ChargedAttack pistol]]. It proves to be deadly when used with [[MagneticWeapons RoadBoat]].
* The revolver in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' can kill a regular enemy in around 2 shots and is even ''named'' The Hand Cannon.
* ''{{VideoGame/Unturned}}'' features two Hand Cannons: the Magnum and the Desert Falcon do nearly twice the damage of the other two pistols, and are modeled after two popular real hand cannons--the famous [[AKA47 Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolvers and the Desert Eagle]], respectively.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has the Desert Eagle Action Express .50 aka the Agents' and Smith's gun. You can actually use it against them, though it takes the same amount of bullets to kill people.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'': The Desert Eagle and Revolver from the third and fourth games, respectively, pack as much damage as the Shotgun - downing most enemies in 2-3 shots - and the latter is at least as big as Lara's head. [[TooAwesomeToUse Appropriately, ammunition is quite hard to find]]. Unfortunately, when they reappear for the fifth game, [[{{Nerf}} they're both significantly less powerful]].
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' has the Underboss and Commissioner revolvers, which are the two most powerful pistols in the game; the snub-nosed Underboss fires .357 magnum, and the foot long Commissioner, .44 magnum. The Commissioner can one-hit-kill [[InvisibilityCloak infiltrators]] with a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] and both can kill anyone else with three body shots. Both are capable of mounting low-powered optics, and their low damage dropoff makes them excellent improvised ranged weapons for users carrying shotguns or sub-machineguns. Their curious [[UnorthodoxReload split-cylinder reloading mechanisms]] allows them to be reloaded very quickly if half or less of their cylinders have been fired. All in all, RevolversAreJustBetter.
* By picking up enough upgrades, the [[EvolvingWeapon Dispersion Pistol]] from ''VideoGame/{{Unreal|I}}'' goes from RangedEmergencyWeapon to this, with a bit of PunchPackingPistol along the way. Combine it with the Amplifier item, and it moves into {{BFG}} territory outright.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' features the Desert Eagle. It deals about as much damage as a sniper rifle, and {{One Hit Kill}}s all [[{{Mooks}} common infected]] in any difficulty, and unlike the regular pistols, it retains its accuracy and rate of fire if a player using it is incapacitated. It's balanced out by a low magazine capacity and high recoil.
* In ''VideoGame/SniperElite'': ''VideoGame/ZombieArmyTrilogy'', the British-made Webley Mk. VI revolver has downright stupid stopping power - the Colt and the Luger both need a headshot to be really effective against a zombie, whereas the Webley can one-shot a zombie with a torso shot, blow arms and legs clean off, and penetrate through and kill any other zombie who happens to be standing behind. This makes the Webley an amazing panic weapon, although it's balanced out by a very slow reload, slightly slower firing rate, and miniscule ammo count.
* The ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' features badass mercenary (and later badass Jedi battlemaster) Kyle Katarn. He's most known for being one of a very small number of Jedi who is a firm believer of SwordAndGun combat. His weapon of choice is the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Bryar_pistol Bryar blaster pistol,]] which started life a full blown ''blaster rifle'' before his dad cut it down to look less old-fashioned. Just how huge is this thing? [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/eff/images/b/bb/Bryar_pistol.png Here]] is an image of Kyle holding the Bryar pistol, suggesting it's twice the size of his arm. Even this [[http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/10/9791/Kyle_Katarn_Art.jpg official art]] for the ''Dark Forces'' {{Novelization}} depicts a weapon that would probably be very heavy to carry for some time. Interestingly, while its single shots are of middling damage, the Bryar has a ChargeAttack that can [[BlownAcrossTheRoom send a stormtrooper flying in one charged shot]].
* For the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series, typically the standard hand-sized hole-puncher is the "Wes-44", which is a Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic and often seen in the hands of Victor Sullivan (possibly as a ShoutOut to ''Film/DirtyHarry'', although Harry's WeaponOfChoice is the non-stainless S&W Model 29). ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'' also adds the Tau Sniper (the Taurus Raging Bull as a SniperPistol) and Mag 5 (Dan Wesson PPC) as additional {{Hand Cannon}}s while ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' drops all of these for the "Barok .44", which is a Mateba 6 Unica Autorevolver (and a {{Rare Gun|s}} at that).
* The Revolver Shotgun of Ghalt from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is exactly what it is, a hybrid of [[RevolversAreJustBetter a revolver]] and [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter a shotgun]]. For added damage, he can pull out [[GunsAkimbo a second one]].
* In the 3rd ''VideoGame/SASZombieAssault'', your SAS officer earns new guns as he gain ranks. At high rank, he can earn a Pfeifer-Zeliska .600 Nitro Express revolver. This is a fantastic gun as only revolvers and pistols have unlimited ammo and the Zeliska's HUGE damage and penetration enables it to take on groups of the hardiest zombie mutants (almost all the other pistols lack firepower to offset the unlimited ammo) and you can boost its stats. In fact, you'll seldom use any other gun once you have this gun. The 4th game is set in the far future and you can get random powerhouse handcannons via a Diablo-esque item drop system.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Makoto Niijima uses revolvers that are much longer and do considerably more damage per shot than the main character's pistols or another party member's submachine guns, but can only hold a few shots per reload. These include a simply named "Revolver", a Colt Single Action Army "Peacemaker", and a U.S. Colt Cavalry.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carnivores}}'': The mobile version has recently introduced a powerful Revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model 500. It has the highest damage of any weapon in-game, capable of killing dinosaurs within 1-3 shots (depending on the species, and excludes the T-Rex which can only be killed via a shot in the eye). However, its damage decreases over range, restricting it as a close quarters weapon.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Reaper]] from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' subverts this. From the official trailer, it's easy to see he's dual-wielding oversized handguns.... But they're actually ''[[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Hellfire Shotguns]]''.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' has in the base game the ".44 Magnum" and "[=D50=]" ([[AKA47 aka Smith & Wesson Model 629 and IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX]]) as the strongest handguns and of course the [=D50=] is the last one you can unlock. The "Cannon" pistol, the Signature version of the .44 Magnum, comes with a scope, longer barrel, and a [[SniperPistol sight]] and is unlocked with Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s [=uPlay=] service. A PreOrderBonus for multiplayer is the IJN Type 10 flare gun, a very rare flare gun that was converted to shoot shotgun shells. The shells are ''35mm'', which is close to the size that a ''small [[{{BFG}} punt gun]]'' would fire. And you shoot it one-handed. Despite it's immense size it somehow does ''even less'' damage then the [=D50=]. [[ArbitraryGunPower Because reasons?]]
* In ''VideoGame/OutCast'', outside of the starting 9mm handgun, every weapon that Cutter has is one of these. His baseline weapon will be a futuristic 7.62mm machine pistol with a massive magazine and shoots tracer bullets. It only goes up from there as he gets a handheld mortar, a handheld rocket pod, and a pistol-sized flamethrower.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** Schlock's plasma guns fit this trope well, a large but still handheld plasma weapon that can even be used against heavy armor. Several times he's refused a weapons upgrade because the new weapon, despite being far more powerful, is [[BiggerIsBetter smaller than his preferred one]] and [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20030315.html lacks the ominous hum and intimidating glow at the business end]]. Later, he gets his hands on some real antitank cannons and simply [[SawedOffShotgun saws off the stocks and barrels to make pistols of them.]]
** Depending on the environment, your cannon may vary. In the second Credomar arc Lt. Pibald modifies his ordinary-sized pistol to fire antimatter rounds.
--->'''LOTA:''' You should now confiscate Lieutenant Pibald's pistol. It can shoot a hole in the world.
* ''Webcomic/{{Chicanery}}'' character [[TriggerHappy Mr. Saturn]] has a "Modified [[TropeCo/TropeCo [=DeathCo=]]] Magnum", several times larger than the main characters and apparently a cross between a [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] and a [[Manga/{{Blame}} GBE.]] Effects range from [[YourHeadAsplode blowing heads apart]] to [[LudicrousGibs explosively atomising people]] and [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank coating the surrounding area in blood.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' Antonio Smith the forensic linguist wields such a weapon.
* Monica of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' carries her [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/morecivilized/ grandfather's gun]] a few times, though she never fires it.
* In ''Webcomic/{{The KAMics}}'', Gertrude says "The bigger it is the more it hurts!" when she gets a [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4828837/ Buntline special with 16 inch barrel.]]
* ''Webcomic/SixCommando'' features the UNA's [[http://www.viciousprint.com/6commando/comic/una-mach-saber-75/comment-page-1/#comment-39358 Mach Saber,]] a twin-barrel over/under revolver. The top barrel is for the six .75 Magnum cartridges in the revolver, while the bottom one is for a single-shot .96 caliber HEJA (High Explosive Jet-Assisted) armor-piercing round.

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* Sycine Kiongozi in ''Literature/IlivaisX'' carries a 15mm pistol. It's capable of shooting down [[HumongousMecha Espadas]], though granted, they're fairly inexpensively made and small. Still, that's more indicative of a mounted anti-materiel cannon and not a handgun.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6CXAaI1OAo Huge guns]] by freddiew
* They abound in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, from Loophole's .44 Magnum to the .50 caliber one-shot that Samantha Everheart used in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl". Sam cut off the pistol grip so she could hide it under her bra inside her blouse. She could fire it accurately only because she has super-strength. Or there's the sixty pound anti-mutant weapon Captain Tilley wield in the same story.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', in addition to being the only non-MixAndMatchWeapon shown, is General James Ironwood's revolver. If one goes by the official height chart's listing of Ironwood being 6 foot 6, his revolver appears to have a barrel length of about 13 inches, which is larger than the largest sized barrel of the Smith & Wesson Model 500 (10.5 inches), the largest production revolver in RealLife, as mentioned below. The full length of the revolver, from tip of the barrel to the end of it's grip is ''2'1.5''[[note]]''25.5 inches''[[/note]] long, which puts total size on par with, or bigger than, the page's picture Pfeifer Zeliska revolver. It really should tell you something about what kind of ''batshit crazy'' setting ''RWBY'' takes place in when this kind of weapon is downright BoringButPractical compared to what some other people pack.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Surely this exchange on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a potential trope namer:
--> '''[=McBain=]''': But Captain, I can't avenge my partner's death with this pea-shooter. ''(holds up a normal-sized pistol.)'' \\
'''Captain''': I don't wanna hear it, [=McBain=]. Tha-that cannon of yours is against regulation. In this department we go by the book!\\
''(The Captain holds up the book of regulations. [=McBain=] draws his "cannon", a revolver bigger than his head, and fires it at the book. The book promptly disintregrates, along with a massive chunk of the wall behind it.''\\
'''[=McBain=]''': [[GrissomOneLiner Bye, book]]!
* In ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'', Kaptain Skurvy's weapon of choice is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literal hand cannon]], a miniaturized cannon he holds in one hand.
** TruthInTelevision: there really are tiny "signal" or "salute" cannon, used for ceremonial purposes, that are equivalent to a large shotgun.
* Exaggerated for comedic effect in ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'', where the revolver used is larger than the (human-sized) shooter.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* High powered handguns in real life have two primary uses, handgun hunting and predator defense. With proper ammo, magnum pistols are basically sawed-off rifles with more oomph at close range than the long guns.
* Most of the various [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.50_caliber_handguns .50 caliber handguns,]] except the .50 GI.
* The current record-holder (according to the manufacturer) for most powerful ''production'' handgun is the Smith & Wesson Model 500, a 5-shot revolver with an 8-[=3/8=]" barrel (15 inches long in total) that weighs six pounds ''empty''. In a demonstration on Spike TV's ''Series/{{Manswers}}'', the .357 Magnum blew a chunk out of a watermelon; the .44 Magnum took off the lower three-quarters; and the Model 500 ''exploded'' it. Due to a compensator on the barrel, however, its recoil is actually less than the .44 Magnum -- though that's not saying much.
** The military generally treated them as AwesomeButImpractical until the Russians decided to build a sidearm for the 12.7x55mm cartridge - a spritzer (sharp-pointed) military-grade counterpart to the .50 Alaskan, with [[RecursiveAmmo two bullets per cartridge]] in some versions, designed to be used by the VKSS Vykhlop '''[[HollywoodSilencer silenced]]''' SniperRifle. The result was the [[http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9834/167229822.9c/0_da524_8fbe3029_XXL.jpg RSh-12,7]] (lit. ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin assault revolver]]''), easily the meanest handgun and [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] out there; or, if you wish, an aspiring [[{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}} bolt pistol]]. The Russians used some of their signature tricks to keep recoil down to the .44 level - namely, mounting the barrel to the ''lower'' chamber, and a [[GunAccessories detachable stock]]. And yes, [[UpToEleven it too can be fitted with a silencer]]. It's unclear whether the military or the [[StateSec Federal Security Service]] (who ordered the original sniper rifle) use these.
* Very early hand-guns really were, literal, "hand-cannons", merely reduced-size versions of early artillery weapons, with the same one-piece cast barrel-and-stock, and touch-hole ignition.
** Even later when they used matchlocks (1600s or so) most weapons were at least .50 cal, often closer to .75 cal, since modern round sizes fired with black powder wouldn't go through armor.
** XVII-century German Reiter cavalrymen used the so-called Reitpistole as their main weapons. Those were bigger, badder versions of the contemporary wheellock and flintlock pistols, comparable in size to the modern Pfeiffer-Zeliska from the page picture.
** The dragon is this, combined with ShotgunsAreJustBetter; makes sense considering they are a handgun-sized variation of the blunderbuss meant to be used on horseback (that's where we get the word 'dragoon').
* Later, there was the "howdah pistol", a double-rifle elephant gun with the barrel and stock reduced in size to make it holdable, if not sensibly fireable, in one hand. It was said that the sensible way to employ one, should a tiger leap up your elephant toward the howdah in which you were standing, was to hand the giant double-barreled pistol to the tiger and allow him to fire it.
* Magnum Research, designers of the infamous Desert Eagle, also manufacture the [[http://www.magnumresearch.com/BFR.asp "BFR."]] They claim this stands for "Biggest, Finest Revolver," [[{{BFG}} but I think we all know what it really stands for]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfeifer_Zeliska_.600_Nitro_Express_revolver Pfeifer Zeliska]] revolver: a gun chambered for the .600 Nitro Express, traditionally an elephant-gun round. It's not a production model, being hand-made indvidually; purchasing one will cost over $16,000 and the .600 Nitro Express rounds alone go for $40 each. (If you don't want that, it can also chamber the .460 Win. Mag. round.) It weighs 13 pounds unloaded and is over 21 inches long in total. Oddly, the sheer weight of the beast is in fact what makes it anywhere near practical as a weapon: the recoil of even a .600 round isn't enough to make something that massive fly around. Also, it's the gun in the page picture.
* There's also a .700 Nitro Express round, currently languishing unloved; it's only a matter of time before a handgun is designed around it.
* The Maadi-Griffin .50 pistol and the Thunder .50 pistol: handguns designed to use the .50 BMG cartridge, one of the most powerful ''rifle'' cartridges in current use (actually a [[{{BFG}} heavy]] [[MoreDakka machine gun]] cartridge, "BMG" stands for "Browning Machine Gun"). For comparison, the muzzle energy of the .50 BMG round is typically around ten times that of the NATO 5.56mm round used in most modern assault rifles.
* Olympic Arms marketed a "pistol" that could fire NATO standard 5.56mm rounds; it bore a passing resemblance to the Mauser C96 and was basically an AR-15 receiver wedded to a short barrel and a pistol grip. In any realistic sense it was a carbine, however, since it fired a rifle round.
** Pretty much every specialized AR-15 manufacturer (and a few manufacturers that don't specialize in AR's) makes a similar weapon. Due to the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics National Fireams Act of 1934]], certain firearm types such as "Silencer," "[[MoreDakka Machine Gun]]", "Short-Barreled Rifle," "[[SawedOffShotgun Short-Barreled Shotgun]]," and "[[BuffySpeak Any Other Weapon]]" need to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. AR-15's which are manufactured as "Pistols" (which do not require federal registration) are not subject to the same barrel length requirements as AR-15's which are manufactured as "Rifles" (which also do not require registration), but a pistol cannot have a stock or a vertical foregrip. AR-15 pistols are often purchased with the goal of being turned into an SBR (making an SBR would involve adding a stock, a relatively simple procedure on this weapon, potentially making it identical to the M4 Carbine or Close-Quarter Battle Receiver, aside from the lack of [[MoreDakka automatic fire]]). Turning them into an AOW by adding a vertical foregrip is less common because any rifle or SBR can legally have a vertical foregrip, and while it's only $5 to transfer instead of the usual $200, it still costs $200 to "manufacture."
*** Because of the 1968 Gun Control Act, NFA-regulated items are not authorized for import into the United States. Therefore, any AKS-74U that is imported must not have [[MoreDakka automatic fire]] and the weapon must have its stock removed, so that it is imported as a pistol. NFA paperwork is sometimes done to restore the stock, however, no new [[MoreDakka machine gun]] registrations have been approved since 1986. However, because of other import restrictions (such as certain grip styles and magazine capacity requirements for non-US-manufactured receivers with below a certain number of US-made parts attached, this is not often done).
** Kel-Tec also makes a 5.56mm/.223 pistol called the PLR-16, which accepts AR-15 magazines, although it isn't designed around the AR-15, but rather Kel-Tec's own SU-16 rifle.
** Heizer defense recently introduced the [[http://heizerdefense.com/category/products/guns/par1-guns/ PAR1,]] a ''derringer'' chambered for the .223 round. Alas, the thing it's most useful for is [[AwesomeButImpractical creating an impressively huge flash, from all the powder uselessly burning up outside its tiny, 1-inch barrel]].
* The Toys/NerfBrand [[RevolversAreJustBetter Maverick]] chambers darts only slightly longer than the usual ammunition, but the gun itself is big enough to make Dirty Harry blush. That said, even standard Nerf darts are bigger than many pistol bullets.
** The Nerf Recon and Retaliator both are essentially hand cannons, just with detachable barrel extensions and stocks. The Dart Tag 2012 ''Speedload 6'' is essentially a stockless oversized pistol chambered for rifle rounds in terms of size.
** The 2013 Elite MEGA series Magnus pistol and its revolver counterpart, the Cycloneshock, use the same darts as the 156cm-long Elite MEGA Centurion blaster. Yes, they are sizeable handcannons ''that chamber anti-materiel rifle rounds''. Yikes.
* The single shot Thompson/Center Contender with its up to 23 inch barrel is about as close to a hand-gun sized cannon one can can buy today. It can be chambered in full power rifle rounds like the .30-30 Winchester and the .45-70 Government. In fact when a stock is attached it is [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics legally]] a rifle.
* During an episode of his series ''Lock and Load'', Creator/RLeeErmey showed why standard shooting positions are standard. While test firing a .44 Magnum, he was nearly knocked to the floor by the recoil. He then was shown saying he didn't want to shoot it again. This is the same person who had picked up and fired a crew served machine gun in his arms to prove it could be done. Hand cannon indeed.
* The four-pound Colt Walker and Dragoon models were outrageously oversized to their smaller cousins brought into production a few years later.
** The popular story is that the Colt Walker and the later Dragoon were designed so that once ammo had been spent, the gun would still be useful to [[PistolWhipping club people and horses]] while wielded one-handed (the other hand on your horse reins).
* The Le Mat percussion revolver, in addition to a nine-chambered cylinder and a regular barrel, has a central shotgun barrel, fired by a special pivoting striker, hence the name "Grapeshot Revolver". The largest ammunition it can use is .44 ball and one 16ga shot charge. As you can imagine, this is a ''very'' big pistol.
* Any {{Franchise/LEGO}} handgun. The revolver, which is the smallest, is the size of a minifig's arm.
* The [[SawnOffShotgun sawn-off]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNFsUvh078I Mosin-Nagant.]]'' As in, a ''[[http://world.guns.ru/rifle/rfl03-e.htm powerful 7,62x54mm rifle]]'' cut down to pistol size.
** It was a favored weapon of the anti-Soviet peasant resistance during the 1920s-1930s. In this quality it was famous enough that post-fall of the Union, an ultra-compact bolt-action shotgun loosely based on the sawed-off Mosin design was ''marketed'' as "[Kolkhoz] Headman Killer" and got pretty popular.
* This [[http://www.derringer.de/new68.htm 20mm (.79 caliber) Derringer.]] And a 30mm derringer is in planning according to the site. Since 20mm is considered to be the point where you start calling it an "autocannon" rather than a "machine gun,"[[note]]for reference: 20mm shells are the kind fired from the vulcan cannons of modern American fighter jets[[/note]] those literally ''are'' "hand cannons".
* The Taurus Judge, a 5-shot revolver that can load either .45 Colt rounds or .410 shotgun shells. However, it actually subverts this trope: a .410 shotgun shell can only hold a few buckshot pellets (or a lot of birdshot pellets, which don't do a whole lot unless you dump it point blank into someone's face), and the .410 slug isn't much more powerful than the standard .45 Colt revolver rounds. While films tend to portray it as a simple "handheld shotgun", it's more effective for shooting snakes or blasting carjackers.
** A later variant is the larger and longer Taurus Raging Judge, which can load the more powerful.454 Casull rounds as well as the .45 Colt and .410.
** Taurus also released a revolver called the Raging Bull, which comes in various large calibers up to .500 S&W Magnum (though this version has been discontinued). This model had a 10 inch barrel on it.
** Taurus created a prototype Raging Judge XXVIII, shown at the 2011 SHOT Show, which was chambered for 28 gauge shotgun shells. The weapon weighed 4.2 pounds, and had a five-round cylinder. It was made out of 4140 ordnance-grade steel and used the same double-lock system as their .454 version. The BATFE promptly told Taurus they could not import the pistol to the US, and that killed it before it ever went into production.
* There are a few images of a sawn-off ''M1 Garand'' floating around the internet.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT-20_%28rifle%29 RT-20]] may be a rifle, but its name is short for Ručni Top 20, or [[InvokedTrope Hand Cannon]] 20mm.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauser_C96 Mauser C96,]] the gun that Han Solo's blaster was built around, is one of the most famous and successful semiautomatic pistols in history. It was a hand cannon, because the 7.63x25mm round it used was the highest velocity round so far until the .357 Magnum came along, and was able to pierce straight through [=WW2=]-era steel helmets and into the skull of the target. It was also chambered for 9x19mm Parabellum, making it a PunchPackingPistol one way or another.
* In September 2011, a Brazilian drug dealer was caught with [[http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2011/09/29/massive-homemade-12-gauge-revolver/ this]], a homemade 12 gauge revolver. This is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI_iIF419Zs not the only time this has happened.]] Seriously, that last one is even MORE ridiculously big somehow...
* A German slang expression for a large handgun is "Zimmerflak" or indoor [[AntiAir air defence]] cannon.
* Pepperbox pistols are examples from the 1800's that were sold to civilians! They were designed for multiple shots, the earliest versions having matches leading to each barrel, and being a very early predecessor to the revolver. Although it's still intimidating looking down four barrels, their downside is they're impossible to aim. They're almost primarily used at point blank, like Derringer was infamously known for. Even more cannon-y was volley guns, which used multiple barrels and often shot them simultaneously.
* M47 Dragon is a [=20th=] century anti-tank guided missile. It is fired from the soldier's shoulder.