You're watching a popular Science Fiction
film when suddenly the argument you were about to launch over whether or not Han shot first
is derailed by the realization that you saw the same weapon the night before being used by a German officer in the trenches, only then it wasn't a Frickin' Laser
The firearm equivalent of Hey, It's That Guy!
, Hey, It's That Gun!
is where the viewer recognizes a firearm playing a role in a world one would not expect to find it. This most frequently arises in fictional, fantastic or alien settings where prop designers are looking for something realistic, functional or available off the shelf.
Is not to be confused with A.K.A.-47
where Real Life
weapons are simply renamed
in their proper context or Improperly Placed Firearms
where they are used in an inaccurate context. This describes where a viewer is able to recognize a firearm that itself is playing a role that is accurate within the context of the work.
Just like human actors, firearms may be visually modified
or simply left as is. The latter is frequently the case with Cool Guns
or Rare Guns
, but using something that is too common/recognizable may break the viewer's Willing Suspension of Disbelief
Does not apply when an existing firearm is sufficiently modified
as to be unrecognizable to anyone not using the IMFDB
. Will re-apply if sufficiently modified weapons are in turn used in other works where they can be recognized from their other appearances.
- Firefly uses a huge variety of real and modified-but-recognizable guns. Mal's pistol is a Taurus 85 revolver with bits glued on to make it look like a semiautomatic. Jayne's beloved Vera was modified from a Saiga-12 semi-auto shotgun, and his sidearm is a Civil War-Era Lemat revolver with what looks like a universal mount on top of the pistol barrel and some sheathing around the shotgun barrel. Zoe's favored weapon is a Mare's Leg sawed off rifle (with a couple vaguely Space Western modifications) which first made an appearance with Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive before being defictionalized.
- In Doctor Who, on a first glance the Sontaran's weapon's look like the sort of sleek, futuristic weapons you would expect them to have. Except if you play laser tag you'll recognise the "gun" when it gets a close up.....
- The Canaries in Red Dwarf carry modified MP5s and Glock pistols on suicide missions. The Steyr AUG is carried by ship's security personnel, but with no modifications.
- In Halo, set about five hundred or so years in the future, the UNSC apparently still uses twentieth-century South African 14.5mm anti-materiel rifles (albeit converted to semiautomatic fire and with the magazine in the bottom rather than the side of the rifle).
- In 2012 after the Free Syrian Army captured 70 year-old World War 2 surplus stocks of German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles they started turning up in various rebel videos.