Pistol Pose

A very common pose for movie posters is to feature the main character posing with a firearm, usually a pistol. See also: Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You.

It is also common to spoof this by having something else being held.


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    Live-Action TV 
  • Although it's not a firearm, some of the Publicity Stills from the new Doctor Who show the Ninth Doctor holding his sonic screwdriver in a similar manner. Although in the right circumstances, it's more useful than a gun. After all, you can only shoot the lock off so many times, and you can't shoot the lock on even once. (Except with Captain Jack's Sonic Disrupter.)
  • Such a pose is part of the standard Charlie's Angels logo, although it's often just one of the three.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Legend Mick Foley, in his Cactus Jack persona, does this with his fingers as his signature pose.

    Video Games 

  • Banksy's famous Pulp Fiction painting near London's Old Street. It depicted the characters of Jules and Vincent in their famous pistol pose, but holding bananas instead of guns... until the council decided it was graffiti, not art, and had it painted over.

    Real Life 
  • One, the right arm pointing to the shoulder, is in fact the British Sign Language symbol for James Bond.
  • There are a number of accepted methods of holding a weapon that resemble this trope, albeit with little details like keeping ones finger off the trigger. The easiest ways to hold a weapon without pointing it at something unintentionally are to hold it pointing upwards or downwards. In the case of a longer weapon like a rifle or shotgun, the most practical method typically is to hold the weapon against your torso, with the weapon pointed across your chest and upwards ("Ready Arms") or downward ("Port Arms").