Cool, but Inefficient
ways of holstering or unholstering guns.
Compare Unorthodox Sheathing
and Unorthodox Reload
. Related to Gun Twirling
. See also Nothing Up My Sleeve
for when the guns are stored in the sleeves, and Pants-Positive Safety
for the pants version.
Several female characters keep guns in Victoria's Secret Compartment
Anime and Manga
- Wolfwood in Trigun carries his guns in a giant cross that's taller than he is.
- Mello in Death Note carries a gun in his pants. In the front of his extremely tight leather pants.
- Rally Vincent often wears long sleeves to allow for a Taxi Driver style peashooter in case she can't use her usual weapons, but more often than not, we see it when she's being forced to completely disarm rather than actually using it.
- Heero from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing carries a gun in the back of his Spandex bike shorts.
Film - Live Action
- Scud the Disposable Assassin, being a robot, stores his guns in compartments below his armpits; he has to cross his arms to draw them. Not really an example, as those are basically analogues to underarm holsters, which are popular for concealing handguns under jackets and the like.
- Dwight McCarthy uses a sleeve-rig with a small-caliber revolver to shoot Manute during the final shootout of the Sin City story "A Dame to Kill For." Being that Manute is Made of Iron, he comes back for "The Big Fat Kill."
- The gun was only a .25. Dwight laments this as he draws. Fortunately, this weakens Manute enough for him to grab hold of one of Manute's .45s.
- Grammathon Cleric John Preston in Equilibrium stores his guns up his sleeves, with a special mechanism to let them slide into his palms and to load them with new magazines.
- Taxi Driver: Travis Bickle designs and equips a special hidden holster in his shirt sleeve that will drop the gun into his hand when he punches his arm downwards. He uses it to kill one of the pimp's men during the big shootout that ends the movie, but being as the weapon in question was small and small-caliber (which is why it was able to fit), Travis had to unload it into the guy's face at point blank range.
- The Mariachi from Desperado is also a fan of the sleeve-rigged guns. To do this with full-sized semiautomatic pistols required a model of the gun without the handle (which is the primary hindrance to this kind of thing in Real Life) cut off, and then replacing them with the regular gun in the next take (keen-eyed viewers of Equilibrium mentioned above may have noticed the same trick there).
- Maverick has the "holstering a gun while Gun Twirling" version.
- The bar scene in My Name Is Nobody has a character wearing his guns in his holsters backwards. Nobody tells him, "people who wear their guns backwards are bad news." When he goes for his guns, Nobody pulls one out, points it at his chin, returns it to his holster, than slaps him with both hands, all before he can move more than an inch or so. He does this several times—Nobody is able to move supernaturally fast when it comes to guns.
- The Big Bad in Red Heat keeps a derringer up his sleeve with a quickdraw mechanism.
- RoboCop keeps his trusty sidearm (a heavily modified Beretta 93R) tucked inside his leg armour. He's shown drawing and holstering it a number of times, including plenty of Gun Twirling, a holdover to his previous life as Officer Alex Murphy, which becomes important later.
- Pale Rider has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example when Stockburn's posse open fire on Spider - the member on the far left, nearest the camera, draws his pistol by flicking it out of the holster and around his finger.
- As The Quick and the Dead centres around a quick draw competition, a variety of different methods of holstering are shown. Sergeant Cantrell goes for a pistol mounted on a swivel on his gunbelt; allowing him to shoot from the hip without having to draw his gun.
- A Brother's Price has Jerin keeping a derringer in one of the pockets of his walking-robe.
- The private eye in the sci-fi novel Chimera keeps a high-powered handgun in an "Infinite Pocket" - a bit of Hammerspace that opens when his cybernetic implants register that he's reaching for his gun.
- In the Deathworld series by Harry Harrison, the Pyrrans have forearm holsters that will automatically put the gun in their hand (And, since reflexes = life on the Death World, immediately fire) when needed, and put it away afterward. It's described in several places as ripping through the cloth of clothing that was not designed to have space for it.
- In The Undertaker novels, Barnaby Gold has a pistol on the lefthand side of his gunbelt mounted on a swivel. Having unpicked the seam of the left pocket of his longcoat, he can reach through the pocket and swivel the pistol to fire through his coat even while seated.
- In the Pilot Episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cromartie keeps his gun inside his leg in an obvious nod to RoboCop.
- In the Doctor Who episode "Bad Wolf", Captain Jack is stripped naked, but still manages to pull out a tiny gun. Three guesses where he was keeping it... Two words: Ass Shove!
- In the Square One TV Show Within a Show Mathnet, George Frankly and Kate Monday/Pat Tuesday often draw calculators from shoulder holsters before going off to their destination. They draw the calculators, perform a quick equation, nod at each other, then holster their calculators before heading out.
- This clip from the Dean Martin Show hilariously lampshades the drawbacks of fancy carrying and draw techniques.
- Paranoia adventure The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues. An NPC guard has a Power Holster that throws a firearm into the wearer's hand, allowing an instant quick draw. If the PCs get one it naturally doesn't work properly (this is Paranoia, after all).
- In the Metal Gear Solid remake, my God. Ocelot twirls his pistol for nearly 15 seconds between "Revolver" and "Ocelot."
- Even more ridiculous in Metal Gear Solid 3. And this was actually trimmed down from a scene nearly 3 minutes in length...
- In Red Dead Redemption, if John wins a duel by shooting his opponent six times before they can draw, he does a bit of Gun Twirling before holstering his gun mid-twirl.
- Earthworm Jim occasionally spins his gun, tosses it in the air, and then pivots his hip to catch it in the holster. Usually it works, but sometimes he'll conk himself on the noggin instead.
- Resident Evil 5: Wesker twirls his custom Beretta "Samurai Edge" horizontally before holstering it after shooting at you. Being almost entirely Immune to Bullets, he actually doesn't have a reason to give a damn about the gun accidentally discharging.
- In the Mass Effect series, the guns apparently clip magnetically to the outside of the characters' armor. Some of them (like pistols) are in typical places on the hip or slung over the shoulder, others... aren't.
- Fiona of Tales from the Borderlands has a small hold-out pistol hidden up her sleeve on a spring-loaded mechanism for a quick draw.