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CoolButInefficient ways of holstering or unholstering guns.

Compare UnorthodoxSheathing and UnorthodoxReload. Related to GunTwirling. See also NothingUpMySleeve for when the guns are stored in the sleeves, and PantsPositiveSafety for the pants version.

Several female characters keep guns in VictoriasSecretCompartment.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Wolfwood in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' carries his guns in a giant cross that's taller than he is.
* Mello in ''Manga/DeathNote'' carries a gun in his pants. In the ''front'' of his ''extremely tight'' leather pants.
* Rally Vincent in ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' carries a gun in the back of his Spandex bike shorts.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin'', 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 ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "A Dame to Kill For". Being that Manute is MadeOfIron, he comes back for "The Big Fat Kill". [[LittleUselessGun 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.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judges holster their Lawgivers on their boots, in spite of the fact that it's generally depicted as a HandCannon. Carlos Ezquerra states that he designed it this way because it was more practical to unholster while on a bike.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action ]]
* Grammathon Cleric John Preston in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' stores [[GunsAkimbo his guns]] up his sleeves, with a special mechanism to let them slide into his palms ''and'' to [[UnorthodoxReload load them with new magazines]].
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'': 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 ''Film/{{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 RealLife) 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).
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' has the "holstering a gun while GunTwirling" version.
* The bar scene in ''Film/MyNameIsNobody'' 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 BigBad in ''Film/RedHeat'' keeps a derringer up his sleeve with a quickdraw mechanism.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'' keeps his trusty sidearm (a heavily modified Beretta 93R) tucked inside his leg armor. He's shown drawing and holstering it a number of times, including plenty of GunTwirling, a holdover to his previous life as Officer Alex Murphy, [[ChekhovsSkill which becomes important later.]]
* ''Film/PaleRider'' has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciez9G4cADE 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 ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' 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.

* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' 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 Literature/{{Deathworld}} series by Creator/HarryHarrison, the [[HeavyWorlder Pyrrans]] have forearm holsters that will automatically put the gun in their hand (And, since reflexes = life on the DeathWorld, 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 ''Literature/TheUndertaker'' 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.
* ''Literature/DominoLady'': The Domino Lady often keeps a small automatic holstered in her [[StockingFiller garter]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the PilotEpisode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cromartie keeps his gun inside his leg in an obvious nod to ''Franchise/RoboCop''.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Bad Wolf", Captain Jack is stripped naked, but still manages to pull out a tiny gun. Three guesses where he was keeping it... [[spoiler:Two words: [[AssShove Ass Shove]]!]]
* In the ''Series/SquareOneTV'' ShowWithinAShow ''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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmDTAOmF83E Dean Martin Show]] hilariously lampshades the drawbacks of fancy carrying and draw techniques.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{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 {{PC}}s get one it naturally doesn't work properly (this is ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', after all).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** In the remake Ocelot twirls his pistol for nearly 15 seconds between "Revolver" and "Ocelot".
** Even more ridiculous in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3''. And this was actually trimmed down from a scene nearly ''3 minutes'' in length...
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', if John wins a duel by shooting his opponent six times before they can draw, he does a bit of GunTwirling before holstering his gun mid-twirl.
* As does Red in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver''.
* VideoGame/EarthwormJim 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.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'': Wesker twirls his custom Beretta "Samurai Edge" horizontally before holstering it after shooting at you. Being almost entirely ImmuneToBullets, he actually doesn't have a reason to give a damn about the gun accidentally discharging.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' 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.
** The worst offender is probably the shotgun, at least in [=ME3=], which sits roughly at the small of the back. The sniper rifle and assault rifle sit over the shoulders but sit vertically rather than at an angle. The most orthodox ones are the pistol and submachine gun holstered on the hips.
* Fiona of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' has a small hold-out pistol hidden up her sleeve on a spring-loaded mechanism for a quick draw.