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09:41:09 PM Feb 1st 2016
I nominate this image for the new image for the page, it's even more extreme! Three way guns akimbo! Plus you can cleanly see the targets being shot!
12:23:35 AM Feb 2nd 2016
edited by Freshmeat
It's not very clear though.
  • the image is cluttered, what with there being 6-7 people in one image
  • her right arm aligns too much with her leg
  • people who won't know what they're even looking at may not even notice her shoe-gun

More extreme is not always better.
06:16:40 AM Feb 2nd 2016
What Freshmeat said. It's not a great example.
12:02:31 PM Dec 6th 2015
I wonder where the name of the trope actually comes from... Either i'm blind as an illiterate bat, or it's not mentioned in the trope description... Does anyone know the origins of the word akimbo (sounds Japanese) or phrase "Guns Akimbo"?
06:20:37 AM Feb 2nd 2016
The phrase comes from "arms akimbo" which is the proper term for standing with your hands on your hips. Back in the 90s, shooter fans started calling dual wielding "Guns Akimbo" (or "pistols akimbo," etc). I'm honestly not sure if it's because they thought akimbo meant some version of "double" or because they were envisioning someone standing with two pistols at their hips.
09:29:16 PM Dec 2nd 2012
We could probably change the name to "Arms Akimbo". Still correct, and also a pun.
11:16:07 AM Oct 24th 2011
Re: implausibility of using two guns independently: I've seen a dude do it while playing House of the Dead. Obviously reloading isn't much of a problem in this instance, and all targets were relatively near each other...he wasn't shooting over his shoulder with one gun or anything. But it is possible to track two targets at once and aim at them independently.

Must not be common, though, or I'd expect to see more of it on Youtube. :/
10:37:33 AM Apr 3rd 2015
edited by Salmon
Apparently, it is possible to dual-wield hand guns and hit widely separated targets but it needs several unusual thing to come together in one person.

First is that the shooter needs to be a full-functional ambidextrous adult. Genuinely ambidextrous children are rare and most grow out of it as they develop and one hand becomes dominant. A few do not and become ambidextrous adults.

Second is that the shooter has no dominant eye. Most people who shoot guns have one eye dominant. Dominant hand and dominant eye are not linked Sometimes its the same side as their dominant hand, sometimes not. Most people use their dominant eye when shooting but a small minority can use either eye to equal effect.

Combine those two characteristics - both rare - and we have somebody who can shoot accurately with both hands at the same time.

The third characteristic is an extremely developed positional sense. It's this sense that makes the difference between a great fighter pilot and a flying target. A person with this sense instinctively and without thinking about it KNOWS where everybody around him (or her) is at any instant. Also knows what they are doing and where they are going as if each one was displaying a vector. That allows them to sense where the target will be in a second or two. Fighter pilots can use this ability to rake a patch of sky with bullets and watch an enemy aircraft fly into them. Easy to get a list of people with this enhanced positional awareness - google "fighter pilot aces." Combine this enhanced positional awareness with the above two characteristics and we have somebody who can fight Guns Akimbo.

Using Revy from Black Lagoon as an example, I watched her gunfights on the Anime several times. She certainly has all three categories but when she hits targets that are widely separated, it's under circumstances where the rate of change of position is not great. For example in Guerillas in the Jungle, when her car with Shenhua and Rock is being chased by several others in the jungle, the relative positions of the cars don't change. Her positional sense is enough to let her hit both of them. Normally though, she fires both guns at the same target putting down a withering barrage of fire. (By the way, something clicked with that - that's why Revy likes Berettas. In the 1990s, they had an unusually high magazine capacity - 17 rounds when 12 or 13 was average). That's her answer to people dodging bullets - throw so many at them they can't dodge them all.

Another factor added to the mix is acute peripheral vision, allowing the shooter to respond to threats over a much wider arc than normal. Again, Black Lagoon shows Revy (to whom we very politely raise our hats) has that.

Put it all together, I'd say we're probably literally at one in a million people who have the potential to shoot like that.
09:21:16 PM Mar 31st 2010
Oh wow... The "Abe lincoln is about to shoot you" image that is up right now is actually based on a character for an RPG I made... which, of course, got him entirely wrong besides the fact that he looks like Abe Lincoln ah well Ce la vie.
04:34:07 AM Mar 5th 2010
Kersey475: Awwww... Why not?
04:31:56 PM Mar 4th 2010
Kersey475: I nominate that this image be the new image for this page (I have no idea how to upload images onto this site so could someone else please do it).
04:42:49 PM Mar 4th 2010
Another motivator-style image? No, thanks.
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