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* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' inverts the trope in his Dynamite comics incarnation, where he is often seen handling or loading his trademark silver bullets--but just the bullets. Without a casing, primer, or propellant, how a piece of inert metal leaves the gun is not explained.[[note]]If the Lone Ranger was never shown actually loading cartidgeless bullets into the back of the revolver cylinder, then muzzle-loading revolvers would be a logical justification, albeit not one likely to occur to readers unfamiliar with the history of firearms. Unlike modern breech-loading firearms, muzzle-loader munitions did not combine bullet, propellant and primer into a single unit; each had to be loaded separately. Muzzle-loading revolvers remained in common use until the late 1860s, which is roughly the period when most Lone Ranger adventures are set.[[/note]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' ''ComicBook/TheLoneRanger'' inverts the trope in his Dynamite comics incarnation, where he is often seen handling or loading his trademark silver bullets--but just the bullets. Without a casing, primer, or propellant, how a piece of inert metal leaves the gun is not explained.[[note]]If the Lone Ranger was never shown actually loading cartidgeless bullets into the back of the revolver cylinder, then muzzle-loading revolvers would be a logical justification, albeit not one likely to occur to readers unfamiliar with the history of firearms. Unlike modern breech-loading firearms, muzzle-loader munitions did not combine bullet, propellant and primer into a single unit; each had to be loaded separately. Muzzle-loading revolvers remained in common use until the late 1860s, which is roughly the period when most Lone Ranger adventures are set.[[/note]]



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* In an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' hosted by Creator/ChristopherReeve, Creator/RichardDonner (played by Jim Belushi) puts finalists to play ComicBook/{{Superman}} through a ludicrous audition that involves, among other things, perform an actual BulletCatch with their teeth. The candidate who successfully does it spits out a bullet that's still in its casing.


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* Implied with the description for the Minigun in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', where its SecondaryFire (slower fire rate, but with explosive rounds that deal doubled damage) is noted as because the weapon is capable of firing both caseless and cased rounds; apparently Epic mistook the difference between the two in reality (e.g. a 5.56x45mm round doesn't somehow [[MadeOfExplodium explode for no reason]] once it hits someone).

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* Implied with the description for the Minigun in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', where its SecondaryFire (slower fire rate, but with explosive rounds that deal doubled damage) is noted as because the weapon is capable of firing both caseless and cased rounds; apparently Epic mistook the difference between the two in reality (e.g. a the M16's 5.56x45mm round doesn't is more powerful than the [[RareGuns/AssaultRifles G11's]] caseless 4.7x33mm in reality, but that's not because the 5.56mm somehow [[MadeOfExplodium explode for no reason]] once blows up when it hits someone).
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In RealLife, there are four components to an ammunition round: a casing, an explosive primer, the propellant, and the projectile bullet. Only the last of these is expected to leave the barrel through the muzzle. The other components either burn up (as with the propellant) or are removed from the chamber to make room for the next round. Some guns retain the spent casing in a [[RevolversAreJustBetter rotating cylinder]], others rely on a manually operated mechanism to eject it, and semi- and full automatics [[SpentShellsShower eject the casing themselves]]. There are also guns with "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caseless_ammunition caseless ammunition]]", which use a solid propellant that doesn't need a metal casing to hold it.

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In RealLife, there are four components to an ammunition round: a casing, an explosive primer, the propellant, and the projectile bullet. Only the last of these is expected to leave the barrel through the muzzle. The other components either burn up (as with the propellant) propellant, which provides the explosive force to hurl the bullet down the barrel) or are removed from the chamber to make room for the next round. round (as with the casing itself and the primer at the bottom of it). Some guns retain the spent casing in a [[RevolversAreJustBetter rotating cylinder]], others rely on a manually operated mechanism to eject it, and semi- and full automatics use the recoil from firing to [[SpentShellsShower eject the casing themselves]]. There are also guns with "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caseless_ammunition caseless ammunition]]", which use a solid propellant that doesn't need a metal casing to hold it.



Some works of fiction, particularly illustrations, will depict the entire cartridge in flight...casing, primer, bullet and all. This is a blatant mistake to anyone who has ever seen a weapon fire.

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Some works of fiction, particularly illustrations, will depict the entire cartridge in flight... casing, primer, bullet and all. This is a blatant mistake to anyone who has ever seen a weapon fire.



* Averted in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' during the Phantom Bullet arc. It specifically goes to show several bullets in flight sans casing, and even shows the comparitive calibers correctly (Sinnon's .50 BMG versus the .385 Lapua Magnum round from Death Gun in the scope snipe.)

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* Averted in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' during the Phantom Bullet arc. It specifically goes to show several bullets in flight sans casing, and even shows the comparitive comparative calibers correctly (Sinnon's .(Sinon's .50 BMG versus the .385 338 Lapua Magnum round from Death Gun in the scope snipe.)snipe).



* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' inverts the trope in his Dynamite comics incarnation, where he is often seen handling or loading his trademark silver bullets--but just the bullets. Without a casing, primer, or propellant, how a piece of inert metal leaves the gun is not explained. [[note]]If the Lone Ranger was never shown actually loading cartidgeless bullets into the back of the revolver cylinder, then muzzle-loading revolvers would be a logical justification, albeit not one likely to occur to readers unfamiliar with the history of firearms. Unlike modern breech-loading firearms, muzzle-loader munitions did not combine bullet, propellant and primer into a single unit; each had to be loaded separately. Muzzle-loading revolvers remained in common use until the late 1860s, which is roughly the period when most Lone Ranger adventures are set.[[/note]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' inverts the trope in his Dynamite comics incarnation, where he is often seen handling or loading his trademark silver bullets--but just the bullets. Without a casing, primer, or propellant, how a piece of inert metal leaves the gun is not explained. [[note]]If the Lone Ranger was never shown actually loading cartidgeless bullets into the back of the revolver cylinder, then muzzle-loading revolvers would be a logical justification, albeit not one likely to occur to readers unfamiliar with the history of firearms. Unlike modern breech-loading firearms, muzzle-loader munitions did not combine bullet, propellant and primer into a single unit; each had to be loaded separately. Muzzle-loading revolvers remained in common use until the late 1860s, which is roughly the period when most Lone Ranger adventures are set.[[/note]]



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg turret trailer]], quoted above, where it is shown that the turrets are specifically designed to do this as a result of Aperture's management being [totally insane. The munitions are launched using a powerful spring mechanism rather than by actually firing the propellant. Consequently they're much weaker than than they would be if fired normally, to the point where Chell, who doesn't wear much more than a cloth jumpsuit, can take several rounds to the body and survive. One wonders where the muzzle flash comes from, though. That they fired actual bullets at all came as a surprise to veteran players, since ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' turrets were based (down to the firing sounds and projectile graphic assets) on ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' turrets, which [[RayGun fire "pulse rifle" ammo]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where guns will eject casings as they're fired (and in the latter, you may collect them to craft new bullets). However, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' plays it straight in one peculiar instance. If you take Marcus to the doctor in Vault City, he'll remove a massive amount of munitions that have ended up lodged in Marcus' thick hide over the years, and give it to you. It is all received as intact and usable. Apparently, Marcus walked around with several pounds of bullets and a few ''unexploded grenades'' stuck in his back.
* The icons for the "Deep Impact" and "Double Tap" perks in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'' show the entire cartridge in flight, rather than just the bullet as in their icons in [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare the previous game]]. This continues for the "Hardened" perk's icon in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'': Bullet Bills (based off artillery shells in design) fly with their casings intact. Later games show some sort of booster on their back end when visible, suggesting they're more like rockets or gyrojets than bullets.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg turret trailer]], quoted above, where it is shown that the turrets are specifically designed to do this as a result of Aperture's management being [totally insane.totally insane (see, for instance, their insistence that their turrets are good because they fire "65% more bullet per bullet"). The munitions are launched using a powerful spring mechanism rather than by actually firing the propellant. Consequently Consequently, [[LittleUselessGun they're much weaker than than they would be if fired normally, normally]], to the point where Chell, who doesn't wear much more than a cloth jumpsuit, can take several rounds to the body in a relatively short period and survive.survive long enough to get to cover and [[RegeneratingHealth heal up]]. One wonders where the muzzle flash comes from, though. That they fired actual bullets at all came as a surprise to veteran players, since ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' turrets were based (down to the firing sounds and projectile graphic assets) on ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' turrets, which [[RayGun fire "pulse rifle" ammo]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where guns will eject casings as they're fired (and in the latter, you may collect can even retain some of them to craft new bullets).bullets whenever you have spare gunpowder, primers and lead). However, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' plays it straight in one peculiar instance. If you take Marcus to the doctor in Vault City, he'll remove a massive amount of munitions that have ended up lodged in Marcus' thick hide over the years, and give it to you. It is all received as intact and usable. Apparently, Marcus walked around with several pounds of bullets and a few ''unexploded grenades'' stuck in his back.
* The icons for the "Deep Impact" and "Double Tap" perks in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'' ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'' show the entire cartridge in flight, rather than just the bullet as in their icons in [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare the previous game]]. This continues for the "Hardened" perk's icon in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'': Bullet Bills (based off artillery shells in design) fly with their casings intact. Later games show some sort of booster on their back end when visible, suggesting they're more like rockets or gyrojets than regular bullets.



* Implied with the description for the Minigun in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', where its SecondaryFire (slower fire rate, but with explosive rounds that deal doubled damage) is noted as because the weapon is capable of firing both caseless and cased rounds; apparently Epic mistook the difference between the two in reality.

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* Implied with the description for the Minigun in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', where its SecondaryFire (slower fire rate, but with explosive rounds that deal doubled damage) is noted as because the weapon is capable of firing both caseless and cased rounds; apparently Epic mistook the difference between the two in reality.
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* Implied with the description for the Minigun in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', where its SecondaryFire (slower fire rate, but with explosive rounds) is noted as because the weapon is capable of firing both caseless and cased rounds; apparently Epic mistook the difference between the two in reality.

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* Implied with the description for the Minigun in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', where its SecondaryFire (slower fire rate, but with explosive rounds) rounds that deal doubled damage) is noted as because the weapon is capable of firing both caseless and cased rounds; apparently Epic mistook the difference between the two in reality.



* Apparently, AFP and Yahoo! News [[http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2007/08/perhaps_the_dum.php also do not understand this.]] They printed this story about an Iraqi woman claiming US troops were shooting indiscriminately in Sadr City, holding as "proof" several unfired rounds that she claimed had hit her house. It also didn't help her case that the cartridges appear to be 7.62x39mm, which no weapon in the US inventory fires, but the [=AKs=] used by insurgents (and Iraqi police) ''do''. Some observant bloggers noted that the same woman appeared in several stories making similar accusations against the Americans with similar evidence.
* This would make sense actually with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrojet Gyrojet]], considering Wiki/TheOtherWiki defines a cartridge as a single metallic case housing a bullet, primer, and propellant (the bullet is the case... in this case). Depending on how strictly this definition is applied, the earlier [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_Ball Rocket Ball]] type ammunition qualifies as well.

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* Apparently, AFP and Yahoo! News [[http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2007/08/perhaps_the_dum.php [[https://www.outsidethebeltway.com/shiny_new_bullets_fired_into_iraqi_home/ also do not understand this.]] They Several news sites printed this a story about an Iraqi woman claiming US troops were shooting indiscriminately in Sadr City, holding as "proof" several unfired rounds that she claimed had hit her house. It also didn't help her case that the cartridges appear to be 7.62x39mm, which no weapon in the US inventory fires, but the [=AKs=] used by insurgents (and Iraqi police) ''do''. Some observant bloggers noted that the same woman appeared in several stories making similar accusations against the Americans Americans, always with similar evidence.
unfired cartridges as "evidence".
* This would make sense actually with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrojet Gyrojet]], considering Wiki/TheOtherWiki defines a cartridge as a single metallic case housing a bullet, primer, and propellant (the bullet is the case... in this case). Depending on how strictly this definition is applied, the earlier [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_Ball Rocket Ball]] type ammunition used by the lever-action Volcanic weapons (predecessors to the more famous Winchester and Henry rifles) qualifies as well.


* The opening title sequence of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' kicks off with a whole cartridge--the case of which bears a reflection Monokuma's face-- flying past the camera and slamming into a silhouette lineup of the Ultimate students. This might be excused by RuleOfSymbolism, since having the whole cartridge attached makes it look more like the Truth Bullets used in gameplay, and presumably it would have been harder to put that image on the bullet alone.

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* The opening title sequence of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' kicks off with a whole cartridge--the case of which bears a reflection Monokuma's face-- flying past the camera and slamming into a silhouette lineup of the Ultimate students. This might be excused by RuleOfSymbolism, since having the whole cartridge attached makes it look more like the Truth Bullets used in gameplay, and presumably it would have been harder to put that image on the bullet alone.

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** Also, in Who Shot Mr Burns, the bullet they remove from Mr Burns is an unfired cartridge.


* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg turret trailer]], quoted above, where it is shown that the turrets are specifically designed to do this as a result of Aperture's management being [[CrazyAwesome totally insane.]] The munitions are launched using a powerful spring mechanism rather than by actually firing the propellant. Consequently they're much weaker than than they would be if fired normally, to the point where Chell, who doesn't wear much more than a cloth jumpsuit, can take several rounds to the body and survive. One wonders where the muzzle flash comes from, though.
** That they fired actual bullets at all came as a surprise to veteran players, since ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' turrets were based (down to the firing sounds and projectile graphic assets) on ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' turrets, which [[RayGun fire "pulse rifle" ammo]].

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg turret trailer]], quoted above, where it is shown that the turrets are specifically designed to do this as a result of Aperture's management being [[CrazyAwesome totally insane.]] [totally insane. The munitions are launched using a powerful spring mechanism rather than by actually firing the propellant. Consequently they're much weaker than than they would be if fired normally, to the point where Chell, who doesn't wear much more than a cloth jumpsuit, can take several rounds to the body and survive. One wonders where the muzzle flash comes from, though.
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though. That they fired actual bullets at all came as a surprise to veteran players, since ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' turrets were based (down to the firing sounds and projectile graphic assets) on ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' turrets, which [[RayGun fire "pulse rifle" ammo]].


* ''FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'' does this with tank shells fired at Sloth. Since this series has generally realistic firearm portrayal (the show has an accurate pistol disassembly and cleaning scene), this is an egregious mistake.

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* ''FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'' ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'' does this with tank shells fired at Sloth. Since this series has generally realistic firearm portrayal (the show has an accurate pistol disassembly and cleaning scene), this is an egregious mistake.


-->-- '''Cave Johnson''', ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg Trailer #3: "Turrets"]]

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-->-- '''Cave Johnson''', ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg com/watch?v=6i-nMWgBUp0 Trailer #3: "Turrets"]]


* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg turret trailer]], quoted above, where it is shown that the turrets are specifically designed to do this as a result of Aperture's management being totally insane. The munitions are launched using a powerful spring mechanism rather than by actually firing the propellant. Consequently they're much weaker than than they would be if fired normally, to the point where Chell, who doesn't wear much more than a cloth jumpsuit, can take several rounds to the body and survive. One wonders where the muzzle flash comes from, though.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[JustifiedTrope justified]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGPIQ72-2Vg turret trailer]], quoted above, where it is shown that the turrets are specifically designed to do this as a result of Aperture's management being [[CrazyAwesome totally insane. insane.]] The munitions are launched using a powerful spring mechanism rather than by actually firing the propellant. Consequently they're much weaker than than they would be if fired normally, to the point where Chell, who doesn't wear much more than a cloth jumpsuit, can take several rounds to the body and survive. One wonders where the muzzle flash comes from, though.


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* A poster for ''Film/TheNakedGun''.

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* The opening credit roll for ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. Possibly forgivable for the little guy riding the round, but...

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* A bullet fired by Deadshot in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.

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* The music video for Japanese-American singer nano's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPshMKAXZro "Bull's Eye"]] makes this mistake.

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* Seen [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos022.html here]] as well as in several following pages of ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience''.

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* %%%%%* Seen [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos022.html here]] as well as in several following pages of ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience''.



* [[http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/10153116_491469427642417_8890481117965615563_n.jpg This]] anti-gun-violence ad.

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* %%%%* [[http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/10153116_491469427642417_8890481117965615563_n.jpg This]] anti-gun-violence ad.

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