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* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': After one of Sarris' soldiers shoots Quellek, his weapon malfunctions, giving Alexander Dane an opening to avenge him.

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* ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1948'': A sniper tries to take out our heroes, but the flintlock of his gun fizzles out.



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* Crime fiction novelist Mary Rinehart (TropeMaker of TheButlerDidIt) was almost killed [[LifeImitatesArt by her servant]]. He walked into the room and aimed the gun at her, even delivering a cool PreMortemOneLiner, when it jammed. A chase ensued, but she survived with the help of some of her other servants.


* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty is saved repeatedly from being shot by Libyans because their rifles keep jamming. They are shooting AK-47s, which, in RealLife are famed for their reliability even under the harshest conditions.
** This is kind of an apple to oranges comparison. AK's are famed for their ability to continue to operate even when their owner/user shows complete disregard for maintaining the weapon such as cleaning and lubrication. Common jams such as stovepipes, and double-feeds (the latter of which is usually the result of a defective or worn-out magazine regardless of the rifle's design) are at least as common in an AK as other conventional automatics. Some would even argue the former is more common in the design.
** It's also possible that the guns are fine, and the frequent jams are from poor-quality ammunition, not implausible since they probably bought both the weapons and ammo as black market surplus of unknown age or manufacture. It may also be a joke on Gaddafi-era Libya, a country whose military was almost entirely equipped with 1960's-era Soviet hand-me-downs of very variable quality.

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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty is saved repeatedly from being shot by Libyans because their rifles keep jamming. They are shooting AK-47s, which, in RealLife are famed for their reliability even under the harshest conditions.
** This is kind of an apple to oranges comparison. AK's are famed for their ability to continue to operate even when their owner/user shows complete disregard for maintaining the weapon such as cleaning and lubrication. Common jams such as stovepipes, and double-feeds (the latter of which is usually the result of a defective or worn-out magazine regardless of the rifle's design) are at least as common in an AK as other conventional automatics. Some would even argue the former is more common in the design.
** It's also possible that the guns are fine, and the frequent jams are from poor-quality ammunition, not implausible since they probably bought both the weapons and ammo as black market surplus of unknown age or manufacture. It may also be a joke on Gaddafi-era Libya, a country whose military was almost entirely equipped with 1960's-era Soviet hand-me-downs of very variable quality.


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* ''Film/FatherOfASoldier'': Giorgi returns to pick up a wounded Arkady, only to find a German soldier standing over Arkady and shooting him many times with a submachine gun. Giorgi screams in rage, the German turns, and his submachine gun jams. He's trying to un-jam it when Giorgi bounds forward, rips it out of his hands, and beats him to death with it.


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* Secretary of State William Seward escaped assassination on the night Abraham Lincoln was murdered, in part because the man sent to kill him, Lewis Powell, had his gun misfire. (Powell then pulled a knife, but Seward's jaw brace acted as a PocketProtector and he suffered only a slashed cheek.)



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* In ''Film/SixDays'', one [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous S.A.S soldier]] tries to fire his sub-machine gun at a terrorist trying to set the Iranian Embassy on fire, but his [=MP5=] suddenly jams. The terrorist fires his own gun and misses, but the S.A.S soldier resorts to whipping out his sidearm and returns the favor.

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* During the showdown in ''Film/{{Gunless}}'', Jack's gun fails to fire, thereby thwarting Sean's attempt to commit [[SuicideByCop suicide by gunfight]]. Entirely justified as Sean and Jack discuss what has gone wrong: it was already finicky due to conversion from percussion caps to cartridges; it had been severely damaged; and has undergone a rushed repair job.



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* ''Film/HowToRobABank'': When Jason accidentally barges into the middle of the BankRobbery, Roger jams his gun in Jason's face and pulls the trigger, only for the gun to jam. This becomes a RunningGag, and Roger is constantly disassembling and reassembling his gun over the course of the movie as he tries to work out why it keeps jamming.

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* In ''Film/FrankensteinIsland'', the machine gun Curtis has been using to destroy the zombies (and would have been able to end the final fight with a single burst) jams just as the FrankensteinMonster and the guard zombies smash through the door into the lab.


* A scene in ''Film/SchindlersList'' in which a Nazi officer attempts to execute a Jew, but his pistol misfires. He calls over another soldier to execute the Jew, but ''his'' pistol misfires as well. They give up on the idea. Due to the nature of the story, this was probably based on a real incident.

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* A scene in ''Film/SchindlersList'' in which a Nazi officer attempts to execute a Jew, Itzhak Stern, but his pistol misfires. He calls over another soldier to execute Stern as the Jew, terrified man tries to explain himself, but ''his'' ''that'' pistol misfires as well. They give up on the idea.The officer then pistol-whips Stern in frustration and stalks off, leaving him alive. Due to the nature of the story, this was probably based on a real incident.


* An episode of ''Series/Daredevil2015'' opens with a hitman attacking a mafioso in a bowling alley. As he raises the gun, the show cuts to the previous day, where the hitman is assured that the gun the arms dealer is selling him will never, ever, ''ever'' jam. Cut back to the hit-in-progress, and of course, the gun jams, turning the hit into a savage brawl.

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* An episode of ''Series/Daredevil2015'' opens with a hitman attacking a mafioso *''Series/Daredevil2015'': In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm", John Healy goes to a bowling alley. alley for a hit. After taking out his target's bodyguards, he pulls a gun on the target. As he raises the gun, the show cuts to the previous day, where when he bought the hitman is assured gun from [[HonestJohnsDealership Turk Barrett]], who assures him that the gun the arms dealer is selling him will never, ever, ''ever'' not jam. Cut back to the hit-in-progress, and of course, the gun jams, turning the hit into a savage brawl.
brawl that culminates in Healy having to bash his target's head in with a bowling ball.



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* ''Literature/TheSicilian'': When police officer Corporal Canio Silvestro fires his pistol directly at the Myth/RobinHood style bandit Salvatore Guiliano's head, it jams. The incident helps cement Guilaino's reputation and Guiliano takes it as proof of the righteousness of his cause and spares Silvestro.



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* An episode of ''Series/Daredevil2015'' opens with a hitman attacking a mafioso in a bowling alley. As he raises the gun, the show cuts to the previous day, where the hitman is assured that the gun the arms dealer is selling him will never, ever, ''ever'' jam. Cut back to the hit-in-progress, and of course, the gun jams, turning the hit into a savage brawl.


* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' plays with this at the beginning of the climax [[spoiler: with Ron's wand of all things. Professor Lockhart tries to use Ron's wand to wipe Ron & Harry's memories, completely unaware that the wand is damaged. It backfires, and wipes his memories instead.]]


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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' plays with this at the beginning of the climax [[spoiler: with Ron's wand of all things. Professor Lockhart tries to use Ron's wand to wipe Ron & Harry's memories, completely unaware that the wand is damaged. It backfires, and wipes his memories instead.]]



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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' plays with this at the beginning of the climax [[spoiler: with Ron's wand of all things. Professor Lockhart tries to use Ron's wand to wipe Ron & Harry's memories, completely unaware that the wand is damaged. It backfires, and wipes his memories instead.]]

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