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* Unless you are a professional and a performer, do not do this. Ever. You may well end your life or someone else's. Endangering someone to try this silly move is negligent and reprehensible.
* That said, there are a small number of performers who do this as a trick both for shows and for movies. For example, here is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPx6cw-lrKM Joey Dillon]] showing some Hollywood moves. Similarly, there are military rifle teams who do similar tricks with their rifles.

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* Unless you are a professional and a performer, do not do this. Ever. You may well end your life or someone else's. Endangering someone to try this silly move is negligent and reprehensible.
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There are a small number of performers who do this as a trick both for shows and for movies. For example, here is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPx6cw-lrKM Joey Dillon]] showing some Hollywood moves. Similarly, there are military rifle teams who do similar tricks with their rifles.


* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Duckaroo "My Little Duckaroo"]], WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck twirls his gun and ends up shooting himself in the head, showing why this is a bad idea.

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* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Duckaroo "My Little Duckaroo"]], WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck twirls his gun and ends up shooting himself in the head, showing why this is a bad idea. He makes the same mistake in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daffy%27s_Inn_Trouble "Daffy's Inn Trouble"]].

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* Male [[SpaceElves Draenei]] in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' twirl their rifle sized guns one handed in order to reload while auto-attacking in a clear homage to the Creator/JohnWayne and Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay examples above.

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' The player can do this manually by double tapping the holster button with a pistol or revolver. Arthur will flip the gun back a little, forward about half of a full flip, flip it a full rotation back and into the holster. It does absolutely nothing, but [[RuleofCool it looks damn good doing it]].


This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period -- the single-action revolver -- because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Also, it was common for the revolver to be carried with an empty chamber in front of the hammer to reduce the chance of accidental discharge; most "six-shooters" thus held only five bullets. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer, and if a live round was in position, it would fire.

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This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns.[[TheWestern Westerns]]. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period -- the single-action revolver -- because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Also, it was common for the revolver to be carried with an empty chamber in front of the hammer to reduce the chance of accidental discharge; most "six-shooters" thus held only five bullets. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer, and if a live round was in position, it would fire.


* Jango Fett does this before holstering his blaster in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. He even mimes blowing smoke away from the barrel. Given that he was wearing a (face-obscuring) helmet at the time, he probably did just to look [[RuleOfCool cool]].

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* Jango Fett does this before holstering his blaster in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. He even mimes [[SmokingBarrelBlowout blowing smoke smoke]] away from the barrel. Given that he was wearing a (face-obscuring) helmet at the time, he probably did just to look [[RuleOfCool cool]].


This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period, the single-action revolver, because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Also, it was common for the revolver to be carried with an empty chamber in front of the hammer to reduce the chance of accidental discharge; most "six-shooters" thus held only five bullets. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer, and if a live round was in position, it would fire.

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This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period, period -- the single-action revolver, revolver -- because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Also, it was common for the revolver to be carried with an empty chamber in front of the hammer to reduce the chance of accidental discharge; most "six-shooters" thus held only five bullets. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer, and if a live round was in position, it would fire.



With the earliest revolvers this actually had a practical purpose: primitive cartridges tended to leave "fouling" (powder residue, pieces of the casing etc.) in the barrel and firing chamber. Spinning helped shake them loose so they wouldn't accumulate and jam the weapon; but with any gun made after the mid-1800s this is completely unnecessary.

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With the earliest revolvers revolvers, this actually had a practical purpose: primitive cartridges tended to leave "fouling" (powder residue, pieces of the casing casing, etc.) in the barrel and firing chamber. Spinning helped shake them loose so they wouldn't accumulate and jam the weapon; but with any gun made after the mid-1800s mid-1800s, this is completely unnecessary.



** Later in the film there's a scene on the street where a confrontation is brewing between the Cowboys and the Earps. Wyatt Earp is in the middle of arresting the leader of the Cowboys and is in a stand off with Ike Clanton when Ike's younger brother Billy tries to stop Wyatt. While this is going on Doc comes out to back up Wyatt, and Billy mocks Doc, saying he's just ThePianoPlayer and that [[SingleMaltVision Doc's probably seeing double because of how much he's had to drink]]. To add onto things, as Clanton says this he menacingly draws a large knife. Doc responds by pulling a second pistol and spinning them in opposite directions at the same time, (a very difficult trick) accompanied by the awesome one liner "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner I have two guns, one for each of ya]]." Young Billy Clanton decides not to try his luck with the drunken piano player after all. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co5xVHsMRV0 Watch the scene here]].
* This is a CharacterTic of Alex Murphy in ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Murphy does this as he copies a move from his son's favorite TV show. He explains to his partner Anne Lewis that he does this so he can be a role model. After Murphy is killed by Clarence Boddicker and his gang, Bob Morton and his development team at OCP seize his body and transform Murphy into [=RoboCop=]. As part of the process, Murphy's memory is erased. However, certain elements of Murphy's past remain in [=RoboCop=]. When his sharpshooting skills are demonstrated by Morton at the police firing range, the other officers including Lewis all eagerly watch him. After he finishes shooting, we see [=RoboCop=] twirl his custom gun on his right finger before putting it on a leg holster. Lewis later uses it to identify [=RoboCop=] as the late Murphy.[[note]]The gun safety issue is somewhat ameliorated by the fact that Murphy only does that trick after unloading the weapon. When he's doing it with Lewis prior to chasing down Boddicker, he reloads his pistol afterward. When he does it for the first time as [=RoboCop=], he has just emptied his pistol at the firing range.[[/note]] Also applied later as a TearJerker when [=RoboCop=]/Murphy goes to his old house, and has a flashback of his son asking him to perform said trick.

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** Later in the film there's a scene on the street where a confrontation is brewing between the Cowboys and the Earps. Wyatt Earp is in the middle of arresting the leader of the Cowboys and is in a stand off standoff with Ike Clanton when Ike's younger brother Billy tries to stop Wyatt. While this is going on Doc comes out to back up Wyatt, and Billy mocks Doc, saying he's just ThePianoPlayer and that [[SingleMaltVision Doc's probably seeing double because of how much he's had to drink]]. To add onto things, as Clanton says this he menacingly draws a large knife. Doc responds by pulling a second pistol and spinning them in opposite directions at the same time, (a very difficult trick) accompanied by the awesome one liner one-liner "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner I have two guns, one for each of ya]]." Young Billy Clanton decides not to try his luck with the drunken piano player after all. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co5xVHsMRV0 Watch the scene here]].
* This is a CharacterTic of Alex Murphy in ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Murphy does this as he copies a move from his son's favorite TV show. He explains to his partner Anne Lewis that he does this so he can be a role model. After Murphy is killed by Clarence Boddicker and his gang, Bob Morton and his development team at OCP seize his body and transform Murphy into [=RoboCop=]. As part of the process, Murphy's memory is erased. However, certain elements of Murphy's past remain in [=RoboCop=]. When his sharpshooting skills are demonstrated by Morton at the police firing range, the other officers including Lewis all eagerly watch him. After he finishes shooting, we see [=RoboCop=] twirl his custom gun on his right finger before putting it on a leg holster. Lewis later uses it to identify [=RoboCop=] as the late Murphy.[[note]]The gun safety issue is somewhat ameliorated by the fact that Murphy only does that trick after unloading the weapon. When he's doing it with Lewis prior to chasing down Boddicker, he reloads his pistol afterward. When he does it for the first time as [=RoboCop=], he has just emptied his pistol at the firing range.[[/note]] Also applied later as a TearJerker when [=RoboCop=]/Murphy goes to his old house, house and has a flashback of his son asking him to perform said trick.



* In the police comedy ''Film/{{Kopps}}'', Benny the Cop does this in his [[ImagineSpot daydreams]], combined with JugglingLoadedGuns, GunsAkimbo, BulletCatch etc., because his everyday life as a rural Swedish officer is [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere not ''that'' exciting]].

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* In the police comedy ''Film/{{Kopps}}'', Benny the Cop does this in his [[ImagineSpot daydreams]], combined with JugglingLoadedGuns, GunsAkimbo, BulletCatch etc., BulletCatch, etc. because his everyday life as a rural Swedish officer is [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere not ''that'' exciting]].



* Played with in ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai''. [[BornInTheWrongCentury Ghost Dog]] has an... [[https://youtu.be/4Fpg5oEVgMU?t=4m20s interesting way of putting away his guns]]. He is actually doing a version of the shiburi, the traditional samurai sword-cleaning twirl, adapted for handguns.

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* Played with in ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai''. [[BornInTheWrongCentury Ghost Dog]] has an... [[https://youtu.be/4Fpg5oEVgMU?t=4m20s interesting way of putting away his guns]]. He is actually doing a version of the shiburi, chiburi, the traditional samurai sword-cleaning twirl, adapted for handguns.



* The one episode on ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the crew get trapped in a Western virtual reality game, the Cat does this -- with a gun in each hand.

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* The one episode on ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the crew get gets trapped in a Western virtual reality game, the Cat does this -- with a gun in each hand.



* Revolver Ocelot of ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' does this, seeing as how his weapon of choice is a single action revolver. He does it during his ''entire'' introductory speech in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', and in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' he's seen twirling his original service pistol, and a ''crossbow'' at one point, and then with three pistols at the same time in some crazy UpToEleven variant of Russian roulette. Before his boss battle he does a complicated series of tricks with a revolver in each hand.

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* Revolver Ocelot of ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' does this, seeing as how his weapon of choice is a single action single-action revolver. He does it during his ''entire'' introductory speech in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', and in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' he's seen twirling his original service pistol, and a ''crossbow'' at one point, and then with three pistols at the same time in some crazy UpToEleven variant of Russian roulette. Before his boss battle battle, he does a complicated series of tricks with a revolver in each hand.



*** If you do that in first person view while fighting Ocelot, depending on how well you did it, he will either mock you you, or be impressed. Either way, he'll start doing it, leaving him open to attack.

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*** If you do that in first person first-person view while fighting Ocelot, depending on how well you did it, he will either mock you you, or be impressed. Either way, he'll start doing it, leaving him open to attack.



* One very common enemy (a cowboy themed semi-EliteMook) in ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' does this, as does recurring Miniboss the Joker.

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* One very common enemy (a cowboy themed cowboy-themed semi-EliteMook) in ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' does this, as does recurring Miniboss the Joker.



** Vincent's attack animation with pistol's also contains this. Justified, in that he needs to spin the gun to re-arm the hammer mechanism since his claw like left hand is too bulky. It works fine for handling the pump action on his shotguns however.
** There's also the final flourish in the synchronized marching mini game, where Cloud's sword twirl is recreated with a {{Mook}} rifle.

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** Vincent's attack animation with pistol's pistols also contains this. Justified, in that he needs to spin the gun to re-arm the hammer mechanism since his claw like claw-like left hand is too bulky. It works fine for handling the pump action on his shotguns shotguns, however.
** There's also the final flourish in the synchronized marching mini game, mini-game, where Cloud's sword twirl is recreated with a {{Mook}} rifle.



** The Engineer does this in his taunt for the Pistol and the Wrangler, complete with blowing the smoking barrel out. The above mentioned glitch lets him twirl his own shotgun in the same way... only Engie ISN'T so big his shotgun looks like a handgun in his hands!

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** The Engineer does this in his taunt for the Pistol and the Wrangler, complete with blowing the smoking barrel out. The above mentioned above-mentioned glitch lets him twirl his own shotgun in the same way... only Engie ISN'T so big his shotgun looks like a handgun in his hands!



* The two main characters that use pistols as their default weapons in the western themed third person shooter ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' twirl their guns dramatically during the loading screens.

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* The two main characters that use pistols as their default weapons in the western themed third person western-themed third-person shooter ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' twirl their guns dramatically during the loading screens.



* Done in the first two ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games whenever a character holsters a handgun--or an ''[=SMG=]'', in some cases.

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* Done in the first two ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games whenever a character holsters a handgun--or handgun -- or an ''[=SMG=]'', in some cases.



* Manosuke Naitou (Horace Knightley in the fan translation) of ''VisualNovel/{{Ace Attorney Investigations|MilesEdgeworth}} 2'' is a master of this. If you call him on a lie he catches himself mid-twirl and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace fires a round near his face]]. [[spoiler:During his breakdown he tries to twirl his pistol increasingly fast before throwing it and everything in his pockets in the air and it all comes crashing down on his head]].

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* Manosuke Naitou (Horace Knightley in the fan translation) of ''VisualNovel/{{Ace Attorney Investigations|MilesEdgeworth}} 2'' is a master of this. If you call him on a lie he catches himself mid-twirl and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace fires a round near his face]]. [[spoiler:During his breakdown breakdown, he tries to twirl his pistol increasingly fast before throwing it and everything in his pockets in the air and it all comes crashing down on his head]].



* In ''Webcomic/CassiopeiaQuinn'', Zeke-the-Cyborg-Space-Cowboy (most of time played completely straight, including the accent) spins Laser!Revolvers around his fingers while commenting on how ridiculous it is ("Won't help ya shoot").

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* In ''Webcomic/CassiopeiaQuinn'', Zeke-the-Cyborg-Space-Cowboy (most of the time played completely straight, including the accent) spins Laser!Revolvers around his fingers while commenting on how ridiculous it is ("Won't help ya shoot").



* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Duckaroo "My Little Duckaroo,"]] WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck twirls his gun and ends up shooting himself in the head, showing why this is a bad idea.

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* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Duckaroo "My Little Duckaroo,"]] Duckaroo"]], WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck twirls his gun and ends up shooting himself in the head, showing why this is a bad idea.


* In VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Jr./Rubedo does a double gun twirl as he enters a couple of pivotal fights over the course of the three games: the effect is peculiar, bordering on silly, because 1) he performs it with two automatic pistols rather than revolvers, and 2) both times it happens, Rubedo ends up using his Red Dragon Power (his combination SuperMode, SphereOfDestruction, SphereOfPower, and BattleAura) instead of the guns, meaning it seems to be more a StandardPowerUpPose and/or AssKickingPose than an anything that has to do with the intimidation factor of his gunplay skills themselves.

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* In VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}, Jr./Rubedo does a double gun twirl as he enters a couple of pivotal fights over the course of the three games: the effect is peculiar, bordering on silly, because 1) he performs it with two automatic pistols rather than revolvers, and 2) both times it happens, Rubedo ends up using his Red Dragon Power (his combination SuperMode, SphereOfDestruction, SphereOfPower, and BattleAura) instead of the guns, meaning it seems to be more a StandardPowerUpPose and/or AssKickingPose than an anything that has to do with the intimidation factor of his gunplay skills themselves.


* In VideoGame/Xenosaga Jr./Rubedo does a double gun twirl as he enters a couple of pivotal fights over the course of the three games: the effect is peculiar, bordering on silly, because 1) he performs it with two automatic pistols rather than revolvers, and 2) both times it happens, Rubedo ends up using his Red Dragon Power (his combination SuperMode, SphereOfDestruction, SphereOfPower, and BattleAura) instead of the guns, meaning it seems to be more a StandardPowerUpPose and/or AssKickingPose than an anything that has to do with the intimidation factor of his gunplay skills themselves.

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* In VideoGame/Xenosaga VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Jr./Rubedo does a double gun twirl as he enters a couple of pivotal fights over the course of the three games: the effect is peculiar, bordering on silly, because 1) he performs it with two automatic pistols rather than revolvers, and 2) both times it happens, Rubedo ends up using his Red Dragon Power (his combination SuperMode, SphereOfDestruction, SphereOfPower, and BattleAura) instead of the guns, meaning it seems to be more a StandardPowerUpPose and/or AssKickingPose than an anything that has to do with the intimidation factor of his gunplay skills themselves.

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* In VideoGame/Xenosaga Jr./Rubedo does a double gun twirl as he enters a couple of pivotal fights over the course of the three games: the effect is peculiar, bordering on silly, because 1) he performs it with two automatic pistols rather than revolvers, and 2) both times it happens, Rubedo ends up using his Red Dragon Power (his combination SuperMode, SphereOfDestruction, SphereOfPower, and BattleAura) instead of the guns, meaning it seems to be more a StandardPowerUpPose and/or AssKickingPose than an anything that has to do with the intimidation factor of his gunplay skills themselves.





* Arytom in ''{{VideoGame/Metro 2033}}'' twirls his revolvers as an IdleAnimation. Seeing how he's willing to toss around a fully loaded and very shoddily built submachinegun high enough to daze him when it ''lands on his head'', this hardly comes as a surprise.

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* Arytom in ''{{VideoGame/Metro 2033}}'' ''VideoGame/Metro2033'' twirls his revolvers as an IdleAnimation. Seeing how he's willing to toss around a fully loaded and very shoddily built submachinegun high enough to daze him when it ''lands on his head'', this hardly comes as a surprise.



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* In ''VideoGame/HonkaiImpact3rd'', Kiana and Kallen Kaslana both twirl one of their guns as part of their victory poses; the main difference is that Kallen tosses her gun into the air to twirl it.


** In the album ''The Klondike'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapy_Smith Soapy Smith]] had the habit of doing this. One gag involved Smith trying to shoot a Mountie only for Luke to shoot his gun, causing it to start twirling.

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** In the album ''The Klondike'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapy_Smith Soapy Smith]] had has the habit of doing this. One gag involved involves Smith trying to shoot a Mountie only for Luke to shoot his gun, causing it to start twirling.



* Bret Maverick demonstrates this ability in the ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' movie.

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-->'''Jeff Jimson:''' Aw, Demps, when do I learn THAT?!
-->'''Dempsey Rae:''' You don't! That's all a lotta hogwash, kid. Look, know this: [[AwesomeButImpractical twirlin' a gun never saved a man's life]]. There's only one thing you gotta learn. ''(Pulls his gun and fires)'' [[QuickDraw Get it out fast!]] And then...put it...away...slow. Get what I mean, kid?
* Jango Fett does this before holstering his blaster in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
** He even mimes blowing smoke away from the barrel. Given that he was wearing a (face-obscuring) helmet at the time, he probably did just to look [[RuleOfCool cool]].

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'''Dempsey
Rae:''' You don't! That's all a lotta hogwash, kid. Look, know this: [[AwesomeButImpractical twirlin' a gun never saved a man's life]]. There's only one thing you gotta learn. ''(Pulls ''[pulls his gun and fires)'' fires]'' [[QuickDraw Get it out fast!]] And then...then... put it...away...it... away... slow. Get what I mean, kid?
* Jango Fett does this before holstering his blaster in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
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''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. He even mimes blowing smoke away from the barrel. Given that he was wearing a (face-obscuring) helmet at the time, he probably did just to look [[RuleOfCool cool]].



* Buford "[[BerserkButton Mad Dog]]" Tannen from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' enjoys this little bit of showboating before his climatic [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Showdown At ]] [[strike:[[ShowdownAtHighNoon High Noon]]]] [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Eight O'Clock]] with [[SueDonym Clint Eastwood]], twirling his revolver forward, then twirling it back to smoothly replace it in its holster.

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* Buford "[[BerserkButton Mad Dog]]" Tannen from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' enjoys this little bit of showboating before his climatic [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Showdown At ]] [[strike:[[ShowdownAtHighNoon High Noon]]]] at]] [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Eight O'Clock]] with [[SueDonym Clint Eastwood]], twirling his revolver forward, then twirling it back to smoothly replace it in its holster.



* In an effort to subvert this trope, Western writer Creator/LouisLAmour had one of his characters twirling his gun and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally killing a man]]. When he's hanged, the townspeople put a sign around his neck saying "[[AnAesop This was no accident]]".

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* In an effort to subvert this trope, Western writer Creator/LouisLAmour had has one of his characters twirling his gun and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally killing a man]]. When he's hanged, the townspeople put a sign around his neck saying "[[AnAesop This was no accident]]".



* Sylar does this in an episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' ... for bonus points, it's after he's just stolen Bob's ability and he turns the gun to gold while he spins it.

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* Sylar does this in an episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' ...''Series/{{Heroes}}''... for bonus points, it's after he's just stolen Bob's ability and he turns the gun to gold while he spins it.



* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had one of the villains entertain a kid by teaching how to properly twirl a pistol.

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* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had has one of the villains entertain a kid by teaching how to properly twirl a pistol.



* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger's'' HumongousMecha, the Dekaranger Robo, does this with its Signal Cannon after its finishing move, followed by holstering it.
** For bonus points, it's a direct shout-out to the ''[=RoboCop=]'' example above, including returning it to a holster hidden inside its leg.
* Daiki Kaitou loves doing this, in an especially strange example since his gun is the TransformationTrinket that lets him become [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Kamen Rider Diend]].
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had one segment of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Mathnet]]'' set in an abandoned Southwest town--one episode began with George Frankly twirling ''his calculator''.
* The one episode on ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the crew get trapped in a Western virtual reality game, the Cat does this - with a gun in each hand.
* The (first) Doctor does this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Gunfighters''. Steven attempts to copy him and drops the gun.

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* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger's'' HumongousMecha, the Dekaranger Robo, does this with its Signal Cannon after its finishing move, followed by holstering it.
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it. For bonus points, it's a direct shout-out to the ''[=RoboCop=]'' example above, including returning it to a holster hidden inside its leg.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Daiki Kaitou loves doing this, in an especially strange example since his gun is the TransformationTrinket that lets him become [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Kamen Rider Diend]].
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* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had has one segment of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Mathnet]]'' set in an abandoned Southwest town--one town -- one episode began with George Frankly twirling ''his calculator''.
* The one episode on ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the crew get trapped in a Western virtual reality game, the Cat does this - -- with a gun in each hand.
* The (first) Doctor does this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Gunfighters''."The Gunfighters". Steven attempts to copy him and drops the gun.



* Frank Gallop's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2A9f9nK7bM The Ballad of Irving]]'' has the eponymous character meeting his end this way.

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* Frank Gallop's ''[[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2A9f9nK7bM The Ballad of Irving]]'' Irving]]" has the eponymous character meeting his end this way.






* The [[GoddamnBats Malta Group]] [[TheGunslinger Gunslingers]] in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' twirl their guns as they prepare to shoot.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the Protagonist and Mitsuru spin their Evokers when they draw them. Seeing as how they are [[ItMakesSenseInContext planning to shoot themselves in the head with them]], gun safety isn't that big an issue.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona3'', the Protagonist and Mitsuru spin their Evokers when they draw them. Seeing as how they are [[ItMakesSenseInContext planning to shoot themselves in the head with them]], gun safety isn't that big an issue.



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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': The first thing Scanlan does when he gets his hands on Dr. Ripley's gun is to twirl it, which promptly results in the rest of the group deciding it's a bad idea to allow him to handle a firearm.



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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': The first thing Scanlan does when he gets his hands on Dr. Ripley's gun is to twirl it, which promptly results in the rest of the group deciding it's a bad idea to allow him to handle a firearm.
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** That said, there are a small number of performers who do this as a trick both for shows and for movies. For example, here is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPx6cw-lrKM Joey Dillon]] showing some Hollywood moves.
** Similarly, there are military rifle teams who do similar tricks with their rifles.
* A little known fact is that Revolver Ocelot's famous gun-twirling tendencies were actually based on or even outright motion captured by "Tornado Yoshida" and when he actually decides to to redo some of the scenes Ocelot had in MGS3 it's almost in perfect sync. Here's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Bv9y1rnrY side-by-side comparison]].

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** * That said, there are a small number of performers who do this as a trick both for shows and for movies. For example, here is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPx6cw-lrKM Joey Dillon]] showing some Hollywood moves. \n** Similarly, there are military rifle teams who do similar tricks with their rifles.
* A little known fact is that Revolver Ocelot's famous gun-twirling tendencies were actually based on or even outright motion captured by "Tornado Yoshida" and when he actually decides to to redo some of the scenes Ocelot had in MGS3 it's almost in perfect sync. Here's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Bv9y1rnrY side-by-side comparison]].





This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period, the single-action revolver, because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer.

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This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period, the single-action revolver, because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Also, it was common for the revolver to be carried with an empty chamber in front of the hammer to reduce the chance of accidental discharge; most "six-shooters" thus held only five bullets. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer.
hammer, and if a live round was in position, it would fire.


* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6006036/1/The-Sword-of-Damocles The Sword of Damocles]]'', ComicBook/TheJoker does this after shooting a mob boss for no other reason than to look cool.

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* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6006036/1/The-Sword-of-Damocles The Sword of Damocles]]'', ComicBook/TheJoker does this after shooting a mob boss for no other reason than to look cool.


* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6006036/1/The-Sword-of-Damocles The Sword Of Damocles]] ComicBook/TheJoker does this after shooting a mob boss for no other reason than to look cool.

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* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' fanfiction [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6006036/1/The-Sword-of-Damocles The Sword Of Damocles]] of Damocles]]'', ComicBook/TheJoker does this after shooting a mob boss for no other reason than to look cool.

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