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Subtrope of Water Is Air, [[ExactWords because the bullets will still work fine -- though they just won't travel very far.]] [[HarpoonGun Spearguns]] designed for fishing underwater are also common in the hands of divers and underwater Mooks.

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Subtrope of Water Is Air, [[ExactWords because the bullets will still work fine -- though they just won't travel very far.]] [[HarpoonGun Spearguns]] designed for fishing underwater are also common in the hands of divers and underwater Mooks.



* In ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', Jon's .357 Magnum pepperbox--a SwissArmyWeapon--can fire underwater; usually firing stell spikes like a miniature spear gun. Justified as this a gun specifically designed to fire underwater, being based on a prototype weapon designed for the Navy [=SEALs=].

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* In ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', Jon's .357 Magnum pepperbox--a SwissArmyWeapon--can pepperbox a SwissArmyWeapon can fire underwater; usually firing stell steel spikes like a miniature spear gun. Justified as this is a gun specifically designed to fire underwater, being based on a prototype weapon designed for the Navy [=SEALs=].


* ''VideoGame/SpiritTracks'': The train's weapon is a large cannon, but deals with underwater segments by firing torpedoes instead.

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* ''VideoGame/SpiritTracks'': ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': The train's weapon is a large cannon, but deals with underwater segments by firing torpedoes instead.


* Played with by the Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APS_underwater_rifle APS underwater rifle]], which is {{exactly what it says on the tin}} -- an assault rifle for combat under water [[note]] (out of water its performance is mediocre at best -- Soviet and later Russian special forces had to carry another weapon to fight on land.) [[/note]]
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-DT_amphibious_rifle ASM-DT amphibious rifle]], which fires two types of ammo and is suitable for land and underwater combat.

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* Played with by the Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APS_underwater_rifle APS underwater rifle]], which is {{exactly what it says on the tin}} -- an tin}}: An assault rifle for combat under water [[note]] (out underwater, firing steel darts that resemble those fired by a SpearGun. It was originally designed for the use by divers guarding important underwater infrastructure, after NATO successfully tapped underwater telephone cables carrying military comms and prompted the Soviets to start having their own frogmen carry out patrols. It was also issued to Spetznas for their own combat diver teams, but they quickly discovered it suffered from CripplingOverspecialisation: Out of the water its performance is mediocre at best -- Soviet range and later Russian special forces had to carry another weapon to fight on land.) [[/note]]
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accuracy were poor. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-DT_amphibious_rifle ASM-DT amphibious rifle]], which fires two types of ammo and is suitable could fire the same darts as the APS but also load standard 5.45x39mm bullets, was developed to meet demand for land and underwater combat.a dual-purpose weapon.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': Averted, as there are rules for how bullets work underwater (generally, they don't) and there are a few weapons that have been specifically designed for underwater combat, including a carbine.


Subtrope of Water Is Air, [[ExactWords because the bullets will still work fine -- though they just won't travel very far.]]

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Subtrope of Water Is Air, [[ExactWords because the bullets will still work fine -- though they just won't travel very far.]]
]] [[HarpoonGun Spearguns]] designed for fishing underwater are also common in the hands of divers and underwater Mooks.


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* ''Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom'': Claire and Franklin are trapped in a leaking "hamster ball" under water. Owen fires his gun at the ball to help them escape, and it actually works until he gets hit by a blob of lava and drops his gun.



* ''Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom'': Claire and Franklin are trapped in a leaking "hamster ball" under water. Owen fires his gun at the ball to help them escape, and it actually works until he gets hit by a blob of lava and drops his gun.



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* Tested by the ''Series/MythBusters''. Even if a gun does fire, the water will slow a bullet down to nonlethal speed in short order.
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* Tested by the ''Series/MythBusters''. Even if a gun does fire, the water will slow a bullet down to nonlethal speed in short order.
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* In ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', Jon's .357 Magnum pepperbox--a SwissArmyWeapon--can fire underwater; usually firing stell spikes like a miniature spear gun. Justified as this a gun specifically designed to fire underwater, being based on a prototype weapon designed for the Navy [=SEALs=].
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* ''VideoGame/DeltaForce'''s standard guns won't fire underwater, which is a nice touch considering how little time players will actually spend swimming. The second game introduces a pistol and an assault rifle specifically for underwear combat, [[CripplingOverspecialization but they're notably inferior to standard guns]].
* Guns won't work underwater in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', so you'll want a melee weapon for dealing with critters in the sewers.

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* There was a news item making the rounds in 2016 about [[https://www.range365.com/how-to-shoot-glock-underwater/ a Florida fisherman]] ([[OnlyInFlorida of course]]) who used a Glock underwater to fish. Of note for the purposes of this trope: While the gun could fire multiple shots after some slight modification ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWlTluQro9s apparently, all that needs to happen is the firing pin needs to be cut to allow to allow water to flow behind it and the springs are probably going to need replacing a lot sooner]]), he had to use a special (underwater only) sound suppressor, as the sound waves became sufficient to impact the shooter underwater, particularly with repeated shots.


In Real Life, this trope can vary. The AK-47 was legendary for its durability--- [[MadeofIndestructium it could fall in a puddle, drown in a swamp, and get blasted by sand, and still fire reliably.]] Some newer guns, however, will jam or misfire when being fired underwater. It's not the gun that is affected (well, not for the first time, anyway) -- it's the ammunition itself. Even if the gun is somewhat water-resistant (and that's a big somewhat, given that the barrel of a gun is essentially a giant hole), the primer of the ammunition is not. Besides the possibility of the primer being waterlogged, the gun could also end up corroded by the water, and attempting to [[OhCrap fire a corroded gun is a Very Bad Idea.]]

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In Real Life, this trope can vary. The AK-47 was legendary for its durability--- [[MadeofIndestructium it could fall in a puddle, drown in a swamp, and get blasted by sand, and still fire reliably.]] Some newer guns, however, Most guns will jam or misfire when being fired people discharge them underwater. It's not the gun itself that is affected (well, not for the first time, anyway) -- it's the ammunition itself. Even if the gun is somewhat water-resistant (and that's a big somewhat, given that the barrel of a gun is essentially a giant hole), the primer of the ammunition is not. Besides the possibility of the primer being waterlogged, the gun gun's inner workings could also end up corroded by the water, and attempting to [[OhCrap fire a corroded gun is a Very Bad Idea.]]


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* One of Leiji Matsumoto's short war stories depicts what happens when a rifle is waterlogged. A Japanese soldier, having been rescued from the sea, shoots the sole surviving crewman of a recently destroyed American submarine that sank his transport ship. The Japanese rifle, having gotten seawater down the barrel, manages to spit out the water along with the bullet. The bullet is slowed down by the water and only gives the intended victim a nasty bump on the head. To the credit of the Type 99 short rifle in question, the barrel's chrome-lined bore doesn't suffer any corrosion.


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* Some people just ''had'' to try firing [[http://douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/COMMS/underwtrgun/underwtrgun.htm ship-board artillery underwater]].



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In fiction, guns can be practically drowned in water and still fire accurately, if not a little worse for wear. It doesn't matter who's holding the gun -- TheHero or the BigBad, they can still fire completely accurately, despite the fact that Guns Do Not Work That Way.

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In fiction, guns can be practically drowned in water and still fire accurately, if not a little worse for wear. It doesn't matter who's holding the gun -- TheHero or the BigBad, they can still fire completely accurately, despite the fact that Guns Do Not Work That Way.
GunsDoNotWorkThatWay.

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* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Revy gratefully takes an [=APS=] rifle from Balalaika, who used her military connections to the newly restructured Russian military to acquire it. She notably uses it during the Das Wieder Erstehen Des Adlers/Die Rückkehr des Adlers story when the APS is used against Aryan Socialist Union forces raiding a wrecked U-Boat.


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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'': this is a [[JustifiedTrope justified trope]]. As for the underwater missions "Atlas Falls" and "Into the Deep" Logan starts of with the APS Underwater Rifle for obvious reasons.

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'': this This is a [[JustifiedTrope justified trope]].JustifiedTrope. As for the underwater missions "Atlas Falls" and "Into the Deep" Logan starts of with the APS Underwater Rifle for obvious reasons.

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* Justified in ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep''. Since most of the fighting is done underwater, the X-COM soldiers use weapons specially designed to be used underwater. Some weapons only work underwater (for example, the torpedo launcher), while others work both under and above water.

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