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*An episode of National Geographics ''Drugs Inc'' famously shows an anonymous drug dealer calling a Hi Point pistol his "Glock Forty" and his "problem solver".


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* Very common in all forms of media is to take any random pistol and call it either a .44 Magnum (if it's meant to be a HandCannon) or a 9mm (if it's presented as more reasonably-sized and -powered), when it's often very blatantly not.

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** After the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting Las Vegas concert massacre]], when an AxCrazy gunman wielding a [[MoreDakka ridiculous number of rifles with 100-round magazines]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_fire#Bump_fire_stocks bump stocks]] attached to them to emulate fully-automatic fire opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, some news outlets gave truly insane responses. {{Creator/CBS}} claimed that the shooter used "[[https://www.dailywire.com/news/21978/fake-news-cbs-makes-bogus-term-describe-ammo-used-ryan-saavedra automatic rounds]]", and {{Creator/CNN}}, to demonstrate a bump stock, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMk9ZGseUY showed]] a rifle with a suppressor and a ''grenade launcher'' (illegal for general civilian consumption), rather than a bump stock

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** After the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting Las Vegas concert massacre]], when an AxCrazy gunman wielding a [[MoreDakka ridiculous number of rifles with 100-round magazines]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_fire#Bump_fire_stocks bump stocks]] attached to them to emulate fully-automatic fire opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, some news outlets gave truly insane responses. {{Creator/CBS}} claimed that the shooter used "[[https://www.dailywire.com/news/21978/fake-news-cbs-makes-bogus-term-describe-ammo-used-ryan-saavedra automatic rounds]]", and {{Creator/CNN}}, to demonstrate a bump stock, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMk9ZGseUY showed]] a rifle with a suppressor and a ''grenade launcher'' (illegal for general civilian consumption), rather than a bump stockstock.


** Later games in the series, not so much - [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty2 the very next game after the original]], for instance, featured the M1 carbine but called it the [=M1A1=]. The [=M1A1=] was a specialized variant of the M1 with a pistol grip and lightweight folding wire stock. Really irritating when you remember that the original featured a correctly-modeled [=M1A1=], with the player character unfolding the stock when drawing the weapon; they apparently went to the effort of creating an entirely new model with new animations for the new engine, but then were too lazy to simply delete two characters from the name.

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** Later games in the series, not so much - [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty2 the very next game after the original]], for instance, featured the M1 carbine but called it the [=M1A1=]. The [=M1A1=] was a specialized variant of the M1 with a pistol grip and lightweight folding wire stock. Really irritating when you remember that the original featured a correctly-modeled [=M1A1=], with the player character unfolding the stock when drawing the weapon; they apparently went to the effort of creating an entirely new model with new animations for the new engine, but then were too lazy to simply delete two characters from the name. The full-stock Carbine would continue to be misidentified as the folding-stock version until the [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyZombies Zombies maps]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''.



** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' features the "G18", meant to be the infamous select-fire Glock 18 as judging by the name, but which, like in most movies, is actually a converted Glock 17[[note]]the third game, surprisingly, not only made a new model that's actually a Glock 18, but even actually ''used'' the new model in the campaign mode rather than [[PropRecycling recycling the incorrect MW2 model]] like with every other returning gun[[/note]].

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** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare ''Modern Warfare 2'' features the "G18", meant to be the infamous select-fire Glock 18 as judging by the name, but which, like in most movies, is actually a converted Glock 17[[note]]the third game, surprisingly, not only made a new model that's actually a Glock 18, but even actually ''used'' the new model in the campaign mode rather than [[PropRecycling recycling the incorrect MW2 model]] like with every other returning gun[[/note]].



* A relatively minor but nonetheless common one is when a game's "AK" model is a Chinese Norinco Type-56. The Type-56 rifle (not to be confused with the Type-56 carbine, which is China's SKS) is the unlicensed Chinese clone of the AK/AKM, having features of both models, but zero parts interchangeability with either. They look mostly similar (the fully-hooded front sight is the biggest giveaway), feed the same 7.62x39 round from the same stamped magazine, and have the same Manual of Arms, but are still not (quite) the same weapon. Similar issues exist with the AK-103, a modern version in the original 7.62mm round; everything from ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' to ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' will feature the weapon but call it an AK-47 anyway.[[note]]''VideoGame/FarCry5'', amusingly, makes a different mistake, actually modeling a proper AKM and then calling it simply the AK, while the weapon it actually ''calls'' an "AK-M" is heavily customized.[[/note]]

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* A relatively minor but nonetheless common one is when a game's "AK" model is a Chinese Norinco Type-56. Type 56. The Type-56 Type 56 rifle (not to be confused with the Type-56 Type 56 carbine, which is China's SKS) is the unlicensed Chinese clone of the AK/AKM, having features of both models, but zero parts interchangeability with either. They look mostly similar (the fully-hooded front sight is the biggest giveaway), feed the same 7.62x39 round from the same stamped magazine, and have the same Manual of Arms, but are still not (quite) the same weapon. Similar issues exist with the AK-103, a modern version in the original 7.62mm round; everything from ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' to ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' will feature the weapon but call it an AK-47 anyway.[[note]]''VideoGame/FarCry5'', amusingly, makes a different mistake, actually modeling a proper AKM and then calling it simply the AK, while the weapon it actually ''calls'' an "AK-M" is heavily customized.[[/note]]



* The rifle so commonly known as the "AK-47" is the most common example of this trope, as "AK-47" was never an official Soviet/Russian designation for Mikhail Kalashnikov's automatic rifle. It was officially designated simply the AK for ''Avtomat Kalashnikova'', or "Kalashnikov's Automatic," with no model or year number attached. Contrary to popular belief, the original AK was actually expensive to produce and not as reliable as was hoped, so Kalashnikov came up with the improved and simplified AKM in the early 1950s. Original [=AKs=] are relatively rare, but [=AKMs=] are truly ubiquitous and are generally what people are talking about (whether they realize it or not) when they say "AK-47". No Kalashnikov rifle had any model number in its nomenclature until the AK-74 was adopted to replace the AKM as the standard-issue rifle of the Red Army.

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* The rifle so commonly known as the "AK-47" is the most common example of this trope, as "AK-47" was never an official Soviet/Russian designation for Mikhail Kalashnikov's automatic rifle. It was officially designated simply the AK for ''Avtomat Kalashnikova'', or "Kalashnikov's Automatic," with no model or year number attached. Contrary to popular belief, the original AK was actually expensive to produce and not as reliable as was hoped, so Kalashnikov came up with the improved and simplified AKM (''modernizírovanny Avtomat Kalashnikova'', essentially "Kalashnikov's Modernized Automatic") in the early 1950s. Original [=AKs=] are relatively rare, but [=AKMs=] are truly ubiquitous and are generally what people are talking about (whether they realize it or not) when they say "AK-47". No Kalashnikov rifle had any model number in its nomenclature until the AK-74 was adopted to replace the AKM as the standard-issue rifle of the Red Army.



*** Rifles can be subdivided based on their cartridge type into the so-called "battle rifles" (full-sized rifle round, like .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO or 7.62x54mmR), and "combat" or "assault rifles" (smaller, so-called "intermediate" cartridge like 7.62/5.45x39 or .223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO). Be careful, though, because the term "assault rifle," already somewhat nebulous (several .308/7.62 weapons, including the FN FAL and HK G3, are often called assault rifles, despite being battle rifles by definition), got mired in the American gun politics and is commonly misinterpreted up the wazoo, as everyone there forces it to mean whatever the user wants it to mean. For a great example of the [[YouKeepUsingThatWord nebulous, disingenuous, "creative," and just plain dishonest]] uses of the term "assault rifle," just look at the ongoing gun control debate in America.

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*** Rifles can be subdivided based on their cartridge type into the so-called "battle rifles" (full-sized rifle round, rounds, like .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO or 7.62x54mmR), and "combat" or "assault rifles" (smaller, so-called "intermediate" cartridge cartridges like 7.62/5.45x39 or .223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO). Be careful, though, because the term "assault rifle," already somewhat nebulous (several .308/7.62 weapons, including the FN FAL and HK G3, are often called assault rifles, despite being battle rifles by definition), got mired in the American gun politics and is commonly misinterpreted up the wazoo, as everyone there forces it to mean whatever the user wants it to mean. For a great example of the [[YouKeepUsingThatWord nebulous, disingenuous, "creative," and just plain dishonest]] uses of the term "assault rifle," just look at the ongoing gun control debate in America.



** A submachine gun, or SMG, is an automatic (usually select-fire) weapon chambered in a pistol-caliber round such as 9mm or .45 ACP. It is for that reason that they were originally (and generally inaccurately) called "machine pistols." They are usually lighter and more compact than a rifle. They are designed to overwhelm the enemy at close range with controlled automatic fire. Examples of this type of weapon include the classic M1/M1928 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun, and [=MP40=], as well as the modern [=MP5=], [=MP7=], and P90[[note]]though the latter two are more correctly defined as "Personal Defense Weapons" or PDWs, which fire shortened intermediate rifle cartridges like the 5.7×28mm of the P90 as opposed to the shorter, fatter rounds of a submachine gun.[[/note]].

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** A submachine gun, or SMG, is an automatic (usually select-fire) weapon chambered in a pistol-caliber round such as 9mm or .45 ACP. It is for that reason that they were originally (and generally inaccurately) called "machine pistols." They are usually lighter and more compact than a rifle. They are designed to overwhelm the enemy at close range with controlled automatic fire. Examples of this type of weapon include the classic M1/M1928 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun, and [=MP40=], as well as the modern [=MP5=], [=MP7=], and P90[[note]]though the latter two are more correctly defined as "Personal Defense Weapons" or PDWs, [=PDWs=], which fire shortened intermediate rifle cartridges like the 5.7×28mm of the P90 as opposed to the shorter, fatter rounds of a submachine gun.[[/note]].



** After the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting Las Vegas concert massacre]], when an AxCrazy gunman wielding a [[MoreDakka ridiculous number of rifles with 100-round magazines]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_fire#Bump_fire_stocks bump stocks]] attached to them to emulate fully-automatic fire opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, some news outlets gave truly insane responses. {{Creator/CBS}} claimed that the shooter used "[[https://www.dailywire.com/news/21978/fake-news-cbs-makes-bogus-term-describe-ammo-used-ryan-saavedra automatic rounds]]", and {{Creator/CNN}}, to demonstrate a bump stock, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMk9ZGseUY showed]] a rifle with a suppressor, a ''grenade launcher'' (illegal for general civilian consumption), and ''no bump stock!''

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** After the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting Las Vegas concert massacre]], when an AxCrazy gunman wielding a [[MoreDakka ridiculous number of rifles with 100-round magazines]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_fire#Bump_fire_stocks bump stocks]] attached to them to emulate fully-automatic fire opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, some news outlets gave truly insane responses. {{Creator/CBS}} claimed that the shooter used "[[https://www.dailywire.com/news/21978/fake-news-cbs-makes-bogus-term-describe-ammo-used-ryan-saavedra automatic rounds]]", and {{Creator/CNN}}, to demonstrate a bump stock, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMk9ZGseUY showed]] a rifle with a suppressor, suppressor and a ''grenade launcher'' (illegal for general civilian consumption), and ''no rather than a bump stock!''stock



** An American gun magazine parodied this trope by listing several examples of media mistakes, then writing stories around them. For instance a weapon incorrectly identified as a ".44 Luger" was apparently a custom model developed for a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-era German soldier famous for his tactic of sneaking up on an enemy trench, then standing up and shouting, "[[Film/SuddenImpact Mach schon, versüß mir den Tag!]]" The ".22 guage shotgun" was developed to hunt a rare species of pygmy ducks, and the AK-16 rifle made the writer give up in disgust over how the media can't tell the difference between an M-16 and the weapon used by those DirtyCommunists.
* In the summer of 2017, a monument to the late Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow...featuring a large bust of a German [=StG-44=]. That went over [[SeriousBusiness about as well as you’d expect]].

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** An American gun magazine parodied this trope by listing several examples of media mistakes, then writing stories around them. For instance a weapon incorrectly identified as a ".44 Luger" was apparently a custom model developed for a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-era German soldier famous for his tactic of sneaking up on an enemy trench, then standing up and shouting, "[[Film/SuddenImpact Mach schon, versüß mir den Tag!]]" The ".22 guage shotgun" was developed to hunt a rare species of pygmy ducks, and the AK-16 rifle made the writer give up in disgust over how the media can't tell the difference between an M-16 M16 and the weapon used by those DirtyCommunists.
* In the summer of 2017, a monument to the late Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow... featuring a large bust of a German [=StG-44=]. That went over [[SeriousBusiness about as well as you’d expect]].


* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'' have the same sort of issue as ''Call of Duty''. While they do actually model the correct weapon used as the US military's M9, their "93R" is simply the M9 model with a larger magazine and foregrip.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'' have the same sort of issue as ''Call of Duty''. While they do actually model the correct weapon used as the US military's M9, their "93R" is simply the M9 model with a larger magazine and foregrip. The former game also features an RPKM (a version of the original RPK with the synthetic furniture of the AK-74M) misnamed as (and given damage and a capacity mirroring) the smaller-caliber RPK-74M.


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* The ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series generally goes for AKA47 for its guns, though one instance goes for this trope instead: the Galil ARM 7.62 present in the multiplayer of ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' and its stand-alone expansion ''Uncharted: The Lost Legacy'' is misnamed as the "INSAS", an entirely different weapon that only vaguely bears a resemblance to the Galil.


** Ironically, as he's calling Belikov out for his glaring mistakes, 47 intentionally makes a small one of his own. While calling him out, he picks up a submachine gun that Belikov had earlier identified as a "Kedr 9mm" and announces that it's actually a Chinese copy. It would have been ''so'' easy to instead say that it was a ''Bulgarian'' copy, [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Hitman_(2007)#Arsenal_Shipka which it actually was]] (the Chinese don't even ''make'' Kedr copies).

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** Ironically, as he's calling Belikov out for his glaring mistakes, 47 intentionally makes a small one of his own. While calling him out, he picks up a submachine gun that Belikov had earlier identified as a "Kedr 9mm" and announces that it's actually a Chinese copy. It would have been ''so'' easy to instead say that it was a ''Bulgarian'' copy, [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Hitman_(2007)#Arsenal_Shipka which it actually was]] (the Chinese don't even ''make'' Kedr copies).copies, even if they do copy just about everything else).


* ''Videogame/Fallout2'' calls the Belgian Fabrique Nationale P90 as being made by H&K (Heckler and Koch), a Germany arms firm famous for the [=MP5=] and the UMP. Justified that ''Fallout'' takes place in an AlternateHistory.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'' have the same sort of issue. While they do actually model the correct weapon used as the US military's M9, their "93R" is simply the M9 model with a larger magazine and foregrip.
* A relatively minor but nonetheless common one is when a game's "AK" model is a Chinese Norinco Type-56. The Type-56 rifle (not to be confused with the Type-56 carbine, which is China's SKS) is the unlicensed Chinese clone of the AK/AKM, having features of both models, but zero parts interchangeability with either. They look mostly similar (the fully-hooded front sight is the biggest giveaway), feed the same 7.62x39 round from the same stamped magazine, and have the same Manual of Arms, but are still not (quite) the same weapon. Similar issues exist with the AK-103, a modern version in the original 7.62mm round; everything from ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' to ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' will feature the weapon but call it an AK-47 anyway.

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* ''Videogame/Fallout2'' calls the Belgian Fabrique Nationale P90 as being made by H&K (Heckler and Koch), a Germany arms firm famous for the [=MP5=] and the UMP. Justified that ''Fallout'' takes place in an AlternateHistory.
AlternateHistory (note also that the gun starts loaded with 9mm ammo when acquired, then [[GoodBadBugs due to a bug]] loads 10mm ammo afterwards, rather than the 5.7x28mm rounds the real thing uses).
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'' have the same sort of issue.issue as ''Call of Duty''. While they do actually model the correct weapon used as the US military's M9, their "93R" is simply the M9 model with a larger magazine and foregrip.
* A relatively minor but nonetheless common one is when a game's "AK" model is a Chinese Norinco Type-56. The Type-56 rifle (not to be confused with the Type-56 carbine, which is China's SKS) is the unlicensed Chinese clone of the AK/AKM, having features of both models, but zero parts interchangeability with either. They look mostly similar (the fully-hooded front sight is the biggest giveaway), feed the same 7.62x39 round from the same stamped magazine, and have the same Manual of Arms, but are still not (quite) the same weapon. Similar issues exist with the AK-103, a modern version in the original 7.62mm round; everything from ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' to ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' will feature the weapon but call it an AK-47 anyway.[[note]]''VideoGame/FarCry5'', amusingly, makes a different mistake, actually modeling a proper AKM and then calling it simply the AK, while the weapon it actually ''calls'' an "AK-M" is heavily customized.[[/note]]



* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The First/Second Encounter'' are guilty of this, with Sam's starting "Schofield .45" revolvers actually being, if anything, closer to the Colt Single Action Army in appearance than the Schofield Model 3.

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*** CNN managed to outdo this one with their special featuring Mark Hertling, a retired Army general, with the producers emphasizing Hertling's military background as proof of his credibility as an expert. Hertling proceeded to describe the AR-15 as a [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay "full-semiautomatic"]] weapon, prompting a flurry of comments from veterans questioning how long it had been since Hertling actually qualified with a rifle.


** A few guns in later games also have the same issue as the M1 Carbine in the classic games, either one gun identified as a similar but different model (the "Type 95" in ''Modern Warfare 3'' actually being a QBZ-97, or the Mk 14 EBR in ''2'' being called the "M21 EBR" in multiplayer to remind players of the M21 from ''[=CoD4=]'') or changing the name of an otherwise-unmodified returning weapon, despite their refusal to do so when it actually made sense for the Carbine (the original-model M16 from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is reused for the flashback levels of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 the sequel]], referred to as the newer [=M16A1=] but otherwise identical in every way to the original version).

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** A few guns in later games also have the same issue as the M1 Carbine in the classic games, either one gun identified as a similar but different model (the "Type 95" in ''Modern Warfare 3'' actually being a QBZ-97, or the Mk 14 EBR in ''2'' being called the "M21 EBR" in multiplayer to remind players of the M21 from ''[=CoD4=]'') or changing the name of an otherwise-unmodified returning weapon, despite their refusal to do so when it actually made sense for the Carbine (the original-model M16 from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is reused for the flashback levels of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII the sequel]], referred to as the newer [=M16A1=] but otherwise identical in every way to the original version).


** The series constantly misidentifies the [=AKs-74u=] as a submachine gun. Yes, it does fill the role of an SMG, but it fires assault rifle ammunition, not pistol rounds, so it can't be an SMG. Interestingly, ''MW1'' dialed the Krinkov's aiming zoom and movement speed to match an assault rifle's.
* ''Videogame/Fallout2'' calls the Belgian Fabrique Nationale P90 as being made by H&K (Heckler and Koch), a Germany arms firm famous for [=MP5=] and UMP. Though it's justified that Fallout takes place in an AlternateHistory.

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** The series constantly misidentifies the [=AKs-74u=] as a submachine gun. Yes, it does fill the role of an SMG, but it fires assault rifle ammunition, not pistol rounds, so it can't be an SMG. Interestingly, ''MW1'' ''[=MW1=]'' dialed the Krinkov's aiming zoom and movement speed to match an assault rifle's.
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* ''Videogame/Fallout2'' calls the Belgian Fabrique Nationale P90 as being made by H&K (Heckler and Koch), a Germany arms firm famous for the [=MP5=] and the UMP. Though it's justified Justified that Fallout ''Fallout'' takes place in an AlternateHistory.


* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty:'' The original game averted this in painstaking detail; even the names that weren't ''quite'' correct still had a good basis in reality, such as the [=StG44=] going by its earlier in-development name of "[=MP44=]". Later games in the series, not so much - the very next game after the original, for instance, featured the M1 carbine but called it the [=M1A1=]. The [=M1A1=] was a specialized variant of the M1 with a pistol grip and lightweight folding wire stock. Really irritating when you remember that the original featured a correctly-modeled [=M1A1=], with the player character unfolding the stock when drawing the weapon; they apparently went to the effort of creating an entirely new model with new animations for the new engine, but then were too lazy to simply delete two characters from the name. There's also the issue (at least in singleplayer) of a scoped Gewehr 43 being referred to as the bolt-action, American Springfield rifle.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' features the "G18", meant to be the infamous select-fire Glock 18 as judging by the name, but which, like in most movies, is actually a converted Glock 17[[note]]the third game, surprisingly, not only made a new model that's actually a Glock 18, but even actually ''used'' the new model in the campaign mode rather than [[PropRecycling recycling the incorrect MW2 model]] like with every other returning gun[[/note]]. There's also the first two ''MW'' games' M9 pistol, which is actually the older, noticeably different and extremely rare 92SB rather than the 92FS - and in ''2'', it even has its own version of the Glock issue, as the "M93 Raffica" is actually just the 92SB model with a foregrip and skeleton stock bolted on. A few guns in later games also have the same issue as the M1 Carbine in the classic games, either one gun identified as a similar but different model (the "Type 95" in ''Modern Warfare 3'' actually being a QBZ-97, or the Mk 14 EBR in ''2'' being called the "M21 EBR" in multiplayer to remind players of the M21 from ''[=CoD4=]'') or changing the name of an otherwise-unmodified returning weapon, despite their refusal to do so when it actually made sense for the Carbine (the original-model M16 from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is reused for the flashback levels of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 the sequel]], referred to as the newer [=M16A1=] but otherwise identical in every way to the original version).

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The original game game]] averted this in painstaking detail; even the names that weren't ''quite'' correct still had a good basis in reality, such as the [=StG44=] going by its earlier in-development name of "[=MP44=]". "[=MP44=]".
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Later games in the series, not so much - [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty2 the very next game after the original, original]], for instance, featured the M1 carbine but called it the [=M1A1=]. The [=M1A1=] was a specialized variant of the M1 with a pistol grip and lightweight folding wire stock. Really irritating when you remember that the original featured a correctly-modeled [=M1A1=], with the player character unfolding the stock when drawing the weapon; they apparently went to the effort of creating an entirely new model with new animations for the new engine, but then were too lazy to simply delete two characters from the name.
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There's also the issue (at least in singleplayer) of a scoped Gewehr 43 being referred to as the bolt-action, American Springfield rifle.
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** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' features the "G18", meant to be the infamous select-fire Glock 18 as judging by the name, but which, like in most movies, is actually a converted Glock 17[[note]]the third game, surprisingly, not only made a new model that's actually a Glock 18, but even actually ''used'' the new model in the campaign mode rather than [[PropRecycling recycling the incorrect MW2 model]] like with every other returning gun[[/note]].
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There's also the first two ''MW'' games' M9 pistol, which is actually the older, noticeably different and extremely rare 92SB rather than the 92FS - and in ''2'', it even has its own version of the Glock issue, as the "M93 Raffica" is actually just the 92SB model with a foregrip and skeleton stock bolted on. on.
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A few guns in later games also have the same issue as the M1 Carbine in the classic games, either one gun identified as a similar but different model (the "Type 95" in ''Modern Warfare 3'' actually being a QBZ-97, or the Mk 14 EBR in ''2'' being called the "M21 EBR" in multiplayer to remind players of the M21 from ''[=CoD4=]'') or changing the name of an otherwise-unmodified returning weapon, despite their refusal to do so when it actually made sense for the Carbine (the original-model M16 from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' is reused for the flashback levels of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 the sequel]], referred to as the newer [=M16A1=] but otherwise identical in every way to the original version).version).
** The series constantly misidentifies the [=AKs-74u=] as a submachine gun. Yes, it does fill the role of an SMG, but it fires assault rifle ammunition, not pistol rounds, so it can't be an SMG. Interestingly, ''MW1'' dialed the Krinkov's aiming zoom and movement speed to match an assault rifle's.



* When you pick up the first gun in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam 3: BFE'', Sam exclaims "Mr. Smith, Mr. Wesson, glad you could make it!" Apparently they couldn't, as the gun in question is a Desert Eagle. ''The First/Second Encounter'' are similarly guilty of this, with Sam's starting "Schofield .45" revolvers actually being, if anything, closer to the Colt Single Action Army in appearance than the Schofield Model 3.

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* When you pick up the first gun in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam 3: BFE'', Sam exclaims "Mr. Smith, Mr. Wesson, glad you could make it!" Apparently they couldn't, as the gun in question is a Desert Eagle. ''The ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The First/Second Encounter'' are similarly guilty of this, with Sam's starting "Schofield .45" revolvers actually being, if anything, closer to the Colt Single Action Army in appearance than the Schofield Model 3.


** A submachine gun, or SMG, is an automatic (usually select-fire) weapon chambered in a pistol-caliber round such as 9mm or .45 ACP. It is for that reason that they were originally (and generally inaccurately) called "machine pistols." They are usually lighter and more compact than a rifle. They are designed to overwhelm the enemy at close range with controlled automatic fire. Examples of this type of weapon include the classic M1/M1928 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun, and [=MP40=], as well as the modern [=MP5=], [=MP7=], and P90[[note]]though the latter two are more commonly classified as "Personal Defense Weapons" - essentially a middle ground between submachine gun and assault rifle, much like the assault rifle was a middle ground between submachine gun and battle rifle[[/note]].

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** A submachine gun, or SMG, is an automatic (usually select-fire) weapon chambered in a pistol-caliber round such as 9mm or .45 ACP. It is for that reason that they were originally (and generally inaccurately) called "machine pistols." They are usually lighter and more compact than a rifle. They are designed to overwhelm the enemy at close range with controlled automatic fire. Examples of this type of weapon include the classic M1/M1928 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun, and [=MP40=], as well as the modern [=MP5=], [=MP7=], and P90[[note]]though the latter two are more commonly classified correctly defined as "Personal Defense Weapons" - essentially or PDWs, which fire shortened intermediate rifle cartridges like the 5.7×28mm of the P90 as opposed to the shorter, fatter rounds of a middle ground between submachine gun and assault rifle, much like the assault rifle was a middle ground between submachine gun and battle rifle[[/note]].gun.[[/note]].


* In-universe example in ''Film/{{Hitman}}''. Russian arms dealer, drug addict, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and president's little brother]] Udre Belikov shows off some of his stock, calling an M16 an M203 (that's the grenade launcher for it) and saying that it's chambered in 7.62 (it's 5.56), calling the 9x18mm Makarov PM a .22, etc. Agent 47 replies, "I don't know if it's the drugs, or if you think this is an act, but you've been wrong about all of these weapons." Mr. 47 then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle kill everyone in the room]], except the innocent strippers.

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* In-universe example in ''Film/{{Hitman}}''. Russian arms dealer, drug addict, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and president's little brother]] Udre Belikov shows off some of his stock, calling an M16 an M203 (that's the grenade launcher for it) and saying that it's chambered in 7.62 (it's 5.56), calling the 9x18mm Makarov PM a .22, etc. Agent 47 replies, "I don't know if it's the drugs, or if you think you're usually this is an act, inept, but you've been wrong about all most of these weapons." Mr. 47 then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle kill everyone in the room]], except the innocent strippers.


* A very common one is when people refer to any fully-automatic weapon as a machine gun. Machine guns are a specific type of weapon. Just because a gun can fire full auto does not make it a machine gun. Automatic/select-fire rifles, machine pistols, and submachine guns (commonly called [=SMGs=]) are '''NOT''' machine guns. Similar cases have any sort of launched explosives referred to as a "Bazooka", or any sort of SMG or machine pistol being [[BrandNameTakeover referred to as an "Uzi"]].
** For the record, a machine gun is generally defined as a crew-served support weapon designed to be emplaced (usually on a tripod) in a fighting position or mounted on a vehicle and suppress the enemy with sustained automatic fire (note: this means firing lots of controlled bursts, not holding the trigger until the barrel melts). As mentioned above, they are crew-served, usually with at least a gunner and assistant gunner (commonly called an "A-gunner") assigned to the weapon, possibly with one or more ammunition bearers (or "ammo bitch"). It is almost always belt-fed, the only exceptions being very old designs like the Gatling and Hotchkiss guns. It is usually man-portable, but is a pain in the ass to fire offhand, if it's even possible to do so.
** A Squad Automatic Weapon (also known as a Light Support Weapon) bridges the gap between a rifle and a machine gun. It is crewed by a single man (if he's lucky, he might get an ammo bitch) and can be magazine- or belt-fed (early versions of the M249 can do both, though feeding it with STANAG mags makes it even ''more'' of a jam-o-matic, so later versions remove the magwell to save weight). It can be fired (with some difficulty) offhand and does not need to be emplaced, though most come with a bipod for supported firing. They are intended to give squads or sections sustained automatic firepower without compromising mobility like a larger machine gun would.

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* A very common one is when people refer to any fully-automatic weapon as a machine gun. Machine guns are a specific type of weapon. Just because a gun can fire full auto does not make it a machine gun. Automatic/select-fire rifles, machine pistols, and submachine guns (commonly called [=SMGs=]) are '''NOT''' ''not'' machine guns. Similar cases have any sort of launched explosives referred to as a "Bazooka", or any sort of SMG or machine pistol being [[BrandNameTakeover referred to as an "Uzi"]].
** For the record, a machine gun is generally defined as a crew-served support weapon designed to be emplaced (usually on a tripod) in a fighting position or mounted on a vehicle and suppress the enemy with sustained automatic fire (note: this means firing lots of controlled bursts, not holding the trigger until the barrel melts). As mentioned above, they are crew-served, usually with at least a gunner and assistant gunner (commonly called an "A-gunner") assigned to the weapon, possibly with one or more ammunition bearers (or "ammo bitch"). It is almost always usually belt-fed, the only exceptions being very old older designs like the Gatling and Hotchkiss guns. It is usually man-portable, but is a pain in the ass to fire offhand, if it's even possible to do so.
** A Squad Automatic Weapon (also known as a Light Support Weapon) bridges the gap between a rifle and a machine gun. It is crewed by a single man (if he's lucky, he might get an ammo bitch) and can be magazine- or belt-fed (early versions of the M249 can could do both, though feeding it with STANAG mags makes it even ''more'' of a jam-o-matic, so later versions remove the magwell to save weight).both). It can be fired (with some difficulty) offhand and does not need to be emplaced, though most come with a bipod for supported firing. They are intended to give squads or sections sustained automatic firepower without compromising mobility like a larger machine gun would.



*** Russians for their part call battle and assault rifles first- and second-generation automatic rifles respectively (including the pre-WWII full-sized automatic rifles like the AVS under the first class, which some definitions of battle rifles don't include), though some of their experts note that due to their compact size and the use of smaller intermediate cartridges the 2nd-gen automatic/assault rifles, such as the AK and AR-15 series, would be better characterized as an automatic ''carbines''.
** A submachine gun, or SMG, is an automatic (usually select-fire) weapon chambered in a pistol-caliber round such as 9mm or .45 ACP. It is for that reason that they were originally (and generally inaccurately) called "machine pistols." They are usually, though not always, lighter and more compact than a rifle. They are designed to overwhelm the enemy at close range with controlled automatic fire. Examples of this type of weapon include the classic M1/M1928 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun, and [=MP40=], as well as the modern [=MP5=], [=MP7=], and P90[[note]]though the latter two are more commonly classified as "Personal Defense Weapons" - essentially a middle ground between submachine gun and assault rifle, much like the assault rifle was a middle ground between submachine gun and battle rifle[[/note]].
*** Some people also refer to compact carbine variants of assault rifles as "submachine guns", since the compact assault rifles are intended to fulfill the same role of submachine guns. This is technically incorrect, since the carbines are still chambered in the same intermediate caliber as the assault rifles they are based on.

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*** Russians for their part call battle and assault rifles first- and second-generation automatic rifles respectively (including the pre-WWII full-sized automatic rifles like the AVS under the first class, which some definitions of battle rifles don't include), though some of their experts note that due to their compact size and the use of smaller intermediate cartridges the 2nd-gen automatic/assault rifles, such as the AK and AR-15 series, would be better characterized as an automatic ''carbines''.
** A submachine gun, or SMG, is an automatic (usually select-fire) weapon chambered in a pistol-caliber round such as 9mm or .45 ACP. It is for that reason that they were originally (and generally inaccurately) called "machine pistols." They are usually, though not always, usually lighter and more compact than a rifle. They are designed to overwhelm the enemy at close range with controlled automatic fire. Examples of this type of weapon include the classic M1/M1928 Thompson, M3 Grease Gun, and [=MP40=], as well as the modern [=MP5=], [=MP7=], and P90[[note]]though the latter two are more commonly classified as "Personal Defense Weapons" - essentially a middle ground between submachine gun and assault rifle, much like the assault rifle was a middle ground between submachine gun and battle rifle[[/note]].
*** Some people people/organizations also refer to compact carbine variants of assault rifles as "submachine guns", since the compact assault rifles are intended to fulfill the same role of submachine guns. This is technically incorrect, since the carbines are still chambered in the same intermediate caliber as the assault rifles they are based on.


** After the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting Las Vegas concert massacre]], when an AxCrazy gunman wielding a [[MoreDakka ridiculous number of rifles with 100-round cartridges]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_fire#Bump_fire_stocks bump stocks]] attached to them to emulate fully-automatic fire opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, some news outlets gave truly insane responses. {{Creator/CBS}} claimed that the shooter used "[[https://www.dailywire.com/news/21978/fake-news-cbs-makes-bogus-term-describe-ammo-used-ryan-saavedra automatic rounds]]", and {{Creator/CNN}}, to demonstrate a bump stock, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMk9ZGseUY showed]] a rifle with a suppressor, a ''grenade launcher'' (illegal for general civilian consumption), and ''no bump stock!''

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** After the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting Las Vegas concert massacre]], when an AxCrazy gunman wielding a [[MoreDakka ridiculous number of rifles with 100-round cartridges]] magazines]] with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_fire#Bump_fire_stocks bump stocks]] attached to them to emulate fully-automatic fire opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival, some news outlets gave truly insane responses. {{Creator/CBS}} claimed that the shooter used "[[https://www.dailywire.com/news/21978/fake-news-cbs-makes-bogus-term-describe-ammo-used-ryan-saavedra automatic rounds]]", and {{Creator/CNN}}, to demonstrate a bump stock, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsMk9ZGseUY showed]] a rifle with a suppressor, a ''grenade launcher'' (illegal for general civilian consumption), and ''no bump stock!''

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