Alice is up against someone who has a gun. Before the gunman can shoot her, Alice snatches the firearm and quickly disables it right in front of the gunman. Asskicking typically ensues.
Usually used to demonstrate the badassery of a given character as well as their knowledge of firearms (unless they use brute force), and may involve Willing Suspension of Disbelief to enforce the Rule of Cool. It also makes an impressive show for the viewer. Like most Rule of Cool stuff, this is largely not Truth in Television, as some cocked-and-locked firearms cannot be taken apart without removing the magazine first (or even discharging or clearing the gun), and most of the ones that can still have plenty of little parts that need to be pulled out before the slide or barrel will come off, making disassembly a rather slow and non-dramatic process.
Still, many models of firearms are indeed very easy and quick to disassemble. One example is various military bolt-action rifles where the bolt can be removed in one motion (like the Mosin-Nagant 1891; some realistic movies and books even describe removing bolts to temporarily disable the rifles of POWs or arrested friendlies while still making them haul the bastards around). Other is handguns like Beretta 92 and SIG P22X series; these feature a disassembly lever that allows one to take the slide off the frame in one motion (after dropping the magazine). Both tricks are completely impractical in a fight, though.
Not to be confused with Gun Stripping, where the character has plenty of time to take apart the firearm.
- In GI Joe: A Real American Hero #26, the Soft Master disassembles the handgun of a young hoodlum trying to hold up his store, ejecting the ammunition cartridge and the round in the chamber.
- Played for laughs in You Don't Mess with the Zohan, where the lead character takes apart a goon's assault rifle ridiculously fast.
- In Lethal Weapon 4, Jet Li's character, a vicious Triad crimelord named Wah Sing Ku, escapes a Mexican Standoff this way, disassembling Riggs' Beretta in a move that marked him as a supreme badass.
- In Five Card Stud, some gold miners are concerned that there's a killer loose and the marshal can't or won't do anything about it, so they march towards the marshal's office, one of them carrying a shotgun, intent on taking the law into their own hands. One of the marshal's deputies accosts them, takes the shotgun, and empties it of shells.
- Parodied in Wayne's World when Garth grabs Russell's flashlight out of his hand and immediately opens it and removes the batteries.
- In The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne disarms two French police officers and ends up holding one of their sidearms. He dismantles it in about half a second and runs away.
- In The Dark Knight, when the Joker's men attack Bruce's penthouse, he disables an unsuspecting mook and immediately disassembles his shotgun whilst making speed to intercept Harvey and get him to safety. Like most horizontal break-opens, this one indeed can be taken apart by pulling a single lever. The film's prop master likely chose that model of shotgun for its ease of disassembly.
- In Rush Hour, when Detective Lee comes to the consulate and beats up the FBI agents guarding the front door, he takes one of their guns and disassembles it, apologizes, and finds another way in.
- Ip Man manages to do this to Inspector Li's service revolver, somehow popping out the cylinder in spite of the thick metal pin keeping it attached to the gun.
- In Short Circuit, a villain pulls a gun on the Johnny 5, who takes it out of his hand and destroys it.
Johnny 5: Colt .45. Semi-automatic.[crushes the gun]Johnny 5: Play-doh.
- In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a mook attempts to shoot Holmes with a revolver at point-blank range. Holmes grabs the revolver out of the mook's hand, empties the cylinder of bullets with one motion, and then hands the gun back to the mook. The revolver in question is a top-break gun that is designed this way to quickly eject empty casings.
- Watchmen has Laurie AKA Silk Spectre snatch a Beretta 92F off her government handler and take it apart in less than a second. The Beretta is typically used for such scenes, because you can push the magazine release with one hand (the magazine will drop free) and simultaneously use the other hand to turn the very convenient disassembly lever and take the slide off forward - all in one easy fluid motion. Ejecting the round in the chamber is not necessary.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service incorporates the "Beretta disassembly" (Beretta 92F pistols are extremely convenient to take down in one motion) into the church scene - with the hero then proceeding to stab people with both the slide and the frame. Repeatedly.
- In Mad Max: Fury Road, Max manages to slam the magazine release on Furiosa's pistol and clear the chamber right before she's about to blow his brains out, causing them to scramble for the magazine.
- Logan. Wolverine snatches a shotgun off a rancher and butt-strokes him with it, then breaks it in half. The man Wolverine is protecting has no idea he's a mutant, so is just as startled and confused as the villains, asking if Wolverine has military training.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron. Quicksilver uses his superspeed to snatch a pistol from Arms Dealer Ulysses Klaue and instantly unload and disassemble it, lining the parts and rounds neatly up on the table next to him. Klaue is surprised, but quickly regains his cool.
- In Feet of Clay, Dorfl does this when he goes to the slaughterhouse for payback after being given free will and someone attacks him with a hammer.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when Hagrid is banging on the door of the shack in which the Dursleys are trying to hide from the Hogwarts letters, Vernon comes downstairs with a shotgun. After Hagrid breaks down the door, Vernon threatens him with it, and Hagrid yanks the gun out of his hands, ties the barrel in a knot, and tosses it in the corner.
- In the film version of this book, Hagrid bends the barrel straight up toward the ceiling. Vernon is still able to fire without the gun blowing up in his face.
- Artemis Fowl: Julia removes an important part of a mook's gun as he brandishes it, making it only possibly useful as a hammer.
- On The Adventures of Superman after the villain got done Shooting Superman, Superman would often grab the barrel and twist it into a curve so it's unusable.
- In Better Call Saul, "Pimento", when Mike is hired as a bodyguard for a drug deal, his fellow bodyguard is a Gun Nut who thinks Mike will be useless on the job because he didn't bring a gun. Mike says "If I need one, I'll take one of yours", and the Gun Nut dares him to try, pointing a gun right in his face. Mike easily takes the gun away from his attacker and ejects the magazine and the bullet in the chamber. He then uses the empty gun to hit the other guy in the throat which takes him out of the fight completely.
- Eliot Spencer from Leverage can do this and does it on a regular basis. Justified because he's one of the world's best fighters and he Doesn't Like Guns.
- In Lost, Kate does it with instruction from Sayid in the second episode, right after Sawyer shoots the polar bear. Later we learn she didn't necessarily need it.
- In Star Trek: The Original Series, Khan grabs Kirk's phaser out of his hands and bends it in half.
- In the Vengeance Unlimited episode against a rogue IRS agent, during the final confrontation Mr. Chapel snatches his gun and empties it.
- Daredevil (2015): Matt Murdock has a tendency to dismantle guns mid-combat to keep his enemies from using them.
- Luke Cage (2016): Luke Cage can take a gun and then use his strength to crush it in his bare hands.
- Person of Interest. In "Booked Solid", Reese removes the slide from Hersh's pistol after stabbing him non-fatally, taking it with him so Hersh can't reassemble it.
- In one episode of Agents Of Shield Coulson laments that he used to be able to do this, but lost the knack after dying and being resurrected.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Phases", Buffy finds herself up against a werewolf hunter. Annoyed by his misogynistic manner, she takes away his rifle and bends it in half.
- In Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman can learn the Disarm and Destroy special combo move, which allows him to destroy weapons during combat. When he uses it against henchmen armed with firearms, he pulls the weapon apart before dropping the pieces. Henchmen can pick up and reassemble their guns, so keep your ears open for the Dramatic Gun Cock.
- In Batman: Arkham City they can pick up but not reassemble. (If the gun was dropped when Batman knocked someone down or out, a henchman can pick it up, but Disarm and Destroy prevents them from doing so.)
- In Metal Gear Solid 3, The Boss does this to Snake at least twice in cutscenes, destroying his sidearms in the process. She does it to Ocelot once, but then gives him back the parts she removed rather than throwing them away. She also uses it as a tactic in the final fight if she manages to knock you onto the ground while you're holding a weapon. For gameplay reasons, this just means The Boss will scatter your intact weapon and its ammo around the battlefield, forcing you to scramble and retrieve them; it's also an incentive to use CQC on her rather than trying to shoot her.
- In Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, if Evan picks up a gun, he'll either disassemble it or unload it and toss the ammo to the ground.
- Discussed in Grrl Power in reference to Maxima's Super Speed.
Maxima: And what if some yahoo with a concealed-carry decided to play hero?
Arianna: With you there? You could've disassembled his gun and done his taxes before he had it clear of the holster.
- Later we see Maxima take apart a grenade with super speed.
- Near the end of Leftover Soup, Jamie is held at gunpoint by Roscoe Knight who thinks he killed his son Richard.note Jamie suddenly grabs the slide and yanks it backwards, before wrenching the gun out of Roscoe's hand, dismantling it, and tossing the pieces down a disposal chute.
- Girl Genius:
- Jorgi disarms a Wulfenbach airship captain and then crushes her gun in a display of his Super Strength during the siege of Mechanicsburg.
- Terebithia disarms the "Queen of Dawn" off hand without even giving away to those around them that Zola had just tried to shoot Agatha and then "accidentally" snaps her small delicate gun in two.
- In Gargoyles, Goliath does this to Elisa in the pilot episode, snatching her gun from behind and crushing it to scrap.
- Broadway does the same with a mook's gun in a later episode, having developed a great fear of guns after he accidentally shot Elisa with hers.
- BIONICLE: In "Island of Doom", Reidak snatches one of Lewa Nuva's Air Katanas and breaks it in half.