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Yournamehere 08-12-2009 08:22 AM

Don't you just love......
When a specific motif regarding guns recurs in several movies? I've seen about a million 1911s with hammers down being used to threaten people, when we all know a single action is functionless unless you cock the hammer, or chamber it if it's empty, OR drop it, because sometimes they go off like that too.

Post any recurring gun faux pas or pet peeves of yours with regard to movies.

Vangelis 08-12-2009 09:00 AM

Panzerfausts firing rockets, as seen in pretty much every videogame to feature them.

Excalibur 08-12-2009 04:01 PM

Speaking of the hammer down to threaten people. Don't forget to add onto that, they like to pull the hammer down to mean they are "serious" right now. Ok what's the point of aiming a gun at someone and after they refuse to your demands, THEN you pull the hammer down.

Ace Oliveira 08-12-2009 06:15 PM

The USAF M16 being used by Army soldiers and Marines in 1970s and 1980s Vietnam War movies. That isn't really a pet peeve though.

Gunmaster45 08-12-2009 09:02 PM

1) Guns going *click* instead of locking empty on the last shot.

2) Guns blatantly ignoring their ammunition capacity. It's even worse when it's a revolver...

3) People being thrown off their feet or launched 10 feet across the room when hit by the mighty shotgun, .50 cal, .45 pistol, etc, etc.

4) No recoil. Personal pet peeve.

5) Actors with obviously no gun training manage to kick ass on an endless number of goons, many of which look like they actually do know how to use guns (I'm talking about you Commando!)

6) Just having the main character have poor gun training period.

7) When someone does a mid-mag reload and they drop one mag, load another, and rack the slide despite the round in the chamber. This is shown in The Punisher '04 (we see the brass ejecting too) and in Vantage Point (they don't show brass) I'll be fixing up Vantage Point soon, after I finish with my Leon screencaps. I'll be sure to note this on the page.

8) Horrendous flinching by actors using guns, especially if they're supposed to be badasses with guns. I'll admit, I blink when I'm shooting real rounds, but blanks... no. The anticipation of recoil is what causes the blink, but actors fear the fireball and bang.

9) When actors have poor stances and grips yet shoot better than I do. BS.

10) Bad trigger discipline. How hard is it to remember to not put your finger on the trigger? I'm still in awe of the fact all my friends I'm training still touch the trigger.

11) When so called "SWAT" members are flagging each other with their muzzles, breaching rooms with no tactical plan or anything (it makes it easier for them to all get destroyed I suppose), and handling their weapons like baboons. It's ridiculous.

I can't think of any more, and the 1911 hammer down things is always annoying to see, but the quote I put on the main page for the movie Phonebooth explains that pretty well.

Ace Oliveira 08-12-2009 09:40 PM


Originally Posted by Gunmaster45 (Post 5914)

5) Actors with obviously no gun training manage to kick ass on an endless number of goons, many of which look like they actually do know how to use guns (I'm talking about you Commando!)

Commando is one of the greatest movies of all time because of that. It is completely ridiculous in every aspect.

Gunmaster45 08-12-2009 09:46 PM

Pretty much every annoyance known to film is seen in Commando, including just about all the ones I mentioned.

But it is still a great film in how ridiculous it is.

Nyles 08-12-2009 10:07 PM

Any kind of RPG, espescially the RPG-7 being fired and you see a the rocket flying slowly towards a target. Believe me, you don't. Also, firing RPGs indoors. The back blast would cook you.

Ace Oliveira 08-12-2009 10:08 PM

How fast does the RPG fly?

Excalibur 08-12-2009 10:12 PM

Fast just enough for you to dodge if you see it coming.

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