I don’t want to go off half-cocked, but I bet you’ve got a favorite gun expression/idiom. Shoot!
I’ve got a shell in the chamber where’s the bathroom? Lol
Everyone should have a goal in life to shoot for.
“Keep your powder dry”.
This is a good one
that’s a gun sayin’?
Yes. From the muzzleloading era.
Also see; Don’t go off half-cocked, flash in the pan, and hang-fire.
Also: Lock, stock and barrel.
i.e. Everything included.
“Woman who think way to man’s heart through his stomach, have sights set too high.”
No, it actually refers to Johnson’s Baby Powder, because you never know when you’re going to wet your pants.
Booo! You shot yourself in the foot with that one. Your sense of humor couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.
“He couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn from the inside.”
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
I really like that one too. But my favorite is “keep your booger hook off the bang switch.”
Flash in the pan.
i always thought that was grease fires…
I thought the old camera flash pan.[?]
It refers to the occasional phenomenon of the spark from the flint lighting the powder in the pan of a flintlock rifle but failing to ignite the powder in the chamber. You get a flash, but no bang. It looks like something is happening but it never comes to fruition.
Shoot The Driver, Burn The Truck (STDBTT)
They ain’t worth a bullet.
But if you shoot the driver, isn’t that basically implying they ARE worth a bullet?
STDBTT was what you said first. They ain’t worth a bullet was what you said second to call them off if they looked like they thought STDBTT was actually called for.
Gotta have a safety word.
“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”
Leave the gun, take the cannoli.
I’ve always liked “the whole nine yards.”
I like that one, too. Those who don’t understand its origin should do some googling.
some new yorker writer dedicated multiple essays to the origins of this phrase. as yet it has not been determined, although it doesn’t seem to be ballistic.
Yeah that’s a great one. Somehow became incorrectly associated with football…
I never associated it with football knowing quite well that it takes ten yards for a new set of downs.
I assumed it was referring to the entire contents of a cement mixer.
I was told it was a reference to the length of the ammo belt that fed the .50 cal machine guns on US planes during WWII.
“Give ’em the whole nine yards” meant hit them with everything you have.
Wikipedia is skeptical of this theory.
Maybe not the “Whole Nine Yards,” but the sequel would qualify…
When they want to move out fast (for a sailing ship) they put up all the big sails. The whole nine yards.
I dont think thats a gun idiom.
Dodged the bullet again
Also from The Godfather: “Jeez, my ears”.
Whatsamatter? Too loud for ya? I left it loud on purpose, scares away any pain in the ass innocent bystandera”.
Q: What’s Your Favorite Gun Expression?
A: Stick ’em up.
“Everrrybody freeze; everrryboday get down on the ground”
Well, which is it, young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground?
Mean to say, if’n I freeze, I can’t rightly drop, and if’n I drop, I’m a-gonna be in motion, and I don’t–
“Sometimes a career’s gotta come before a family”
The loudest sound in the world is a bang when you expected a click.
The second loudest sound in the world is a click when you expected a bang.
“Bringing a knife to a gun fight.”
“rapid fire brilliance”
Quit acting like a Flash Hole
“Booger hook off the bang switch!”
goin’ off half- cocked.
ithaca pumps can be quite expressive.
Lock, stock and barrel
“Pull the trigger.”
hotter than a $2 pistol
shall not be infringed.
Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
I looked that one up, and did not find any ballistic connection.
The balls being referred to are canon balls. The brass monkey is a metal ring (usually brass) meant to retain the pyramid of canon balls when they are stacked. When the ambient temperature drops sufficiently it makes the ring constrict, causing the balls in the pyramid to come tumbling down.
You would seem more of an authority on the subject if you knew how to spell cannon.
Puerto Rican tank main gun followed by the coax.
“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people”
“Bullets don’t kill people. Gaping holes in vital organs kill people.”
Guns don’t kill people, it’s the bullets, bullets kill people. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vGBugZktj7o/UG7kiLyURPI/AAAAAAAAAmE/CyrvJjrFx1M/s1600/GunsBullets.jpg
Kentucky Windage for the win
I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46.
Words are cheap, but bullets are cheaper:-)
this ones for jason kipnis: picked off.
I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46
“I am La Longue Carabine ! My death is a great honor to the Huron! Take me! You tell him?”
Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis)
“Last of the Mohicans”. 1992
riding shotgun. (my kids know the rules).
You must be outside before calling shotgun. Most common infraction in calling it.
true dat. interestingly, so does the driver.
His back was to me!
in memory of peter sellers: a shot in the dark.
.45acp, because shooting twice is just silly!
I think many people don’t understand the difference in an expression, a quote, and a meme.
“I’ll be your huckleberry.”
Circle the wagons and shoot low. They may be riding Shetlands
give me your best shot.
“Not as clumsy as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
One of my own. “The best thing since modified cordite!”
“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”
“It’s the shoulder thing that goes up.”
I say this in my head every time I tuck my pistol under my belt.
Get any pistol cal you want as long as it starts with 4.
When the upland seasons overlap…..if it flies it dies!
“I am going to shoot you in the balls if you take one more step!” Oh wait, that is what my wife says when she sees a twinkle in my eyes after she has had a long day at work.
I am surprised this didn’t get posted
“Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?
Because that is not an expression. It is a quote from a movie. This is not “What is Your Favorite Quote From a Gun Related Movie”.
Pocket dump, carry bag, expression, movie quote…
You’re a damp squib.
Ding ding ding ding!!
Obligatory extra Eastwood quote:
“There are two kinds of people in this world. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.”
Hey kids! Get off my lawn!!
“When you’re gonna shoot, shoot! Don’t talk.”
“Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”
Another one I like
Ron: Wow! What did you use? A .38?
Caroline: .38… .39, whatever it took.
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
Work the bolt….i.e. getting the job done.
“Incoming fire has the right of way.” -Clint Smith
“Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.”
That makes no sense at all. However, “Those who beat their swords into plowshares get stabbed by those who don’t” might have some validity.
“That makes no sense at all.”
That comment clearly went straight over your head. Long week already?
Here, let me use a gem from Jeff Cooper to clarify: “Bushido is all very well in its way, but it is no match for a 30-06.”
Or maybe you’re the visual type:
One thing to love about that scene is it was not according to the script. He was supposed to use the whip to take the sword away, but Ford got tired of trying and just pulled the gun out and fired. The director decided that was better than what was written and went with it.
tracer bullets work both ways…
“tracer bullets work both ways…”
Between you and Curtis this thread is giving me a headache. Unless of course you mean this as a joke since you can see them both ways but only one guy needs to move out of the bullet’s path. In the latter case, well played.
he only needs to move if it’s going to hit him. but either way, he can see where it came from.
the right of way may be a short lived privilege.
Right, when you get real good at dodging incoming bullets you let me know.
The quote is quite obviously meant to mean that like a car coming through a green light, you don’t really want to be in the way and if you are it’s likely going to ruin your day.
you needn’t dodge what doesn’t hit you.
you may want to reply, though.
“…when you get real good at dodging incoming bullets…”
Remember: there is no spoon.
“This is so [insert word], I want to suck-start my Glock.”
Watch your lane.
Your website is not taking my comments I find this very irritating maybe somebody can check it out?? LOL
“Anyone else want to negotiate?”
The term the whole nine yards comes from the nine yards of ammunition that is on the roller shoot in a B-17 Flying Fortress there are two door gunners have nine yards of ammunition on their shoot that feeds the M2 heavy machine gun. The comment that used to be made was give Jerry the whole nine yards or I gave Jerry the whole nine yards Cherry meaning the luftwaffe pilots they were in combat with. We’ll see if it posts this message now that I’ve tried over 10 times to get it to post it.
the term predates ww2, so that certainly is not the original use.
“Si vis pacem, para bellum”
Translates to “If you seek peace, prepare for war.”
The phrase has been around since the 4th or 5th century.
Ever wonder why the 9mm Luger is sometimes referred to as the 9mm Parabellum?
Warning: Wikipedia cut & paste job:
The above phrase was the motto off German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM), who developed the 9mm Parabellum cartridge for its Luger semi-automatic pistol in 1902.
The term is an opposed parallel to the English use of “peacemaker” to mean the Colt Single Action Army handgun.
“Rub that ojive, baby. Come on, you got it.” – The Hurt Locker (you sick twisted freaks)
Ogive, zjeeeesh, that’s nice.
-sees a small bunny- “It’s coming right at us!”
Aim small miss small
Do, or do not. There is no “try”.
Hit me with your best shot.
There goes the whole shooting match.
Keep both eyes open.
And when people say, “Oh, shoot!”, I respond, “Oh, bang!”
“Best check your headspace & timing”, or a number of shorter variations; when one of my guys is not paying attention to detail or otherwise screwing up when they should know better.
“Tracking”, interrogative of; used after work-call, initial instructions, or corrective training.
My crew are all civilians, with the exception of one current Guardsman who spent 8yrs on active as a 13B. Not all of them are into shooting, but everyone knows what I mean….
Guns don’t kill people, Kinetic energy kills people.
It’s an expression I use to justify high end purchases:
“Buy once, cry once.”
“that’s what she said.”
“Ready, fire, aim.” Gets used about once a week at work.
Not necessarily my favorite but certainly most asinine!!
“The gun accidentally went off.”
” ‘Scuse me while I whip this out…” Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles.
Not quite idioms but…
1. “If you do X, I am going to pull out my pistol and shoot you in the head. If you do Y, I will pull out my pistol and shoot you in the head. If you do Z, I will pull out my pistol and shoot you in the head.”-Mike from Breaking Bad (paraphrase).
2. “Surprise, Mothafucka”-Probably the coolest thing to say before you draw your pistol.
A rifle behind every blade of grass.
well, since I don’t see it, may as well add it to the pile.
“I came into this world kicking, screaming and covered in someone else’s blood and I am perfectly happy to go out the same way.”
“I got a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4 wheel drive and a country boy can survive.”
“Ride tall, shoot straight and speak the truth”
— Col. Jeff Cooper
“Said I didn’t have much use for “um. Never said I couldn’t us ‘um.”
“Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me”, says Mae West
I would rather be tried by twelve then carried by six. I first read this at Bob Anderson’s Gun Shop as a teenager in the 60’s in Smithfield, RI.
Say hello to my lil’ friend!
Since this thread has changed into a favorite quotes survey, here’s a couple of my favorites:
“Some men just need killin’.” — James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok
“I never shot a man who didn’t deserve it.” — reportedly said by Wild Bill Hickok, but never confirmed
“My gun is my American Express Card, never leave home without it”
Most people on this thread are either shooting blanks or missing the mark entirely.
In the crosshairs
Shot your wad
Fire a warning shot
From the hip
Loaded (my personal favorite)
“Cocked, locked, and ready to rock!”
Derived from carrying a 1911 “cocked and locked.”
No mam, if I was expecting trouble I would have brought my rifle….
I like, “acute onset lead poisoning,” and “It’s not a gun, it’s a portable orifice installer.”
But I guess those are euphemisms…
I’ve heard “It’s not a gun, it’s a hole punch.”
One guy I heard it from actually used a .22 as a hole punch for heavy leather! First he shot it, then cleaned up the hole using the empty brass. I have since used empty .22 brass as a hole punch for leather, rubber, and plastic, but the only time I actually shot a hole that way was when I had a 10: spike to drive into oak — one careful pop from a .22 mag and the spike started VERY nicely.
A shot in the dark.
If we’re going with quotes then “Shoot straight you bastards! Don’t make a mess of it.” by Breaker Morant has to be the winner as advice from the prisoner to his firing squad…
Give ’em both barrels
Give it a shot
“Shoot straight, I can’t wait, aim for the heart and fire away.”
Glock 21 gets it done.
Cops weigh too much so I carry a sidearm
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