OMG! Guns! From the Front! OMG!

Guns! From the front! OMG! (courtesy

“This is what it looks like when a gun is pointing at you,” points out (for the visually impaired). “It’s a terrifying view that I hope nobody ever has to see.” See what he did there? Common mistake. Writer Casey Chan assumes that the person looking at the business end of these handguns (feel free to identify them and no cheating) would be a victim of a criminal assault—rather than a bad guy staring down the barrel of a weapon held by an armed American defending themselves against a credible, imminent threat of death or bodily harm (when imminence is imminent). Hopolophobes. Whatcha gonna do? [h/t Our Man Leghorn]


  1. avatar Ralph says:

    This is what it looks like when a gun points itself at you. When a person points a gun at you, there’s usually a hand involved somewhere.

    1. avatar Scott Neves says:

      Dang it Ralph, I was almost first.

    2. avatar Henry Bowman says:

      Ralph, at a training session, there was a break in the fire so folks could go downrange to change targets. All rifles were grounded on the firing line with instructions that no one handle them while anyone is down range (standard stuff). One student was traversing the range and literally stopped before crossing the muzzle of a grounded rifle, altered his course, and walked behind it. He acted like it was a snake about to jump up and bite him. It was hilarious! Apparently, even for some gunnies, it’s hard to remeber that guns are inanimate objects.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I’ve seen it too, HB! Funny stuff.

        1. avatar Tomy Ironmane says:

          To be fair to him, I have cleared a rifle, locked the bolt to the rear, and put it down and STILL have an aversion to walking in front of the muzzle of that same rifle.

      2. avatar Jay1987 says:

        In the army they teach us not to cross in front of the muzzle no matter what. remember all firearms are loaded all the time even if they aren’t.

    3. avatar Bruce says:

      The only time I have had a gun pointed at me, the only thing I saw was the cannon size hole. No hand, no person, just a huge hole that could spit death.

      1. avatar KCK says:

        ” I let him look down the hole where death comes from”
        Micky Spillane

      2. avatar MacBeth51 says:

        Amen. That 8mm hole looked like a train tunnel

    4. avatar In Memphis says:

      Wrong on that Ralph. Anyone who knows anything about guns, knows that they just go off! Duh.

    5. avatar Ardent says:

      Ralph I think you’ve failed to realize that the hoplophobes don’t realize it’s not dangerous without the hand thingy that goes around. . .

  2. avatar Scott Neves says:

    686, Desert Eagle, Uzi, Glock 19, 1911, Rhino, Beretta 92

    1. avatar Crazed Java says:

      There it is. I felt a little odd that I couldn’t identify the revolver on the far left.

      I felt even odder that I could identify most of those from that angle.

    2. avatar IdahoPete says:

      Wow – you even got the Rhino! Dang, that’s good!

      My only quibble (and it is probably impossible to tell): what make of 1911?

    3. avatar Rev. Maurice Pompitous says:

      The 686 is the most intimidating. The BG needs to see the projectiles that are going to ruin his day! Even better with the 686 plus!

    4. avatar dudebro says:

      ftw. couldn’t id rhino even though it looks like a rhino pointed at me. also, never heard of rhino. also I would only be afraid of the 686 actually hitting me

      1. avatar IdahoPete says:

        Rhino – Weird-looking .357 with the barrel below the lug and a hexagonal cylinder, made by Chiappa Firearms. The 6″ barrel version looks like something out of a steampunk novel.

    5. avatar Vhyrus says:

      How do you know its a 19 from that angle?

      1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

        Judging from the size of the barrel, I’m kinda thinking that it might be a G21. I just had to point my G19 at my own face to verify that.

        1. avatar eshank881 says:

          This is what mirrors are for?

        2. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

          Um, yeah. In retrospect that would have been a better idea.

    6. avatar KevinMA says:

      I think the Glock is a 23, that looks more like a .40 cal barrel than 9MM. I’ve got a Gen3 23 and mine looks exactly like that one.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        I think it’s a 21. That looks like a .45 caliber hole to me.

        1. avatar BDub says:

          Assuming they are all to scale, and that the DEagle is a .50, then yes I would agree that looks like a G21.

      2. avatar IdahoPete says:

        The individual photos may not be to the same scale – the barrel on the 1911 looks smaller than a .45, if it is the same scale as the Rhino. And the Uzi bore looks pretty small for a 9mm. GASP! you don’t suppose this photo was … staged! And the handguns did not, in fact, pick themselves up and point themselves at the camera? I am shocked – shocked! to see such deception from a media puke!

        1. avatar ChrisH says:

          The photos are definitely not to scale. I was thrown by the Uzi for the longest time, thinking it had to be some sort of airsoft variant.

      3. avatar KevinMA says:

        Correction, it’s not a 19/23, I’m going with 22, reasons are the 22 has 3 lines in each finger groove, the 23 has 2/3/2 lines. Also it appears the magwell does have a cutout which the Gen3 22 does not have. I know they’re not to scale, but I was looking only at the glock in determining barrel dimensions. I’ve never seen a 21 so can’t comment, but I own a Gen 3 22 and 23 and after wasting far too much time looking at them and the pic I’m going with 22.

        1. avatar MothaLova says:

          I’m offended as a Sig owner that no Sig was included. And of all guns to choose – a Glock? C’mon. Does anyone actually shoot those things anymore? 🙂

        2. avatar 505markf says:

          Dude. You know way too much about Glocks…

        3. avatar Accur81 says:

          Well, I still shoot Glocks. Geez.

          Here I thought I was going to be a smarta$$ and be the first to ID all the guns. Damn day job. It’s really been cutting into my posting time…

        4. avatar KevinMA says:

          Mark, I happened to have both of them sitting next to me, I wasn’t reciting that info from memory! lol. There’s also really one good reason I own Glocks, I live in MA. Glocks are one of the few decent handguns for which I could find pre-ban standard capacity magazines for reasonable cost. When I get to move to NH I’ll be varying my collection significantly. Might even add in a Sig 🙂

      4. avatar Mark N. says:

        Which just goes to show you–seen one Glock, seen them all!

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Ohhhh, rimshot!

          RIP, Jim.

    7. avatar Nigil says:

      I was wondering about that revolver on the right with (what appeared to be) an unusually low bore axis.

      1. avatar Derrick says:

        It shoots from the bottom chamber of the cylinder when in full lock up. It’s apparently supposed to help muzzle flip. Pricey gun, like 800+ for the 2″ model. For that you could get yourself a nice heavy ruger gp100 to suck up the recoil. Also doubles as a hammer/club.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I’d prefer an SP101.

        2. avatar Nigil says:

          “Heavy is good. Heavy is reliable. If it doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it.”
          -Boris the Bullet-dodger

      2. avatar IdahoPete says:

        Chiappa Rhino .357 – gives new meaning to the term “ugly”.

    8. avatar Ramell says:

      That’s not a 1911, it’s one of S&W’s Model 39 descendants.

      1. OK good I’m not the only one. I looked at it and thought an S&W 5906, not a 1911.

      2. avatar Kelly in GA says:

        You think so? I was getting the Walther PP/ series vibe from it.

  3. avatar MothaLova says:

    I agree that criminals should never see the guns used against them in self-defense.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      “never [remember seeing] the guns used against them in self defense”

  4. avatar Swarf says:

    All handguns are Glocks.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      All rifles are assault rifles. I was in law school the day they taught journalism.

      1. avatar KevinMA says:

        Of course! Anyone who’s never handled a firearm knows both these comments are true! lol

      2. avatar Cliff H says:

        Unless you are in Great Britain in which case every handgun is a revolver.

  5. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

    I actually agree with this, personally I hope I never get a view of a drawn pistol on me. However if somebody compels me to present them with a similar view than I will have no hesitation in doing so. Their request may also be followed by an experiment on hollowpoint expansion in a soft target at no extra charge.

  6. avatar Newt421 says:

    629, .50ae desert eagle, micro Uzi, g21,9mm 1911, rhino, beretta 92

  7. avatar mike says:

    Revolver definitely looks scariest… with seeing all the ammo pointed at you as well.

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      Another (minor) reason that I carry a SW 642. Unlike some pocket pistols, it’s instantly recognizable as a deadly weapon.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      I don’t know–You can see the bullet down the barrel of a 4″ 1911 ’cause the hole’s so big.

  8. avatar KAT says:

    For me it’s a lovely art photo.

    First thought was, which one would most intimidate your avg., too lazy to get a job, would be best self dense weapon. 1st. on the left looks like a .38 revolver with hollow point bullets. If given the opportunity, I would beat feet if that one was pointed at me, if I were criminally inclined, which I’m not.

    1. avatar MothaLova says:

      In NJ you are by definition criminally inclined since you are a gun owner.

  9. avatar mediocrates says:

    first they are going to crap their drawers, then they are going to die. seems fair to me….

  10. avatar Gabriel says:

    3rd from the right looks more like a 3rd Gen S&W autoloader rather than a 1911. Looks like my wife’s 3913 actually. No barrel bushing for one thing.

  11. avatar Hey, Steve says:

    Gizmodo (and a couple of other Gawker-owned blogs like Kotaku and Jalopnik) used to feature in most of my daily internet/coffee breaks, but a few too many of these “zOMG TEH EVIL GUNS!!!11” stories after Newtown made me swear them off completely. Good to see that decision vindicated.

    I don’t know when this happened, but somewhere along the way, the meme that all good internet geeks are anti-gun progressives became a thing, and Gawker has done more than their fair share to push it.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      the reddit community would disagree.

      1. avatar Hey, Steve says:

        Fair enough. I actually seem to recall an article on Gizmodo where the author was completely aghast after looking through reddit and realizing that there was stuff about – gasp! – guns on there! On the internet!

        Guess it’s more a symptom of the general push in media to normalize the creator/publisher’s own biases than anything specific to the internet. Still annoying.

    2. avatar Jeff says:

      I know what you’re talking about, exactly. However, I knew it to not be true due to my time on Digg in the 2008 election runup, where a huge portion of the Digg userbase was rooting for Paul and the libertarian party. It wasn’t until the huge Obama media machine ratcheted up their spending, that a lot of Digg users started to switch camps, and Obama became the candidate du-jour of that site.

      It definitely seems like so many tech sites just automatically assume that techies are anti-gun democrat progressives. I mean it just must be, right? Anyone who’s not is just stupid! They couldn’t possibly be ONE OF US!

      Their heads asplode when they realize that the young generation is actually more likely to own guns – the scariest types of guns, mind you – than Gen X ever was.

      1. avatar CarlosT says:

        There’s a fairly strong libertarian streak in the tech community as a well, which may be news to people who don’t know a lot of tech people.

  12. avatar Roll says:

    …And all those weapons are useless until someone puts their paws on ’em

  13. avatar gs650g says:

    Does the writer include bad guys in his list of people he hopes never see this?

  14. avatar jwm says:

    3rd from the right doesn’t look like a 1911 to me. I’m going with one of the all steel S&Ws.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      Looks like a 1st gen Smith 4006 or 4506 to me.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Do you mean 3rd Gen?

        1. avatar Accur81 says:

          Uh, yes. 1st generation for our department – 3rd generation for normal people. We could buy our guns for $290 out the door after the upgrade, so I bought mine and an additional one. The govt got them for around $800 apiece, so a good amount of taxpayer money was lost during that transaction. The second one had a high round count, so the deal wasn’t as good.

  15. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    As a gunsmith, one has to look down the barrels of firearms from both ends quite frequently.

    When sizing up how a shotgun mounts on a person, I have to check to insure the gun is unloaded, have them mount the gun, then I put the muzzle just under my eye and look back down the rib to see where and how the person is mounting the gun.

    I do it all the time, this is how gun fit is diagnosed: looking down the business end of a shotgun, which is a whole lot “scarier” than a handgun. It’s part of the business.

    When the nancy boys at Gizmodo quit clutching their pearls and having an attack of the fan-tods, give me a call.

  16. stop it!!! You are muzzle flagging me! You don’t know the FOUR LAWS!!! You are an idiot. You are a moron. You should never photograph a firearm again. OMGosh rally the Safety Sallies. We have a four alarm firearm safety photo emergency here!!!

    1. avatar IdahoPete says:

      OK, deep breath, calmness —————– no fingers on the triggers.

      Of course, the twits that published the photo believe that the guns can shoot themselves.

  17. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    It’s amazing: Glocks are even ugly when you are looking at the business end!

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Glocks are ugly even with your eyes closed.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        Gives ugly women a leg up, that.

  18. avatar 505markf says:

    I am such a gun dork that I thought the photo was kind of cool. Until I saw it I did not really get how incredibly rare it is for me to actually see a handgun from the view of the target.

  19. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Well, I hope no one ever has to see it either, except when a bore light is involved.

    After all, it’s wishing against holdups of the unarmed, and that bad guys will all get jobs so noone has ever to draw on them.

    Everybody wins…

  20. avatar peirsonb says:

    When I first became a hoplophile I got a piece of advice from a wise old sage I have the pleasure of working with:

    After cleaning your firearms, put them away for AT LEAST a half hour and don’t touch them.

    The reasoning being that while cleaning/maintaining firearms there is a tendency to do all sorts of unnatural things, such as looking down the muzzle. This puts you in an unsafe mindset. The obligatory “cool down” period afterward helps the mind to reset into normal operating procedures.

    1. avatar Ardent says:

      That’s actually pretty good advice. Simunitions training scares the crap out of me because of what it does to gun handling mindset. I suppose I’ve just been at it so long that I feel pretty sanguine holstering my pistol after a cleaning these days, but you’re dead right, the unnatural things ones does with it don’t support a good mindset ones it’s ‘live’ again.

  21. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Did anyone else click all the way through and notice on their contact/order page they show a couple of examples that are three and five feet tall?

    Honestly, I don’t really care if the guy that took them is anti-gun (which has yet to be proven). That revolver in a five foot tall print is something I’d seriously consider paying for. (I’d love it if they had a SIG, but since they don’t the revolver is the next best thing from where I’m sitting. The Deagle is neat, but honestly fairly visually uninteresting.)

  22. avatar racer88 says:

    The FIRST thing I noticed was the Chiappa Rhino. Could be because I own one. 😀

    1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      Please review and submit.

      Not that I really want one, I just want to read about it.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        Chris Dumm did one back in October of 2010.

      2. avatar racer88 says:

        Google “Chiappa Rhino Review.” You might find my review. 🙂

  23. avatar Ardent says:

    Hmm, definitely no 1911. . . it’s not that I didn’t recognize most of the rest. . . but due to the take down 1911 guys get to see the muzzles of their pistols a lot. As they say, never point it at anything you don’t want to destroy, except your hand when you routinely take it down for cleaning.

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