Home Question of the Day Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Gun Expression? Question of the Day Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Gun Expression? By Robert Farago - December 6, 2016 154 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email I don’t want to go off half-cocked, but I bet you’ve got a favorite gun expression/idiom. Shoot! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How Are You Locating Ammunition These Days? What Will You Buy With Your $600 Stimulus Check? I Love .32 ACP Pistols, But Is That Enough Any More? 154 COMMENTS I’ve got a shell in the chamber where’s the bathroom? Lol Reply My favorite. Reply Everyone should have a goal in life to shoot for. Reply “Keep your powder dry”. Reply This is a good one Reply that’s a gun sayin’? Reply Yes. From the muzzleloading era. Also see; Don’t go off half-cocked, flash in the pan, and hang-fire. Reply Also: Lock, stock and barrel. i.e. Everything included. Confucius say: “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. Reply 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? Reply I really like that one too. But my favorite is “keep your booger hook off the bang switch.” Reply Flash in the pan. Reply i always thought that was grease fires… Reply I thought the old camera flash pan.[?] Reply 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. Reply Shoot The Driver, Burn The Truck (STDBTT) They ain’t worth a bullet. Reply But if you shoot the driver, isn’t that basically implying they ARE worth a bullet? Reply 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. Reply Flash in the pan. Reply “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” Reply Leave the gun, take the cannoli. Reply I’ve always liked “the whole nine yards.” Reply I like that one, too. Those who don’t understand its origin should do some googling. Reply 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. Reply Yeah that’s a great one. Somehow became incorrectly associated with football… Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply I dont think thats a gun idiom. Reply Dodged the bullet again Reply 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”. Reply Q: What’s Your Favorite Gun Expression? A: Stick ’em up. Reply “Everrrybody freeze; everrryboday get down on the ground” Reply … 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– Reply “Sometimes a career’s gotta come before a family” Reply 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. Reply Guns-a-blazin’! Reply Don’t forget: “Bringing a knife to a gun fight.” Reply “rapid fire brilliance” Reply Manic minute Reply Quit acting like a Flash Hole Reply “Booger hook off the bang switch!” Reply goin’ off half- cocked. Reply ithaca pumps can be quite expressive. Reply Lock, stock and barrel Reply “Pull the trigger.” Reply hotter than a $2 pistol Reply shall not be infringed. Reply This! Reply Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. Reply I looked that one up, and did not find any ballistic connection. Reply 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. Reply You would seem more of an authority on the subject if you knew how to spell cannon. pew! Reply “CABRON! putaputaputaputa…” Puerto Rican tank main gun followed by the coax. Reply “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” And “Bullets don’t kill people. Gaping holes in vital organs kill people.” Reply Guns don’t kill people, it’s the bullets, bullets kill people. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vGBugZktj7o/UG7kiLyURPI/AAAAAAAAAmE/CyrvJjrFx1M/s1600/GunsBullets.jpg Reply caliber Reply Kentucky Windage for the win Reply I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46. Reply Words are cheap, but bullets are cheaper:-) Reply this ones for jason kipnis: picked off. Reply I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46 Reply “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 Reply riding shotgun. (my kids know the rules). Reply You must be outside before calling shotgun. Most common infraction in calling it. Reply true dat. interestingly, so does the driver. Reply His back was to me! Reply in memory of peter sellers: a shot in the dark. Reply .45acp, because shooting twice is just silly! Reply I think many people don’t understand the difference in an expression, a quote, and a meme. Reply “I’ll be your huckleberry.” Reply Circle the wagons and shoot low. They may be riding Shetlands Reply give me your best shot. Reply “Not as clumsy as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi Reply One of my own. “The best thing since modified cordite!” Reply “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast” And “Weapons Free” Reply “It’s the shoulder thing that goes up.” I say this in my head every time I tuck my pistol under my belt. Reply Get any pistol cal you want as long as it starts with 4. When the upland seasons overlap…..if it flies it dies! Reply “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. Reply 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? Reply 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”. Reply Pocket dump, carry bag, expression, movie quote… Reply 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.” Reply Hey kids! Get off my lawn!! Reply “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.” Reply Another one I like Ron: Wow! What did you use? A .38? Caroline: .38… .39, whatever it took. Reply You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. Reply Work the bolt….i.e. getting the job done. Reply “Incoming fire has the right of way.” -Clint Smith -or- “Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.” Reply “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. Reply “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: Reply 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… Reply “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. Reply 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.” Reply Watch your lane. Reply Your website is not taking my comments I find this very irritating maybe somebody can check it out?? LOL Reply “Anyone else want to negotiate?” Reply 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. Reply the term predates ww2, so that certainly is not the original use. Reply “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. Reply “Rub that ojive, baby. Come on, you got it.” – The Hurt Locker (you sick twisted freaks) Reply Ogive, zjeeeesh, that’s nice. Reply -sees a small bunny- “It’s coming right at us!” Reply PERFECTION Reply Aim small miss small Reply Do, or do not. There is no “try”. Reply 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!” Reply “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…. Reply Guns don’t kill people, Kinetic energy kills people. Reply It’s an expression I use to justify high end purchases: “Buy once, cry once.” Reply bum wheelie. Reply “that’s what she said.” Reply “Ready, fire, aim.” Gets used about once a week at work. Reply ‘”You’re Fired” Reply Not necessarily my favorite but certainly most asinine!! “The gun accidentally went off.” Reply ” ‘Scuse me while I whip this out…” Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles. Reply 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. Reply A rifle behind every blade of grass. Reply 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.” Reply “I got a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4 wheel drive and a country boy can survive.” Reply “Ride tall, shoot straight and speak the truth” — Col. Jeff Cooper Reply “Said I didn’t have much use for “um. Never said I couldn’t us ‘um.” Reply “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. Reply Say hello to my lil’ friend! Reply What about Gun it Reply 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 Reply “My gun is my American Express Card, never leave home without it” Reply Most people on this thread are either shooting blanks or missing the mark entirely. Reply In the crosshairs Reply On target Reply Shot your wad Reply Fire a warning shot Reply Point blank Reply From the hip Reply Loaded (my personal favorite) Reply “Cocked, locked, and ready to rock!” Derived from carrying a 1911 “cocked and locked.” Reply No mam, if I was expecting trouble I would have brought my rifle…. Reply I like, “acute onset lead poisoning,” and “It’s not a gun, it’s a portable orifice installer.” But I guess those are euphemisms… Reply 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. Another expression: A shot in the dark. Reply 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… Reply Give ’em both barrels Give it a shot “Shoot straight, I can’t wait, aim for the heart and fire away.” Reply Glock 21 gets it done. 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