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Guns Akimbo


Miles finally gets assertive by angrily pulling his guns after his continually condescending boss Zander insults him. Zander is shot in the head by Nix, who appears and starts shooting up the office. Miles escapes in a stolen car and Nix chases him on a motorbike. Following a face-off where he again fails to reason with Nix, Miles calls Nova but sees Riktor kidnapping her. Miles phones the police and leaves his mobile in a junkyard to provide the location. He then inadvertently interrupts a drug deal between two rival gangs. Nix shows up and starts gunning down thugs while trying to get to Miles. Miles ended up accidentally making his first kill, a gang lord who hunted him down.




Guns Akimbo



Miles manages to secretly meet with Nix and tells her that Riktor murdered her father and kidnapped his ex-girlfriend. In her rage and desire for revenge, Nix agrees to a plan where they successfully stage a scene for Skizm's broadcast camera drones. She seemingly guns down Miles, who is actually wearing a bulletproof vest that he removed from Degraves. Henchmen recover Miles' body and transport him to Riktor's Skizm hideout. Nix joins Miles as they take down Riktor's henchmen, including Dane and Effie. Nix sacrifices herself by detonating a suicide vest that blows up Fuckface and the rest of Riktor's men so Miles can survive. Riktor executes Stanton while making his way to the rooftop with Nova.


As far back as the Westerns of the 1950s, The Gunslinger has often strapped on two pistols. Double-fisted firing of handguns just looks cool. Especially when the shooter hits two different targets with one noisy, confusing volley. Slow-mo leaping and dodging with Bullet Time effects not required, but helpful. Bonus points if the weapons of choice are fully automatic machine pistols, like Ingram SMGs or Micro-Uzis, and/or are held Gangsta Style.


This trope is a standard feature of The Western. Usually the two-gun fighter is just that much better than his opponents, that he can draw two guns in the time it takes them to draw one. In The Old West and The Cavalier Years, carrying two pistols was a practical result of long reload times. Combing this trope with Throw-Away Guns meant some people carried several guns strapped to their body to keep up a steady rate of fire.


In stylized action media, especially Heroic Bloodshed movies and Anime, this trope is one of the primary elements of the art of Gun Fu. The two-gun fighter in these media is often very skilled, has Heroic Ambidexterity, can pick off multiple targets with pinpoint accuracy, use his guns as melee weapons and maybe do other crazy things one would not normally be able to do with a gun.


The style of shooting varies wildly with the user. A guns akimbo shooter might concentrate rapid fire on a single target at a time, simply doubling his output of bullets on the target by using two guns. He might instead track multiple targets at the same time, aiming in different directions or even behind his back. If he has automatic weapons, he may spray both guns wildly to saturate the area with lead. Overlapping with Throw-Away Guns, the character might simply draw a second weapon with his off-hand when his primary weapon runs out to save time in reloading, the classic "New York Reload."


As one might expect, real life attempts at executing this go very differently. While it's absolutely possible (and has been demonstrated) to concentrate your fire on one target with two guns, tracking multiple targets at the same time is nigh impossible. The latter has been tried and tested exhaustively (including by MythBusters), and the consensus is that a human being cannot accurately track and shoot two targets in two different locations at the same time - though that doesn't necessarily dispel the Rule of Cool factor surrounding this trope. And said character might not be an ordinary human being.


  • Asian Animation In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 24, when Sparky initially appears to demonstrate his skills with paintball guns, he wields two paintball guns and shoots with both of them at the same time.



  • Card Games Deadlands: Doomtown: "Gordo" Andrade, and later an action card to let any dude pull it off.Gordo: Two hands, two guns. It is as God intended it, no?

  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Japanese art for Don Zaloog shows him with a pair of pistols. For censorship reasons, these were changed to a pair of knives, but his fingers are still in trigger positions. And he's still wearing a pair of bandoliers full of bullets... Interestingly, when he appeared on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the guns were restored. Even in the dub.



  • Individual films In this amateur film (appropriately, an entry to the Stranglehold Short Film contest), the hero pulls off Guns Akimbo with flintlocks. Lots and lots of flintlocks.

  • Shown fairly realistically in the cult film Angel (1984), about a teenaged prostitute who is being targeted by a serial killer. In the climax, right when she is about to be murdered by the killer, her friend Kit Carson (played by veteran actor Rory Calhoun) lights the killer up with his twin .45 revolvers. Played straight in that he only shoots one gun at a time, cocks and aims his guns carefully, and does not stop firing until he's sure the man isn't getting back up (but he is very careful not to empty his pistols, just in case). Justified in that Kit is an experienced street performer specializing in showing off his skill with his pistols, and he has decades of experience.

  • Assassins: Assassin Miguel Bain frequently dual-wields pistols on his missions.

  • The Assignment (2016): Frank wields guns in both hands multiple times during the film.

  • Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones, although very briefly during his fight with Obi-Wan.

  • Mike Lowrey from Bad Boys (1995).

  • There's a scene in Billy Bathgate where mobster Dutch Schultz (Dustin Hoffman) is showing off the pistol skills of his bodyguards Lulu and Irving. Dutch asks Billy which of them is the best. Billy thinks it's Irving, because he aims with a single pistol and therefore is more accurate. But Dutch points out that's mostly useful for when you can set up a hit in advance. Lulu, who blazes away with two .45's, is more useful for circumstances when you need to throw out a lot of lead quickly (e.g. when you're being attacked).

  • The Black Hole. The security androids on the USS Cygnus not only have a laser in each hand, the lasers themselves are a twin barrel model with one laser above the handle and one below. Fortunately for our heroes they're lousy shots.

  • The Blade series features this frequently. When Blade isn't killing vampires with his blades, he's usually dual wielding pistols or customized sub-machine guns. Whistler gets in on the act too when rescuing Blade, busting through a wall wielding a pair of MP5s and delivering a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner. In Blade II, aside from Blade, Scud is shown dual wielding a pair of Desert Eagles when investigating a noise outside his van, Nyssa wields a pair of machine pistols, and Reinhardt tops them both by wielding a pair of Berettas with huge blades built into them! In Blade: Trinity, both Abigail Whistler and Hannibal King occasionally dual wield revolvers, Abby's being regular guns and King's being heavily customized versions.

  • Used frequently in The Boondock Saints. Il Duce challenges all three saints with a brace of six handguns, firing them in pairs and then tossing each pair aside when empty. The Saints themselves always have a gun in each hand whenever they attack. In the first film they each had a pair of suppressed Beretta 92's, trading them in for custom Desert Eagles in the sequel.

  • In The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne does this near the end of the film, when he nails a mook and strips him of his weapon. It doesn't seem like he intends to use it, but then he's "surprised" by a second gunman, and improvises by firing the second pistol upside-down, with his little finger, because he doesn't have time to readjust. Justified in that he fires at a single target at point blank range, so aiming is not an issue.

  • Bury Me High: Ngyuen uses dual M16 machine guns in the final shootout.

  • The Butcher: The titular Butcher uses dual Berettas during his shootouts. Gold-plated Berettas, to be precise.

  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Madison Lee fires two golden Desert Eagle .50 Action Express both simultaneously and Woo Style (they are chambered in .50 Action Express as you can see in a lot of close-ups on the muzzles). Not that there was any recoil distracting her, by the way. Still not enough? There's a Mongolian earlier in the film dual-wielding belt-fed machine guns in full-auto mode.

  • Cherry Falls: After the fall fails to do the killer in, Deputy Mina comes to the rescue with two handguns.

  • It's not a John Woo film, but City War does have Chow Yun-fat in it, and in the final shootout he alternates between an Uzi and twin Berettas.

  • The Crow has two such instances of Guns Akimbo. The first has Eric Draven himself going both-guns-blazing against Top Dollar's entire gang at his boardroom in the movie's biggest shootout, and the second has Eric and Officer Albrecht battling it out against a two-gun-wielding Top Dollar and his Dragon at the church where Sarah was taken.

  • Turns up in a scene in the remake of Dawn of the Dead; the character possibly has an excuse, considering at least one of his legs is broken and he is being frantically dragged through a sewer just ahead of a pursuing swarm of zombies. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't help, and he dies.

  • During the shootout that leads to his cryo-imprisonment, Sgt. John Spartan does this with a pair of customized Super Blackhawks in the novelization of Demolition Man. Also plays into his cowboy image, as the Blackhawk is a high-end revolver, where you'd expect an LAPD SWAT officer to be shooting semi-automatic. In the same scene in the film itself, he does carry a pair of Berettas, but only uses them one at a time with the second pistol being a backup when he loses the first one. However, he does briefly use a pair of pistols during the film's climax.

  • El Mariachi in Desperado, who draws two Rugers from his sleeves in order to blow away an entire bar full of bad guys. Even moreso in the sequel, when he dual wields a sawed off shotgun and a sub-machine gun during a shootout!

  • In the film version of Ender's Game, the titular character jumps into the Battle Room, grabs a floating stun gun from the enemy army as well as his own and uses them to knock out a number of enemy soldiers. He even does a typical John Woo-style spin with guns pointing in different directions, although, by that point, he's been hit and his suit frozen. Later, Petra does this to take out 12 soldiers of two armies.

  • In Equilibrium, John Preston wields dual pistols and is quite literally untouchable by mooks. In an early scene, he jumps into a crossfire and stands calmly (then again, with emotions held under check he can't quite panic or anything) in one place while the opposition fires away with automatic weaponry and fails to hit him. The film attempts to explain this by inventing a fighting style known as Gun Kata, which teaches its practitioners to seek out locations in a fight where there is minimum probability of getting shot at and it's not "behind cover"). In a later fight, Preston reloads by a mechanism that inserts fresh magazines into the guns from his sleeves.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's Eraser climaxes with Kruger tearing an oncoming truck to pieces with two of the film's signature railguns firing on full auto. To give an idea of how absurd this is, the rifle-sized weapons (and their distinctive x-ray scopes) are only used in the rest of the film to snipe at targets right through walls.

  • Enter the Eagles have Martin using dual pistols in his shootouts, notably when forcing villains Hussein and Karloff to back down, both at once. Michael Wong, who plays Martin, does the same thing in The Blood Rules two years later, during a shootout against police officers.

  • Barney Ross in The Expendables frequently wields a pair of Kimber .45's which he fires and reloads at rapid speeds. In The Expendables 3'', Yin-yang uses twin Berettas which allows him to take down multiple enemies, but only in a Deleted Scene.

  • Max Dire from Full Eclipse is in a werewolf action/crime-thriller but he duel wields pistols like he just leaped from a John Woo movie.

  • The Game Changer, being a Genre Throwback to old-school Heroic Bloodshed cinema, has it's protagonist, Jie, kicking ass using twin pistols, using them to take names in multiple shootouts. At the end of the movie when Zi-hao raids Boss Tang's mansion, he use twin pistols as well, apparently in memory of the deceased Jie.

  • In Gang of Roses, Chas prefers to fight with a massive Hand Cannon in each hnad. Zhang Li also does it, but only in the final fight where she is massively outnumbered.

  • Holtzmann dual wields a pair of proton pistols during the final battle in Ghostbusters (2016), complete with Bond One-Liner.

  • Ghost Dog from Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai does the alternating-shots version, when infiltrating his boss' Jersey Mafia hideout.

  • Multiple times during Ghost Town (1988), Devlin enters the fray with a revolver in each hand, blazing away indiscriminately. Of course, in these situations he is generally more concerned with creating mayhem than accuracy

  • The Baroness from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra seems fond of this. Although when using ballistic weaponry rather than scifi "pulse pistols" she realistically fires them two-handed.

  • God Of Gamblers Return has a moment where akimbo Berettas are reloaded in mid-air! That's that way to subvert the reloading problem!

  • Goodfellas features Tommy "Two Guns" DeVito, just like the real person, Tommy DeSimone.

  • In the film Grosse Pointe Blank, both hitmen (played by John Cusack and Dan Ackroyd) employ this technique.

  • Enforced Trope in Guns Akimbo, in which the main character has both hands bolted to pistols so he can't drop them and then forced to join a Deadly Game. Of course, this causes problems for mundane tasks like getting dressed, going to the bathroom or opening doors.

  • In Guns, Girls and Gambling, The Blonde, The Cowboy and Little Person Elvis all like to wield a pistol in each hand in combat. The Blonde and The Cowboy are devastating shooting like this; Little Person Elvis less so.

  • Hero (1997) has Takeshi Kaneshiro using dual Mausers in the final shootout, which he carries at least nine in his Badass Longcoat.

  • A Hero Never Dies: Being director Johnnie To's attempt to emulate John Woo, the final battle had its protagonist Jack shooting up a nightclub full of enemies in this manner.

  • High Noon: Psycho villain Colby rushes into the barn blazing wildly with two guns. The marshal picks him off neatly with one gun.

  • Hitman: The main character uses his trademark twin pistols, and many other characters use twin weapons as well, up to a villain's usage of twin RPDs.

  • Appears a lot in Hot Fuzz. Then again, it's a comedy. For an example of how silly it gets, one character fires two pistols while riding down the street on a motability scooter. Slowly. Then there's the part where Nicholas Angel (briefly) dual-wields pens. Notably, when Angel's character does fire two pistols at once, he doesn't hit anything until he puts one away and takes an aimed shot with the other gun."Ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?"

  • In The Immortals, several of thieves wind up wielding a a gun in each hand during the running firefight through the nightclub. Most notable is Billy, who has a large revolver in each hand while staging a rear guard action for the rest of the crew.

  • Chuck Norris famously wields a pair of Micro Uzis in Invasion USA.

  • Will Smith in the film adaptation of I, Robot takes this to the nth degree by pulling both pistols out of his jacket, aiming, firing, and utterly obliterating his target while riding a motorcycle.

  • James Bond, unique action hero that he is, almost never uses two guns simultaneously. The only example is in the film Tomorrow Never Dies, where ends up dual wielding an SMG and his Walther P99 while running through Elliot Carver's base. It looks... a little silly.

  • In Jeremiah Johnson, the titular Mountain Man dual-wields a pair of percussion hunting rifles to thwart an ambush.

  • Seen in Kate during the Storming the Castle finale, where the protagonist dual-wields handguns.

  • Killer Angels and its sequel, Devil Hunters, have characters dual-wield firearms in numerous shootouts. The second movie memorably have Michael Chan using twin pistols to kill a dozen mobsters before finally getting shot and killed.

  • "Benny the cop" from Kopps does this repeatedly in his daydreams.

  • Bruce Willis' character in Last Man Standing does this throughout the entire film.

  • In The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye shoots two flintlock Kentucky longrifles and hits both targets, while running, no less.

  • In The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, The Dwarf carries a pair of double-barreled sawed-off shotguns that he wields Guns Akimbo.

  • Type 2 is used to practical effect by one of the mooks in The Last Stand to temporarily fend off Frank Martinez and Sarah Torrance.

  • The final mansion gunfight from Legacy of Rage has the hero Brandon and his bespectacled sidekick using dual pistols, Uzis, or a combination of both. It allows them to kill a mansion full of mooks within minutes.

  • Subverted in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Tom Sawyer, who's otherwise an excellent shot with his Winchester, often attempts to bring down enemies by unloading twin revolvers at them simultaneously. However, he never actually hits anything when he attempts this, and every time he tries it in front of Allen Quatermain, he is berated for "shooting like a bloody fool". Quatermain: Very American. Fire enough bullets and hope to hit the target.

  • Left for Dead: Clem has a fondness for fighting with a pistol in each hand, firing both at the same target.

  • Riggs and Murtaugh do this during the shootout in the subway in Lethal Weapon 3.

  • In Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, a mook bursts into the Big Bad's office with two pistols pointed upwards, but it doesn't end well for him because the Big Bad is already pointing a shotgun directly at him.

  • Lone Hero: Bill, in his role as town marshal in the Wild West, does this while shooting it out against the trio of bank robbers. In the climax, John does it for real in his running gunfight against the biker gang; wielding a Colt SAA in each hand.

  • Bruce Willis does this in Looper, firing two FN-P90s at once (shooting from the hips, no less) when he takes on the syndicate. It's every bit as ridiculous and awesome as it sounds.

  • Dennis Hopper as Mad Dog Morgan dual wields two shotguns.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road has the Bullet Farmer start shooting akimbo urging brothers Heckler & Koch to sing. This in no way affects his accuracy, since he's blind at that point.

  • The Maiden Heist begins with a Daydream Surprise with Christopher Walken dual-wielding pistols to stop a gang of nefarious art thieves.

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe The Falcon uses a pair of submachine guns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In later appearances, he alternates between this or a gun in one hand and some kind of wrist-mounted blaster.

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