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Popular gun-related sayings

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by John Wayne, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. John Wayne

    John Wayne Well-Known Member

    Ever stop and think about how many popular sayings originated as gun-related sayings and terminology?

    Here's what I came up with off the top of my head:

    "Lock, stock, and barrel"
    "Faster than a speeding bullet"
    "Pull the trigger"
    "Drop the hammer"
    "In my sights"
    "Lock and load"
    "Get the lead out" (actually, not sure about this one)
    "Hot as a pistol"
    "Going off half-cocked"

    Don't know of any involving terms like M.O.A., meplat, or magazine follower, but who knows...maybe in a few years?

    What other ones are there?
  2. alohachris

    alohachris Well-Known Member

    "On Target"
    "Shoot the Breeze"
    "Rapid Fire"
    "Hit the Mark"
    "Bullet Proof"
    "Loose Cannon"
  3. DocCasualty

    DocCasualty Well-Known Member

    "Fire in the hole!"
    "Keep your powder dry"
    "Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey"
  4. FourteenMiles

    FourteenMiles Well-Known Member

    "with guns blazing"
    "shot in the foot"
    "shoot mouth off"
    "shoot first, ask questions later"
    "shot down"
    "shoot out"
    "easier than shooting fish in a barrel"
    "shoot" in place of a swear word that shares the same constanants but a different vowel.
    "shot glass"
    "shoot from the hip"
    "a shot in the dark"
    "shooting blind"
    "shelling out" as in paying for something.
    "shot to ..." swear word mentioned above.
    "taking aim"
    "no one held a gun to your head" as in not being forced into something.
    "worth a shot"
    "taking out the big guns"
    "overshot" as in a plane landing past a runway.
    "shooting for gold"
    "aim higher/lower" as in setting goals.
    "just shoot me now"
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2010
  5. LeontheProfessional

    LeontheProfessional Well-Known Member

    Can't hit the broad side of a barn
    Are you packing?
  6. Lew

    Lew Well-Known Member

    "straight shooter"
    "trigger happy"
    "gunning" for something
  7. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter Well-Known Member

    He's a "Straight Shooter" :D
    Bull's Eye
    Just a "shot in the dark"
    I've got you "in my sights"
  8. memphisjim

    memphisjim Well-Known Member

    mexican standoff
  9. yeti

    yeti Well-Known Member

    flash in the pan
    hair trigger
    straight shooter
    ramrod straight
    pull your finger out (actually for old black powder naval cannon)
    point blank
  10. Gun nutt

    Gun nutt member

    "M1 thumb." (what I say every time I hurt my thumb)

    "Is that a gun or are you just happy to see me?"

    "Shootin' blanks" (urological usage)
  11. Harley Rider 55

    Harley Rider 55 Well-Known Member

    Russian Roulette
    Saturday Night Special
    Hair trigger
  12. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Well-Known Member

    short fuse
    gave it to him with both barrels
  13. AnArmyofRon

    AnArmyofRon Member

    gun shy
    cocked, locked, and ready to rock
    lock and load
  14. vis35

    vis35 Well-Known Member

    “The full nine yards” it refers to a full belt of .50 BMG ammo from a WWII fighter’s wing gun.
  15. aomagrat

    aomagrat Well-Known Member

    A flash in the pan.
  16. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    Glock Leg ;)
    Spray and pray
    Tack Driver
    Rail Driver
  17. Tallinar

    Tallinar Well-Known Member

    "welcome to the gun show" /flex :D
  18. JellyJar

    JellyJar Well-Known Member

    "smoking gun" as in; That (whatever) proves he did it.
  19. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors //The Shot Heard Round The World ;;American History (look it up)

    Shot who ;; as in I did not hear what you just said but the last bit sounded important.
    Shoot the moon
  20. gunnie

    gunnie Well-Known Member

    my favorite...

    "you can't miss fast enough to win."


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