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Popular gun-related sayings

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

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  1. John Wayne

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    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

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

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

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    "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"
     
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  5. LeontheProfessional

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

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

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

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    mexican standoff
     
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    flash in the pan
    hair trigger
    straight shooter
    ramrod straight
    pull your finger out (actually for old black powder naval cannon)
    point blank
     
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    "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)
     
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    Russian Roulette
    Saturday Night Special
    Hair trigger
     
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    short fuse
    gave it to him with both barrels
     
  13. AnArmyofRon

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    gun shy
    cocked, locked, and ready to rock
    lock and load
     
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    “The full nine yards” it refers to a full belt of .50 BMG ammo from a WWII fighter’s wing gun.
     
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    A flash in the pan.
     
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    Glock Leg ;)
    Spray and pray
    Tack Driver
    Rail Driver
     
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    "welcome to the gun show" /flex :D
     
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    "smoking gun" as in; That (whatever) proves he did it.
     
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    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
     
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    my favorite...

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

    gunnie
     
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    "Glock" used as a verb, in place of "shoot," regardless of the weapon used.
     
  23. FourteenMiles

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    "shot for shot"
    "in my sights"
     
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    shoot me a memo
    shot himself in the foot
    he misfired on that one
    he should have pulled the trigger on it
    who is the new hot shot
    that's a bullseye
    he's a straight shooter
    she's a real pistol
    he has a real shot to be CEO.
    they're out of ammo on that
    she's coming under heavy fire for what she said
    let's reload and try again
    they're loaded for bear, it's a regular firing squad in there
    don't shoot the messenger
    he's shooting blanks
    and he got shot down
    shoot, ya got me
    keep it in your sights
    don't miss the mark
    he got shot off his horse

    just too many to list - sorry for duplicates
     
  25. alohachris

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    :D:D:D:D
     
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