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Shotguns in science fiction

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Slater, Mar 27, 2006.

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  1. Slater

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    This was a topic of conversation the other day. With all the futuristic weaponry available, shotguns manage to make an appearance in more than a few sci-fi flicks;

    "Outland" (kind of a High Noon in space): Sean Connery employs a shotgun against the bad guys

    "Aliens": Corporal Hicks keeps a shorty pump as a backup weapon.

    "Total Recall": Michael Ironside's character used some type of rotary-magazine shotgun (Pancor Jackhammer?).

    "Deepstar 6": The crew uses what appear to be Mossberg 590 Mariners against a rather unpleasant beastie.

    And of course the "Terminator" series had all manner of shotguns (SPAS-12, Ithaca 37, etc.).

    Any other sci-fi flicks feature prominent use of the shotgun?
     
  2. GTSteve03

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    The HALO video games have a shotty, its a 10 gauge :what: in the original but they must have toned it down to a 20 in the 2nd. :p
     
  3. Jamie C.

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    Pitch Black had the merc/bounty hunter carrying one.

    And although Constantine isn't sci-fi, it still featured a pretty neat scattergun.

    And Doom had shotguns.... although I'd just as soon forget that whole movie.. :rolleyes:


    J.C.
     
  4. Technosavant

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    In HALO 1, the shotgun is described as an 8 gauge. During the reloading sequence, you can see an "8" on the loading port. Since Master Chief is a larger and stronger than normal cyborg, such a shotgun is not unusable.
     
  5. Rupestris

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    There have been both SPAS-12 and USAS-12's used in the TV show Stargate SG1. IIRC ther was a Mossberg 500 Bulpup in the movie with Kurt Russell.

    The Crow with Brandon Lee featured a shotgun with a barrel wide enough to drop wedding rings down. Of course the gold rings, once fired through the SG, created sparks when they hit the ground. Otherwise a good movie.
     
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    I'm pretty certain that both Perfect Tommy and Reno carried 'souped-up' Remington 870's when they raided the Red Lectroid (Yoyodyne Industries) facility where Dr. Lizardo was building his spacecraft to try to return to Planet 10 in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai in the Eighth Dimension.
     
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    "Laugh while you can monkey boy!"

    I love the scene at the beginning where the Buckaroo Bonzai band is playing and the girl at the bar pulls out a gun to kill herself. The gun goes off and the entire band drops their instruments and are instantly armed and ready.:D
     
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    In what may be one of the WORST Sci-Fi movies ever made, 1968's "Mission Mars" starring Nick Adams, they used a High Standard Model 10-A Bullpup shotgun (To no real effect).
     
  9. Silent Bob

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    In Starship Troopers (the awful movie version) Johnny Rico was using some sort of shotgun against a bug at the part where he got wounded
     
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    That was such a great film.
     
  11. Spec ops Grunt

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    Both shotguns are 8 gauge.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_in_Halo:_Combat_Evolved

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_in_Halo_2

    As for the marines using the 8 gauge, my hypothesis is that by 2556 we have made great advances in strength enhancements, genetic engenering, recoil reduction systems, firearms, nutrition, and training.
     
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    Paging H&H Hunter...Page for H&H...

    Does the Internet Count For Sci-Fi ?

    yeah, I'm going there, set your drinks down...

    Our very own, accomplished, experienced, articulate, and esteemed Mr. H&H Hunter , did I mention he hunts a lot? Did I mention he hunts and takes DGs ( and I don't mean dungeons and gragons) I mean DANGEROUS GAME...was confronted with the ULTIMATE SHOTGUN

    Many of us were present, we just watched six , as Mr. Hunter handled himself quite well...then again some of could not stand the fact he was having all the "experience" of this "confrontation" - so we piped in of course.

    Oh there was that wee break he needed to remove a cookie crumb out of his pink bunny slippers, but I digress...

    Mr. Hunter, took care of the matter, and to this day the ULTIMATE Shotgun, has not been seen hide nor hair of since around these here parts.

    Didn't realize you were a member of something that great and important now did you?

    Sci-Fi not exactly the term , a bit Spaced Out is sorta, kinda ...oh the truth is , it was so "out there" and "scary" - we don't have words to express it...
    well we kinda do , but then Art's Grammaw - that one time she almost gave us a green light and about to jump in herself, she restrained herself, and just kept watch over her bunch...

    :)
     
  13. Technosavant

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    I think that the assault rifle in Starship Troopers had a shotgun under the barrel.

    As for Halo 2, I haven't played it yet, and I am not sure if I will ever get to. :(
     
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    Was that an underbarrel shotgun? I thought it was a grenade launcher. Been awhile since I saw that movie - didn't like how they twisted the message of the book.
     
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    Dawn of the Dead has some shotgun action in it.

    I do not have a keen enough eye to pick out the make/model.

    I will say the scene where they run into the gun store and load up is top notch.

    Imagine your favorite/most well stocked gunstore; with free access to any arm you choose. Not bad.

    Jefe
     
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    Back when I did part time writing for PlanetAvP, I did an article on the Guns of the Space Marines (from Aliens). I noted with interest that even with the advent of caseless ammunition and advanced weapons, manually-operated shotguns still seem to be the norm. (Well, one of my stories had a bit about a powerful pistol being recoil-compensated to prevent damaging the firer's wrist. With a better understanding of guns now, it's probably kind of silly.)

    This comes from the fact, I think, that most non-gun folks (like most sci-fi writers and game designers) simply assume a shotgun is either double barreled or pump-action. Say "shotgun" and they think "pump shotgun". *shrug*

    Oddly enough, it seems we haven't yet been able to develop a semiautomatic shotgun that's really reliable enough for hard military field use (as opposed to special uses, like short-duration SWAT missions and the like). The military is going back to the M870 after playing around with the Benelli M1014 for awhile (that modular gun from Remington).

    I think the problem is that most autoloading shotguns are based on sporting designs with flimsy gas systems and too many small parts. If they designed a "military grade" gun from the ground up they'd have no trouble. Plus, they like to use breaching rounds, bean bags, and other stuff that won't cycle an autoloader.
     
  18. Manedwolf

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    I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet...

    SERENITY!

    Jayne's "Vera" is a dressed up Saiga 12, I believe.
     
  19. Hellion Productions

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    Predator- Billy's M-16 with under-barrel 870

    Best,
    John Bear Ross
     
  20. Correia

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    NC, one word for you. Saiga. It's a 12 guage AK for pete's sake. :p
     
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    Firefly and then more recently the movie Serenity which picks up where Firefly left off.
     
  22. riverdog

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    "The Road Warrior" -- Max/Mel Gibson's sawed-off double barrel with those really old crumble-in-your-hand paper shells.
     
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    Well isn't the Aliens M41 Pulse Rifle just a SPAS-12 and M1 Thompson melded together?
     
  24. Nightcrawler

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    Well yes. The M41 Pulse Rifle prop was an M1A1 Thompson with a sawed-off Ithaca 37 mounted under the barrel.

    In canon, though, it was a 10mm caseless (exploding rounds), electronically ignited, select fire rifle, with an undermounted 30mm manually operated grenade launcher. Looked cool as heck anyways.
     
  25. beerslurpy

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    Nightcrawler- like correira said, Saiga-12 for the win. It's an AK chambered in 12 gauge- it can be cut down to the size of an MP5 and shoots 8+ full power magnum shells.
     
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