Every one of us probably grew up watching movies and believing in many of the “gun myths” that we saw with our own two eyes. If you’re not much of a gun enthusiast, this is your chance to know the reality about some of the nonsense that the Hollywood motion picture industry portrays guns.
7 Gun Myths You Probably Believed Until Now
It’s undeniable how movies influence what we have come to believe about guns in the best part of our childhood days. I could still remember imitating my favorite action heroes and makeshift weapons while playing with other kids. Eventually, as years passed and I gained more serious knowledge about firearms. Movie entertainment is a lucrative business these days and I still enjoy the fallacious yet amusing gun fights they show us all on the big screen. So for those who have been unknowingly misled, let me share some gun myths often portrayed in films.
1. A Gun with a silencer = Quiet as a mouse
A silencer will reduce your gun’s loud boom but not exactly the way it seems in the movies. In reality, a gun fire with a silencer still echoes a bit with the sound reduced many times, but not to the extent of barely being audible. They even have shotguns with silencers which makes it more ridiculous.
Watch this video about how a gun with a silencer really sounds like:
2. Machine Gun Myth
You’ve probably seen how big strong guys in the movies handle a machine gun in full auto mode. Sometimes they do one hand and still hit a target while on the move. It’s cool to watch but totally not the way a machine gun works.
3. Gun Cocking
It looks pretty cool when a gun is cocked in the movies. The truth is most modern guns don’t require cocking to fire as the trigger cocks the hammer for you. Pumping a shotgun looks badass too, but only ejects perfectly good bullets when you don’t pull the trigger.
4. Unlimited Ammo
A lot of times we see actors in a gun fight seldom reload. In the Rambo sequels, in particular, we see “Sly” carry the same AK-47 in different scenes reloading after a while. Though in reality, setting an AK in full automatic would only last a few seconds with a 30-round magazine capacity.
5. Bullet Power
There are countless movie scenes that show a single bullet make almost any pressurized metal explode. How many car chases do you see cars explode with a single handgun bullet? Car companies hate lawsuits so you can bet it won’t be that easy to blow up a vehicle.
6. Cutting the Hangman’s Rope
If you’re fond of wild west movies, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen some of the good guys shooting a hangman’s rope to save somebody from being executed. Moreover, the shooter does the stunt while riding a horse at full speed. One shot with a handgun won’t usually cut a hangman’s rope so doing it on a very unstable platform makes it much more unrealistic.
7. Bullets Spark
Almost all movies show a bullet spark when it hits metal or concrete. In reality, there’s only a spark if the bullet hits a specific metal and it’s usually not enough to ignite anything. Well, maybe movie makers use the spark to illustrate where bullets have been going.
I’m sure a lot of gun enthusiasts agree with me on this list. But let’s face it, you could only imagine how dry shooting scenes would be without these gun myths. The good guys at Hollywood worked their genius by making movies as entertaining as possible. There’s a falsehood to the scenes yet people keep on buying what obviously fascinates them.
What do you think about these gun myths from movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below!