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Inspirational Fiction

The following inspirational fiction is useful for the visualization of how the relevant styles, advantages, perks, skills, and techniques can look in action – but note that the entries are not intended as "write-ups" of the fictional characters.

Films & Television

Cinema is the medium of the gun fu genre, and the source and inspiration of most feats in Gun Fu! Note that these may contain spoilers.

3000 Miles to Graceland (Demian Lichtenstein, 2001). One-Man Army Hamilton shows some spectacular acrobatic shooting involving Dual-Weapon Attack (SMG), Flank Shot (SMG), and a pair of FN P90 personal defense weapons (High-Tech, p. 126). Ultimate Shootist Thomas Murphy demonstrates Cinematic Knockback (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), and Fast-Draw (Pistol) with two Colt .45 Government pistols (High-Tech, p. 98) – as well as Dramatic Death.

Alien: Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997). Space pirate Christie is a Double Trouble stylist with two holdout pistols (Ultra-Tech, p. 135) in sleeve holsters (p. 43). He demonstrates the Bank Shot technique with both a holdout pistol and a grenade launcher.

Better Tomorrow, A (John Woo, 1986). Triad gangster Mark Gor is a Double Trouble stylist, displaying Combat Reflexes and Enhanced Dodge 1. He demonstrates New York reloads and the Cinematic Knockback (Pistol), Cinematic Option (Flesh Wounds), Dramatic Death, Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), and Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol) perks. Among his techniques are Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol and SMG), Fast-Firing (Pistol), Flank Shot (Pistol), Mounted Shooting (Motorboat/SMG), and Quick-Shot (Pistol).

Boondock Saints, The (Troy Duffy, 1999). The brothers McManus are Double Trouble stylists with Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), and Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol). "Il Duce" shows a spectacular New York reload with a total of six handguns.

Bourne Identity, The (Doug Liman, 2002). Ex-CIA black ops agent Jason Bourne is an Ultimate Shootist displaying Combat Reflexes, Cross-Trained (Realistic; all specializations), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), Standard Operating Procedure (Back to the Wall), Upside-Down Shooting (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), and Instant Arsenal Disarm (Pistol). Bourne performs an amazing acrobatic Targeted Attack (Pistol/Skull) while dropping down a stairwell.

Commando (Mark Lester, 1985). Ex-Colonel John Matrix uses the One-Man Army style, demonstrating Danger Sense, Enhanced Dodge (Dive for Cover), Cinematic Option (Bulletproof Nudity and Flesh Wounds), Cross-Trained (Cinematic; all specializations), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), and Walking Armory. Especially prominent is the display of the Army of One perk when he one-handedly fires a Saco M60E3 machine gun (High-Tech, p. 134).

Desperado (Robert Rodriguez, 1995). The Mariachi is a Double Trouble stylist using twin Ruger KP90 pistols (p. 37) and a sawed-off Colt Model 1878 "whippet" shotgun (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, p. 22). He shows fast-draws from sleeve holsters (p. 43) and a concealed back holster (pp. 42-43). Advantages on display include Danger Sense, Enhanced Dodge 3, Extra Attack 1, and Gunslinger. He demonstrates Akimbo (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Twirl), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Pants-Positive Safety, and Pistol-Fist (Guns) – as described by Buscemi, he also has Cinematic Knockback (Shotgun). The Mariachi frequently uses acrobatic attacks and dodges. Among his techniques are Behind-the-Back Shot (Pistol), Fast-Firing (Pistol), Flank Shot (Pistol and Shotgun), and Quick-Shot (Pistol).

Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966). Django is a One-Man Army/Way of the West stylist with Combat Reflexes, Gunslinger, and Signature Gear. He exhibits Army of One, Early Adopter (Machine Guns), Gun Shtick (Twirl), Hand Cannon, and Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol). For maximum effectiveness with his Colt .45 SAA Artillery revolver (High-Tech, p. 95), Django shows Fast-Draw (Pistol), Behind-the-Back Shot (Pistol), Fanning, and Quick-Shot (Pistol).

Equilibrium (Kurt Wimmer, 2002). The Grammaton Clerics are masters of Gun Kata: a ritualized Future Kill style using pairs of compensated (p. 41) Beretta Mod 92F pistols (High-Tech, p. 100) converted to auto-fire (pp. 40-41), concealed in sleeve holsters (p. 43) complete with sleeve magazine holders (p. 43). Cleric John Preston demonstrates Ambidexterity, Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge 4, Extra Attack 1, Extra Attack 2 (Multi-Strike), and Gunslinger. He displays acrobatic attacks and dodges, as well as many perks including Akimbo (Pistol), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), One-Armed Bandit (Shotgun), and Quick Reload (Magazine). Preston has high skill in Acrobatics, Blind Fighting, and Zen Marksmanship (Pistol). Among his techniques are Behind-the-Back Shot (Pistol), Close-Hip Shooting (Pistol), Flank Shot (Pistol), Retain Weapon (Pistol), and Whirlwind Attack (Pistol). He uses an interesting combination of Disarming (Karate), Gun Shtick (Twirl), Dual-Weapon Attack (Shotgun), and Flank Shot (Shotgun) with each hand to simultaneously relieve two guards of their Remington Model 870P cruiser shotguns (High-Tech, p. 106) and then shoot them with their own guns. Preston also quick-readies a weapon by kicking up an H&K G36 (High-Tech, p. 121) from the ground.

Eraser (Chuck Russell, 1996). U.S. Marshal John "The Eraser" Kruger is a One-Man Army stylist displaying Early Adopter (Rifles), Hand Cannon, and Dual-Weapon Attack (Rifle) with two Cyrez EM-1 sniper railguns (compare Ultra-Tech, p. 141). He also shows the Cinematic Knockback (Rifle and Shotgun), Infinite Ammunition (Cinematic), and Silencer (Pistol) perks.

Fifth Element, The (Luc Besson, 1997). Ex-Major Korben Dallas is an Ultimate Shootist complete with the Acute Vision, Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge, Extra Attack 5 (Multi-Strike), and Gunslinger advantages. He demonstrates the Cookie Cutter (Rifle), Cross-Trained (Cinematic; every specialization "needed on this mission"), Flimsy Cover, Gun Sense (Rifle), and Infinite Ammunition (Over the Top) perks, as well as the Fast-Firing (Pistol), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Rifle), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Head) techniques.

Firefly (Joss Whedon, 2002-2003). Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds has the Gunslinger advantage, best shown in the episode "Serenity." However, the real Gun Fu stylist in the series is River Tam – although her Future Kill talents are hidden by Partial Amnesia. In "War Stories," she demonstrates Extra Attack 2 (Multi-Strike) – while using Blind Fighting and Zen Marksmanship! Jayne Cobb showcases both Connoisseur (Guns) and Tacticool.

Fistful of Dollars, A (Sergio Leone, 1964). Gunman Joe is a Way of the West stylist. He fast-draws and fast-loads his Colt .45 SAA Artillery. Additionally, he displays Gunslinger, Fastest Gun in the West (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Twirl), Gun Whisperer (Pistol), Fanning, Quick-Shot (Pistol), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Weapon).

Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The (Sergio Leone, 1966). "Blondie," "Angel Eyes" Sentenza, and Tuco "The Rat" Ramirez are all Way of the West stylists. Blondie displays Fastest Gun in the West (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Twirl), Fanning, and Quick Shot (Pistol) with a cartridge-converted (High-Tech, p. 164) Colt Model 1851 Navy (High-Tech, p. 93). He uses Gun Sense to recognize the sound of Tuco's Colt Navy. Blondie also has Rope Shooter (Rifle) and Gun Shtick (Next Time, It's Your Head). Tuco demonstrates Armorer's Gift.

Grenadier (Hiroshi Kojina, 2004-2005). The Enlightened Tendo Rushuna is a Way of the West stylist with Cinematic Option (Bulletproof Nudity), Deadeye, Gun Shtick (Trick Reload), Quick Reload (Cartridge), Rope Shooter (Pistol), and Weapon Bond. She also displays Danger Sense and Enhanced Time Sense with occasional Bullet Time.

Hard-Boiled (John Woo, 1992). Hong Kong Police Inspector "Tequila" Yuen uses elements of both the Double Trouble and Ultimate Shootist styles, with lots of acrobatic attacks and dodges. Tequila has Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge 2, and Gunslinger – the latter evidenced by his patented unaimed precision revolver shots. His perks include several specializations of Cinematic Knockback and Cross-Trained (Cinematic; all specializations), as well as Akimbo (Pistol), Fireball Shot, Flimsy Cover, Infinite Ammunition (Over the Top), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol and Shotgun), and Scattergun. Techniques on display are Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol and Shotgun) and Quick-Shot (Pistol) – preferably with a Beretta Mod 92F in either fist . . .

Judge Dredd (Danny Cannon, 1995). Judge Joseph Dredd shows the Dial-a-Round perk in action with his voice-activated Lawgiver 2 heavy pistol (compare Ultra-Tech, p. 135).

Killer, The (John Woo, 1989). Triad hitman Ah Jong is a Double Trouble stylist displaying Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge 1, and Gunslinger. His perks include Akimbo (Pistol), Cinematic Knockback (Shotgun), Deadeye, Dramatic Death, Gun Whisperer (Pistol), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), and Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol and Shotgun). He shows Close-Hip Shooting (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), Fast-Firing (Pistol), Flank Shot (Pistol), and Quick-Shot (Pistol), with lots of acrobatic attacks and dodges. He usually works with two Beretta Mod 92F pistols, but he also has a Walther PPK (High-Tech, p. 99) up his left sleeve (p. 43). Ah Jong quick-readies a weapon by catapulting a S&W Model 36 Chief's Special (High-Tech, p. 96) from a nearby table.

Last Action Hero (John McTiernan, 1993). LAPD Detective Jack Slater is an Ultimate Shootist displaying Area Defense (Pistol), Infinite Ammunition (Cinematic), Pants-Positive Safety, and Walking Armory with an IMI Desert Eagle (High-Tech, p. 102). He also shows Dual-Weapon Attack (SMG) and Mounted Shooting (Automobile/Pistol).

Last Man Standing (Walter Hill, 1996). Gunman "John Smith" has mastered the Double Trouble style to perfection, with two Colt .45 Government pistols as Signature Gear and with Weapon Bonds. He demonstrates Combat Reflexes, Gunslinger, and several perks, including Akimbo (Pistol), Cinematic Knockback (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Stone-Cold Killer), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), and Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol). Smith shows fast-draws and techniques like Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), Fast-Firing (Pistol), and Quick-Shot (Pistol).

Last of the Mohicans, The (Michael Mann, 1992). Pathfinder Nathaniel "Hawkeye" Poe is a Sniper stylist showing Gunslinger in action – using "Killdeer," a Kentucky rifle (High-Tech, p. 107) for which he also has a Weapon Bond. He demonstrates Deadeye, Quick Reload (Muzzleloader), Fast-Draw (Long Arm), and Dual-Weapon Attack (Rifle).

Léon (The Professional) (Luc Besson, 1994). Mafia hitman Léon is an Ultimate Shootist, mainly using two compensated Beretta Mod 92F pistols with Weapon Bonds. He shows acrobatic attacks and displays Combat Reflexes, Extra Attack 2 (Multi-Strike), and Gunslinger. His perks include Akimbo (Pistol), Armorer's Gift (Pistol), Cookie Cutter (Pistol), Dramatic Death, Gun Sense (Pistol), Silencer (Pistol), and Standard Operating Procedure (On Alert and Sleep with One Eye Open).

Lethal Weapon 4 (Richard Donner, 1998). LAPD Detective Martin Riggs uses the integral targeting laser (High-Tech, p. 156) of his Beretta Mod 92F for obliquely aiming a Bank Shot. Even more interesting, Wah Sing Ku shows the Instant Arsenal Disarm (Pistol) technique on Riggs' Beretta. He also demonstrates dodging a bullet with Enhanced Time Sense.

License to Kill (John Glen, 1989). CIA Agent Pam Bouvier demonstrates Cookie Cutter (Shotgun) with a Mossberg Model 500ATP6 Cruiser shotgun (p. 38).

Matrix, The (Andy and Larry Wachowski, 1999). "Neo" in the Matrix is a Future Kill stylist preferring matched pairs of guns like the Beretta Mod 92F, H&K MP5K (High-Tech, p. 123), CZ Sa vz. 61 Skorpion (High-Tech, p. 125), and IMI Micro-Uzi (High-Tech, p. 126). He demonstrates lots of New York reloads, acrobatic shooting and dodging, and the advantages Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge 4, Enhanced Time Sense, Extra Attack 1, and Gunslinger. His perks include Akimbo (Pistol and SMG), Cross-Trained (Cinematic; every specialization uploadable), and Walking Armory. He displays Fast-Firing (Pistol) and Flank Shot (SMG). Neo shows how to quick-ready a weapon by picking up a Colt M16 (High-Tech, p. 117) from the ground during an acrobatic cartwheel.

Max Payne (John Moore, 2008). NYPD Detective Max Payne is an Ultimate Shootist demonstrating Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Time Sense (specifically, Bullet Time), and Gunslinger, as well as Cinematic Knockback (Shotgun), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic) and Off-Hand Weapon Training (SMG). He's especially adept at acrobatic attacks and dodges. Max shows techniques like Dual-Weapon Attack (SMG) and Behind-the-Back Shot (Shotgun).

Mummy, The (Stephen Sommers, 1999). Adventurer Rick O'Connell is a Double Trouble stylist – as are in fact most shooters in this movie. He employs twin Chamelot-Delvigne Mle 1874 revolvers (High-Tech: Pulp Guns 1, p. 7), showcasing Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge (Dive for Cover), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), Fast-Draw (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Weapon).

My Name is Nobody (Tonino Valerii, 1973). "Nobody" is a Way of the West stylist with Gunslinger and Enhanced Time Sense (at least for his Super-Fast Draws). He also shows Fastest Gun in the West (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Next Time, It's Your Head and Twirl), Quick-Sheathe (Pistol), Fast-Draw (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), and Thumbing with his Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver.

Outlaw Josey Wales, The (Clint Eastwood, 1976). Rebel Josey "Mr. Lightning" Wales is a master of the Way of the West. He has Combat Reflexes and perks like Fastest Gun in the West (Pistol), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), and several Weapon Bonds. His demonstration of a double-handed Gun Shtick (Twirl) with a pair of huge Colt Model 1847 Walker revolvers (High-Tech, p. 93) is flawless. In addition to high Fast-Draw (Pistol) and Guns (Pistol and Rifle) skill, he shows the techniques Combat Riding (Horse), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), Hands-Free Riding (Horse), Mounted Shooting (Horse/Pistol), Quick Shot (Pistol), and Thumbing.

Predator (John McTiernan, 1987). All the members of Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer's rescue team have the Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic) perk; Dutch himself also has Bulletproof Nudity. Sergeants Blain Cooper and Mac Eliot both have Army of One, used with a GE M134 helicopter minigun (High-Tech, p. 135).

Quigley Down Under (Simon Wincer, 1990). Buffalo hunter Matthew Quigley is a Way of the West stylist. He demonstrates Signature Gear, Cinematic Knockback (Rifle), Deadeye, Early Adopter (Rifles), and Weapon Bond with his fine (accurate) Sharps Model 1874 (High-Tech, p. 110). Quigley also shows Fastest Gun in the West and Fanning with a cartridge-converted Colt Model 1860 Army (High-Tech, p. 93).

Shadow, The (Russell Mulcahy, 1994). Pulp hero Lamont "The Shadow" Cranston is a Double Trouble stylist with two .45 Silver Heat pistols (custom-made Colt .45 Government Longslide models; see High-Tech, pp. 98-99). In the duel with Shiwan Khan, he demonstrates Area Defense (Pistol).

Shoot 'Em Up (Michael Davis, 2007). Mr. Smith is an Ultimate Shootist demonstrating Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge 4, Gunslinger, Armorer's Gift (Pistol), Cross-Trained (Cinematic; all specializations), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol and SMG), and Pistol-Fist (Guns). He's especially adept at acrobatic attacks. Among his techniques shown are Dual-Weapon Attack (SMG), Flank Shot (Pistol), Mounted Shooting (Automobile/Rifle), Quick-Shot (Pistol), and Whirlwind Attack (SMG) – while dropping down a rope! He also quick-readies a weapon by grabbing an IMI Galil MAR (p. 38) from the ground while driving past it . . .

Shooter (Antoine Fuqua, 2007). Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger is a Sniper/Ultimate Shootist displaying Acute Vision, Combat Reflexes, Gunslinger, Deadeye, Sure-Footed (Naval Training), Close-Quarters Battle (Pistol and Rifle), Precision Aiming (Rifle), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Skull and Rifle/Skull) – with everything between a .22-caliber "poodle shooter" and a .50-caliber Barrett M82A1 (High-Tech, p. 118).

Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, 1997). Mobile Infantry soldier Juan "Johnny" Rico is an Ultimate Shootist displaying Ambidexterity, Army of One, Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Dual-Weapon Attack (Rifle), and Quick-Shot (Rifle), with an Morita assault rifle with underbarrel shotgun (compare Ultra-Tech, p. 136).

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977). Smuggler Han Solo demonstrates the effectiveness of the Gunslinger advantage on several occasions. He has the perk Fastest Gun in the West – especially in evidence in the sequel Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980). Solo wears a nice low-slung fast-draw holster (p. 43) for his BlasTech DL-44 blaster pistol (compare Ultra-Tech, p. 123) – for which he undoubtedly has Signature Gear and a Weapon Bond.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991). The T-800 displays the Army of One perk, firing a Colt M79 grenade launcher (High-Tech, p. 142) and a Hawk MM1 grenade launcher (High-Tech, p. 143) one-handed, and man-packing a GE M134 helicopter minigun. In addition, he shows Cross-Trained (Cinematic; every specialization in his files) and One-Armed Bandit (Shotgun), the latter with a sawed-off Winchester Model 1887 (High-Tech, p. 105). In both the original The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984) and the sequel, the T-800 exhibits Connoisseur (Guns). He also displays Akimbo (Rifle and Shotgun) and Mounted Shooting (Automobile/Shotgun and Motorcycle/Shotgun).

Tomb Raider (Simon West, 2001). Lady Lara Croft is a Double Trouble stylist with Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge 2, Gunslinger, and Signature Gear. Among the perks shown are Akimbo (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Twirl), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol and SMG), Quick Reload (Magazine), Quick-Sheathe (Pistol), and Rope Shooter (Pistol), plus Weapon Bonds for her H&K USP Match pistols (p. 37). Her skills include Breaking Blow (Guns), Connoisseur (Guns), and Fast-Draw (Ammo and Pistol). She is especially fond of acrobatic attacks and dodges. In this adventure, Lara displays the following techniques: Close-Quarters Battle (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), Fast-Firing (Pistol), and Mounted Shooting (Motorcycle/SMG). In the sequel Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Jan de Bont, 2003), she also shows One-Arm Bandit (Rifle) and Mounted Shooting (Horse/Rifle).

Transporter, The (Corey Yuen, 2002). Driver Frank Martin is an Ultimate Shootist. He has the Enhanced Dodge advantage (made easier by the clearly visible cinematic bullet paths) and shows how to quick-ready a pistol from a table by yanking the table cloth from it. In the sequel The Transporter 2 (Louis Leterrier, 2005), he demonstrates the Instant Arsenal Disarm (Pistol) technique with a H&K USP Match – where it is technically impossible to remove the slide in this way. [Both movies are also available together, and a third movie was released in 2008.]

Trigun (Satoshi Nishimura, 1998): Vash the Stampede is a Way of the West stylist displaying Enhanced Dodge, Gunslinger, Area Defense (Throwing), Fastest Gun in the West, Gun Whisperer (Pistol), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Just Winged Him (Pistol), and Weapon Bond. Nicholas Wolfwood is a One-Man Army stylist with Early Adopter (LAW), Hand Cannon, and Dramatic Death.

Trinity Blood (Tomohiro Hirata, 2005). Tres "Gunslinger" Igus shows the Double Trouble style in action, complete with Enhanced Dodge (Dive for Cover), Enhanced Time Sense, Gunslinger, Cookie Cutter (Pistol), Gun Shtick (Stone Cold Killer), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), and Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol).

True Grit (Henry Hathway, 1969). Marshal Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn is a Way of the West stylist. He shows One-Armed Bandit (Rifle) with a customized Winchester Model 1892 carbine (High-Tech, p. 110) with Weapon Bond, allowing him to fire it with one hand only. He also demonstrates Combat Riding (Horse), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol and Rifle), Hands-Free Riding (Horse), and Mounted Shooting (Horse/Pistol and Horse/Rifle).

True Lies (James Cameron, 1994). Omega Agent Harry Tasker is an Ultimate Shootist. He displays Combat Reflexes, Enhanced Dodge (Dive for Cover), Gunslinger, Cross-Trained (Cinematic; all specializations), Flimsy Cover, Pants-Positive Safety, Dual-Weapon Attack (SMG), and Flank Shot (SMG). He also demonstrates acrobatic shooting and quick-readying a weapon by kicking up an Izhmash AKM (High-Tech, p. 114) from the ground. Another impressive move consists of a Fast-Draw (Pistol), 180° change of facing, and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Skull).

Underworld (Len Wiseman, 2003). Death Dealer Selene is a Double Trouble stylist, using two muzzle-weighted (p. 42) Beretta Mod 92F pistols or twin Walther P99 pistols (High-Tech, p. 103), all converted to auto-fire (pp. 40-41). She demonstrates Combat Reflexes, Akimbo (Pistol), Cookie Cutter (SMG), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), and Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), as well as Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol).

Wanted (Timur Bekmambetov, 2008). Assassin Wesley Gibson is a Future Kill stylist with Enhanced Time Sense (specifically, Shooting Between Raindrops), Extra Attack 1, and Gunslinger. Using a H&K USP Compact (High-Tech, p. 102) and a muzzle-weighted Beretta Mod 92S, he shows lots of acrobatic shooting, Akimbo (Pistol), Area Defense (Pistol), Bend the Bullet (Pistol), Zen Marksmanship (Pistol and Rifle), Behind-the-Back Shot (Pistol), Flank Shot (Pistol), and Mounted Shooting (Automobile/Pistol).

Where Eagles Dare (Brian Hutton, 1968). OSS Lieutenant Morris Schaeffer is an Ultimate Shootist, displaying Combat Reflexes, Cross-Trained (Pistol and SMG; special-ops training), Silencer (Pistol), and Dual-Weapon Attack (SMG). He also has Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), at least when using an ERMA MP40 (High-Tech, p. 124).

Books and comics

Books and comics can also provide inspiration for Gun Fu campaigns.

Ahern, Jerry. The Survivalist (Zebra Books, 1981-1993). Ex-CIA Agent John Rourke is an Ultimate Shootist preferring twin Detonics .45 Combat Master pistols (High-Tech, p. 99) and a Colt CAR-15 R6001 Sporter (High-Tech, p. 119). He demonstrates Combat Reflexes, Night Vision, Signature Gear, Deadeye, Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), Pistol-Fist (Guns), Standard Operating Procedure (On Alert), Weapon Bond, Close-Hip Shooting (Pistol), Close-Quarters Battle (Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), Quick-Shot (Pistol), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Skull and Rifle/Skull).

Drake, David. Hammer's Slammers (Ace Books, 1979). Mercenary Major Joachim Steuben is a Way of the Galaxy stylist displaying Acute Vision, Gunslinger, Deadeye, Fastest Gun in the West, Weapon Bond, Fast-Draw (Pistol), Quick-Shot (Pistol), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Skull). He wears a fast-draw holster (p. 43) for his engraved 1cm powergun (a 10-shot plasma pistol; compare Ultra-Tech, p. 127).

King, Stephen. The Dark Tower (Donald Grant, 1982-2004). Gunslinger Roland Deschain is a Way of the West stylist demonstrating Combat Reflexes, Gunslinger, Signature Gear, Akimbo (Pistol), Deadeye, Fastest Gun in the West, Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol), Quick Reload (Cartridge), and Weapon Bond for his twin Colt .45 SAA Cavalry revolvers forged from the steel of King Arthur's sword Excalibur. His skills and techniques include Fast-Draw (Ammo and Pistol), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol), and Quick-Shot (Pistol).

Shum, Howard. Gun Fu (Image Comics, 2005). Hong Kong Police Inspector Cheng Bo Sen is a Double Trouble stylist. He demonstrates Gunslinger, Akimbo (Pistol), Infinite Ammunition (Quasi-Realistic), Off-Hand Weapon Training (Pistol and SMG), Pistol-Fist (Guns), Dual-Weapon Attack (Pistol and SMG), Flank Shot (Pistol), and lots of acrobatic shooting.

Sonoda, Kenichi. Gunsmith Cats (Dark Horse Comics, 1995-2001). Bounty hunter Irene "Rally" Vincent is an Ultimate Shootist with Combat Reflexes and Gunslinger. Throughout the series, she displays perks such as Deadeye, Gun Shtick (Trick Reload and Twirl), Gun Whisperer, Lightning Fingers (Pistol), Pistol-Fist (Guns), Supplier (Gun Shop Owner, 10%), and Weapon Bond for her CZ Model 75 (p. 36). Rally also demonstrates Area Defense (Pistol), shooting at a grenade leaving the muzzle of a H&K HK69A1 launcher (High-Tech, p. 142) and detonating it. Some of her favorite skills and techniques are Fast-Draw (Ammo and Pistol), Mounted Shooting (Automobile/Pistol), and Targeted Attack (Pistol/Hand and Pistol/Weapon) – she frequently shoots off fingers, breaks knife blades, or detonates the ammunition remaining in a foe's weapon by shooting at the magazine or cylinder.


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