Spread of Shooting Terminology

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  1. AGCR

    AGCR
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    American gun culture is dominant enough that many shooting terms have become ubiquitous completely outside of firearm related usage, particularly older phrases like "flash in the pan" which people often use having no knowledge about black powder guns. I'm considering writing something on that and here are what I've collected so far:

    Don't shoot 'till you see the whites of their eyes
    Hot shot
    Loaded for bear
    Dry shot
    Lock and load
    You may fire when ready, Gridley
    Keep your powder dry
    Flash in the pan
    Off like a shot
    son of a gun
    Shotgun wedding
    Shotgun houses
    sure as shootin'
    Shoot first, ask questions later
    shot themselves in the foot
    You never hear the one that gets you
    Faster than a speeding bullet
    hanging fire

    Anyone have a few more?
     
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    Hot shot and son-of-a-gun have more to do with Naval cannons than firearms.
     
  3. AGCR

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    True, I intend to separate out the ones which are more general military in nature.

    Don't forget "riding shotgun."
     
  4. C&H

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    "Lock, stock and barrel", which is related to "hook, line and sinker".
    Also "blowback".
     
  5. Phonelesscord

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    Quick on the draw
     
  6. GRUNDEL

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    Money Shot? :rolleyes:
     
  7. zeppelin

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    downrange, primed and ready, aim high, dud, misfire, target, gather ammunition, going off half cocked, point blank, zero in.....
     
  8. zeppelin

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    smoking gun, hotter than a $2 pistol, having ones sights set on something, taking a shotgun approach, shooting from the hip, rapid fire questions, outgunned, easy as shooting fish in a barrel, filed strip, gun shy, magnum, going together like Smith and Wesson
     
  9. Sponkmeister

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    Point and click.
     
  10. MarkAd

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    Lock and load, cocked and locked. going off half cocked, lite um up, shotgun start, Hot load (trucjers use that one a lot).
     
  11. Trlsmn

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    Saturday night special
     
  12. PhysicsGuy

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    "Clip" is probably the worse misused term :laugh:
     
  13. JUSTIficatioN

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    When the bullet hits the bone :D
     
  14. Jamie6.5

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    The whole nine yards.
     
  15. Ding

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    shooting blanks
    outa bullets
    long shot
    missed the target
    hit the target
    shoot first,ask questions later
    firing line
    mad minute
    return fire
    wait,don't fire till ya see the whites of their eyes
    powder keg
    spray and pray
    full auto
    RKBA
    killing zone
    free fire zone
    meh
     
  16. ZachS

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    cock block
     
  17. Dr. Tatu

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    she's got a hair trigger.

    he's a straight shooter.

    fish in a barrel.

    stealing candy from a baby.

    completely missed the target on that one.
     
  18. AGCR

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    Eh?
    On the other hand, I was delighted when I found there is such a thing as a snatch block.
     
  19. ZachS

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    :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh: :bluelaugh:
     
  20. Gunner3456

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    Refers to concrete mixer trucks which up until recently could haul only nine yards due to highway weight restrictions. Depending on your pour, you could order a partial load, or ask for "the whole nine yards."
     

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