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Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Dec 2016, 12:09 am

You often hear phrases to describe something.
Heres a place to share the coolest of all phases...Phrases coined from firearms related things.

Number 1: Riding Shotgun 8-)

Riding shotgun was used to describe the guard who rode alongside a stagecoach driver, ready to use his shotgun to ward off bandits or Indians. In modern use, it refers to the practice of sitting alongside the driver in a moving vehicle. The phrase has been used to mean giving actual or figurative support or aid to someone in a situation.The phrase was coined in 1919.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Dec 2016, 12:24 am

Number 2. A flash in the pan

Used as,
"The concept turned out to be merely a flash in the pan and is no longer used."

I'll let a picture do the talking
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by GLS_1956 » 21 Dec 2016, 1:29 am

Lock, Stock, and barrel

Lock and load

Going off half cocked

Bullseye, this is really anything with marksmanship

Shooting blanks

Hotter than a $3 pistol, indicating that something is stolen

Fast on the trigger, slow on the draw, meaning someone speaks before thinking

Misfire
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by deye243 » 21 Dec 2016, 3:30 am

GLS_1956 wrote:Lock, Stock, and barrel

Lock and load

Going off half cocked

Bullseye, this is really anything with marksmanship

Shooting blanks

Hotter than a $3 pistol, indicating that something is stolen

Fast on the trigger, slow on the draw, meaning someone speaks before thinking

Misfire


yep also known here as shot him self in the foot :lol:
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by Title_II » 21 Dec 2016, 5:12 am

deye243 wrote:
GLS_1956 wrote:Lock, Stock, and barrel

Lock and load

Going off half cocked

Bullseye, this is really anything with marksmanship

Shooting blanks

Hotter than a $3 pistol, indicating that something is stolen

Fast on the trigger, slow on the draw, meaning someone speaks before thinking

Misfire


yep also known here as shot him self in the foot :lol:


Here it's "Serpa Leg."
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by Supaduke » 21 Dec 2016, 5:33 am

Keep your powder dry
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by Noisydad » 21 Dec 2016, 5:37 am

I'll clarify some of the older expressions for the benefit of our younger gen....
Lock, stock and barrel - Firearms locks were actually made by Locksmiths back in the day as they were the only tradies that could make a mechanism that small and intricate.
Barrels on early canon were made by Coopers (wooden barrel makers) in the same way wooden barrels are made except with forged strips of wrought iron (instead of timber staves) from a blacksmith.. That's why the gunners were in as much danger as the target.
Flash in the pan (Great pic by the way) is when the priming powder in a flintlock gun ignites without setting off the main charge.
Going off half cocked should not be possible as the half cock notch in a cap lock or flintlock is very deep and should not be able to let the sear go.
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Post by Supaduke » 21 Dec 2016, 5:38 am

GLS_1956 wrote:Shooting blanks



Also known as
Spoof without the woof
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Post by happyhunter » 21 Dec 2016, 6:23 am

Faster than a speeding bullet.. straight down the barrel. I have you in my sights. Let him have it with both barrels. Pussy (pistol) whipped.
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Post by Title_II » 21 Dec 2016, 7:31 am

Ancillary topic, but last post reminded me of it.

When overseas, occasionally a local would get on our nerves. We would ask, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?" Then stretch left arm and hand all the way forward with index finger pointing straight up. Make a circle with right hand and bring it up to right eye. Look through it at the guy and say, "Oh yeah! NOW I remember!"
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Post by Noisydad » 21 Dec 2016, 12:23 pm

Another... The whole 9 yards- as in give 'em the lot! It originates from .50 BMG belts of shells being 9 yards long.
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Dec 2016, 1:27 pm

One for those who are eager
Itchy trigger finger

And

Quick on the draw
Meaning able to react quickly to a situation" He was quick on the draw answering the reporter's questions."
Sometimes said about a person who reacts too quickly to a situation and makes serious mistakes.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Dec 2016, 1:29 pm

Noisydad wrote:Another... The whole 9 yards- as in give 'em the lot! It originates from .50 BMG belts of shells being 9 yards long.

I would never have guessed that one :drinks:
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by alby » 21 Dec 2016, 2:31 pm

Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey...the monkey being used on old battleships to hold the cannon balls.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Dec 2016, 6:45 pm

We've covered quite a few, I've learned a new one or two from this thread.

Here's another.

Smoking gun
;a piece of incontrovertible incriminating evidence.
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Re: Phrases coined from firearm related things

Post by Title_II » 21 Dec 2016, 7:20 pm

alby wrote:Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey...the monkey being used on old battleships to hold the cannon balls.


Colder than a witch's tit - refers to a woman that forces a man to sell one of his favorite firearms before buying a new one.
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Post by deye243 » 21 Dec 2016, 9:19 pm

Title_II wrote:
alby wrote:Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey...the monkey being used on old battleships to hold the cannon balls.


Colder than a witch's tit - refers to a woman that forces a man to sell one of his favorite firearms before buying a new one.


um if that's the case he is not a man :allegedly:
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Post by Title_II » 22 Dec 2016, 1:43 am

Valid point.
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