Sometimes when you’re exploring other planets or strange realms, your best friend really is a warm gun. Sometimes, your wits and your fists aren’t enough, and you need to defend yourself… with a pistol.
Here are the 10 baddest handguns in science fiction, fantasy and comics.
We asked our Facebook peeps what their favourite science fiction/fantasy handguns were, and included some of your responses in this list. (We also realised after we started putting this together that we’d already done a list of handguns back in 2008, so we borrowed from that a bit.)
We weren’t really sure whether to include this one, but it got by far the most votes in our Facebook poll. (There’s just something about Browncoats and polls.) And you have to admit, it is a gorgeous piece of ordnance. According to this super-detailed gun-related website, it’s an antique-styled weapon, but judging from the sound effect, it uses some unknown futuristic propellant. Like everything on Firefly, it’s retro but also futuristic.
These puppies are just scary-looking, despite the weird Viewmaster wheel over the grip. They are DNA-locked to each Judge, and have a range of up to three miles, including exploding ordinance and heat-seeking bullets. Mostly they are designed to be an overwhelming show of force that fits snugly in your hand — the perfect symbolism of judicial power run amuck in a world with no other social control. Carry one of these, and you ARE the law.
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4) The Noisy Cricket (Men In Black)
Agent J learns what Yoda could have told him – you shouldn’t judge by size. Agent K gives Agent J a tiny gun – which sends him flying backwards every single damn time he tries to shoot it. And it tends to make anything he aims it at explode. Hence the name.
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Speaking of magic guns… According to the Hellboy comics, “The gun itself has unearthly resistance to almost all forms of attack, and includes grips carved from fragments of the True Cross. The metal of the gun is forged from a combination of Irish church bells, cold iron from crucifixes, blessed silver and other mystic metals.” It’s basically the total package in terms of magically enhanced armaments. Of course, Hellboy gets an even bigger gun in Hellboy II, called The Big Baby.
We pretty much had to include this one. Whether it has a traditional handgun shape or a weird mobile phone shape, the phaser is a totally awesome weapon. It can stun, kill or disintegrate. And if you’re stuck on a frozen ice planet, it can heat up rocks for you. You can even set a phaser to self-destruct and turn it into a bomb that’ll go off in an undefined period of time. Our love affair with this gun wasn’t only a phase – it was for always.