Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
The fact that bad guys are terrible shots is one of the most prevalent tropes you have to deal with when watching any action-oriented series or film.
I think the rules of shooting are generally:
- People never need to reload unless reloading allows someone to attack them and knock them out with the butt of their gun.
- Hitting someone with the butt of your gun never results in permanent brain injury. They'll wake up with aching head after having been tied to a chair. This, of course, is where the bad guy reveals his entire plan, then leaves the hero alone long enough to make his escape.
- The bad guys can never shoot anyone other than the occasional flesh wound.
- The best shooting skills come right after an awesome line.
- It only takes one shot to take someone down, unless he's taken down by a hail of bullets. In that case, he'll twitch upright until the single shot to the head occurs.
- A sniper will never have the shot when someone asks "do you have the shot?".
- Shooting sideways increases the power of any gun. Leaping sideways while shooting sideways can make bullets explosive.
- Shooting out a tire will make a car flip. Shooting anywhere near the gas tank will make it explode.
- Bullets only go through the walls of a house or doors of a car if the characters on the other side are smart enough to hide behind something more substantial. Otherwise, they won't penetrate.
- When you see a character shoot himself in the direction of a window, the bullet will never go through the glass in order to allow the brain matter and blood to spray on it.
- When a character aims a gun at a bad guy to try to keep him from escaping, he won't **** it or chamber a round until he has to prove he's serious.
- If there is an overly large window in a room, someone will be blown through it in a gunfight.
- When you poke your head around a corner and someone shoots at you, you'll have time to duck back before the bullet gets to where your head was.
- When shooting at an escaping car, the bullets will spark and bounce of everything except the back window and one of the tail lights.
- Cars are bullet-proof when in motion and can be shot through when people are using it for cover. The exception is when a buddy cop team is hiding behind it while blaming each other for the mess they're in or when shooting at a moving car makes it go out of control and flip over a pile of pallets or another car.