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Guns ( ) refer to firearms which fire high velocity rounds known as bullets or, in some cases, Ki Blasts. Guns appear many times throughout the Dragon Ball series, most commonly used by the people of Earth. However, they rarely see use by any major character since guns have very little to no effect against someone with a high enough power level.

Overview

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General White threatens to execute the Jingle Village Chief with a Remington 1866 Derringer

While they are seen in every anime series of the Dragon Ball franchise, they are most prevalent in the early Dragon Ball. Just like their real-life counterparts, guns come in many different shapes, sizes, types, calibers, functions, operating systems and uses. Many of the guns seen in the series are largely based on weapons existent in reality, including Colt M1911, IMI Uzi, H&K MP5, H&K G3A3 M14, M16A1, M16A2, AK-47, M134 Minigun, Ithaca M37, Colt Police Positive, Minebea PM-9, FN FAL, AKS-74u, S&W Model 27, Remington M870, Thompson M1A1, Glock 17, M1 Garand, Winchester Model 1866, H&K PSG1, Springfield M1903A4, M3A1 "Grease Gun", Mauser Kar98k, PPsH-41, Browning Model 1922.

Though capable of killing most untrained fighters and non-martial artists, most firearms are useless against powerful warriors like the Saiyans, Red Ribbon Androids, and experienced martial artists especially those that fire bullets as they can be caught, dodged, or only inflict minor grazing depending upon the fighters strength and power level. Raditz also demonstrates that bullets fired from a gun can be caught and used against the person who fired them as he did to the Farmer.

Appearances

In very early Dragon Ball, Bulma shoots Goku with a pistol, only for it to have almost no effect on the young Saiyan, although it does hurt him slightly.[2] In the video games Dragon Ball: Origins and Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Bulma relies on various firearms to protect herself, such as a handgun, a shotgun, a Rocket Launcher and a machine gun. Launch also uses a machine gun on many occasions in her blond, more aggressive form. She mainly uses the gun on Master Roshi and Oolong. She is also seen using a shotgun when running from the police.

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Policemen holding guns in "Tien's Atonement"

Many other characters in Dragon Ball are seen using guns. These characters mainly exist within the Red Ribbon Army, who use machine guns, shotguns, assault rifles and even turrets to try and kill Goku, all of which have little to no effect on him. General Blue, mostly due to the impending collapse of the pirate cave, proceeded to arm himself with an Ithaca 37 shotgun via a portable capsule in an attempt to kill Goku (the latter of whom was paralyzed by Blue's special ability). Blue was also seen holding a handgun on the cover for Chapter 80, The Three Stolen Dragon Balls, although he never actually was shown to use it in the story itself. Staff Officer Black uses a gun to kill Commander Red after learning of the latter's wish to become taller over actually bringing the Red Ribbon Army to greatness and his implication that the former was an expendable lackey.[3] The standard issue rifle for the Red Ribbon Army appears to be the M1 carbine.

Police and Earth's Military rely heavily on the use of guns, which they use on many of the villains (such as King Piccolo, Nappa, Cell, and Majin Buu as prime examples) throughout the series.

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A King's Guard soldier prepares to unleash a fury of machine gun fire onto Cell during the Cell Games

Most notably, in very early Dragon Ball Z, a farmer shoots the evil Saiyan Raditz with a bullet from his Winchester rifle due to the latter trespassing on his property. However, Raditz simply catches the bullet and throws it right back at the man.[4] Bulma uses a gun on Roshi, Krillin, and possibly Turtle after fixing Raditz's scouter due to their lack of attention.

While Goku is traversing Snake Way in the Other World, he encounters Princess Snake and her attendants. During the confrontation, one of Princess Snake's attendants uses a magnum pistol to play Russian roulette with Goku and ends up shooting herself in the head. Goku notes that he prefers Checkers to Russian roulette.[5]

On Namek, Frieza's ground troops use a highly advanced type of gun, commonly referred to as a blaster. These blasters are capable of much more damage to the common person, as they shoot beams of energy. However, to people with enough power, they are completely useless. There is also another variant known as the Arm Cannon, which fires an even more powerful beam.

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Civilians shooting the Androids in "Ghosts from Tomorrow"

Android 17 owns a gun he uses only "for fun".[6] In shortly before Future Trunks arrives at Future Android 17 and Future Android 18's location and attacks them, an Old Man who is in an overturned car attempts to shoot Future 17 with a revolver in order to avenge his son (as his son is murdered by Future 17, and the son's death is also implied to have left Future 18 enraged at Future 17 as well).[7] South Kai use a pink Glock 17 to mark the start of the race between Goku and East Kai.[8]

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South Kai's pink gun, based on the Glock 17

The Musuka Circus director Mr. Musuka threatens Toh Toh with a police officer's handgun.[9] During the Majin Buu Saga, two evil men named Van Zant and Smitty use high-powered rifles to terrorize the streets.[10] They eventually even shoot and nearly kill Bee, Majin Buu's puppy friend. Van Zant also shoots and nearly kills Mr. Satan a short time later, the result of which sparks the creation of Evil Buu and the events following.[11] Later during the saga, Mr. Satan uses a Colt M1911 .45 in an attempt to stop Super Buu's Destroy Everything! energy ball and believes he does so when Tien Shinhan obliterates the ball with a Tri-Beam.[12]

In Dragon Ball Super, the Earth's Resistance utilizes guns during their operations in opposing the Zamases. Future Mai wields a modified Shotgun and Sniper Rifle designed by Future Bulma to fire Ki Blasts instead of bullets. Earthling Poachers also wield firearms when they confront Android 17 on Monster Island. The Duo of Robbers and various criminals that appear in the anime also wield firearms. Krillin's fellow police officers wield firearms, though Krillin himself prefers to rely on his martial arts skills to combat criminals. Both Goku and Krillin have had been grazed by bullets fired by criminals due to getting rusty causing them both to start training regularly to get back in fighting shape.

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Mr. Satan pulling out his gun in an attempt to stop the Galactic Patrol from taking Buu

During the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, while trying to stop the Galactic Patrol from kidnapping the sleeping Good Buu, Mr. Satan pulls out his .45 caliber handgun and fires it at Merus. However, Merus easily counters by shooting the bullet before it can hit him using his Ray Gun. This is the first time in the series to feature a gunfight between someone using a normal handgun and another using a Ray Gun. As Merus demonstrates, normal bullets are vulnerable to the energy emitted by Ray Guns (however it should be noted that Merus is secretly an Angel who possess abilities and reflexes superior to most mortals thus it is unknown if a skilled mortal ray gunslinger would be able to make such a shot).

Variations

  • Stun Gun - A type of firearm designed to incapacitate a person.
  • Ray Gun - A type of firearm designed to fire an energy blast as opposed to a bullet. Also known as Beam Gun in Dragon Ball Fusions and Dokkan Battle.
    • Elite Beam - A Ray Gun used by Elite Galactic Patrolman Jaco. Appears under the name Elite Beam Gun in Dragon Ball Fusions where it acts as a stronger version of Beam Gun.
      • Elite Shooting - A energy barrage variation of Elite Beam used by Jaco.
      • Super Elite Combo - A rush attack and Elite Beam combination technique used by Jaco.
  • .22 Gun - A .22 caliber handgun used as a Special Move in Dragon Ball Fusions.
    • .45 Gun - A .45 caliber handgun used by Mr. Satan against Super Buu in the manga and anime. Also used against Merus in an attempt to protect Good Buu during the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga. Also appears as a Special Move in Dragon Ball Fusions.
      • Champion's Final Trump Card - A desperation technique where Mr. Satan pulls out his trusty .45 Gun and shots the opponent while closing his eyes and Goku comes up behind him and tosses a Destructo Disc at the opponent which produces an explosion as Mr. Satan opens his eyes and mistakenly believes it to have been miraculously caused by his .45 Gun. Named in Dokkan Battle where it appears as a Super Attack for Mr. Satan though it is based upon the scene where he attempts to shoot Super Buu but closes his eyes due to his friendship with Innocent/Good Buu causing him to not want to see Super Buu get shot just when Goku returns to the word of the living to confront Super Buu who he attacks with a Destructo Disc.
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Dr. Kochin's Vulcan Cannon

  • Machine Gun Punch - A technique used by Bulma and Launch as a Super Attack in Dokkan Battle where they attack the opponent with a Machine Gun. Launch also uses a version that incorporates a rush attack before she fires her machine gun at the opponent.
  • Vulcan Cannon - A technique used by Dr. Kochin that allows his left hand to transform into a rotating machine gun. Kochin revealed this machine gun and used it in an attempt to kill Krillin in Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest.

Video Game Appearances

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Chocora wielding her .22 Gun in Dragon Ball Fusions

Guns occasionally appear in video games usually wielded by enemies, though occasionally by playable characters. In Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, various characters such as General Blue and Red Ribbon Army soldiers wield guns. In Dragon Ball: Origins, Bulma wields guns as a Support character. In Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Bulma wields guns as a support and playable character. Colonel Violet also wields guns in Origins 2 as well.

In Dragon Ball Fusions, guns and Beam Guns are wielded by various characters such as Cital, Chocora and her brother Gato. Cital, Chocora, and Gato wield .22 Guns and .45 Guns which are strong enough to damage powerful martial artists and warriors, and fire rounds capable of Energy Clashing though they have a limited attack range compared to Beam Guns. Mr. Satan also wields his .45 Gun that he originally used against Super Buu though it fires better rounds like those used by Cital, Chocora, and Gato. Good Buu and Mr. Satan's Ex-Fusion Majin Satan also wields Mr. Satan's .45 Gun.

In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, certain characters wield firearms such as Red Ribbon Soldier, Poachers, Staff Officer Black, Bulma (Youth), Launch, Pasta, Mr. Satan, and Mai (Future). Mai (Future) wields her Shotgun which is modified to double as a Grenade Launcher to fire Stun Grenades and her Sniper Rifle fires .50 caliber rounds. Pasta wields her Beam Machine Gun as handheld firearm instead of it being plane mounted like in Curse of the Blood Rubies.

Trivia

  • In the Toonzai broadcast of the first episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai, entitled "Prologue to Battle! The Return of Goku!", the bullet shot by the farmer and caught by Raditz is glowing and blue due to censorship issues. The sound of the gunshot, as well as the sound of Raditz throwing the bullet back, are also altered to sound less like a gunshot and more like a Ray Gun.
  • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the pants of the Time Patrol Logo Suit features a holstered handgun though it is purely cosmetic and can only be worn. Its design is based on Android 17's pants which also feature his holstered handgun.

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