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This Is What a Gun Looks Like When It's Pointing Straight At You
The New Republic ^ | 4/2/14 | Maia Booker

Posted on 04/02/2014 9:31:39 AM PDT by VanShuyten

The brainchild of Canada-based photographer Peter Andrew and Creative Directors Simon Duffy and Derek Blais, The Point Blank project shoots handguns in close-up, portrait-style, and straight down the barrel. In doing so, the project creates large-scale, extremely detailed, and uncomfortably in-your-face frontal photographs. The images have a jarring beauty in the symmetry of design, the depth-of-field, and the level of detail—all the more powerful for their implicit violence. These subjects have, quite literally, the power to kill.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banglist; gunporn
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1 posted on 04/02/2014 9:31:40 AM PDT by VanShuyten
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To: VanShuyten

In my experience the muzzle looks exceedingly larger than that.


2 posted on 04/02/2014 9:33:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

In my experience the muzzle looks exceedingly larger than that.

I never saw the RPG that shot at me.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 9:35:32 AM PDT by mountainlion
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To: VanShuyten
These subjects have, quite literally, the power to kill.

No hand. No power.

4 posted on 04/02/2014 9:36:58 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: VanShuyten

I’d be way more impressed if he’d show a picture of it with a bullet coming out.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 9:37:03 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: VanShuyten

I’ll never do that again.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 9:37:27 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: mountainlion

The few times I’ve been shot at I didn’t see the shooter. The time I saw the muzzle was a 12ga held by security in a use of deadly force authorized area. He hadn’t received the all clear yet from downstairs that the nuclear codes were indeed secure. I saw a muzzle and a twitching trigger finger.

The other time was a really pretty North Korean spy but I don’t think that counts.


7 posted on 04/02/2014 9:43:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
In my experience the muzzle looks exceedingly larger than that.

Like a frickin' sewer pipe!

8 posted on 04/02/2014 9:43:45 AM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: VanShuyten

There is generally only three reasons anyone, anywhere should ever see that: You are a criminal, you are an enemy, or you are being attacked.

“I look for trouble and I found it son
Straight down the barrel of a lawman’s gun
I tried to run but I don’t think I can
You make one move and you’re a dead man friend
Ain’t living long like this
Can’t live at all like this, can I baby?”
~ Waylon Jennings


9 posted on 04/02/2014 9:46:19 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: VanShuyten

Nope doesn’t look like those pictures at all.

Those are just pictures of guns nothing bad or scary at all.

Kind of like seeing a picture of a women and saying one is going to have sex with her.

Might be nice to look at but the act is impossible.

It is really a lot different looking down the muzzle of a real gun being held by a real person pointing it at you.

And a Lot worse if that person it trying to shoot and kill you.

This photographer has no clue.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 9:47:59 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: VanShuyten
This is what a camera looks like after a gun goes off while trying to take a picture like that.

11 posted on 04/02/2014 9:48:00 AM PDT by DannyTN ( .)
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To: VanShuyten

The Uzi is the only one aimed at the camera. Everybody else is shooting high with no rear sight showing.


12 posted on 04/02/2014 9:49:43 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: VanShuyten
. . . uncomfortably in-your-face frontal photographs. . . implicit violence . . . the power to kill.

I was thoroughly unimpressed. In the hand of a bad person, guns are scary. In the hand of a good person, guns are soothing. As inanimate objects without a person to hold them, guns are simply works of high- or low-quality craftsmanship, neither "uncomfortable" nor "violent".

13 posted on 04/02/2014 9:49:56 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: VanShuyten

Anyone looking at the gun and getting that writer’s cliche vision of a giant barrel view, probably shouldn’t be living a lifestyle that gets guns pointed at them, it is the human who is holding the gun that is what matters, and depending on the situation has to be placated or overcome, or outsmarted.


14 posted on 04/02/2014 9:51:57 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: VanShuyten
The revolver is the most menacing with what's gonna put a hole in you visible ...
15 posted on 04/02/2014 9:53:06 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: VanShuyten

Well the crowd cleared away and I began to pray
And the water fell on the floor
And I’m telling you, son, well it ain’t no fun
Staring straight down a forty-four


16 posted on 04/02/2014 9:58:24 AM PDT by loucon
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To: shove_it

For true shock value, the photo should have a hand holding it.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 9:58:48 AM PDT by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: VanShuyten

**As a group, we’ve always been fascinated by pistols and what they represent; ultimate power and personal protection**

These images are artsy-fartsy.....nothing wrong with that.

Without a hand holding them.....I dunno...but by themselves more art/form/design than anything else.

The photographer could do the same thing with a nose.....or door to a house.

[Crimson Trace is the WTG]


18 posted on 04/02/2014 10:03:20 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: driftdiver

In my experience the HUGE BLACK HOLE muzzles look exceedingly larger than 6 squad cars coz been ther done that.
It`ll traumatize you unless you already been shot a couple a times by 7.62`s; by then yer kinda used to it.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 10:08:30 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: VanShuyten

I missed the Browning Hi-Power.


20 posted on 04/02/2014 10:08:33 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Daffynition

They’re propaganda and meant to reinforce the liberal belief that common people should fear guns.


21 posted on 04/02/2014 10:14:42 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: shove_it

Cept it’s empty.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 10:20:40 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: VanShuyten
No photograph of a pistol, no matter how painstakingly the photographer is, captures the essence and detail of a pistol that is being pointed at you with an intent to shoot. Clarity is acute! the barrel looks very large affecting vocalization, adrenaline surges and relaxation of many of the autonomic muscles in the body, usually in the middle portion of your body.
23 posted on 04/02/2014 10:23:21 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Starstruck
No hand. No power.

hear, hear! and i know exactly what that looks like...

24 posted on 04/02/2014 10:24:19 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Daffynition

If the photos had a hand holding the weapon in them, it might remind people that firearms are inanimate objects, and can only be misused by people. That does not toe the Party line of “Guns are Evil”.


25 posted on 04/02/2014 10:31:17 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: driftdiver

lol


26 posted on 04/02/2014 10:40:26 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: VanShuyten

You see a sight like that, and the next thing you know, you will be meeting with the Old Timers at Murphy’s Chapel.
In other words, you are dead. A quick, merciful death.


27 posted on 04/02/2014 10:41:48 AM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: VanShuyten

Just proves what I’ve read before: Shiny guns are scarier to the bad guys! :) (My 7 shot SS .357 looks my intimidating than any of those, I think)


28 posted on 04/02/2014 10:52:48 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus
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To: VanShuyten

I like the look of the .44 caliber hollowpoints from mine. They cause “loose bowel syndrome” in the pointee.


29 posted on 04/02/2014 10:54:13 AM PDT by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, sharia is POISON.)
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To: shove_it

30 posted on 04/02/2014 10:58:46 AM PDT by GregoTX (Remember the Alamo)
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To: VanShuyten
here's a gun pointing straight at you:


U.S. President Barack Obama signing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010

31 posted on 04/02/2014 10:59:34 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: VanShuyten

True story. I was 18 and just arrived at my unit in Ft Benning Ga. I had already been in the army a year, but things happen and by luck of the numbers I was transferred to a new unit from my old one.

I was put in a room with three black guys. They were your typical boastful young blacks, who tried their best to intimidate me. They were learning that I was not impressed. As much I was friendly, they continued their intimidation antics.

Then one Friday evening I was taking a shower. I planed on spending the night painting the town. Now the showers were like five feet away from the CQs desk was.

I was facing the wall as i rinsed off a head full of shampoo. I heard the door open and close, but never thought anything about it. That is until I heard someone clear their throat right behind me.

I turned around to see the barrel of a revolver pointing right at my face. I could see the barrel of the gun and it had bullets in it, behind the gun was a black guy about my size looking at me with a big grin.

Almost immediately I reasoned in my head that five feet away from the door was a CQ who would be in the shower quicker than I could hit the floor if he pulled the trigger.

I also reasoned in my head that it was but another form or intimidation to get me to show fear. I called the guys bluff and turned around to finish rinsing the shampoo out of my hair. The next thing I heard was the shower door open and close.

I gave it a moment and turned around and the brother was gone. I said a prayer and pissed on the wall under the shower head. Finished my shower, wrapped my towel around my waist and headed back to me room. The whole incident lasted maybe a minute, if that long, and not a word was said .

From that day forward, my roommates stopped trying to intimidating me, and just about every black guy in the platoon began treating me like one of their own.

Never had a problem with anyone after that night. If anything, it seemed like they treated me with more respect than they did each other.

To this day though, I still know what it feels like to have a barrel pointed at my face.


32 posted on 04/02/2014 11:03:38 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: loucon

hey there mister I didn’t mean to kiss her,
I got no trouble with chew.


33 posted on 04/02/2014 11:07:43 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: VanShuyten

And if you want to know what a gun looks like with a gang banger pointing one at you - turn the picture sideways.


34 posted on 04/02/2014 11:07:47 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: VanShuyten

No “Kill-O-Zap Gun.” I’m disappointed.

For those of you who never read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:”

Kill-O-Zap is a deadly silver brand of handheld weaponry. The designer was clearly not instructed to beat about the bush. “Make it evil,” they’ve been told. “Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sorts of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, this is a gun for going out and making people miserable with.”


35 posted on 04/02/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT by JeffChrz (2014--still the best idiots money can buy.)
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To: VanShuyten

I am sure they didn’t mean for it to be pleasing but that is some great gun porn


36 posted on 04/02/2014 11:16:24 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: driftdiver

Yep. A mere .22 muzzle looks like the Holland Tunnel.


37 posted on 04/02/2014 11:22:58 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: driftdiver

Yep...they look a LOT bigger


38 posted on 04/02/2014 11:28:59 AM PDT by Therapsid
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To: VanShuyten


39 posted on 04/02/2014 11:37:12 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: VanShuyten
This Is What a Gun Looks Like When It's Pointing Straight At You

Just getting the libs ready ...

40 posted on 04/02/2014 11:38:52 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: VanShuyten

I’ve always thought that the S&W N frames, from the Triple Lock to the early post-war (WWII) guns were some the finest looking guns ever made.


41 posted on 04/02/2014 11:59:01 AM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: VanShuyten
That reminds me, I need to replace my Glock 23 with something a bit smaller, since I'm moving to a desert climate. Smaller than the Glock and easily concealed, .40, 10 round magazine and utterly reliable. I have my work cut out for me.
42 posted on 04/02/2014 12:06:22 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: VanShuyten
The one pistol that is the most intimidating, when seen from the muzzle, is the Colt Model 1917 in .45 ACP. I can't really explain it but that muzzle seems to grow — if you're on the wrong side — until it looks like the muzzle of a 16-inch naval rifle.
43 posted on 04/02/2014 12:10:20 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: VanShuyten
This is what a gun looks like when it is pointed at the American people:


44 posted on 04/02/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: driftdiver

I have had a gun pointed at me and the barrel looked like a howitzer. Its a strange kind of scary. LOL!


45 posted on 04/02/2014 12:24:48 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: VanShuyten

Well, those of us who follow the basic runs of gun safety never have seen our weapon system this way.


46 posted on 04/02/2014 12:26:54 PM PDT by HammerT (The Commonsense civil right of Armed Self-defense [CASD], its the law of the land.)
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To: VanShuyten

John Wilkes Booth's Derringer

47 posted on 04/02/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: VanShuyten
Ok. I went to the link and wasted my time.

The picture, if 1:1 perspective, is of 2 things in my opinion:

1. Liberal's last vision (deer in the headlights)
2. A dead shooter (if it were pointed at me or anyone I know...and I mean from their own weapon)

The Point Blank project shoots handguns in close-up, portrait-style, and straight down the barrel.

What a horrible use of language and pathetic waste of time.

48 posted on 04/02/2014 12:58:27 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: VanShuyten

I’ve looked down the barrel of so many guns, I can’t even imagine where I would begin to count. In other words, big hairy deal!


49 posted on 04/02/2014 1:15:00 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: vpintheak

But have you looked down one when someone else is holding it and you know there are bullets in the gun?


50 posted on 04/02/2014 2:18:14 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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