Talk:Dual wield

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Integration into other media[edit]

It is true that John Woo helped popularize dual wielding firearms. But it is found in older media, which this article seems to hate admitting. It probably appeared in Westerns, but for certain... well, look up "the Shadow" and "the Spider" covers from their original pulps ad you'll see both dual wielding modern pistols. Dessydes (talk) 11:15, 14 June 2010 (UTC)

I've been bold and edited the damn thing myself. I'm not used to doing citations, I'm not sure how it works, the syntax is too long, but if someone wants to add it, it's here [1]. Also that image of the Spider should be in the Public Domain or at least Fair Use, since it's just a still from a movie, if someone feels like adding it to the article instead. Dessydes (talk) 05:52, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Unfortunately some problems: Livejournal isn't a "reliable source" and if the photo isn't free, it can't be included as it doesn't meet the fair use critera: 8. Contextual significance: Non-free content is used only if its presence would significantly increase readers' understanding of the topic, and its omission would be detrimental to that understanding. Also the text you added is uncited and used the word "probably": The use of the dual wield in modern media probably dates as far back as. This isn't encyclopaedic, needs reliable source etc, otherwise it's just an individuals speculation. Ryan4314 (talk) 11:24, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
Wow, what the hell? This is why I don't bother editing anymore. I'm sure you'll find the word "probably" in AT LEAST a few articles. You know, because facts get lost in history. Aside from which there are dozens of images of "the Shadow" and other pulp heroes dual wielding. Heck, have a look on this very site. You didn't have to delete what I wrote, you could have just verified and edited it. But anyway, forget it. I'm no longer contributing to this article at all. It can just stagnate as is. Dessydes (talk) 06:28, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
P.S. A quote from The Spider's Web article, "Pleasant and smiling in civilian life, Wentworth is often ruthless as the Spider, slinging two guns against the public enemies who attack him." Dessydes (talk) 07:05, 10 February 2011 (UTC)

Movie Ref.[edit]

Laura Croft (Angelina Jolie) dual wields Heckler & Koch 9mm and has a unique reloading style seen Here @ 3:20.


Her name is Lara, and she has been played by more people than just Angie. The article does need pictures, though (a screenshot from Halo or something similar would be appropriate, and certainly an image from Hard Boiled or something else by John Woo.) Once again, that name is Lara. Sheavsey33 (talk) 06:05, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Akimbo (firearms)...huh?[edit]

I have no idea why this was moved to a firearms category. It was written entirely in terms of gaming, It's a gaming term, and while it does address some real life firearm handling issues, it addresses them in the context of how games can or cannot reproduce them. Any objections to moving it back to (gaming)? YourMessageHere 04:38, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

It looks like Some guy (talk · contribs) has some explaining to do. %) As for objections, I have none though I'd like to remind you that moving a renamed article back to the original name is technically impossible without admins' assistance. :) --Koveras  16:44, 19 November 2006 (UTC) long as one of us knows what we're doing (in this instance, clearly not Some guy), I'm happy. Do you know how to get an admin's attention? YourMessageHere 23:16, 19 November 2006 (UTC)
Though some justification/intent should have been posted before moving, I think it's reasonable. The article doesn't just cover gaming, but also some historical and cinematic uses. Perhaps it was moved to (firearms) because it deals with using two guns, but IMHO it should probably be something else (no idea what that is, unfortunately). VirogIt's notmy fault! 15:26, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
Saying this is about firearms is like saying an article about a gangster film ought to be considered an article about organised crime, not film. It's impossible to talk about the concept purely in terms of gaming, as by its very nature akimbo usage in gaming is simulating real use of firearms. The article is an attempt to contextualise where the idea of dual guns comes from, some of the practical considerations involved, and why dual guns are popular in games and media.

Serious Concerns[edit]

I have to say, most of this page is complete fiction.

-I have never understood "Akimbo" to mean use of two identical guns. This claim should be substantiated. To me it appears to be used by people in general to indicate using a weapon in each hand. "Dual wielding", by contrast, belongs more to the RPG genre, and refers more to melee weapons, since "wielding" is more appropriate to melee weapons than ranged ones, and RPGs by and large are more likely to feature melee weapons than ranged ones as modern or futuristic settings are less common in RPGs.

-No mention is made of the fact that it's slang based on an incorrect use/corruption of the word. If this were accurate, firing guns akimbo either means (depending on one's preferred official dictionary definition) firing them with arms bent and both hands at the hips, like cowboys in westerns, or with arms crossed, the only example of which I can think of being the peepshow assassination scene in The Boondock Saints. By contrast almost all twin-gun combat in gaming is straight-armed, at shoulder level and aimed straight forward.

-Akimbo does not come from anything Japanese. It is an english word derived from the middle english "in kenebowe" and recorded as such in 1400. Check a dictionary. While it's not impossible that the word Akimbo (or rather "akinbo" as it would have to be) is coincidentally also a Japanese word, my Japanese dictionary has never heard of it, and I find it straining the bounds of credibility overmuch to claim that it applies to anything as similar as this. No reference is given to back this claim up and thus I simply can't believe it.

-The nearest thing I can get to dual sword wielding in a Japanese historical context is Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu.

-The use of the word in games derives either from Rise of the Triad (Although I loved ROTT I can't remember if the game referred to twin pistols as akimbo. It is possible. I remember that the cheat for twin pistols was JOHNWOO though) or, failing that, from the "Guns Akimbo" powerup in the game Blood, dating from 1997. This represents the second use of two guns at once in an FPS game, after ROTT.

-The quote from John Woo is triply inaccurate, in that not only does it not mention the word "akimbo", but also to my knowledge it is derived exclusively from the english dub version of Hard Boiled, not appearing at all in the original language version, and in any case, it's a line spoken by a character in the film, not something John Woo says as a director.

-there's nothing here about the point of "Akimbo" guns from a gameplay perspective, i.e. that you can do twice the damage with the same weapon twice, also that depending on how realistically the game portrays it, you can fire at a variety of speeds ranging from single shots to almost as fast as a submachinegun, and that in a few cases games allow you the ability to fire at two targets at once.

-Something also ought to be said about the flexibility of play styles that it allows, and the differences of implementation on this front. This is largely between games that allow you to use akimbo guns when you pick up a second single gun, like Blood II, wherein picking up a beretta gave you one gun but then picking up another let you use two at once, versus games that only allow akimbo weapons as a single weapon item, like counterstrike, in which you must pick up both berettas in order to use twin berettas but cannot pick them up singly or use other guns akimbo. Then there are the various ways in which firing is handled: both guns at once (Blood 2), each gun once, out of synch (Action Quake II), one shot from alternate guns per trigger press (CS), or with seperate triggers for each gun (Action UT).

-I fail to see why The Specialists mod gets a mention in the list of games, as it is only one of many, many modifications for many games to feature twin pistols. To my knowledge the first was Action Quake II, with twin H&K Mk23 pistols. Since then there have been twin guns in mods including The Opera, Action Halflife, Counterstrike itself (the twin pistols were added when it was still a mod), Reaction Quake III, Frag Ops, Action Unreal Tournament 2004, etc...

-the talk on reloading is generally opinionated and unfounded. Five minutes experimentation with a pair of BB guns will reveal that reloading with a gun in each hand is perfectly possible when clips are simply kept reasonably easily accessible. I cannot think of a single instance of reloading via the sleeves outside of the film Equilibrium, and then it uses an arm-mounted gadget. If it's occuring offscreen, the clips could come from anywhere. Furthermore, I don't believe a magazine would be sufficiently heavy to fully fall into place in a gun, so it's not practical either. To say that a Beretta is bulkier than a Colt is hardly sensible, as the Beretta 92 series has a full width double stack magazine in its grip, making it actually wider than a Colt 1911 with its single stack magazine; therefore there is no practical reason for the difference in technique between CS Berettas and TS Colts. In this case, the technique used in the TS colt reload animation is, like the Golden Colts themselves, directly taken from the film Face/Off. Essentially, it's all a matter of what the animators and developers want to do and what they are capable of portraying.

I'm therefore going to edit this page considerably in the near future; any objections to what I've said above?

--YourMessageHere 02:18, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

I just wanted to address some of your points... First of all, if the article title includes " (gaming)" then the article itself should consist primarily of fiction, shouldn't it? ;) Furthermore:

  1. I, too, think that akimbo generally refers to wielding two guns simultaneously, no matter whether identical or not. However, I have only seen the word "akimbo" used in games when referring to identical weapons. That is, either "handguns akimbo" or "dual handguns" but never "handgun and sub-machinegun akimbo".
  2. I don't know about that but if you have reliable sources that may well be.
  3. To say the truth, I'm also quite suspicious of this reference to the Japanese language.
  4. See above.
  5. You should definitely add the info about Blood to the corresponding section.
  6. Please, correct the quotation but don't remove it outright, for it does fit into context IMO.
  7. You are welcome to add any new aspects (e.g. gameplay perspective) into a new section.
  8. See above.
  9. I think, the Specialists was added simply because it's one of the few smaller-than-CS mods that has it's own article on Wiki.
  10. The reloading issues section contains various examples of presenting the reloading of akimbo guns on screen. It does not, for the most part, address physics. Therefore I suggest simply changing the first sentence of the section to something like "Reloading while holding one gun in each hand is not as straightforward as with a single gun, therefore most film and game characters display flashy techniques aimed rather at catching the audience or the player's attention rather than at effectively reloading the weapons" and leave the rest be.

That's my opinion, by anyone is welcome to post their own. :) --Koveras Flag of Russia.svg 16:19, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

My view is that any unsourced material should be deleted. Though the term has entered somewhat-popular (more like niche) usage, as Yourmessagehere points out, much is speculation, and WRONG speculation. I'll keep it around for a bit out of good faith, but he would be perfectly justified in blanking most of the content of the article as the only sourced point is its use in HK cinema. --Mmx1 01:11, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

First appearance in games[edit]

...of akimbo. Was that Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² or Rise of the Triad? I've played only the former one, so I don't know whether the latter allows akimbo at all. Since that edit came from an anonymous user, we really need some CVG expert, because this way the article contradicts itself. --Koveras Flag of Russia.svg 15:00, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Another early game that exhibits dual-wielding is Marathon. I went to check whether it was released earlier or later than Rise of the Triad, but it turns out that the two games were released on the very same day - December 21, 1994. -- 09:12, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

confirming Akimbo in Rise of the Triad[edit]

I played ROTT myself. Rise of the Triad has an akimbo weapon, dual pistols in fact. I can provide a screenshot if necessary. Omega Said 11:03, 20 April 2006 (UTC) omegasaid (can't sign in here)

A screenshot would be nice. Although I don't know whether simply shooting two pistols simultaneously really differs from shooting a double-barreled shotgun as in Doom II... F.A.K.K.2 provides more akimbo-like possibilities in this sense... --Koveras Flag of Russia.svg 11:33, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

screenshots can be seen in:

You start with a single pistol, and the both of them do not shoot at the same time, so its not really like twin-barreled shotgun, as shotgun is not single-handled and you cannot handle 2 shotguns. Akimbo is kinda pistols and katana specific, so akimbo rocket-launchers do not really fit into that either. Omega Said 09:30, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

I notice that you have included only one of the Hitman games of the series. I would consider them all to apart of games that use the akimbo style. The silver/hardballers use them and in Contracts you can use the MicroUzi's the same way. In Silent Assasin, you can use dual sawn off shotguns. So I think the inclusion of the entire series would be better. Ionvs 03:53, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Incorrect info[edit]

It states in the current version, "In Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², this tactic has been developed further, now allowing the player to wield two different weapons at once, firing each one independently." I looked at the article on that game and found its publishing date to be in 2000; however, I know for a fact that in the game GoldenEye 007 there is the capability to have a different gun in each hand. Sometimes it comes a glitch (I've had it happen there more than once) but also in the level "Jungle" you face Xenia, who is wielding an RCP-90 in one hand and a Grenade Launcher in the other. When you pick it up you get them as a combo. Therefore the statement about Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² is false. I'll wait a bit to correct it though because maybe I missed some odd "criteria" for this title. But it's definitely a fact. —Preceding unsigned comment added by VogonFord (talkcontribs)

But can you shoot them independently? The right hand weapon with the right mouse button and the left hand weapon - with the left one? That's what meant by that sentence. And, btw, don't forget to sign your comments. --Koveras Flag of Russia.svg 17:18, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
My playing of FAKK2 was brief, but the point in this context is that you could have two completely independent weapons at once and fire each totally independently, and as far as can be established it was the first game to actually do this. In my book GoldenEye was a bit grudging in its implementation of akimbo weapons; it's been a while, but IIRC the only way you could actually get akimbo weapons was by finding an enemy with akimbos, kill them and take their weapon, rather than pick up a single weapon and then another single weapon. This, however, is merely my rant about its limitations =P More to the point, IIRC GoldenEye didn't have independent firing, having only the one trigger on the N64 controller, and went for alternate fire from each gun. However there may have been a way, as I say, it's been a while. Also, acquisition of mixed akimbo via bugs can't really be called "implementation", can it? I'm wondering about including a mention of Action Unreal Tournament in this section, as that also allowed entirely mixed akimbo, with total independence (i.e. you can use any desired combination of two weapons in your possession at once, independently - It was a great idea, and a good if necessarily fiddly implementation of it, but the mod folded due to lack of players) and to my knowledge no other FPS has fully done this before or since. YourMessageHere 19:39, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
Correct about the Goldeneye thing. You had to find an enemy that was dual-wielding and pick up their weapons. At a guess(I've honestly got no way of knowing for sure), I'd say the weapons probably had a 'flag' on them that indicated when they could be used as an off hand weapon, and the developers only set that flag on weapons carried by dual-wielding NPCs. Also, they did indeed alternate fire between the weapons with a single trigger. In the example given of the grenade launcher with the RCP-90, that produced the very odd(and pretty much usless) effect of simulatenously spraying an automatic weapon with a high rate of fire, a massive clip, and penetration ability in one hand, and a grenade launcher with only a few rounds, a fairly low rate of fire, and of course a ballistic trajectory in the other hand! The ability to fire each independantly might've actually made it a useful combination, but as it stood, it was dangerous(to you!), and a dramatic waste of grenades. On a sidenote: if you manage to open up the all weapons cheat, it grants dual versions of nearly every weapon in the game, up to and including the assault rifles, grenade launchers, and rocket launchers! But even with the cheat, you couldn't mix and match, at least not without a glitch I don't know of. Perfect Dark used a basically identical system, except that you could occasionally find a second gun that would go in the offhand slot hidden somewhere in a few of the levels in addition to the old method of downing a dual-wielder. -Graptor 13:48, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
There is glitch that allows you to do it, I can't remember it at the moment but you can do it (I've done it by accident before) and I'm sure you could find it on Google. In Perfect Dark it was easy to get double weapons as long as you came across a second person with the gun or a different spawnpoint for it. VogonFord 02:34, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

YourMessageHere, what do you think about's claim about akimbo in AQ2? --Koveras Flag of Russia.svg 08:06, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

John Woo quotation[edit]

One possibility is that the word acquired its current slang usage via fans of action director John Woo, who used the word to describe his trademark style of wielding two handguns at once:

   "Give a guy a gun, he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God." - John Woo, Hard Boiled 

I don't see "akimbo" anywhere in that quotation (which, as noted above, was a line spoken by a character and not Mr. Woo). Unless someone can come up with a modification/source to verify the quotation, I'm going to remove it. Virogtheconq 03:37, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

I don't have a source, but it looks to me it is referring to akimbo. --Drgumbofunk 04:30, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Fact about the soldier in WWII[edit]

I put the fact up, I remember seeing that fact in a documentary about the Colt 1911, but I don't know witch one. Don't screw with it, unless your putting in a citation. Tree Hugger 07:03, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Seung-Hui Cho, in "dual wield" photo[edit]

There was a deletion without comment [2] from the "In real life" subsection of the text:

"Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in the Virginia Tech massacre , a school shooting that unfolded as two separate attacks about two hours apart on April 16, 2007, sent a photo of himself wielding two guns in this pose to NBC News in between the shooting episodes. There is no evidence that he used the weapons in this way during the shootings."

This followed the deletion [3] of the image of Seung-Hui Cho posed with his two semi-automatic pistols. If the image is "non free" then why is it allowable to post it in the article about Seung-Hui Cho? Why is the present image from a video game more "free?" And if the image of "Max Payne" presently in the article or the image displayed from March 23, 2006 [4] until yesterday [5] of Chow Yun Fat holding two pistols was relevant to an article about holding two pistols, then why is not the somewhat more famous image of Cho, as long as there is a "Real life" section in the article. This certainly seems like the most notable recent image of someone brandishing two pistols. Pity someone can't find a good rationale for showing Yosemite Sam in his characteristic 2 gun pose [6] with the guns pointing out similar to the Cho photo. The article seems to be selecting the LEAST iconic images of someone with the specified pose. Edison 19:18, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

I don't like the idea of bringing something THAT iconic into the article, simply because it'll cause too much ruckus (IMO). The VTS are all over the media right now and it's better to wait for the buzz to die down for the sake of article stability. IMO. As for the Max Payne, it's a pretty famous game, and the second word (the first, if you don't count prepositions) in the article body currently "gaming", so... --Koveras  21:40, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
So why does the picture of Chow Yun Fat also have to go? It had been on the article for over a year before the similar picture of Seung-Hui Cho was added, then it suddenly disappeared. If the article keeps a "Real world" , then perhaps it should include the famous image of Cho posing with his pair of pistols. Why does it only ref to the more obscure instance like "Macedonian shooting" which is a redlink (nonexistent or deleted) article and whose sole reference does not work? Maybe the article should stick to gaming. Also keep Yosemite Sam in mind if someone suggests Cho was copying video games, because Sam was on TV and an iconic truck decal long before video games existed. Edison 23:39, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
Chow Yun Fat had to go because there were problems with fair use rationale. If you can come up with an acceptable fair use rationale for Seung-Hui Cho's image in this article, sure, go ahead. :) --Koveras  17:47, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
It goes a bit beyond credibility that the "fair use" problem only popped up when the similar image of Seung-Hui Cho was on every front page. It had been fine in that respect for over a year. Looks like censorship, also known as "it'll cause too much ruckus." Wikipedia is not censored, even to prevent "ruckus." Edison 19:12, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
Listen, I will repeat myself: write an acceptable fair use rationale for that image and add it to the article, instead of bugging me with censorship and what Wikipedia is not. I really hate it when people start kicking it on the talk pages instead of writing something productive in the mainspace. Very sorry, if that came over too harsh but it's just something that's been bothering me for ages. --Koveras  19:42, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

pgraph not related to videogames[edit]

this pgraph has no direct connection to videogames, so was removed. it could be pasted into Gun Kata but is probably already covered there.

Other, less down-to-earth techniques include ejecting the magazines, then pointing the gun down and letting new magazines, concealed in the sleeves of the wielder, to slide down into place. In sci-fi settings, this reloading technique can be updated via special gadgets hidden in one's sleeves, which automatically reload both guns when triggered, such as those used in the movie Equilibrium where the protagonist John Preston uses this technique, as well as a somewhat dubious method of reloading that involves throwing specially weighted magazine across the floor. The weights force the magazine into an upright position, allowing the character to dive toward them and reload by slamming empty guns down onto the magazines. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 13:26, 13 May 2007 (UTC).

The Origin of Wielding two guns[edit]

The statement that it was invented in the west is more then 200 years off, Duel wielding can be seen as early as 1600s where cavalry men would carry as many as 6 flintlock pistols firing and dropping their single shot guns after charging into enemy ranks. 13:01, 24 July 2007 (UTC) Bloody Sacha 7/24/2007

Yes, but in both hands? ;)Pfhortipfhy (talk) 05:15, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Since the reference police have been calling, put this in the article and, please, appease them with references!YourMessageHere (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Dual Wielding cold arms?[edit]

This article doesn't say anything about wielding two melee weapons at once and using them, other than it can be called dual wielding in some games? I know some masters could use a cold arm like a sword in each hand at the same time in real life. I think this article needs more about dual wielding melee weapons. Or is there a separate article for that? I've been looking for one and couldn't find it.

Originally, the article covered exclusively firearms akimbo, so much of its text comes from those times. As for the IRL dual wielding, the See also section contains links to the two most closely related concepts: main-gauche and Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū. :) And no, there is no separate article for melee dual wield, as such information should (theoretically) be included into this one. --Koveras  17:59, 29 July 2007 (UTC)
Anyone who wants more information is encouraged to add it. Melee weapons are not my field of study, so I left it to others to add this.YourMessageHere (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Hellgate: London[edit]

I added Hellgate: London to the list. Would someone(who knows it better than me) want to write something about it? It makes heavy use of dual wielding; you can combinate all kinds of weapons (even swords/smgs etc.) and use them seperately (left mouse button/right mouse button). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:54, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

The list of games with dual-wielding[edit]

This list adds bloat to the article and doesn't really belong. Dual-wielding is technically not just a video-game thing -- there are real instances of use of two-hand weapons (ask any fencer what he would give to use a main gauche). The list should either be split into its own article or deleted. --Anon (talk) 17:34, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

The list as I originally wrote it tracked the evolution of the concept in games. Comprehensive is better than short.YourMessageHere (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Movie refference[edit]

One of the few movies to actually show reloading of dual wielding guns is Equilibrium, where the spent magazines are dropped and a small mechanical arm system pushes fresh magazines into the guns from his hips. - NemFX (talk) 15:16, 17 July 2008 (UTC) `


I've moved this section here from 'Implementation (in games)' in the main article, for reasons I'll explain:

In practical terms akimbo guns have a number of advantages:

  • an easy and practical upgrade using weapons salvaged from the surroundings;
  • an entirely analogue rate of fire allowing any speed from single shots to virtually submachinegun rates of fire;
  • a doubling of available ammunition before reloading is necessary (see below);
  • the ability to target two enemies at once;
  • the ability to shoot in two directions at once;
  • the ability to use two weapon types at once.

Problems with it are:

  • It looks like original research. Without sources, it really shouldn't be in the article, although a sourced section on practicality would be nice to have.
  • It doesn't really fit in with the content of the paragraph it was in, as that focussed on its use in games and not real life.
  • It's one sided, making it sound like dual wielding firearms is a good idea (unlike a previous section that calls it laughable). Mention should be made of disadvantages like reduced accuracy, longer reload times, whether it's possible to accurately aim and shoot at targets in two directions at once, etc. The point about analogue fire rates also needs fixing, as it assumes a semi-automatic gun, and isn't necessarily much of an advantage anyway. Assuming, that is, sources can be found for any of this. =P (talk) 01:36, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

I fully support this edit, it is original research (or more specifically, just someone's thoughts on the matter). Plus this move also gets the article one step closer to legitimacy and away from computer game fancruft. Ryan4314 (talk) 18:04, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
  • Explain how listing some relevant, demonstrable, undeniable facts is original research. Why does this need a source?
  • I agree a list of disadvantages, or rather potential disadvantages, are needed. Add one. Rename this to potential advantages.
  • An analogue fire rate is obviously massively advantageous, as evidenced by how handy this feature is in practical use in games. Given the large majority of akimbo guns in games are semiautomatic, yes, it does assume semiautomatic guns. Add "on semiautomatic weapons" if you really feel it's not already obvious.
  • It's all either relevant or potentially relevant to games. Of that list, three features are true of every implementation of dual wield/akimbo/whatever you want to call this in a game, one is true of some implementations, and the other two are potentially relevant, if a game were made that allowed for multiple targets at once.
  • As I pointed out before, games with guns in mimic gun handling in real life. Two weapons used at once is a trend in gaming, and I originally intended this article to put it in context. In order to comprehensively explain what's happening in games and why, it is 100% necessary to explain in a real life context.
  • More information is always better. Chopping stuff out just because it's talking about something that doesn't really get covered by academia isn't really helpful to anyone, is it?

YourMessageHere (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Marathon shotguns?[edit]

Why is the Marathon akimbo shotgun not mentioned here? While the process itself is unknown, I should think that it should be given an honorable mention, at least in the section describing the evolution of how akimbo reloading was portrayed.Pfhortipfhy (talk) 05:14, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

What's a "Marathon akimbo shotgun"? Ryan4314 (talk) 13:56, 21 February 2009 (UTC)
Shotguns used akimbo, in Marathon, clearly. What's a 'reading and understanding the article before using the talk page'? OP, it's not mentioned because I didn't know about it. Add it. Reference it.YourMessageHere (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
That was just plain rude. Ryan4314 (talk) 19:14, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
So was what you wrote.YourMessageHere (talk) 08:59, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
How is asking what a "Marathon akimbo shotgun" is, rude? Ryan4314 (talk) 11:21, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
Because it's blatantly obvious what it is, and either you failed to read the article section that mentioned Marathon, or you're asking for no reason other than to ridicule/belittle the OP (see also your use of speech marks). YourMessageHere (talk) 12:25, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
I don't/didn't know what Marathon is, I presume the Marathon you are referring to is this: Marathon Trilogy? This Marathon is just name-dropped once in this article and there is no prerequisite to read an article before asking a question on a talk page. I assumed the OP was referring to a singular weapon/device, a "marathon-akimbo-shotgun"? I think you have misunderstood me, I was actually trying help him, asking him to clarify and my use of speechmarks was to quote him. Ryan4314 (talk) 14:07, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

What happened to this article?[edit]

This page went pretty wrong while I wasn't looking. I love how this article has completely mutated from being an excusively gaming-related article about using two guns at once, into an article with a totally different name that barely mentions games after the first sentence, reads as if it were still about "Akimbo (gaming)" and seems to include melee weapons too now. Seems like everyone's so busy renaming things and moving them and chopping them out and demanding references to actually make sure the article is what it's supposed to be.YourMessageHere (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

I chopped out all the trivial game stuff in a BOLD move, no one opposed. Gaming is still mentioned, however this article does not need a list of every game that features dual wielding, nor does it need Original Research and speculation about shooting techniques in games. Ryan4314 (talk) 19:14, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

In Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.²[edit]

  • Dual wield#Integration into media says "Most famously, Hong Kong action cinema, ... In Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², this tactic has been developed further, now allowing the player to wield two different weapons at once, firing each one independently.". Does this genuinely mean two unlike weapons (e.g. an Uzi and a revolver), or is it merely (as I have come across far too often) a wordy way of saying "two"? Anthony Appleyard (talk) 13:47, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it means two dissimilar weapons. Will alter text. YourMessageHere (talk) 09:03, 14 April 2009 (UTC)


Long time reader, edit other wiki's on a frequent basis.

This page honestly is just gross, it's full of random information that's unnecessary and arguments completely worthless to the point.

This article needs to be reorganized as:

Dual Wielding (Main article, the art of wielding two weapons together, one in each hand, covers firearms and coldarms, consider Guns Akimbo seperate)
-History of Dual Wielding (History, historical records of people doing it [I myself know of a few cases of Chinese warriors that were told to have used two weapons, so there are cases or stories]) (should also include information about parrying blades or such)
-Dual Wielding in Popular Culture (Gaming, Movies, etc. that have Dual Wielding in them, NOT detailed descriptions, but moreso list format of the most popular sources to include them, should not be ridiculously long, but get the point across)

Guns Akimbo (Second article, explanation of the term and its creation, and the incorrectness of the term/sources that use it) link to it from the bottom "see also" page on Dual Wielding. Games/Movies that directly use the term Akimbo should be mentioned here.

What this article(s) does not need:
-Who did it first or spoke about it or mentioned it or invented the term first
-What are the advantages (pretty sure that's left up to the user to figure out with common sense)
-What are the disadvantages (see above)
-Random references to games/movies

What this article(s) do need:
-Historical points of people using two weapons (cold or fire)
-Proper references
-A clean, straightforward explanation of Dual Wielding

Dual Wielding is a style of combat, period, whether effective or not is a whole other argument. Therefor it should be a historical/combat article. Guns Akimbo however is a video game term and deserves to be in the gaming section.

Trying to help the best I can without rewriting the whole page myself (I'm not used to actual Wikipedia editting so I know I'd step on some toes and get murdered)

- (talk) 18:38, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

As long as you don't turn it into some crufty fanboy article, do whatever you like. Ryan4314 (talk) 16:36, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Looking at what has said about the format, would like to follow it. Would like to start, but not sure from where...Also would like any help from anyone since clearly getting proper sources for this is going to not be easy. Also this article only belongs to gaming and firearm categories, nothing related to cold weapon combat or some of the martial arts which involve this?. -Ugog Nizdast (talk) 19:29, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Two revolvers?[edit]

While I agree that using one revolver in each hand might be an effective tactic under some circumstances, there is one sentence in the article which seems very wrong to me:

"Use of two guns was therefore a reasonable compromise, as this allowed one gun to be cocked as the other is being fired, in practical terms doubling the rate of fire and the available number of bullets."

As far as I know, that only works in Hollywood. The human brain does not like the hands doing different tasks, especially in a combat situation. The sensible way to get an increased rate of fire is to fire both guns simultaneously (which gives good accuracy one the main gun and a decent chance of a hit with the off hand gun, at least at short range), then cock both guns at the same time. Repeat until empty or you are out of targets. With this technique, I've managed to more or less consistently put at least one round (out of the two fired simultaneously) in a human sized target at 20m under mock combat situations, and I'm not a good shot. Trying to cock a gun with the off hand while firing, though, is just too distracting.

So, some reference for the claim in that sentence, or remove it? (talk) 12:18, 13 May 2011 (UTC)