Is it possible to pull or pull out a machine gun if it's already in your hand?

He pulled (out) his machine gun and fired at the police.

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    Where do you think he might pull it from? Nov 28, 2019 at 18:02
  • Well, just because it's already in your hand, doesn't mean you can't pull it from your waistband or whatever. The gun's being in your hand doesn't prevent it from remaining un-drawn.
    – user3395
    Nov 28, 2019 at 18:10
  • @MichaelHarvey Yeah, he pulls TRIGGER!
    – user17814
    Nov 28, 2019 at 18:11
  • @userr2684291 The OP says, "He pulled (out) his machine gun and fired at the police." What the gunner can do to fire the police by pulling is only the machine guns' trigger. Not that "pull".
    – user17814
    Nov 28, 2019 at 18:14
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    Apart from language considerations, actual machine guns are pretty big to be pulled out of nowhere.
    – Helena
    Nov 29, 2019 at 10:54

2 Answers 2


If the subject "pulls out" a gun, he is removing it from a holster, it at least from some concealed place. If he had the gun in his hand and they were both concealed in his coat, you could say

He pulled out his gun and fired.

If the gun is already out, he can't pull it out again, but you could say something like

He raised the gun and fired.


He aimed the gun and fired.


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Pull out a gun

Pull (out) a gun (on someone)

to bring out a gun or knife suddenly so that it is ready for use against someone.

The police shot the thief when he pulled out a gun.

When you pull out a weapon you usually have it concealed at your waist or under your belt. You can't pull something out of your hand unless you're a magician, then you can pull anything out from anywhere.

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    So, the answer to the question is no. :)
    – Lambie
    Nov 28, 2019 at 18:41

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