Not to be confused with Pistol
A handgun is a short-barreled firearm that can be held and used with one hand. The two most common handgun sub-types in use today are revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.
In Mortal Kombat
Kurtis Stryker uses a pistol as one of his weapons in most of his playable appearances, such as in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat Trilogy. He uses this firearm for moves like Gun Blast. It is his issued gun, since he is part of the police force. In Mortal Kombat (2011), Stryker carries and makes use of two handguns as a part of his arsenal, but in a single-round manner under the name Gun Shot. When enhanced, Stryker will use two pistols that will fire once the buttons are released by the player. He also makes use of the pistol in his intro and in one of his fatalities. Kabal also uses one in the game's Story Mode when he was a police officer. Stryker continues to use a pistol in his appearance as a Revenant in Mortal Kombat X.
Johnny Cage is able to pull out a pistol while wearing his Tuxedo costume in Mortal Kombat 4, an accompanying accessory to his Secret Agent movie image. The weapon does not fire bullets, but instead fires bolts of energy similar to the crossbow used by Fujin. In Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11, an older and present Johnny has a pistol holstered to his side, however he never uses it during gameplay and is merely cosmetic in both games.
Jax could use a handgun in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces as a pick-up item. His younger self also briefly uses one in the Story Mode of Mortal Kombat 11. Kano briefly uses one to wound a present Johnny Cage in Cage's Chapter, while Sonya Blade's younger self uses one in her Chapter, killing the past version of Kano which causes the present Kano to cease to exist in the timeline. She is later seen using dual pistols in the Aftermath Story Mode expansion.
In Mortal Kombat X, dual modern pistols are used by Cassie Cage and dual antique revolvers by Erron Black as their primary weapons. Cassie and Erron both have variations in the game designed for more use of their handguns, called Hollywood and Gunslinger, respectively, allowing for more use of the weapons compared to their other variations. In Mortal Kombat 11, they continue to use the same handguns as their primary weapons and can even be customized into different design variants through the game's Gear Kustomization.
In Mortal Kombat 11, guest characters Joker and RoboCop also use pistols during gameplay. While the Joker uses a revolver during his Gun Down Outro and Friendship, he primarily utilizes a hidden pistol inside the mouth of his Batman doll. RoboCop utilizes the same pistol used in his origin franchise and movies called the Auto-9 for combos, specials, Fatalities and Brutalities. RoboCop's Auto-9 is customizable through the game's Kustomization.
- Despite other characters using pistols throughout the series, Erron Black seems to get taunted the most or rather criticized the most for using them.
- The pistols Stryker uses in MK (2011) are a pair of Beretta 92FS pistols.
- Cassie's Pistols in MKX appear to be modeled after those from the Glock Series of hand guns.