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 uses 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. 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.
In Mortal Kombat X, dual 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, however the Joker only uses his revolver during his Gun Down Outro and his Come On Bats Friendship. However there appears to be a pistol or some other firearm hidden inside the Joker's Batman Ventriloquist Dummy, making use of them in many of his moves and even brutalities.
In the MK11 Story Mode, during Sonya's Chapter. After beating Past Kano and having her boot to his neck, the Present Kano takes the Past Johnny hostage by knife point and reminds her of what happens if he dies. Remembering what that means, she pulls out a pistol holstered behind her waist and kills Past Kano by blowing a hole into his head. Thus giving Present Kano the same wound and killing him as well making him crumble into dust as he falls down.
RoboCop utilizes the same pistol used in his origin franchise and movies called the Auto-9 for combos, specials, Fatalities and Brutalities. Just like with Cassie and Erron's pistols, RoboCop's Auto-9 can also be customized with different variants through the game's Kustomization, with some appearing & accurately modeled to look like the original Beretta 93R-derived prop to completely different pistols of original design.
- Despite other characters using pistols throughout the series, Erron Black seems to get taunted the most or rather criticized the most for using them.