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Country Japan.jpg Japan
Creator Yasuhiro Nightow
Genre Science-Fiction
Broadcast 1998
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 26
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vash the Stampede Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Masaya Onosaka (Japanese)
Meryl Stryfe Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)
Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese)
Milly Thompson Lia Sargent (English)
Satsuki Yukino (Japanese)
Nicholas D. Wolfwood Jeff Nimoy (English)
Shō Hayami (Japanese)

Trigun (Japanese: トライガン, Hepburn: Toraigan) is a Japanese anime based on the manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow. Trigun was first serialized in Tokuma Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Captain from April 1995 to January 1997. The series continued its publication in Shōnen Gahosha's seinen manga magazine Young King OURs, under the title Trigun Maximum, from October 1997 to March 2007. Trigun was adapted into a twenty-six episode anime television series by Madhouse; it aired on TV Tokyo from April to September 1998.

Set on a desert planet called "Gunsmoke", populated by small towns of human settlers, Trigun follows Vash the Stampede, an outlaw known as the "Humanoid Typhoon" with a 60,000,000,000$$ ("double dollar") bounty on his head. The show draws heavily from the Hollywood portrayal of the American frontier (especially Spaghetti Westerns) and relies heavily on guns and gunplay, boasting a wide array of firearms ranging from real-world models to carefully designed fictional firearms. The series is notable for being one of the major anime titles in the U.S. in the late '90s and early 2000s, where it gained (and still maintains) far more popularity than in its native Japan.

A movie spinoff called Trigun: Badlands Rumble was released in 2010, which was based on the manga, but has several elements taken from the anime.

Note: Many of the weapons in the series are based on real-world designs but have been modified to appear more futuristic. Most modifications are largely cosmetic and will simply be noted as "Futuristic" in the section header.

The following weapons appear in the anime Trigun:



AGL Arms Factory .45 Long Colt (EF Auto Ejecting, Double Action) (Vash's Revolver)

Trigun's most iconic weapon is a fictional double-action, full-sized revolver chambered for .45 Long Colt. It possesses a 6 o' clock position barrel similar to a Mateba Autorevolver, and a break-top mechanism similar to a Schofield Model 3.

The revolver's internal operation is somewhat unclear. The barrel mates up with the lowest chamber of the cylinder, but when fired, the hammer does not appear to be striking the round in that chamber. There may be an internal mechanism that redirects the force of the hammer down to the correct round. It appears to be styled in this way to keep the gun looking more conventional, instead of having the more unusual-looking hammers of the Mateba handguns. It sports an auto-ejector and thumb-activated cylinder releases on both sides of the frame, making the weapon very quick and easy to reload and allowing it to be used with either hand. The gun houses a Plant module on the upper part of the gun (hence the 6 o' clock barrel), which when activated transforms it into a super destructive weapon that fires beams capable of destroying entire cities.

At least two of these weapons exist in the series, the first belonging to Vash the Stampede, the other to his brother, Knives. While Knives claims to have "made" them, it is unclear if this means that he designed and built the two revolvers from scratch (suggesting that the "AGL Arms Factory" markings on the barrel weight are simply a coy reference to the "Angel Arms" system), or if they were manufactured by a regular weapons producer and that when Knives claims to have made them he is simply referring to the addition of the Plant modules over the barrels. Whichever is the case, they are most certainly rare specimens, as no other examples outside of these two are seen in the show.

A shot of both AGL Arms .45 Long Colt revolvers during the opening credit sequence.
Vash with both his and Knives's revolvers. (Ep.17)

Vash's AGL Arms .45 Long Colt

Vash the Stampede's primary weapon throughout the series is his AGL Arms .45 Long Colt with a silver (likely nickel-plated) finish. At the beginning of the series, the weapon has fallen into disrepair (Vash states that it is "three inches off from only ten yards") until episode 3 when the gunsmith Frank Marlon "changes the cylinder and hammer parts" and gives it a general tuneup.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing Vash's revolver.
A composite image showing the right side of Vash's revolver after its tune-up. (Ep.03)
Vash draws his AGL Arms revolver. (Ep.01)
Vash opens his revolver's action and sees why it wouldn't fire at the mob of enemies charging at him. Note the auto-ejector. (Ep.01)
Vash empties his revolver, giving the audience a good demonstration of its auto-ejector. (Ep.03)
Marlon returns Vash's weapon. It has a new fluteless (smooth) cylinder. Also note a second cylinder release on the right side of the frame. (Ep.03)
Vash aims his revolver, giving the audience a clear view of the barrel and rifling. (Ep.04)
The outside of the barrel weight on Vash's revolver breaks away in a flashback, revealing the dangerous Plant module inside. (Ep.18)
A closeup of the Plant module inside Vash's revolver. (Ep.24)

Knives' AGL Arms .45 Long Colt

Knives' AGL Arms revolver is almost identical to Vash's weapon, but sports a black (possibly blued) finish, features a slightly different set of grips (which include a lanyard loop in the front), and lacks the fluteless cylinder upgrade of Vash's revolver.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing Knives's revolver.
A good side profile shot of Knives' AGL Arms .45 LC revolver. (Ep.26)
Knives with his AGL Arms revolver. (Ep.26)
Knives reloads his revolver. (Ep.26)
Knives presses his revolver against Vash's temple, giving the audience a good view of the weapon's controls. (Ep.26)

High Standard Derringer

Insurance agent Meryl Stryfe carries fifty High Standard Derringers in a series of holsters lining the inside of her coat.

High Standard Derringer, nickel plated with black plastic grips - .22 Magnum
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing Meryl's Derringers.
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook explaining Meryl's holster system.
Descartes catches a glimpse of one of Meryl's H.S. Derringers. (Ep.01)
Meryl opens her coat to reveal her Derringers. (Ep.04)
A closeup of Meryl's Derringer holsters. (Ep.04)

Crossbow Pistol

Marshal Marianne's weapon of choice is a crossbow-style handgun.

Marianne stashes her pistol in her desk drawer. (Ep.02)
Marianne primes her crossbow pistol. (Ep.02)
Marianne confronts Cliff. (Ep.02)

Mr. Cliff's pistol

At the end of episode 2, Mr. Cliff uses a fictional semi-auto pistol with a ring trigger. While it doesn't appear to be based off of any particular weapon, the design is fairly believable and features a cut-away slide similar to many Beretta handguns.

Mr. Cliff aims his pistol. (Ep.02)

Grader Single Hand 2043

Nicholas Wolfwood carries several fictional 1911-style handguns called the "Grader Single Hand 2043". According to markings on the weapon, it is a .45 ACP handgun, manufactured by a "Grader Arms Co.", based out of July City. The most distinguishing feature about these weapons is the cocking lever; the front of the trigger guard is separate from the rest of the guard and acts as a non-reciprocating cocking lever, similar to the Norinco Type 77B. This allows the shooter to rack the slide with their trigger finger, allowing the pistol to be used completely one-handed. It also sports a ported barrel and skeletal trigger.

Non-firing model replica of the Grader Single Hand 2043 seen in manga Trigun.
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing the Single Hand 2043.
The gun rack built into the Punisher loaded with four Grader Single Hand pistols. (Ep.10)
Wolfwood opens fire with a pair of Single Hand 2043 pistols. (Ep.10)
Wolfwood racks the slide on his first Grader Single Hand in a flashback. Note how the trigger guard/cocking lever does not reciprocate when the slide is operated directly. (Ep.23)

Belief Lightning

A frequently-seen weapon is a futuristic version of the Colt Lightning revolver, called the "Belief Lightning", chambered in .45 LC with two ejector rods. It is shown in three different barrel lengths across the series.

Colt Lightning 1877 Cavalry - .38 Long Colt
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing the Belief Lightning variants.
Two thugs draw their revolvers. (Ep.01)
Vash grab's a thug's pistol. (Ep.03)
A thug with a Lightning. (Ep.03)
A good profile view of one of the Lightning. (Ep.03)
A closeup of a Lightning. (Ep.04)
Wolfwood:"Keep knocking them dead out there!"
Vash:"That goes for you too."
Vash passes Wolfwood a revolver, informing him that he too is now signed up for the shooting contest. (Ep.10)

"Frank Marlon Special"

A large portion of episode 3 centers around the history of a small town where gunsmith Frank Marlon had previously armed the population with custom-built revolvers referred to as "Frank Marlon Specials". The Special lacks a top strap like most cap-and-ball revolvers, features a semi-auto pistol style ring hammer, and its general shape resembles that of the Mars Automatic Pistol. All of these weapons are identical save for their finishes and some ornately engraved models.

An excerpt from the Trigun artbook showing the "Frank Marlon Special".
An excerpt from the Trigun artbook showing the more ornate version of the "Frank Marlon Special".
An ornately engraved "Frank Marlon Special" hanging on the wall of the town saloon. (Ep.03)
A closeup of the barrel of a "Frank Marlon Special". (Ep.03)
Another engraved "Frank Marlon Special" with a silver finish and gold engravings, as well as a gold plated hammer and trigger. (Ep.03)

Lighter Pistols

The gang leader in episode 3 uses a pair of lighter pistols modeled after the basic design of several early Colt revolvers during his introduction. It is never shown if these are actual pistols with a lighter mechanism built in or just a pair of ostentatious cigarette lighters, as he never uses them again.

A closeup of one of the lighter pistols. (Ep.03)
A closeup of the lighter mechanism. (Ep.03)
The gang leader with both of his lighter pistols. (Ep.03)

Futuristic Remington 1875

Several futuristic versions of the Remington 1875 revolver are seen throughout the show.

Remington 1875 - .45 Long Colt
The sheriff in episode 4 draws his futuristic 1875. (Ep.04)

Fictional Square Revolver

One of the mercenaries in episode 4 uses a pair of fictional revolvers with twin angular barrels and square cylinders.

The mercenary draws his weapons. (Ep.04)
The mercenary with his revolvers. (Ep.04)

Fictional C96-Pattern Pistol

One reoccurring weapon is a fictional semiautomatic pistol that uses design concepts from an assortment of real-world pistols. It features a forward-mounted magazine and cocking handle similar to the TEC-9, while the action operates like the Mauser C96.

A mercenary shows his excessive enthusiasm. (Ep.04)
A gang of mercenaries open fire at Milly and Meryl. (Ep.04)
A bounty hunter draws his pistol. (Ep.05)
The bounty hunter cocks his pistol. Note how the bolt cocks the hammer. (Ep.05)
One of the sand steamer's crewmen with a futuristic pistol. (Ep.07)

Remington 1866 Derringer

Elizabeth uses a Remington 1866 Derringer.

Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. Polished Steel with yellow pearl grips
Elizabeth threatens Vash with her 1866 Derringer. (Ep.06)

Custom Remington 1866 Derringer

Gofsef Nebraska's father uses a custom Remington 1866 Derringer with an extended barrel.

Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. 4th model - Blued with black grips.
An excerpt from the Trigun artbook showing Nebraska's 1866 Derringer.
Nebraska aims his extremely long-barreled 1866 Derringer. (Ep.05)

Fictional Pocket Pistol

A waitress at the diner in episode 5 threatens Vash with a fictional pocket pistol that appears to be a shorter-barreled version of the pistol Mr. Cliff used in episode 2.

The waitress aims her pistol at Vash. (Ep.05)

B.D. Neon's Magnum

Brilliant Dynamites Neon carries a fictional .45 caliber (likely meaning that it's chambered for the .45 Winchester Magnum) magnum pistol that is a combination of the barrel and recoil spring setup from the AMC Auto Mag Pistol, the grip design of a Wildey Magnum, and a series of neon lights wrapped around the chamber.

Auto Mag Pistol - .44 AMP
.475 Wildey Magnum
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showing B.D.N.'s magnum.
B.D. Neon with his magnum pistol. (Ep.07)
B.D.N. fires his magnum. Note how the ejection port is wider than either of its real-world counterparts, the ring hammer (cocked by the bolt as it cycles), and the ends of the recoil spring guides visible below the barrel. (Ep.07)
A closeup of B.D.N.'s pistol. Note the Romanized spelling of 'magnum' above the trigger. (Ep.08)

Break-Action Pistol

Several members of the Rodrick gang are armed with double-barreled break-action pistols similar to the Lancaster Howdah pistol.

Lancaster Over and Under Howdah pistol - .476 CF
A member of the Rodrick gang aims his double-barreled pistol at Legato. (Ep.15)

Heat Waves 187M

Dominique the Cyclops uses a Heat Waves 187M, a fictional semiautomatic handgun that is based very closely on the Luger P08 pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook detailing the Heat Waves 187M.
Dominique draws her Heat Waves 187M. (Ep.15)
A closeup of Dominique's 187M. (Ep.15)
Dominique catches Vash off guard. (Ep.15)

USF Force Pistol

The astronauts aboard Project SEED were armed with semiautomatic pistols (marked "USF Force") with built-in LAMs. These same weapons are used by the settlers living inside one of the derelect SEED ships.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showing the design for the USF Force pistol.
A shot of one of the USF Force pistols. (Ep.17)
Brad with one of the USF Force pistols. (Ep.20)

Futuristic Colt SAA

Zazie the Beast, one of the Gung-Ho Guns, dual-weilds a pair of futurized Colt SAA revolvers. Both are fairly close to their base weapons, but have shorter ejector rods and are seen firing in double-action.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Zazie draws his revolvers after being discovered. (Ep.22)
Zazie threatens Vash with his revolvers. (Ep.22)

Unknown Revolver

Knives is seen with a revolver other than his AGL Arms .45 Long Colt during a flashback to the destruction of July city. Due to the lighting and the fact that it is only visible for a split second, the weapon cannot be positively identified.

Knives aims his weapon at Vash. (Ep.26)

Submachine Guns

Futuristic IMI Micro Uzi

Several of the assorted criminals and thugs in the show use futuristic Micro Uzi submachine guns. The cocking handle on these submachine guns wraps around the top of the receiver (as opposed to the real Micro Uzi's cocking handle, which is just a hook-shaped protrusion), and the trigger guard has been altered.

IMI Micro Uzi with folding stock - 9x19mm
Descarte's men draw draw their weapons at Vash. (Ep.01)
Descarte's men open fire at Vash. (Ep.01)
Descarte (right) gloats over the captured Vash. (Ep.01)
The henchman fires his Micro Uzis at Vash. (Ep.01)
Vash commandeers a pair of Micro Uzis. (Ep.07)
One of B.D.N.'s henchmen takes a boot to the face and drops his Micro Uzi. (Ep.07)

Futuristic PPSh-41

One of Descartes' goons uses a futuristic PPSh-41 submachine gun with a squared-off muzzle.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Descarte's men draw draw their weapons at Vash. (Ep.01)
Descarte's men open fire at Vash. (Ep.01)
Vash redirects the henchman's line of fire. (Ep.01)

Mr. Cliff's coat guns

Mr. Cliff carries six small submachine guns hidden in his coat. Each one is rigged up to a metal arm that raises them into position and fires them when he opens his jacket far enough. Despite their effectiveness as a surprise weapon, they are shown to have a very limited ammunition supply.

Mr. Cliff opens his jacket, revealing the submachine guns hidden beneath it. (Ep.02)

Ingram MAC-15

Several mercenaries, thugs, and lowlifes are seen using a fictional submachine gun variant marked as an "Ingram MAC-15". As the name suggests, the weapon is a compact, closed-bolt design that draws heavily from the MAC-10, but also incorporates elements from the IMI Uzi. The MAC-15 appears to come standard with a (removable) vertical foregrip and can be fitted with a skeleton stock.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP

A merc aims his weapons at a hostage. (Ep.04)
The mercenary fires his MAC-15s. (Ep.04)
The bounty hunters open fire at Vash. Note the absence of a vertical foregrip on the MAC-15. (Ep.05)
A member of the Rodrick gang opens fire with his MAC-15. Note the marking stamped on the side of the upper reciever. (Ep.15)
Two of the Rodricks open fire on Legato. Note the stock attached to the MAC-15. (Ep.15)

Fictional Hybrid Submachine Gun

One reoccurring weapon design is a fictional submachine gun that uses components from various designs, most notably the magazine of an MG34 machine gun. Despite the size of its magazine, it is shown ejecting pistol-cartridge-sized casings.

A group of mercenaries confront Milly and Meryl. (Ep.04)
The mercenaries open fire at Milly and Meryl. (Ep.04)
A contestant at the shooting competition opens fire with his submachine gun. (Ep.10)
Vash suprises two of the Polo family, one of them armed with the hybrid submachine gun. (Ep.19)


Futuristic AKMS

Many of the larger gangs in the series make use of a futuristic AKMS assault rifle. The weapon is modeled after the custom-built short-barreled AKMS rifles seen in American films, but has been heavily altered around the muzzle and receiver.

Custom AKMS with shortened barrel, as seen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Pineapple Express, Rambo, and Taken - 7.62x39mm
Descartes' men draw draw their weapons at Vash. (Ep.01)
Descartes' men open fire at Vash. (Ep.01)
Descartes' men fire at Vash. (Ep.01)
A futuristic AK seen during a flashback. (Ep.04)
A Voldoor citizen with a futuristic AK. (Ep.05)
One of B.D.N.'s henchmen with a futuristic AKMS. (Ep.07)
Thre members of the Bad Lad Gang with AK rifles. (Ep.08)
"What a haul! Now we've got some guns to play with!" Vash with a pair of AKs taken off of two downed Bad Lad thugs. (Ep.08)

Ruth's Rifle

Bounty hunter Ruth Loose (aka "The Constance Rifle") uses a fictional double--barreled lever-action rifle. The weapon feeds from two separate stick magazines, each one connected to a separate barrel. Operating the lever causes the barrels and magazines to rotate counter-clockwise, ejecting the spent round from the previously-fired barrel and chambering a round in the top-aligned barrel.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing Ruth's rifle.
Hearing that Vash is nearby, Ruth retrieves his rifle before heading after Vash. (Ep.01)
Ruth with his rifle. (Ep.01)
A closeup of the barrels on Ruth's rifle.
Ruth aims his rifle at Descartes. (Ep.01)
Ruth aims his rifle. (Ep.01)
Ruth aims his rifle at Descartes. (Ep.01)
Ruth cycles the action on his rifle. (Ep.01)

Unknown Single-Shot Rifle

One of the deputies in episode 4 uses a generic single-shot rifle.

The deputy with his rifle. (Ep.04)
The deputy drops his rifle during the shootout. (Ep.04)

Futuristic M1 Garand

Several minor characters are seen with a fictionalized rendition of the M1 Garand rifle. The primary changes to the design are a detachable magazine (which now extends slightly below the stock) and the addition of small heat shields in the gaps between the stock and barrel shroud.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
The citizens of Voldoor confront Vash, the one in the center holding a Garand. (Ep.05)
The shooting match contestants open fire on Vash and Wolfwood. (Ep.10)
Vash shoots the rifles out of the hand of his attackers. (Ep.10)
Vash shoots the rifles out of the hand of his attackers. (Ep.10)
A member of the Polo family armed with a M1. (Ep.19)
The leader of the Polo family grips his M1. Note the slightly extended magazine. (Ep.19)
A citizen with a furutistic M1. (Ep.22)

Caine's Sniper Rifle

One of the Gung-Ho Guns, Caine the Longshot, uses a specially built bolt-action sniper rifle with a barrel several meters long.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showing Caine the Longshot's sniper rifle.
The audience's first glimpse of Caine the Longshot. (Ep.15)
A view through the scope on Caine's rifle. (Ep.15)
Caine the Longshot carries his rifle into position. (Ep.23)
A closeup of the flash supressor on Caine's rifle. (Ep.23)
Caine loads a fresh magazine into his rifle. Note the massive size of the rounds, which are easily 20mm if not bigger. (Ep.23)
Caine activates his active camouflage as the camera pans along the length of Caine's rifle. (Ep.23)
The camera continues to pan along the length of Caine's rifle. (Ep.23)
The camera pans along the rest of the length of Caine's rifle, emphasizing the absurd length of its barrel. (Ep.23)

Rai-Dei's Rifle

While Rai-Dei the Blade, a member of the Gung-Ho Guns, mostly uses a katana (to go along with his overall samurai theme), the sheath for his katana doubles as a revolver rifle. With a curved barrel, no less.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook detailing the sheath for Rai-Dei's katana and its cylinder.
Rai-Dei aims his sheath rifle. (Ep.16)
Rai-Dei takes aim. (Ep.16)
Rai-Dei fires his rifle. (Ep.16)


Futuristic Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun"

Several futuristic Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" shotguns are seen throughout the show. The forward sling/bayonet mount has been altered from its real-world counterpart, and the receiver has some sort of vent-like structure over its front half. Several short-barreled versions, sans bayonet mount, are also seen throughout the show.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge
Descarte's henchman fires his shotgun at Vash. (Ep.01)
Mr. Cliff confronts an intruder with his shotgun. (Ep.02)
A deputy with a shotgun. (Ep.04)
One of the mercenaries fires a sawed-off shotgun. (Ep.04)
An impromptu bounty hunter with a shotgun. (Ep.05)
Some of the shooting contestants turned vigilantes are armed with sawed-off shotguns. (Ep.10)
Vash shoots the rifles out of the hand of his attackers. Note the shotguns' bayonet mount visible in the background. (Ep.10)

Futuristic Break-Action O/U Shotgun

In addition to the 1897, several minor characters use a futuristic double-barreled over/under pattern shotgun.

Browning 5.25 O/U - 12 gauge
A thug threatens Vash with an O/U shotgun. (Ep.04)
A closeup of the O/U shotgun. (Ep.04)
The citizens of Voldoor confront Vash, the one to the left using an O/U shotgun. (Ep.05)
Alternate shot of the above confrontation. (Ep.05)

Machine Guns

Machine Gun Multi-Weapon

The gang leader in episode 3 uses a fictional machine gun as his primary weapon. Racking the shotgun-style pump causes the barrel shroud to open up, revealing a large variety of alternate functions (none of which are actually used onscreen).

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing the gang leader's machine gun.
The gang leader reveals his weapon. (Ep.03)
The gang leader threatens to shoot the approaching Vash. (Ep.03)
The gang leader opens fire at Vash. (Ep.03)
The gang leader drops his weapon after deploying its alternate functions. (Ep.03)

Unidentified Machine Gun

B.D.N.'s henchmen use an assortment of improvised armored vehicles in episode 7, most of which are armed with machine gun turrets. The only clear shot of these weapons is of the muzzle, making it difficult to positively identify them.

A shot of one of the Bad Lad Gang's machine guns mid-firing. (Ep.07)

B.D.N.'s Dynamos

The massive pauldrons on Brilliants Dynamite Neon's outfit house a pair of hidden machine guns (referred to as his "Dynamos" by one of his henchmen).

The neon cap on B.D.N.'s pauldron slides upwards as the pauldron tips forward, revealing the machine gun hidden inside. (Ep.08)
One of B.D.N.'s Dynamos. Note the compensator cuts in the barrel and spring-wound drum magazine. (Ep.08)
B.D.N. aims his pauldron gun at Vash. (Ep.08)

Monev the Gale's Machine Guns

Monev the Gale, an assassin hired to kill Vash, uses a massive and complex setup of two rotary machine guns, one mounted to each wrist with the barrels rotating around his forearm. These machine guns are connected to an ammo feed system attached to his back, containing six ammuntition canisters (three per gun) arranged in a circle with the two canisters on each side feeding the machine guns. After the active canisters run dry, the backpack system automatically disengages the active canisters, rotates the assembly until a pair of fresh canisters are lined up, then engages the fresh canisters so that Monev can resume firing.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showing Monev with his machine guns.
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook detailing the feed canister system attached to Monev's machine guns and the guns themselves.
Monev the Gale makes his entrance. (Ep.12)
Monev aims his right-arm mounted machine gun at Vash. Note both the wheel-like assembly designed to rotate all eight barrels around Monev's arm, and the yellow feed belt running from the gun to his backpack. (Ep.12)
A shot of Monev's backpack. Each of the six canisters houses an unspecified amount of ammo, and can be replaced automatically by the device they are mounted to. (Ep.12)
As Monev's guns run dry, his backpack disengages the spent ammo drums, then rotates and replaces them with a fresh pair. (Ep.12)

Shoulder-Mounted Mult-Weapon System

After his primary weapon runs dry, Monev the Gale switches to his backup plan: a massive shoulder-mounted rotary machine gun (complete with two sets of barrels that spin in opposite directions and a built-in bullet shield) and rocket launcher combo. Both its size and the the level of devastation it causes suggests that it fires a round on par with most aircraft-mounted cannons.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showing Monev's shounder mounted weapon system.
Monev makes a dramatic (re)entrance, now armed with his shoulder mounted rotary cannon. (Ep.12)
Monev aims his weapon at Vash. Note both the weapon's massive size as well as the two bullet shields protecting him from incoming fire. (Ep.12)
A shot of the back half of Monev's weapon. (Ep.12)
A shot of the front half of Monev's shoulder-mounted weapon as he begins to fire the machine gun component. (Ep.12)
Monev opens fire with his machine gun, chewing into a multi-ton bank vault door. (Ep.12)
After a well-placed shot from Vash's revolver disables the rotary gun component, Monev jettisons the machine gun's outer barrel assembly and bullet shields, leaving just the rocket launcher. (Ep.12)


Model 24 "Geballte Ladung"

Ruth uses a Model 24 "Geballte Ladung" when making his escape.

Model 24 "Geballte Ladung" ("Bundled Charge"), a common improvised version of the Model 24 consisting of one complete grenade bundled together with six grenade heads, creating a more powerful charge.
Ruth throws a Geballte Ladung at his pursuers. (Ep.12)

Prosthetic Weapons

Numerous characters in the series either have limbs that have been replaced with firearms or have firearms hidden inside fake limbs.

Cybernetic Arm Gun

During his battle with Monev the Gale, Vash reveals that his left arm is actually a cybernetic prosthesis that houses a semiautomatic 9mm firearm.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook detailing Vash's fake arm and its concealed weapon.
Vash reveals his secret weapon. (Ep.12)

Gale M101

In episode 20, a scientist aboard one of the derelect SEED ships upgrade's Vash's arm gun into the "Gale M101", a fully automatic weapon chambered for 10mm Auto.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook detailing Vash's Gale M101.
Vash activates his newly upgraded arm. (Ep.21)

Prosthetic Arm Machine Gun

The gang leader in July City has a primitive looking machine gun in place of his right arm.

The gang leader threatens a hostage with his machine gun arm. (Ep.18)
A closeup of the gang leader's machine gun mid-firing. (Ep.18)

Machine Gun Fingers

One of the Gung-Ho Guns, Gray the Ninelives, has a machine gun hidden in each of his fingers.

Gray fires his machine guns at Wolfwood. (Ep.21)

Other Weapons

Milly's Stun-Gun

Insurance agent Milly Thompson carries with her a large Gatling-style concussion gun, usually concealed under her coat. It fires long projectiles which unfold into 4-armed crosses which have enough force to incapacitate people, or flip over trucks. Despite its design and resemblance to a typical Gatling gun, Milly's Stun-Gun is semi-automatic.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing Milly's Stun-Gun.
Milly accidentally drops her Stun Gun, giving the audience a good view of the trigger mechanism. (Ep.01)
Milly picks up her Stun-Gun. (Ep.01)
Milly bashfully shoulders her Stun-Gun while the other bar patrons realize that harassing the insurance agents is not in their best interest. (Ep.01)
Milly aims her Stun-Gun. (Ep.01)
A composite image showing the operation of the Stun-Gun's ammunition.


Nicholas D. Wolfwood and Chapel the Evergreen, two priests who routinely find themselves embroiled in the violence on Gunsmoke, both carry weapon systems called "Punishers" that are disguised as massive crucifixes befitting of their professions.

Wolfwood's Punisher

Nicholas D. Wolfwood usually keeps his Punisher concealed with a cloak and several leather straps to hide its nature as a weapon. Its primary weapon is a large machine gun that occupies the long end of the crucifix, while the opposite end houses a rocket launcher. One arm of the cross also contain a storage rack capable of holding five handguns for quick access, while the other houses the ammunition for the machine gun component.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing Wolfwood's Punisher.
An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showcasing the Punisher's built-in pistol rack system.
Vash catches his first glimpse of Wolfwood, complete with his disguised Punisher. (Ep.09)
Wolfwood sweeps away the cloth covering the Punisher, revealing its true nature. (Ep.18)
A closeup of the Punisher's unique trigger system. (Ep.18)
Wolfwood fires his Punisher at oncoming enemies. (Ep.20)
Wolfwood flips the Punisher over to ready its rocket launcher. (Ep.21)
Wolfwood takes aim with the Punisher's rocket launcher. (Ep.21)

Chapel's Punisher

Chapel the Evergreen, Wolfwood's mentor, uses a Punisher that is actually two separate weapons. When deployed, the Punisher separates down the middle, with each half becoming a separate machine gun similar to the one in Wolfwood's Punisher.

An excerpt from the Trigun Artbook showing Chapel's Punisher.
Chapel with his Punisher. (Ep.23)
Chapel deploys his Punisher's twin machine guns. (Ep.23)

Rocket Launcher

A few minor characters are seen using the same fictional rocket launcher throughout the series.

An RPG-toting citizen takes aim at Vash's hiding spot. (Ep.05)
A member of the Polo family fires his launcher at Vash. (Ep.19)

Midvalley the Hornfreak's Saxaphone

Midvalley the Hornfreak's saxaphone contains eight hidden guns mounted inside the bell bow.

Midvalley activates the guns hidden in his saxaphone. Note the damage preventing one of the barrels from deploying properly. (Ep.24)

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