Any of the contestants on the show could have told you what's wrong with it. The flying bullet still has it's case attached to it. Only the conical part (bullet) leaves the gun. The rectangular part houses the gunpowder and is ejected out the side of the gun. I've seen this is a couple movie posters with flying bullets and just laughed at it. But this is sad. I thought this show was the real deal. Why couldn't they get a photoshop guy who knew something that all the fans know?
Anyway, here's a couple more that I can list off the top of my head.
1. Never Needing to Reload and Not Aiming Down the Sights
Anyone who plays Call of Duty or Counter-Strike knows about how long you can hold down a trigger until the magazine is empty. It's about 3 seconds.
Check out Arnold in Commando. His first burst against the two guards alone is already one magazine, yet he doesn't have to re-load in the whole battle. Also he aims from the hip and is able to hit all his targets. God mode indeed.
2. Cocking back the hammer on a pistol that doesn't have a hammer.
One common thing in gun movies is when the bad guy points a gun at someone and uses his thumb to cock back the hammer. It makes a "click" sound. I suppose movies use that sound alot because it's the modern equivalent of hearing the executioner sharpen his axe. Most guns can shoot either from a hammer-decocked or hammer-cocked position. But cocking the hammer makes the trigger pull shorter, and thus making a more accurate shot. But it really doesn't matter from a distance of five feet, I guess movies do it for the "click" sound factor.
This guy makes a good point:
But the FAIL in movies and TV shows comes when they apply a click sound to a gun that has no external hammer, like that first revolver in the previous video. The most famous example is a Glock.
If you look at the back edge there is no hammer to cock back. The firing mechanism is internal. And yet when the guy points a Glock, there is a mysterious hammer cocking sound. Of course the biggest culprit in my head is the show 24. They've done this specific mistake at least five times, maybe more.
3. Gratuitous Shotgun pumping / Rifle cocking
You only need to load a gun by pulling on the slide or pump once. That loads one round from the magazine into the firing chamber, and it's ready to go. The sound effect editor or director likes that cocking sound so much that even on guns without hammers (rifles and shotguns) they will have the guy pumping the gun to make that sound. I'm a super 24 junkie and as much as I love the show, every gun battle has way too much gun cocking. In one scene, Jack Bauer has gone rogue and is inside a gas station. The cops surround him outside. Every time they have a cut scene to the cops outside (about 3 times), the cop with a shotgun pumps his shotgun. I face-palmed because unlike pistol hammer cocking, every time he does this a perfectly good round is ejected out of the gun, and he has one less round in the magazine.
There's more examples, but I've made my point. Just know that this Grinds my Gears because I wish Hollywood would consult with technicians who know its better to give up cool "effects" for the sake of being legit. I know guns are powerful and dangerous, I don't need a stupid clicking sound to tell me.
On a positive note, I remember seeing this video from CNN. It's a firefight between rebels in Libya and the Gaddafi forces. The fun part starts at 20 seconds, when you realize you're not watching "Commando" but a real fight. And yet they hop into the line of fire and take a couple shots from the hip. They must be thinking "This is how the big American fights, I shall be like him, he always hits his target and never gets hit. Veery Naaiice." (no one gets hit, you can watch it)
If it at least turns our potential enemies into horrible infantry, then keep it up Hollywood. Keep making movies with Arnold and Chuck and Sylvester. For all we can guess, their hand-to-hand combat training involves only roundhouse kicks.