I put the muzzle of the revolver into my right ear and pulled the trigger I was out by one. I remember an extraordinary sense of jubilation, as if carnival lights had been switched on in a drab street. My heart knocked in its cage, and life contained an infinite number of possibilities.(Henry) Graham Greene: 1971Recalling a game of Russian roulette with his brother's revolver in1923. A Sort of Life, ch.6, pt.2.
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.Bible (Old Testament): Deuteronomy 25:4.
Massimo: What do you got that goes through a vest? Rich: What are we talking? Close range, long distance? Massimo: [Shrugs] 5 or 10 yards. Rich: Bring that PS90. [Henchman brings the gun to Rich] Rich: P90 carbine, uses 5.7-millimeters. Rich: [Pulls cocking handle] Designed to penetrate Kevlar helmets, vests, and CRISAT protection. [Fires at a Kevlar vest mounted on an adjacent wall] [Bullet creates a large hole in the vest] Rich: [Laughs] Extremely low recoil, virtually no muzzle climb, resulting in every shot on target. [Destroys the vest with several more shots] Rich: [Waving gun] It's the shit right here.Michael Matthias as Massimo and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Rich Taylor, in Gun (2010 film).
Bolan set his AKMS rifle on the stony ground and drew his FN Five-seveN pistol. One of his cargo pockets gave up a six-inch suppressor, threaded to fit the weapon's muzzle. Once he had it snug in place, Bolan duck-walked around Gorshani, toward the right side of the boulder that concealed them from the lookout. It took a minute, but he found the vantage point that he was looking for. Water and wind had worn the boulder smooth, and some calamity in bygone aeons had chiseled a round corner off the stone, tumbling its pieces down to form a series of natural steps. Bolan mounted that rude staircase, testing each step before committing his weight, and soon reached a point where he could observe the guard without being seen. Thirty feet was close to point-blank range for the Five-seveN's high-powered 5.7 mm cartridge. All Bolan had to do was aim and fire. He aimed. He fired.Don Pendleton, Frontier Fury (2010), p. 147.
My reaction is that free speech not only lives, it rocks! I will continue to use my voice. I believed from the beginning that [the lawsuit] was an attempt to muzzle my voice, and I come from a people who have struggled and died in order to have a voice in this country. And I refused to be muzzled. I'm still off hamburgers.Oprah Winfrey: "Oprah: 'Free speech rocks'", CNN, 26 February 1998
Every German soldier must be made to feel that he is living under the muzzle of a Russian gun.vasily chuikov: Quoted in "199 Days: The Battle for Stalingrad" - Page 142 - by Edwin Palmer Hoyt - History - 1999
And do not think, my boy, that because I, impulsively broke forth in jubillations over Shakspeare , that, therefore, I am of the number of the snobs who burn their tuns of rancid fat at his shrine. No, I would stand afar off & alone, & burn some pure Palm oil, the product of some overtopping trunk. I would to God Shakspeare had lived later, & promenaded in Broadway. Not that I might have had the pleasure of leaving my card for him at the Astor, or made merry with him over a bowl of the fine Duyckinck punch; but that the muzzle which all men wore on their soul in the Elizebethan day, might not have intercepted Shakspers full articulations. For I hold it a verity, that even Shakspeare, was not a frank man to the uttermost. And, indeed, who in this intolerant universe is, or can be? But the Declaration of Independence makes a difference.Herman Melville: Letter to Evert Augustus Duyckinck (3 March 1849); published in The Letters of Herman Melville (1960) edited by Merrell R. Davis and William H. Gilman, p. 79
Diderot paid a visit to the Russian Court at the invitation of the Empress. He conversed very freely, and gave the younger members of the Court circle a great deal of lively atheism. The Empress was much amused, but some of her councillors suggested that it might be desirable to check these expressions of doctrine. The Empress did not like to put a direct muzzle on her guest's tongue, so the following plot was contrived. Diderot was informed that a learned mathematician was in possession of an algebraic demonstration of the existence of God, and would give it him before all the Court, if he desired to hear it. Diderot gladly consented.... [T]he mathematician ... was Euler . He advanced towards Diderot, and said gravely, and in a tone of perfect conviction: Monsieur, (a+b n )/n=x, donc Dieu existe; répondez! Diderot, to whom algebra was Hebrew, was embarrassed and disconcerted; while peals of laughter arose on all sides. He asked permission to return to France at once, which was granted.Augustus De Morgan (1872). A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II, edited by David Eugene Smith. 2nd edition, 1915, p. 4