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Gun 🔫 emoji in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Insert the Water Pistol or Gun emoji 🔫  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac. AND how to make the ‘gun’ point to the right.

Water Pistol 🔫  symbol is the only ‘gun’ style symbol in the emoji collection. It’s officially called ‘Water Pistol’ but searching for ‘gun’ will usually find it. Other key words are rifle, revolver, tool, weapon or handgun

How Water Pistol 🔫 looks in different fonts.

The ‘Water Pistol’ or ‘Gun’ emoji looks very different depending on the platform. The ‘Segoe UI Emoji’ version looks like a water pistol but the ‘Segoe UI Symbol’ is a ray-gun from 50’s SciFi.

Apple / Mac / iPhone / iPad

On Apple devices, the same Water Pistol emoji looks like this, with the Apple Color Emoji font.

Pointing to the right or other direction

All the versions of Water Pistol / Gun emoji point (aim?) to the left.  To make it point left needs a little Word/Office trickery. See Ten ways to Reverse, Mirror or Flip text

  1. Paste the emoji into a Text Box
  2. Remove the text box outline (optional)
  3. Choose the text box, right-click to select Format Shape ….
  4. On the Format Shape pane go to Text Options | Text Effects | 3-D Rotation
  5. X Rotation – change to 180°

To point in another direction (up, down or any angle) use the Rotation handle (above the text box).

Water Pistol 🔫 codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Water Pistol / Gun or 🔫

Decimal:  128299  Hex:   1F52B

Web: 🔫 or 🔫

(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)

Word and Outlook

The Water Pistol / gun 🔫  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 1F52B then Alt + X

Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the Water Pistol symbol. Make sure you choose an emoji font like Segoe UI Emoji and enter the character code 1F52B.


In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Water Pistol 🔫  character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.

Alt + 128299  

Windows 11/10 Emoji Panel

The Windows 11/10 Emoji Panel has the Water Pistol 🔫  character. Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel then search for ‘gun’ or ‘pistol’.

See Emoji Panel is part of Windows 11/10 that totally sucks

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Water Pistol 🔫 symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Search for “Gun” or
  • “ Pistol “ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.

Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.

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