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Ok, so in our DnD 3.5 campaign we're using a custom setting with reduced magic but includes early firearms e.g. flintlocks, revolvers, muskets, Dwarven Hand Cannon (prototype shotgun). My character has Two-Weapon Fighting and has a pair of revolvers (with attached blades) in his arsenal. As far as I can tell I can only use two weapons against the same target in one attack using Two-Weapon Fighting; what sort of feats would I need to use each one against a different target in one round? (for rules purposes, we're more or less treating firearms with the same rules as crossbows/hand crossbows/repeaters).

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As a side note, you probably don't need all those tags... just D&D 3.5e would be just fine. – dlras2 Sep 6 '13 at 16:29
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There is no rule stating that all attacks made during a Full Attack action need to be against a single target. This is true regardless of why you are making multiple attacks. In fact, as long as you declare you are making a full attack action, you can switch targets after ever attack, based on if it hit or not, etc.

This is backed up by the rules for Full Attack actions which states:

If you get more than one attack per round [...] because you fight with two weapons [...] You do not need to specify the targets of your attacks ahead of time. You can see how the earlier attacks turn out before assigning the later ones.

Note that this is only applicable to Full Attack actions. Any other action allowing multiple attacks, (such as maneuvers or feats like Cleave,) will impose their own restrictions on if you can or cannot switch targets.

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Ah, ok then. So going "gun kata" on everyone is theoretically fine as long as it's a full attack? Still would be nice to hit two targets once with a standard attack. – Cobalt Sep 6 '13 at 16:51
@Cobalt Unfortunately, multiple attacks on a standard action are rare, and the usual option for ranged characters to do so (Manyshot) is one of the things that requires you to attack the same target it with both attacks. – KRyan Sep 6 '13 at 17:17
@KRyan I know there is Improved Manyshot, which does let you fire each shot at a different target, but it has a rather long feat progression and it's exclusive to bows; I don't think it would work very well with revolvers. – Cobalt Sep 6 '13 at 19:52
@Cobalt if you want to hit two targets with a standard action firearm attack in a non-high-tech setting use a shotgun. – the dark wanderer Dec 26 '14 at 1:06

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