...I really shouldn't try and post before my second cup of coffee.
Crappy title (mine) not withstanding, this is a great shot by Alex Eylar showing how simple tubing can be used as an arm substitute to great effect. I personally think ball joint arms are the next step in minifig evolution, but so far Billund isn't listening. Hopefully this gives you ideas for your own 'straight shooters'.
You can check out more from Alex on his Flickr stream.