Stupidest Pistol Question in the Universe


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HKGuns
May 18, 2013, 10:06 PM
Alright,

What are those rods called you see in your LGS that go through the trigger guard of their display pistols to display them at an angle for proper viewing?

Do they have a proper name and where can you buy them? I take a lot of pictures and I'm tired of propping them up for pictures.

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sota
May 18, 2013, 10:09 PM
http://www.storemoreguns.com/

kikstands

armedwalleye
May 18, 2013, 10:10 PM
.50 cal BMG empties.

There. Now you have an excuse for a new rifle. I mean, after all, where do think the empties come from?

rcmodel
May 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Those rods are called rods.

You can use a ball point pen, an empty shotgun shell, or buy a 36"x1/2 wood dowel rod at the hardware store for a dollar two fifty.

And saw it up in 4" lengths for about .22 cents each.

rc

TwoWheelFiend
May 19, 2013, 09:14 AM
spent 10 GA shells lol

HKGuns
May 19, 2013, 09:33 AM
Yes I know all of the alternatives and have used them. I find it hard to believe no-one sells those things you find in every gun store.

jerkface11
May 19, 2013, 09:57 AM
Most gun stores use dowel rods. Most hardware and craft stores sell them.

bannockburn
May 19, 2013, 11:13 AM
I like the rods that are made out of clear lucite. Just think they look neat and unobtrusive when photographing handguns.

tactlt
May 19, 2013, 11:55 AM
Im as bad as you...I've actually thought of ways to build a stand out of a worn out mag to photograph 1911's

ku4hx
May 19, 2013, 12:02 PM
I've always just called them "props": gun props, pistol props or whatever "prop" word came to mind. I've use dummy rounds for years to prop up guns for one reason or another. Usually '30-06 or a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun shell but in a pinch I've used a BIC pen, a screwdriver, Chapstick or a short piece of dowel rod.

zoom6zoom
May 19, 2013, 01:21 PM
S&W calls them prop rods, and factory ones are much sought after by collectors.

Grassman
May 19, 2013, 10:20 PM
Yeah, that was a stupid question. But I learned something.....

hedrok
May 19, 2013, 10:56 PM
One more thing you might want to know...most places that offer them for sale are at around $25/ea and may cut you a deal at 3 for $60.
Around NE Ohio...that's what Ruger, S&W and one other type were asking. At that price, I'll get by with an old, chewed up pencil.

HKGuns
May 19, 2013, 11:02 PM
I learned something as well. Never knew they were so hard to acquire and didn't know they were called prop rods.

I'd really like to get one of every brand I own, it would appear that would be a bit expensive for what they are......Seems kind of silly the MFG's wouldn't sell them for $5.....They'd sell like hotcakes at that price and there would have to be a healthy profit in them even at that price.

Jim K
May 21, 2013, 03:21 PM
Pieces of dowel rod are hard to beat, can't damage the bore, and are real cheap.

Jim

MADDOG
May 21, 2013, 04:17 PM
I didn't think your question was stupid. Asking a question is the best option to getting a question answered.

Sam Cade
May 21, 2013, 05:15 PM
OP: I've been wondering the same thing for twenty years or more.

Skribs
May 21, 2013, 05:17 PM
I just prop them up on the couch when taking photos...

rondog
May 21, 2013, 05:20 PM
For handgun photos, I usually try to find something I can put under them to prop them up, something that won't show in the photos. I've used all kinds of things, from film canisters to empty brass, anything that'll hold it up at the angle I want, yet isn't visible. I just don't like using triggerguard kickstands, no matter what the material or how clean/unobtrusive it is, just a quirk of mine.

hedrok
May 21, 2013, 05:23 PM
The only "stupid" question is the one that wasn't asked if you don't know.
And to those who mock that question...whatdya bet that most of them don't know either and don't have the STONES to ask?

Shuler13
May 21, 2013, 06:00 PM
Pistol kickstands

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005MQXQJ4/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1369173579&sr=8-3&pi=SL75

Havok7416
May 23, 2013, 04:07 AM
Those rods are called rods.

You can use a ball point pen, an empty shotgun shell, or buy a 36"x1/2 wood dowel rod at the hardware store for a dollar two fifty.

And saw it up in 4" lengths for about .22 cents each.

rc
Thanks for the laugh RC! I haven't laughed that hard in awhile!

Odd Job
May 23, 2013, 05:41 AM
You can get a clear acrylic rod and cut it up. $10 not a lot to spend:

http://tinyurl.com/o7b3vum

PRM
May 23, 2013, 07:48 AM
Magic Markers, sometimes a shotgun shell - our LGS is low tech

Fleetman
May 23, 2013, 08:23 AM
I think plastic rods would probably be best since wood dowels COULD potentially suck oil from the metal. I use shotgun shell hulls myself though but only because I haven't gotten around to making the plastic rods....it's a fresh idea though since I've only thought about doing it for the past 20 years or so!

420Stainless
May 23, 2013, 11:16 AM
I must hang out in some low class joints:o. All the guns lay flat in the stores in my area.

Don't know anything about this place, but it looks like the sell the kickstands.

http://gunshelf.com/retailStands.html

armabill
May 23, 2013, 01:06 PM
Tactical weapon cylindrical support system.

Bobo
May 25, 2013, 10:49 PM
Pieces of this would work well...
http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Plexiglass-Extruded-Acrylic-Rod/ACREXR-500

Bobo

Hondo 60
May 25, 2013, 11:06 PM
To the OP - that wasn't a dumb question.
I didn't know either.

RCL
May 26, 2013, 09:48 PM
What are those rods called you see in your LGS that go through the trigger guard of their display pistols to display them at an angle for proper viewing?

Mini Maglite's.......;)

JFtheGR8
May 26, 2013, 11:51 PM
I use hot glue gun sticks or a Sharpie mini marker.


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Hardtarget
May 27, 2013, 11:43 PM
Use a hickory limb. A pocket knife to trim off the bark. Saw it to length. There you are...a little stick to prop it up on.

No, I don't use these. I just lay 'em flat in my safe. I'm low tech. :D

Mark

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