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nomadboi
May 13, 2004, 01:51 PM
I've got a small props rental business in Seattle... started out with swords & such, which are more my field of expertise to be honest... but I'm periodically called upon to procure prop guns for specific types of characters.

Currently I'm trying to search the web to get an idea of what a standard sidearm would be for a Chinese patrolman. A little while back it was getting a range of options for Afghan rebels during the Soviet/Afghan war.

Now if I really want to get into it I can go find one of the Osprey books if they cover that conflict or unit, or if I'm lucky I can guess and then look it up by make and model in one of my books, but does anybody have reccomendations of good places/ways/keywords for finding information like that? Most of the gun info I've found is by make and model, and often doesn't even mention when they were made, if they were standard issue for anyone, etc.

Mostly I cater to small independent films and community theatres, neither of which can afford to be too picky, but still, I like to be able to come as close as possible.

My inventory so far can be seen at http://www.nomadboi.com/rentals/firearms.html

Thanks for any help!

-Kevin

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Scarface
May 13, 2004, 08:39 PM
Hi nomadboi,

My best guess would be a Makarov, made by Norinco. The Makarov was the standard sidearm made and used in several communist nations, including China. They were all made from the same plans and cannot be easily distinguished, other than by the markings, which would not be visible from a stage or movie, other than an extreme closeup.

Makarovs are available through sevral sources and run around $150.00 for a Bulgarian model. The best information about Maks is available at Makarov.com. I do not know of any replica or cap firing Maks, but it's a possibility.

Nice collection on your site!

Good luck,

Scarface

RED-DOG 40
May 13, 2004, 08:57 PM
...."idea of what a standard sidearm would be for a Chinese patrolman"....

..IIRC, Chopsticks w/night-vision goggles.....

..couldn't help me-self....:D .....:neener:

nomadboi
May 14, 2004, 01:55 AM
Thanks!

Hm. Almost looks like I could get away with using a Walther PPK...

Jim March
May 14, 2004, 02:18 AM
"My name is Bond-san...Wang Bond-san...and I'll have my rice wine shaken, not stirred!"

:neener:

Trebor
May 14, 2004, 03:06 AM
What time period for your Chinese patrolman?

nomadboi
May 14, 2004, 12:13 PM
Modern, basically.

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