What are the typical procedures that are used in the industry when handing an actor a firearm for use in a scene? My thought, out of sheer ignorance, is that the actor is to not manipulate the prop except as directed during the scene. The reason is that it is loaded with blanks that need to perform a certain way for the camera shot. Therefore, assuming this is true, it stands to reason that the actor (not Baldwin, but any actor) would not be in the habit of checking the “prop” handed to them. I use the word “prop” to differentiate it from “gun” — which may or may not be true (as we saw in the Baldwin case where the firearm was fully functional). I would appreciate only comments from those who have worked in the film industry.