Functional movie prop guns

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  1. USAF_Vet

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    So since I was a kid, I've been a big Sci-Fi nerd, with Star Wars being my biggest source of geekdom. (We had the Star wars edition of Trivial Pursuit, and they had to make special rules just for me so I wouldn't win in the first round).

    Now that I'm older, wiser, and have a bigger disposable income, the nerd in me wants functional firearms that are close as possible replicas to the blasters and ray guns I grew up with. Painted toys and resin cast replicas are neat for wall hangers, but I want something that actually shoots.

    Sadly I'm much too late to get my hands on large amounts of WWII and post WWII military surplus to construct Sci Fi guns like George Lucas did back in the 70s and 80s, but I have the desire nonetheless.

    But Sterling parts kits (for the Imperial Stormtrooper E-11 and Rebel Alliance DH-17 blasters) run about $150 online. Making them functional semi auto conversions is not an endeavor I'm willing to undertake, but I still have eyes on a kit for a non functional, screen worthy replica.

    C-96 Mausers aren't abundant, and even if they were, I wouldn't want to turn on into a Functional DH-44 just to play Han Solo. Although, Jerry Miculek did just that not long ago, in this galaxy, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility.

    I've never even seen or heard of the Russian Vostok Margolin .22LR Target Pistol prior to this endeavor, but even if they were inexpensive and abundant, Leia's blaster from A New Hope isn't high on my list of functional guns I want to build.

    My grail gun would be a Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 37mm flare gun, to replicate the iconic blaster rifle used by Boba Fett in ESB and ROTJ. Again, neither common nor inexpensive, and also not something I'd use at the range (unless outfitted with a 12 gauge barrel and Form 1'd as an SBS).

    I'm running into the same dilemmas with Lewis guns and MG34 light machine guns.

    So I'm looking at a lot of rare and expensive firearms that would be a travesty to butcher into functional props. Until I came across the A280 blaster rifle, an updated version of the A295 which used an StG-44 as it's base.

    The A280 blaster rifle, used by Rebel commandos during the ground battle of Endor in ROTJ, used nothing less than an AR-15.

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    So while not as iconic or distinctly Star Wars!!! it's a start to fulfill this childhood dream turned adult reality.

    So why not? Everyone and their brother seems to have a run of the mill or decked out AR-15, but so far I've never seen anyone with an A280 blaster rifle.

    And I'm still looking at modern production, functional Sterling rebuilds (last one I saw went for about $700 retail) for an eventual E-11 or DH-17 blaster.

    PS, if anyone has a lead on a British Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII in functional, but sporterized condition, let me know. I've got a project for a Jawa ion blaster from ANH, but it'll need a Form 1 as well.
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    So fellow Sci Fi nerds who are also into guns... what else comes to mind? I'm not limited to Star Wars functional props, lend me some ideas as to what else is out there that uses functional guns as props. I know about Vera from Firefly, of course, so no need to make that suggestion.
     
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    Something is Seriously Wrong with your image!!

    The text is microscopic on my iPad, and I have to scroll sideways forever to read your post with a magnifying glass!!

    Resize, or crop the image link and start over.
    It's about three feet long now.

    rc
     
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    Should be fixed.
    Used a different image
     
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    That's one of the things I liked about the recent Battlestar Galactica-- all the guns were actually existent, though hard to find in some cases (Vektor).
     
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    Spray paint a C-96 Mauser gold and play 'Queen of Outer space'.
     
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    Firefly used a few modified guns,,,

    While most of the guns were actual production firearms,,,
    Several were heavily modified using a production gun as a starting point.

    Click here please.

    Aarond

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    MG 15? (RT-97C Heavy Blaster Rifle)
     
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    VERA...
    I would really like a Callahan full bore auto lock with a customized trigger and that double cartridge thorough gauge.
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    Or, a Phased Plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.
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  9. Alberforth

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    IMO the two coolest props ever created from gun parts were:

    The original SW movie Obi-Wan lightsaber, which is ugly and gothic and built up from the weirdest list of parts you could think of. But there's just one gun part on it so it doesn't shoot anything. :)

    The other is the Bladerunner blaster, which combines an obscure revolver with a rifle receiver part and some other bits. I think a firing replica has been made by a die-hard fan but don't quote me on that.

    I was heavily into the prop hobby a while back, and got to help in the final identification of a few major parts of the lightsaber. Those were fun times. We used to have big arguments over the ethics of destroying collectible objects from other hobbies for the sake of our hobby. ;)
     
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    I always thought these were neat sci-fi props....:D
     

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    Anyone here remember the Comando Cody serials they used a lot of gussied up lugers for ray guns. Republic Pictures ruled in the special effects dept.
     
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    How about the super big pistol in Hellboy movie!
     
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    In one of the Star Wars movies, there was a Lewis gun, painted white! No magazine, though. Also white painted Sterlings.

    Today, many of the movie weapons are pure dummies. Real guns that fired blanks became too expensive in insurance terms after a couple of tragedies on movie sets so, since most movie "filming" today is actually digital, it is easier (and safer) to just have the actor fake recoil and put in the flash and noise "in the back room".

    Jim
     
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    In one scene in Shaft, Samuel Jackson was running across the street while the bad guy was shooting at him. The bad guy's pistol was kicking back and flashing and everything. Too bad the slide was locked back the whole time. :D
     
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    4 22mm shells in a pistol may have a bit of a sting.
     
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    The M41 Pulse Rifle in Aliens is a Thompson SMG and a Rem 870.
     
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    With parts from a SPAS 12 as well.
     
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