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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by catfish101, Dec 4, 2008.

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  1. catfish101

    catfish101 Member

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    I can't find a good pic to post but does anybody know if the rifles used on the original Planet of the Apes movies were a real model or a Hollywood makeup?
     
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    Jorg, I ended up finding that just a second ago.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it is only a prop. The closest looking thing I've seen is the Hipoint carbine. It's cheap too, so you're in luck.
     
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    They probably intended it as something akin to an SKS, by the look of it.

    Edit: just read that the rifles used were carved entirely from wood and painted to look like metal. That settles that.

    http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/cinema/7171/Black_rifle.htm

    The rifle from the second film was actually functional:

    http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/cinema/7171/hero_beneath.htm

    From my eye, the action resembles a modified M1 Carbine with the gas system ommitted. In fact, I'm fairly certain that's what it is. Back when that movie was made, M1 Carbines were still plentiful, too.
     
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    two versions: "hero" gun that fired blanks (appears to be Universal carbine action in a thumbhole stock) and "background" gun inert or dummy for extras in the background. IIRC they also used the Danish Madsen SMG in a 'gorilla' stock also.
     
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    neat web sites Jorg!
     
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    Great movie.Neat rifles for the time period too.tom.
     
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