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    I heard that they (for example "Collateral") buy a real Hk USP and install an modified barrel that will shoot blanks. So the gun is all real, but the barrel isn't.

    Reason why is because I want to make a short film that involves some gun play and always wondered about prop guns.

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    I just saw a special on Hollywood prop guns on Guns & Ammo TV or some channel like that.

    In short, it depends on what gun you are trying to convert. The expert guy said that some are hard, some are easy...but they had to do things like use a special barrels, recoil springs, filed down locking lugs (1911), modified magazines and feed ramps.

    My suggestion would be to buy a gun already converted for use with blanks. Doing it yourself is not impossible, but it may take more work than you were expecting.

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    With a large selection of realistic, blank-firing weapons available, why expend the time and expense, as well as run the risk, of trying to convert yourself? :D

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    I would try using Airsoft or pellet guns first. Something less lethal.

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    Thanks congusto.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamac99 View Post
    I would try using Airsoft or pellet guns first. Something less lethal.
    I understand your concern of safety. Thank you.

    I was thinking of using an Airsoft, but in film...I don't want to hassle with creating my own muzzle blast on my Mac for special effects. I'd rather use the "Hollywood" gun and use the special effects of blood impacting shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIX BAYONETS! View Post
    I heard that they (for example "Collateral") buy a real Hk USP and install an modified barrel that will shoot blanks. So the gun is all real, but the barrel isn't.

    Reason why is because I want to make a short film that involves some gun play and always wondered about prop guns.
    In some cases you can actually rent them from companies that cater to independent productions, and pay a handler to work on set with the guns if need be. I worked on an independent film several years ago where we did this. We were charged student fees for their services (though they rented everything on a weekly basis).

    The alternatives are (A.) Japanese model guns (basically cap guns on steroids, but they are a pain to reload), (B.) Commercial blank-firers (look OK from a distance, but often have many external alterations), or (C.) Airsoft (which, IMO, are only good for non-firing work).

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    airsoft and add sound later
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    Theres a Japanese company that specialised in Movie prop airsoft gun. They made realistic guns, such as the one used in James Bond films.. If i'm not mistaken, they are called Maruzen. And they are pretty cheap too.

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