Prop guns: What they are and how they can kill

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The film’s director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured during the incident.

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Prop master Joseph Fischer told Granthshala on Friday that extreme security measures are taken when it comes to weapons on set.

“Usually we would do a security brief with the cast and crew,” he said. “We’ll let them investigate it, we’ll explain the safety precautions that go with each type of prop weapon. In this case [the “Rust” incident], it was a blank firing weapon and has inherent risks as well.”


Fisher referred to the case of actor Brandon Lee, who died in 1993 after a prop gun accident in which a fragment of a .44 bullet accidentally hit the gun, resulting in Lee being injured in the stomach.

The Prop Master said that while a prop gun does not have a “bullet,” there are still projectiles including gun powder and gas that can be dangerous within a certain range.

ben simmons bare arms, A company in the UK that deals with firearms on set told Granthshala that a variety of “prop guns” can be used in TV and film production.
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They range from “a completely counterfeit firearm that has been constructed” to a material such as rubber or wood, to a real working gun or a formerly working gun that has been disabled.

Simmons explained that the type of gun used depends on the production, but often the guns that are used on set fire blanks.

In a regular gun, a charge shoots the projectile which is a bullet. “Blanks” refers to an empty cartridge that usually contains a shell or casing, gunpowder, but no bullet. instead have a tip that has been “crimped” by wadding or wax, According to the “Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics”.

“It doesn’t mean that blank rounds are safe because if you get in the way of it or get too close to it, a lot of dirt and debris can seep out of the gun’s end, and cause damage, Simmons said. “It is extremely rare for this to happen and for it to cause death even more rare.”

Dave Brown, a professional firearms instructor and a firearms safety coordinator, Wrote an article for American Cinematographer magazine in 2019 which he explained that “CGI [computer generated imagery] Can be used for close-range bullets that otherwise could not be achieved safely, but yes, with all the advances in visual effects and computer-generated imagery, we still carry guns with blanks. “

“The reason is simple: We want the scene to look as real as possible. We want the story and characters to be believable,” Brown wrote. “The spaces help contribute to the authenticity of a scene that cannot be achieved in any other way. If the cinematographer is there to portray the story with lighting and framing, then the firearms expert will tell the story with drama and excitement. are to increase.”

The more ammo used, the bigger the flash and detonation from a prop gun. Brown’s piece reiterates that using the blanks still requires someone on set who has firearms experience.

“Blanks eject gunpowder and hot gases from the front of the barrel in a cone shape,” he wrote. “It’s harmless over long distances, but if it’s too close an explosion could seriously injure someone.”

Daniel Oates, a former police chief for Miami Beach, Florida, and Aurora, Colorado, told Granthshala that in policing “you treat every gun like it’s dangerous and it’s loaded all the time.”

And while prop guns on set typically use blanks instead of live ammunition, Oates explained that they all use powder as a charge agent and to create the noise and visuals of the actual gun shot. Huh.

“Even at close range these weapons can be very, very dangerous,” he said.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into what happened on the set of “Rust” is “open and active” and that no charges have been filed.


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