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Old 02-16-2017, 05:32 PM   #1
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Do these guns look real enough?

For needing a gun prop for a project, sources say that the guns at Shorty USA are the best. But I find that the barrel tips look plastic-ish, and you can tell. Here is a picture of one, but what do you think?

http://shop.shortyusa.com/springguns...ol-silver.html

I can always put metallic point over, but not sure how real that will look either. What do you think?
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:39 PM   #2
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I used to have that same one. You can see it silver near the end of this movie (about 1.05.45 onward)


And then I spray painted it matte black because it was getting too beat up. You can see the black version in this movie (all the bad guys used the same gun)


Really depends what kind of shots you plan to use it in.

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Old 02-16-2017, 06:48 PM   #3
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Looks like a real M9 to me. If you don't like it, get a Mod 1911 or a different model. If you need a military gun a 1911 will be just fine.


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Okay thanks. The 1911 is a cool looking gun but do the military still use it today?
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:13 PM   #5
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Not sure how many LEO's and military still employ the 1911. How authentic does it need to be? Do some research into the type of gun that was used. Is it a street thug? Then it doesn't matter what he is carrying. Is it a SEAL pre '86 or post (whatever year) that they adopted the Sig P226?

Google is your friend. Find out what pistol is appropriate.

Why did you pick the M9 in the first place? Because it looks cool or because it's appropriate?
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:56 PM   #6
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Yes they look real.
As for if you character would carry that gun, that is YOUR JOB!
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:31 AM   #7
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Not sure how many LEO's and military still employ the 1911. How authentic does it need to be? Do some research into the type of gun that was used. Is it a street thug? Then it doesn't matter what he is carrying. Is it a SEAL pre '86 or post (whatever year) that they adopted the Sig P226?

Google is your friend. Find out what pistol is appropriate.

Why did you pick the M9 in the first place? Because it looks cool or because it's appropriate?
Both really. It looks cool and it's appropriate in my opinion. But it is a photogenic gun. So is the 1911.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:57 AM   #8
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It's a $20 prop.

If you've got a scene with guys waving guns around it's probably fine. If you are going to be doing closeups on the weapon(s) then maybe something a little pricier. As always you need to consider not just what is in front of you but the role of the whatever it is in the grand scheme of the project.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:11 AM   #9
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Yeah that's what I was thinking. Well mainly a guy finds the gun like in a drawer, or something like that. For a still shot in the drawer, will it pass? If not, then maybe I should get one from somewhere else?
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If this guy can make you believe that a blow up doll is legitimately kicking his ass, then you can get an audience to believe there is real danger with a plastic gun. Storytelling is key.
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Make the film and we will let you know if it passes. Or do you need to start a thread about bullets for this non-film? Or ponies?
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We have the best ponies in the Netherlands
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:45 PM   #14
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Make the film and we will let you know if it passes. Or do you need to start a thread about bullets for this non-film? Or ponies?
Well since I am in pre-production I thought I would ask if the gun passes now, rather than possibly fixing it in post. Is there a better website with prop guns that will pass?
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:06 PM   #15
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Back to whether the guns look real.

They look as real as these guns:
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