Some background information on movie blank-firing weapons…

Ian interviewed an expert on the subject 3 years ago. Very interesting.

Bottom line: That famous accident last week not only could have been avoided, normal every-day movie-set practice would have avoided it.

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5 Responses to Some background information on movie blank-firing weapons…

  1. Paul B says:

    Pretty much a given that it was an accident. The gaffer that handled the gun and made it ready will never be heard from. Alec Baldwin will be let go with a slap. might help the box office on the movie but doubt that.

    No, does not matter if it was cap and ball or something else some one did not follow any safe gun practice.

  2. buckeyebob says:

    If you could count the baggies full of pills on that set it would blow you away . Baldwin is a known pill popping animal . The whole cast was blown away . Been there and walked off the set . Ain’t killing this old country boy .

  3. Bruce Gordon says:

    The Sheriff stated that the firearm was loaded with real ammunition.. He also stated that they have recovered the spent lead projectile from the Directors shoulder after surgery.. and they recovered a box of mixed ammunition from the Prop Master that contained Blank Ammo, and Live Ammo…

  4. Joel says:

    they recovered a box of mixed ammunition from the Prop Master that contained Blank Ammo, and Live Ammo…

    My god. That raises unprofessionalism to unheard-of heights. Or lowers it to depths, or whatever. It’s appalling. Then you hand the randomly-loaded gun to an actor famous mostly for being an antigun activist drug-abusing douchebag, because he’s likely to check the chambers, and…

  5. Rick T says:

    If that revolver was modified to take cartridges that takes the gun wrangler’s liability to a whole new level. Easy to pull a cartridge to double check what is loaded.

    From my perspective the only person who *knows* what is loaded in the chamber of a cap and ball revolver is whoever actually loaded it and rammed home the top wad. Short of driving an icepick down or x-raying the cylinder is there any way to know without firing the weapon?

    I wonder if the gun wrangler had a beef with the dead woman or the wounded director, or with Alec himself….

To the stake with the heretic!