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The Theatrical Firearms Handbook by Kevin Inouye

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CHAPTER 2

Arming Your Actors

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it’s also

At the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.

—Jean Genet

Sometimes securing the right prop for the job can make the difference between easy success and constant struggle with failure—or even life and death. Firearm props fall into a number of basic categories, based on their materials, original intended purpose, and various functions. A good portion of these were not made specifically with dramatic portrayals in mind, so they may require some adaptation or special consideration when put to our particular uses. If you are approaching this subject from the point of view of someone deciding what prop is best for your production’s specific needs, it’s best to ...

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