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The Theatrical Firearms Handbook by Kevin Inouye

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CHAPTER 4

Backstage Protocol and Gun Wrangling

It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.

—Bear Bryant

The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

—Confucius

Many accidents with real handguns occur in the home, often connected to either unauthorized access (such as children finding and playing with unsecured guns) or during cleaning and other maintenance. This is the real world’s backstage. In theatre or on set this is still an area of concern, but it is also common for mistakes there to cause later accidents on stage or on in front of the cameras, created in part by the failure to adhere to proper protocol in advance. The preparation done by armorers and gun ...

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