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Cold and wet outside - watching some old classics.

 

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Myself, I always wondered how the heck he kept his powder dry.
 

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Myself, I always wondered how the heck he kept his powder dry.
Probably by putting beeswax, or some mixture of it with wax, over the capped nipples, and properly sealing the front chambers with the same material.
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This being a fictional movie production, the armorer simply assured that the gun that was used in the one shot in which it was actually fired, would work. Editing handles the rest.

No one liked getting those old guns wet, but there were ways of making them atleast water resistant if not waterproof. Rust was a big enemy so anyone using blackpowder (which is hydrophilic) really hates water. :eek:
 

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Firing five rounds shakes most of the suds off.

At least that's what they taught us in "Tactical Bubblebath."

I loved that course...it was coed.
 

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Aww, Tommy. Just being my smart a...aleck, yeah aleck Irish self.

All those cap and ball looking guns fired cartdge blanks. 3 in 1's I think they call them, because they could be used in three different caliber revolvers.


Mike, I really want a look at your resume. You got credentials I would kill for!:D:D
 

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Aww, Tommy. Just being my smart a...aleck, yeah aleck Irish self.

All those cap and ball looking guns fired cartdge blanks. 3 in 1's I think they call them, because they could be used in three different caliber revolvers.

Mike, I really want a look at your resume. You got credentials I would kill for!:D:D
Yup. A LOT of westerns used those C&B "looking" guns actually used blanks. A local gunstore here actually sold a Colt 1860 that fired cartridge blanks once ... I guess re enactors might enjoy them, but seems to me most would prefer real C&B because you can load real lead balls in them at the range, and then just a load of powder while re-enacting. Don't know what other use they'd be outside movies.
For the film makers it's a matter of getting it done fast --the blanks make it much faster to get the shoot scenes "in the can" than tinkering with C&B guns .... and then, to that, you add the onus that hangs over real guns and Hollywood since a few actors died due to firearms mishaps of some kind (like John Eric-Hexum who put a blank loaded gun to his head and fired it; no bullet, but the directed explosion of the powder was enough, that close and confined) and you can see that the studios might get to really like those airsoft look-a-likes, and other phony guns, and use CGI for the effects if they can.
 

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Yup. .... and then, to that, you add the onus that hangs over real guns and Hollywood since a few actors died due to firearms mishaps of some kind (like John Eric-Hexum who put a blank loaded gun to his head and fired it; no bullet, but the directed explosion of the powder was enough, that close and confined) and you can see that the studios might get to really like those airsoft look-a-likes, and other phony guns, and use CGI for the effects if they can.
Yeah...Bruce Lee's son Brandon was killed during the filming of "The Crow" when somehow a live round was loaded into one of the prop guns. Don't think anyone was ever charged in that, but I could be wrong.

Hollywood SFX guys have a lot of neat tricks to simulate gunfire - gas guns, CGI like you listed earlier, nothing new under the sun I guess.

Speaking of Airsoft (or toy guns, really), in The Green Beret's with John Wayne, remember when one of his team was killed during the snatch job near the end of the film? The Duke says something like, "He got them all, or they wouldn't have left this!" (holding a very identifiable toy M-16 which he proceeds to smash against a tree). I caught that the first time I saw the movie - At Clark AB in the Philippines when I was a freshman in high school. :)
 

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I remember that scene Terry. It's such an obvious toy that it's laughable. I think it was a Mattel.
 
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