We rent two general types of firearms: NON-FIRING REPLICAS and BLANK FIRING
An Important Note
There are certain situations in which only an onstage gunshot will do, not a sound effect, not an offstage shot but a live “boom” that happens right in front of the audience. If this is what you must have then we can help. However…
If there is any other option to using a “live” shot onstage… take it.
Blank guns these days are decent… not great but better than they used to be and there are more choices now than in past decades. There are theatrical blank guns made just for your performance needs that are as safe as they can be and as the training of the actors allows. But know these facts:
- The best blank guns out there will jam.
- They will misfire.
- They may work perfectly for fifteen shows in a row and then inexplicably stop firing.
- They are not made like “real” guns which can cost $500, $1,000 or more and, since they are cheaper imitations, cannot handle the stress that their projectile firing counterparts can.
- They also cannot be repaired easily, if at all (gunsmiths generally will not touch them). This means that when they are broken they often must be replaced completely.
- You will sometimes find a “dud” in your ammunition that goes “click” right at the climax of your production. You will need back-up plans for when the gun does not fire (not IF – WHEN) which can include sound cues, offstage shots or back-up shots from onstage. If using a revolver, you will also need to consider extra rounds in the firearm to anticipate finding a “dud.” For semi-automatics there is no second chance… a dud in one of these means the end of that gun’s “performance” until it can be cleared.
- There is also the fact that blanks are still explosives and produce enough force via gas expulsion and flame to seriously injure or kill and emit enough sound to potentially cause severe damage to your hearing or the hearing of your audience members. Do not make the decision to use these props lightly. Do NOT use them without a qualified Fight Director or weapons wrangler who is experienced in their use.
- If you cannot afford to hire a Fight Director who is well versed in theatrical firearms and who can train your actors in their safe use, cleaning, staging and the many situations that will need their expertise, then you cannot afford to stage a play that requires their use.
Still need to use a blank gun on stage? We can help.
Blank Firing Guns
Our BLANK FIRING GUNS are manufactured solely for theatrical use and are INCAPABLE of firing ammunition containing a projectile. Our blank firing revolvers can generally fire either full, half or quarter load ammunition (caliber referred to as .380, 9mm or .380/9mm) while the semi-automatic pistols require full load ammunition ONLY, in 9mm. Please contact us with specific questions and we will assist you in choosing the correct blanks for your needs.
*Please note that we only rent our BLANK FIRING GUNS to theatres or schools who utilize the services of a qualified fight director to train their actors in the use of these weapons. Qualified individuals include those certified by the Society of American Fight Directors or sister organizations in Canada and Great Britain. For those theatres or schools in the DC/MD/Northern VA area we offer theatrical firearm training at reasonable rates. Please contact us with inquiries.
Front Venting Blank Guns
These blank firing handguns vent their hot gases (and flame) out of the front of the barrel just like an actual projectile firing weapon which makes them ideal for use on film where every detail is caught. This mode of operation presents unique challenges for use on the stage and should only be undertaken under the supervision of an expert firearms handler.
WE DO NOT GENERALLY RECOMMEND THESE FOR STAGE USE.
More front vent blank firing handguns coming soon!
* 4 week minimum for all rentals. Modern nylon holsters provided for a flat fee of $5 when available. Leather holsters are $2.50 per week on indicated models when available.