BLANK FIRING GUNS AND MOVIE GUNS
Movies have portrayed wars, battles and armed conflicts ever since the beginning of motion pictures at the start of the 20th century more than one hundred years ago. One of the first ever blockbuster war movies was D.W Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation that came out in 1915 and told the story of two families during the American Civil War. From that time on war movies have been made on a constant basis worldwide, and arming the actors has become a very lucrative business for those few who had such a large knowledge of firearms, edged weapons, armored vehicles, tanks and aircraft, and where to get them from so that they fit the war period being filmed.
Almost all movies depicting wars, battles or other armed conflicts, or even individual fight scenes, rarely produce the weapons, rather they purchase them from companies like ours and others around the world. Are you looking to equip actors for a World War Two movie? We can provide original tanks such as American Shermans and German Panzers, firearms such as M1 carbines, Lugers, Mausers, all original. Or maybe you are filming a Vietnam war movie? We can provide M16A1’s, AK47’s (the Chinese version for extra authenticity), DShK machine guns and more. If you would like to incorporate Israeli firearms that always look great in movies than we are your best source! We have Uzi sub-machine guns, Galil and Tavor assault rifles in various models, Jericho pistols that always look great on screen and many more.
Since all of the surplus firearms that we provide are operational, we make them blank firing guns or in a more professional term make them demiled guns or inert guns, so that they actually fire and operate regularly but they are able to shoot only blanks. The process of making a firearms blank firing guns involves welding the inside of the barrel so that no projectile can come out in case a live round is put in the magazine. With all of that done, gun safety on set, typically supervised by the movie armorer or weapons specialist, is always in the top priority. All guns are lethal when not used properly and when individuals do not abide by gun safety rules put in place. The Israeli military has two sayings that pertain to gun safety: one – even a broom can shoot, meaning that even if you think that a gun is empty or not able to shoot, it will shoot when you least expect it. Two – orders and rules are written in blood, meaning that orders and rules have been set forth because of gun safety procedures that were not followed and people got killed. The movie guns that we provide are not really props, they are real firearms that can shoot. If the blank firing movie gun is a semi-automatic or fully automatic firearms they load, eject, and re-load ammunition like any other real gun. A blank firing gun, although having its barrel welded shut, still ejects fire, shrapnel, gases and other matter when fired, and thus it should never be directly pointing at anyone. Furthermore the ammunition that is used is with less gun powder grains than a regular bullet since only a bang is needed and not firing a projectile.
Movie prop guns and firearms are put in three main categories: blank firing guns, replica guns, non-guns. I wrote about blank firing guns above.
Replica guns are firearms made of plastic, rubber or metal that look identical to real guns. They do not fire or operate as real guns. They can be defined is a very real looking toy gun. We offer these replica guns as rifles, assault rifles and pistols. They look very real and also have a feature that allows a magazine to be released.
Non Guns are electronically-powered props that are used in movies, television or theatre when blank firing guns are deemed unsafe for the stuntmen and stuntwomen or actors but a bang is still needed. The electronically-operated non gun discharges a small explosive that makes a flash and produces smoke to imitate a real gun firing. There are no moving parts besides the trigger, no shell casing is ejected, which make the non guns safer than the others but with one disadvantage, they look fake. Non guns are usually fake looking and act more or less as hi-tech cap guns. We do not carry those.
Contact International Ltd. is your source for real blank firing guns and excellent quality replica guns for movies, television shows, theatre, war reenactments and also for self defense classes or courses. Our wide selection of demiled firearms: revolvers, pistols, rifles, assault rifles, sub-machine guns, fully automatic machine guns, anti-tank shoulder fired missile launchers, mortars are all at your request. We have replica guns and knives for movies as props that can be custom made for your needs.
If you are a movie props company, weapons specialist, movie armorer or stunt man, we would be glad if you contact us for your next project.
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Before contacting us please read the following
- Our company is located in Israel. We cannot and will not export to countries that have no diplomatic relations with Israel, either directly or indirectly.
- We are wholesalers dealing in bulk only. We do not sell small quantities.
- We sell to firearm importers and distributors (US FFL 08 or others that apply), military and police units, government and other organizational entities worldwide. We DO NOT sell to individuals or businesses that don’t have the proper licensing to import firearms and related equipment.
- Make sure that before contacting us that the firearms or other products you are interested in are importable to your country.
CONTACT INTERNATIONAL LTD. - MILITARY SURPLUS FIREARMS AND EQUIPMENT
For over 35 years Contact International (Kalia) Ltd. has been one of the leading companies in Israel in the field of the purchase and sale of military surplus firearms and equipment from mainly IDF (Israel Defense Forces) inventories and suppliers from around the world. We are a one-stop-shop for all of your armoring needs, from ammunition and personal equipment and tactical gear to military armored vehicles and aircraft. We specialize in Israeli firearms such as Uzi, Tavor, Galil and Jericho as well as supply other firearms from around the world, new and used. Our many years in the business have gained us a wide spread worldwide network of contact allowing us to provide you with any product or item that you are looking for. Unlike other companies, most of our products are from our inventory and ready to go thus cutting down delivery time. Our military surplus firearms range from pistols and handguns to assault rifles, machine guns and anti-tank shoulder rockets. Most of our worldwide clients are: govenrments and military units, homeland security and law enforcement agencies, army-navy stores and gun shops, gun collectors, movie special effects and fight scene coordinators. We also offer many weapon accessories such as day and night scopes, butt stocks, bipods, grips, holsters and slings, magazines and clips and more. The personal equipment and gear ranges from helmets, uniforms, tactical vests, gas masks, blankets, tents, camouflage nets and all a soldier or police officer needs to be safe and equipped.