Netfoot October 26, 2021 Share October 26, 2021 I Don't claim any particular expertise in movie gun-play, but I believe that simple mechanical alterations could be used to good effect, On the set of The Rookie. An automatic can be made to cycle the slide with a very low-powered blank cartridge, perhaps one with no powder in it at all - only the primer. A gas-operated action can be stimulated by adding a restrictor to the barrel. This is basically a plug with a hole in it much smaller than the muzzle, restricting the flow of gas out of the muzzle enough that the action will cycle. Or better, a replacement barrel with the restrictor as an integral part of the barrel instead if a plug which could conceivably come loose to become a lethal projectile in its own right. (Post-WWI barnstormers used this technique to get the machine guns on their old war-planes to cycle during their flying displays.) Recoil operated weapons could be fitted with lighter recoil springs so the reduced recoil of a watered down blank cartridge will still cycle the action. Shooters do the opposite when trying extra powerful loads; they fit stronger recoil springs. And of course, a revolver typically needs no changes to be made whatsoever. Weapon selection might be made for police and baddies on The Rookie based on ease of conversion to operate with lightly loaded blanks, unless some historically accurate firearm needed to be used to facilitate the storytelling. As for the visible effect on the actor firing the weapon, what is needed here is a looser grip. A small pistol like a .22 will still recoil, if you hold it less tightly than a heavier caliber. The same would be true for a tame blank cartridge In the recent case we've all no doubt heard of, it seems to me that the weapon itself was not directly the issue (but see on). It would appear that several common-sense safety procedures/protocols were simply ignored for reasons unknown (convenience? Stupidity?) with tragic results. I see the fact that the revolver in question had already misfired or malfunctioned two or three times before the incident and was still in use, as lethal stupidity at work. Just one of at least five dumb-assed moves I can think of, that lead to a fatality. But I've probably said too much. They love to beat up on me, so I'll say no more. 1 1 Link to comment
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