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Old 12-27-2008, 01:49 PM
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Rifle question...

Can someone tell me what type of rifle Will Smith was using in "I am legend?'

I am curious because in one scene he ran out of bullets yet there was a constant clicking/electric motor sound as if it was cycling trying to find bullets.

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Old 12-27-2008, 02:44 PM
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I think that was just sound effects added in and not a noise generated by the prop rifle he was using. Sorry, I don't know the model.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:04 PM
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Go to www.imfdb.org and search for I am Legand guns. There is a very good write up on it there.

By the way: ALL prop guns have the barrell necked down so they cannot fire reall ammo; only blanks. This is due to the use of 'squibs' which are placed on people and things that are to be shot. The squibs blow up and look like a bullet has hit them.

Up until the 1940's the film stuidos used live fire for both guns and arrows. The shooters were marksmen and so were the archers. Silent star Harrold Loyyd lost two fingers when an 'effect' went astray.

Knife throwers were also used. Yes, you could be one of the 'bad guys' in the early films if you were willing to let a fellow throw a knife at you. The cork vest you wore was all the protection you had and the knifes were real, but if you quit it meant giving up on show business!

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Old 12-27-2008, 03:19 PM
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It looks like some CAR-15 variant. There's about an infinate amount of ways to configure them. And, yes, the sound is dubbed in...
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:15 PM
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Go to www.imfdb.org and search for I am Legand guns. There is a very good write up on it there.
I shouldn't be, but I'm amazed that a site like that even exists.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:20 PM
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Hollywood modified AR-15. Once the last round is fired it will dry-fire once and thats it till the charging handle is cocked again. Typical of somthing being made out to be somthing its not. I catch this kinds stuff in movies. There are enough configurations and parts to make an AR about anyway you like.
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:05 AM
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It was a Bushmaster AR15 with all the gizmo's.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:22 PM
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Go to www.imfdb.org and search for I am Legand guns. There is a very good write up on it there.

By the way: ALL prop guns have the barrell necked down so they cannot fire reall ammo; only blanks. This is due to the use of 'squibs' which are placed on people and things that are to be shot. The squibs blow up and look like a bullet has hit them.

Up until the 1940's the film stuidos used live fire for both guns and arrows. The shooters were marksmen and so were the archers. Silent star Harrold Loyyd lost two fingers when an 'effect' went astray.

Knife throwers were also used. Yes, you could be one of the 'bad guys' in the early films if you were willing to let a fellow throw a knife at you. The cork vest you wore was all the protection you had and the knifes were real, but if you quit it meant giving up on show business!

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While posing for a series of new publicity stills during the filming of "Haunted Spooks" (1920), a real bomb (which had got mixed in with fake explosives by mistake) blew up in his hand, resulting in Lloyd losing 2 fingers on his right hand because of the real black powder explosive. Lloyd was holding it up at head level when it exploded and he needed facial work as well and also suffered reduced sight in the eye closest to the blast.

No gunplay was involved.

Now Jimmy Cagney spoke several times about almost being hit during a scene, he had cuts to his face from the brick chip "shrapnel" when the marksman put 6 to 7 .45 rounds into the wall next to his head with a Thompson submachine gun. Considering the tendency for the Tommy to jump and mussle rise during extended fire, I am very surprised he was not hit.

Actor Paul Kelly, who grew up with my Father in Law, told him that at least 1 male cowboy actor and 1 stuntman were serioulsy injured during a Western he did in the late 30's due to a revolver with live ammo being used to shoot snakes on the set being put back in a holster on a gunbelt draped over a piece of lighting equipment. When they set up for the next shot and the actors grapped their props, someone grabbed the wrong gunbelt and when the shooting started in the scene, an actor was hit in the shoulder and the stuntman was gut shot. Thanks to the fact that there was a talented surgeon visiting a local sanitarium/hospital, the stuntman lived. Most gut shots of the period resulted in perotinitis as Sulfa was just about the only antibiotic available and most surgeons were loathe to do major abdominal work.

A friend of mine, Sound Boom operator, was on the set when John Erik Hexum (sp?) shot himself in the temple with a prop gun loaded with a blank round. He was also in the film, Stone Cold, with Brian Bosworth and David Carradine when Carradine was fooling around with a loaded prop gun and it discharged when he was tucking it into his belt resulting to 2nd and 3rd degree powder burns to Mr. Carradines "twig & berries"...

I was always very careful when working with actors and guns, even shotgun blank wadding can do some damage when it hits you.

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Old 12-28-2008, 07:01 PM
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Yep an AR variant....I can only presume they made a one of a kind "DA" AR receiver for the movie to create the sound effects.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:16 PM
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It always looked phony when the Indians fired blank arrows.....


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Go to www.imfdb.org and search for I am Legand guns. There is a very good write up on it there.

By the way: ALL prop guns have the barrell necked down so they cannot fire reall ammo; only blanks. This is due to the use of 'squibs' which are placed on people and things that are to be shot. The squibs blow up and look like a bullet has hit them.

Up until the 1940's the film stuidos used live fire for both guns and arrows. The shooters were marksmen and so were the archers. Silent star Harrold Loyyd lost two fingers when an 'effect' went astray.

Knife throwers were also used. Yes, you could be one of the 'bad guys' in the early films if you were willing to let a fellow throw a knife at you. The cork vest you wore was all the protection you had and the knifes were real, but if you quit it meant giving up on show business!

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