Use real guns in movies

Are real guns used in movies?

This article gives a detailed look into the use of guns in films.


Blank-fire guns are real, working weapons that have been minimally modified to fire blank cartridges. Empty cartridges included Gunpowder , to fire however no Grenade or bullet. They are used for scenes that require a believable muzzle flash and loud report. They can be expensive and dangerous.

Function pistols

"Function" guns are essentially very detailed toy and replica pistols . They look and feel like real guns and can be loaded with realistic looking brass bullets, but they do don't fire . These are typically used for scenes where an actor needs to brandish and manipulate a gun, but not fire it. These are for show only.

Rubber guns

Rubber guns are just that fake rubber pistols . These are used for scenes where multiple non-firing weapons must be present. These are the most inexpensive props, but they don't look real or make any noise in close-up.

Suicide weapons

Basically the same as empty guns - if not so realistic - but they don't produce a muzzle flash . The barrel is sealed and is only used for sound effects.

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The master of a weapon works with everyone Propeller cannons of a film set. He is responsible for the maintenance, storage and ensuring that the weapons are safely handled and never tampered with. The master of the weapon must handle every propeller machine before and after each use of the weapon.

Another article describes what types of weapons ( how they are made, type of weapon, etc. ) are used in the films.

Hard rubber guns / hard stunt guns

Propeller guns cast from real firearms in a tough and durable high density urethane rubber. These prop stunt guns are characterized by durability, inflexibility and detailing. As a rubber casting, there are no moving parts, but appears real from a distance. These hard rubber guns are used in scenes that do not require a shot or a working prop and that are not shot in close-up.

Soft Rubber Guns / Soft Stunt Guns

Propeller guns, cast from real firearms in a significantly softer rubber. These prop stunt guns are characterized by their flexibility and softer detailing. Here, too, the rubber casting has no moving parts, but can, under certain film conditions, serve as a substitute for a real firearm. Typically, these soft rubber guns are used in scenes where the subject may be injured while filming. These are most commonly used in real "stunt scenes".

Function pistols

Metal propeller guns with moving parts. These usually have a working slide, trigger and hammer and allow the insertion of magazines. These propeller pistols have no chamber and cannot be modified to fire real "live" ammunition. These functional pistols are used in scenes where a pistol is tampered with but not fired by an actor during filming. These are also used by actors who are legally unable to use a real firearm.

Blank Fire Non Guns

Metal propeller guns with moving parts that can fire empty cartridges. These usually have a sled, a trigger and a hammer. These are designed to use proprietary, uniquely large empty cartridges (real "live" ammunition cannot be chambered or fired). These are characterized by a solid barrel, so that no lightning, no explosion or no projectile can be fired through the muzzle. The gas pressure is released through a slot in the valve. The propeller gun fires and the sledge moves. The used cartridge is ejected much like a real firearm.

Empty fire live guns

Real, living firearms that have subsequently been converted into empty ammunition. As real firearms, they are printed with unique serial numbers at the time of manufacture. The weapon is modified in various ways (depending on the make and model of the weapon) to fire empty ammunition, the size of which corresponds to the actual ammunition.

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Regarding the Matrix Reloaded, the Matrix series is known for its extensive use visual effects when filming is known . They used CGI and Bullet time- Film techniques in film. In fact, Matrix won that Oscar for visual effects. For your information, the highway chase was filmed for so long that this is more than total filming time for movies. A review works out:

And then there is the already infamous Freeway Chase. This scene was a potential classic. The albino twins (Neil and Adrian Rayment) are the most compelling villains in the picture. The two can transform into a ghostly shape to fly through walls. It's a shame that their key sequence takes up almost 10 minutes of the picture before they drive onto the autobahn and the much-touted street hype really gets going.

The Freeway Chase suffers immensely from the extensive use of CG and motion capture. When Morpheus fights an agent on a giant 18-wheeler, the CG makes him look like a long-lost tiny toon. Seeing main characters like Morpheus in comic book form distracts from the plot. The Freeway Chase is not an absolute waste: Trinity is a wonder to see on her motorcycle. Your heart rate should accelerate when you see her zoom through oncoming traffic at a speed of 80-100 mph.

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The gun information is interesting, but the "Freeway Chase" information is free and detracts from the answer. You should consider removing it.


@Kyralessa, Actually the OP asked if real weapons were used in the highway hunt in Matrix 2. So I tried to get my point across. Otherwise I would not have added the point!