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28 Sep 2012 - 14:5491799
Guns?
I need a old fashioned, steam punky kind of gun, basically with a long barrel for a costume. And I've trawled toy shops looking for a suitable one, but all I can find are cow boy guns, with lots of ornate stuff on them, when all I want is a plain one.

I was talking to my Mum and she pointed out that theres a ban or something on guns that look too real, and thats why I've having trouble finding one. I'm also worried that IF I find one, (I don't know where, or how much for, I'm pretty skint atm) I won't be able to take it in the expo with me.

So how true is this? And has anyone else had a similar problem, where did you get the gun from?


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28 Sep 2012 - 15:5791804
Is this any good?

Sorry, I don't know what type of gun you need.

But regarding gun laws; I'd put an orange tip on the end of your gun, so it doesn't look too realistic. Although, all I can find is on BB guns (which are fine as long as they're not loaded).


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28 Sep 2012 - 16:1191806
Various LARP sites sell prop guns eg. http://www.darkbladeuk.co.uk/GUNPLAY/c-1-85/ . In general they won't be that cheap though. I'm not really clued in on the legalities of the issue though but people do use them at big festival events.


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10 Oct 2012 - 09:2692384
My friend Herr Doktor specializes in steampunk weaponary, if he can't help, he will know someone who can! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Herr-D%C3%B6ktors-Laboratory/154132161288796?ref=notif&notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite


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10 Oct 2012 - 20:2092413
How about "Pirate pistol" on eBay - cheap and good base to add steampunk cogs etc

eg http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Plastic-Pirate-Pistol-Gun-Fancy-Dress-Accessory-/300765801849?pt=UK_Clothing_Masks_JD&hash=item460709ed79



Last edited by Ranma1-2 (10 Oct 2012 - 20:21)
12 Oct 2012 - 09:0892460
I saw Herr Doktor's stuff at Expo last year; it is certainly impressive. It's a case of 'you get what you pay for' with his weaponry - they're extremely well made and detailed, but certainly not 'one-off' props.

Not that this is the gun you're after but I'd recommend browsing LARP stores, like this one, LRP store. I've not used them, but my LARP sword is both con safe and suitably realistic.

Other than actual LARP stuff, have you considered modding a NERF gun? Lots of people use them as bases and just paint them.

Good luck in your search! I'm still looking for a base gun to make a Tesla Cannon from Fallout: New Vegas and having no luck.

Edit: Incidentally, you didn't mention a budget - I'm guessing if you're trawling fancy dress shops it's not that forgiving. LRP Store's gun is £43; you'll be receiving an endlessly reusable prop but it's a price point to be aware of.

Edit edit: The ban on replica guns isn't aimed at the roleplay/cosplayers, incidentally. Replica guns are actual metal guns that have had their gubbins blocked/removed, but with the right tools can be reinstated and made 'live' again.
An article on the Guardian back in 2006 said 'The bill will make clear that the ban on the sale of replicas only covers imitation guns that "any reasonable person could mistake for a firearm". Now I'm not in favour of such vague terms being made into law, but with LARP guns or even modified NERF guns no-one thinks they're going to get shot if you point it at them. If you're using a pirate pistol, you should be fine.


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Last edited by LewaKyser (12 Oct 2012 - 09:14)
12 Oct 2012 - 09:1292461
Quote LewaKyser:

Not that this is the gun you're after but I'd recommend browsing LARP stores, like this one, LRP store. I've not used them, but my LARP sword is both con safe and suitably realistic.



Most LARP guns are basically cap guns, so should be safe unless you're clonking someone over the head with them.


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12 Oct 2012 - 09:1592462
Quote Carmina:
Quote LewaKyser:

Not that this is the gun you're after but I'd recommend browsing LARP stores, like this one, LRP store. I've not used them, but my LARP sword is both con safe and suitably realistic.



Most LARP guns are basically cap guns, so should be safe unless you're clonking someone over the head with them.


Ah, makes sense. I also find the word 'clonking' highly entertaining!


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12 Oct 2012 - 10:2792463
For usage, even for legally purchased toy guns, I find a useful rule of thumb is "If I wave this around will I find myself on the wrong end of armed police because someone called 999?"

Pay extra attention to where you are cosplaying. The London MCM Expo is near London City Airport, and on the flight path, so police are extra twitchy about things that look like guns!


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