Hollywood and the entertainment industry makes a lot of mistakes regarding firearms. Here’s a list of top mistakes:
- calling a magazine a ‘clip’
- guns that never need to reload, especially shotguns and anything full-auto
- impossibly good accuracy from handguns
- lasers on sniper rifles
- whisper quiet silencers” (sound suppressors)
- dumb suppressors that don’t work – empty soda bottles, or even a potato
- easy access to full-auto
- guns easily converted to full-auto
- shooting full-auto with one hand
- shooting rifles from the hip – there’s a reason they have a shoulder stock!
One of the most noticable, pervasive mistakes is actually a simple sound used for emphasis. Seriously, start listening closely. Hollywood seems to believe that guns make a loud ‘click-clack’ every time it is lifted, pointed, or carried around a corner.
Recently, I’ve spotted TWO separate occaisons in TWD where AR-15 type rifles have been shown missing their rear sight. Why would a rifle ever be missing the rear sight? These rifles didn’t appear damaged or badly maintained. It’s just a simple case of some Prop Master using a rifle straight out of the box without giving it a close look.
However, I saw a new worst-case earlier today on an episode of Numb3rs.
In case you’re not a gun-nut, that ‘bananna clip’ is in backwards! It should curve forward. Basially, it’s a long, narrow box that holds the ammunition. They curve forward because ammunition is smaller at the front than at the back, so ammo naturally creates a curve when stacked up together. Anyone who’s familiar with rilfles knows how to load one.
I’m not sure which is worse: that one person made this mistake, or that many people on the set failed to notice.