Firearm Faux Pas of Hollywood Pt 2

One of my favorite Hollywood Firearm Faux Pas occurs when the actors show us that the gun isn’t really loaded. I’ve seen 2 separate cases.

First, years ago, I saw it on one of the Law & Order shows. Someone was shooting deaf people. The shooter pulls a Glock out of his jacket, pulls the slide back, and it locks open! He then reached up, pushed the slide-lock down, and took careful aim at his unwitting target.

For those that don’t know, the slide on a semi-auto only locks open when the gun has an empty magazine, or the shooter reaches up and presses a certain lever.

A second case occurs in White Collar when the character Neal Caffrey pickpockets a gun away from a bodyguard and unloads it. First, he removes the magazine and then he pulls the slide back. There was a round of ammo in the chamber, but we can clearly see that the magazine was empty. Apparently the bodyguard chose to carry a 15-shot pistol loaded with only 1 shot. Later, Caffrey hands the Beretta to an FBI agent. First, he drops the magazine – now it suddenly does have a round of ammo at the top! It’s a continuity error, too.


About jurmond

'Jurmond' was the name of my first character in a homebrew D&D campaign. He was a gunslinger and tinker, creating and carrying strange weapons that belched fire and smoke. That was well over a decade ago but I still think of him whenever fiction and firearms collide, so it seems the perfect pen name for this project.
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One Response to Firearm Faux Pas of Hollywood Pt 2

  1. jurmond says:

    I wasn’t the only one to notice TWD’s screwup with the rear sight. In fact, others have notice far smaller details. There are currently 126 comments on this post.

    It just proves that these details DO matter, especially in zombie media. Gun nuts tend to like zombie stuff and zombie nuts tend to like guns.

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