Sunday, May 4, 2008

Movie Guns VI

Going back to the zombie theme, this weeks movie guns is from the remake of the movie Dawn of The Dead. There are some great shots of zombie mangling at the business end of a shotgun, and there are several revolvers used throughout as well.

I didn't get any closeups of zombie brains due to the editing of the film. Some movie critics addressed this when the film came out, saying that there were no closeups because the zombies could easily be spotted as a fake. Well, duh! They can't just go out and buy real zombies.

Most movies add stuff like the muzzle blast in order to keep all of the actors safe. Firing a gun that has been modified to fire blanks sounds like there would be no problem, but looking at the fireball coming out of the muzzle of some of these weapons and you will see what I mean.

When there are closeups, the scene has been re-shot using very mild blanks so the actor dressed as a zombie doesn't lose all of his hair from the blast. Freezing a frame doesn't give a good picture, so I pulled the ones that were more exciting.

The first gun that I found is a Remington Model 870 shotgun with a light and extended tube that Ving Rhames, who plays a cop, uses to blast his way out of trouble through the film.
Remmy 870

He uses it during the first major zombie battle; like here where you can see him ejecting a high brass shell:
Cool ejection flame

Here is another Remington 870 from the same battle, this one with a pistol grip and no stock:
Shorty 870 blast


Most of the movie takes place in a mall in Milwaukee, where in the beginning there is a confrontation with armed mall ninjas carrying revolvers:
Two revolvers

One looks like a Smith & Wesson Model 27:
Bad hold

The other looks like a Smith & Wesson Model 10 or 13, I'm not sure; and check out that support hand finger wrapped around the trigger:
Boogerhook on bangswitch

Yikes!

Later on, a close range gunfight takes place inside the mall. Mekhi Phifer is firing the ever popular movie gun, the Beretta 92F:
Beretta 92F blast

His opponent is firing a Smith & Wesson Model 19, with some great closeups:
S&W 19 Close

S&W 19 blast

Snubby blast

I think the revolvers look better when firing blanks because they don't have to be modified with a blank firing adapter.

Towards the end of the movie, Ving Rhames is blasting away with his Remington:
Remmy 870 boom

Shooting zombies w/870

I caught this interesting picture of the muzzle of his shotgun. I've never seen anything like it, and it's noticeably different from the shotgun he was carrying earlier:
Shotty blast

We also has our two prestigious mall ninjas shooting zombies with the wheelguns:
Revolver fightin

At one point, actor Sarah Polley is shooting a revolver that looks similar to a Ruger SP101, but it is not:
Snubby super blast

This is the mystery gun from the movie.

At the end of the movie, the characters seek firepower in a gunstore, and then fight zombies with Glocks like this Model 22:
Glock 17 blast

They even have a Franchi shotgun:
Franchi

Now, for those of you who have seen the movie and are probably looking for the sniper rifle that the gun store owner, Andy, is using, I decided not to capture a picture from the main part of the film because you can't tell what type of rifle it is. Instead, I went to the extra scenes where Andy is carrying around a Sako TRG 42:
SAKO TRG

and for the H&K fanboys, here is Andy's MP5:
H&K MP5

There you have it folks! If you are a gun person then you owe it to yourself to check out this movie. It's zombie fighting at its finest!
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