Ages ago, I bought a Denix 1860 Colt Army,
with the intention of converting it into a Captain Harlock Cosmo Dragoon.
Typically, I never did start on that project (wrong model gun anyway), but that turned out for the best, because this year I'm going to be shooting a short film set during the Civil War, and a Union sidearm features prominently.
The Denix would be okay for the most part (especially for a scene in which the gun is knocked out of a hand and goes tumbling across the ground), but in the film the gun is actually fired, so I needed a prop able to fire a powder load. So I used it as an excuse to buy my first "prop" that can fire real bullets (or lead balls, anyway):
Oh, yeah, this is going to the range!
So now I had a hero and a stunt. Next step: make the stunt look like the hero!
Here again is the Denix in its original state (or, rather, a pic of another one I swiped off the web, given that I forgot to take a pic of my own):
First, I used an emery board to sand off the diamond-shaped Denix logo. Then, with higher grades of sandpaper, I sanded off what I could of the chemical aging. Then I took it apart:
(At that point it would've been a good idea to take a photo of how the trigger and hammer mechanisms go back together. Would've been... )
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