Charter Arms AR7 Explorer rifle

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by adamata, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Its used for the ponda blaster and also the Hoth rebel trooper pistol.

    I was going to get one from

    www.movieguns.com

    but they way *way* too much for one. I can buy a real one for that much.

    -Tony
     
  2. superjedi

    superjedi Sr Member

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    Someone over at Blaster Builders Club did a run of these in resin months ago. You might try posting over there and see if there are any left.

    The kit included the AR-7 "body", a one-piece barrel with mortar fin, and a lot of the greeblies.
     
  3. hyperdyne

    hyperdyne Sr Member

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    Holy cow.. I have one of these AR-7s in my gun safe. Got it many years ago when I was back in college.

    What parts of it were used in the rebel pistol?? I never use the thing anymore, maybe its time to dust it off...
     
  4. Wakal

    Wakal Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a vintage AR7 (with the correct barrel nut ;) ) just before I fled the States. I'll see if I can get my friend Bill to throw RTV on it. He has the right mortar on hand, too (just one of the many projects I never got around to finishing, sigh).



    Alex
     
  5. superjedi

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(hyperdyne @ Apr 21 2006, 11:13 AM) [snapback]1230630[/snapback]</div>
    The entire receiver group of the AR-7 is used as the basis for the Rebel Hoth pistol. Along with a "shortened" barrel, with the knurled nut. The muzzle is a fin from a British mortar round.

    The grip is from a Sterling. Add some greeblies and a Singlepoint scope, and voila.. . . Rebel pistol. :thumbsup
     
  6. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Wakal @ Apr 21 2006, 01:52 PM) [snapback]1230649[/snapback]</div>

    Say I's probably be interested in a copy too.

    I've done a bit of searching, but haven't had any luck finding a replica of this gun yet.
     
  7. superjedi

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  8. reaper63

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    The run at the BBC is done, the molds have officially died. There was recently a second run and the results were less then ideal, but still workible.

    Unfortunately, all the casts were sold.

    Sorry man.
     
  9. Reaper57

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(adamata @ Apr 21 2006, 05:15 PM) [snapback]1230582[/snapback]</div>
    Tony,

    i have a friend that had a real one, i could check.

    also they are still being sold by Uncle Henry firearms,

    john :cool
     
  10. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Reaper57 @ Apr 21 2006, 07:46 PM) [snapback]1230786[/snapback]</div>
    I think a while back Bobadebt said the newer versions have different knurling around the barrel where it attaches to the receiver.
     
  11. Bryancd

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    I have one I would be happy to provide, but don't know how to ship it.
     
  12. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have one and the right muzzle and barrel as well as a sterling grip. I also have the means to cast it
     
  13. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sweet.

    Well, I am asking because I have a real mortin fin assembly on the way to me now. :)

    If someone did a run I think they would get a decent response in the JY. :)
     
  14. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I took it apart for casting. I imagine I can get a mold put together some time this weekend.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey Evan...a real one :eek ???

    Where did you get it from?

    Markus
     
  16. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    They're pretty easy to find here. There is always at least one or two at any given time on the auction sites. I occasionally run into them at local pawn shops.
     
  17. SethB6025

    SethB6025 Well-Known Member

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    Too cool.
     
  18. reaper63

    reaper63 Sr Member

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    Evan, great looking pistol there. Very nice...

    And I am sure the kits would get a great responce here.

    Maybe even casts of the Magazine alone ;) looks alot like power packs for blasters :) I know I'd pick up a couple of those...
     
  19. FETTCLONE

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    I've got a mortar fin just waiting to be attached to something. And I only learned it was also on the hoth pistol recently. I got mine at a flea market, the entire shell painted bronze and made into a lamp. That's right, a lamp. I was surprised to see the part at all, and more surprised to realize I knew exactly what it was. A little work with a wire wheel and it was all better... now I only need everything else. :lol
     
  20. jedeyenight

    jedeyenight Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wuher.. Color me interested...
    been looking for one of these.
     
  21. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I got the molds started for the three receiver parts today. I'll get the 2nd half of the molds poured tomorrow. I still have to build frames for the grip, barrel, and muzzle.
     
  22. Treadwell

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    Just saw a complete AR7 with correct knurling at a gun show for $200. Would've been fun, but I didn't want to upgrade from my resin version THAT bad.
     
  23. Dean O

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    I've got one of the kits produced before. I got it in trade for some work I did. All the parts are there and it looks like a really clean casting. If anyone is interested in it let me know.
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  24. wuher da brewer

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    I didn't have enough resin on hand to fill the mold, so this was just a test. The receiver was made in three parts.

    I'm hoping to be able to offer either grip. I'll be casting them next. I have the molds for the barrel with and without the muzzle setting up now.

    I would like to offer the singlepoint. I've been trying to buy one for almost 2 years now but have yet to find what I'm looking for.

    [​IMG]
     
  25. RedTwoX

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    Ooooo.... keep us posted Evan. It looks like you've already got quite a few prop geeks salivating (your's truely inlcuded :cheers )
     
  26. FETTCLONE

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    I agree with RedTwoX, Wuher. I may not have the scratch right away, but if I know I can get one from you down the line... :D What you've got is looking great already. I think we're going to have a lot more Hoth rebel pistols out there soon. Any chance they used them on Endor, too?
     
  27. reaper63

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    The Imperial Officer in the Bunker ("You Rebel Scum") uses a variation of this pistol. The muzzle is different and I believe so is the scope.

    None of the Rebels on Endor (Except HJan and Leia) where shown to have a pistol. ?But a little creative license can fix that ;)
     
  28. thedap

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    I'm glad Evan picked up the ball and is running with it, my mold finally bit the dust.....

    I only have two frames left and I'm hangin onto them like a hungry dog holds onto a bone :D

    I'm glad to see my work floating around out there, glad people are getting some enjoyment out of them.
    It was the most complex casting(s) I've tackled to date and I learned alot doing it.

    can't wait to see some of these new efforts.

    casters uber alles. :lol

    Doug


    P.S. it was a group effort over at the BBC to make these guns, there was alot of people working on this.
    can't take all of the credit, not by a long shot.
     

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