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Charlie Taylor Interview: Blank Fire Guns for the Movies

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http://www.patreon.com/ForgottenWeapons Cool Forgotten Weapons merch! http://shop.bbtv.com/collections/forgotten-weapons I had a chance to spend a couple days filming at Movie Armaments Group up in Toronto, and took a minute to speak with Charlie Taylor, their Managing Director. MAG is has been around for 25 years supplying guns to the film and TV industry, and Charlie has immense experience working with blank-fire guns. Sounds easy, right? Well, there's really a lot more that goes into reliable and safe blank-fire conversions than you might expect... Check out MAG on Instagram: https://instagram.com/moviearmamentsgroup http://www.moviearms.com Contact: Forgotten Weapons PO Box 87647 Tucson, AZ 85754
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Marlon Dean Bellot. (11 days ago)
I could watch this forever if I had the chance.
anubis432 (22 days ago)
Toronto huh, I wonder if the people who made stargate SG-1 used these people for their guns
SgtDrDeath (1 month ago)
That was epic Ian, very good episode 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Cadde (1 month ago)
In the military (here) it's common practice amongst soldiers to fire wooden blanks right next to each other. Resulting in thousands of tiny bleeding prickles on the next guy's face and hands.
Cadde (1 month ago)
And in the future, all movie guns will be soft air guns with flashes and noise added in post.
Toad139 (20 days ago)
Let’s hope not.
keith walker (1 month ago)
After watching this vid i was able to spot the mods to the Glock 17 in a show here in the UK
chzzyg269 (1 month ago)
How does one get into this field? I took an interest in movie guns in film school, but never followed up on where to get into it. I just kind of left off thinking I had to buy several blank firing guns to rent out and never went through with it.
Brent Thompson (1 month ago)
Oh that is just Bad to the Bone, Ian! Wow!!!
Dangerdave21 Dumb (2 months ago)
HOLY WHAT IS THAT? 1:13 (far left) THATS A FUCKIN AK
John Reagan (2 months ago)
So fuggin cool dude
jackd787 (2 months ago)
What an awesome video. Ian I always enjoy your content, but this I particularly enjoyed as I’ve always been curious about this topic. Thanks so much for bringing it to us.
This video answered all my questions about muzzle flash in movies v IRL.
Your Sworn Nemesis (2 months ago)
Definitely NOT a good idea to use real fully functional guns in movies. What if some crazy guy decides to slip a real loaded magazine into one of the guns before a scene? Better to not learn it was a mistake after the fact.
Toad139 (20 days ago)
Semi/fully auto weapons have to be modified in order to cycle blank ammunition, so real ammunition would not work in the gun.
Ian Farquharson (2 months ago)
Now I see about converting real guns to blank fireing. TkEZ»UK
Michael Stenka (2 months ago)
Can confirm that in the Marines the BFA's worked like shit. Ever used a bolt action m16? I practically have.
Mad Cow Rebel (2 months ago)
I'm with a German ww2 reenactment group and we rent a "movie" mg42 for events. I wonder if it was from these guys
G-Dubb13B (2 months ago)
Awesome video!
joshuazoldschool (2 months ago)
And not a single one of these comments other than mine ask or address The tragic death of Brandon Lee?🤔
joshuazoldschool (2 months ago)
If I'm not mistaken, Brandon Lee, Bruce's son, was killed in an on scene accident involving blanks, where the wadding acted as a projectile and took his life. Super unfortunate and sad ending of a great actors life and ruined the film "The Crow" fo me forever. Correct me if I'm incorrect, ya? Thanks for the great show😉👌
Toad139 (20 days ago)
It wasn’t the blank itself that killed him. The gun wasn’t properly checked over and a fake bullet was lodged in the barrel, when the blank went off it shot the bullet out killing him.
Krzysztof Schabowski (2 months ago)
Love it. Just love it
When I grow up I want to be Ian...
Hypure Cobra (2 months ago)
As far as I'm concerned it's just ruining perfectly good guns.
Guido GT (3 months ago)
Super interesting video. Different. I really enjoyed it, and wouldn't mind a sequel. And honestly, I might even consider buying one from my favorite movie. If they were on sale, of course. Maybe an on-demand kind of thing. Thanks!
malbrough8 (3 months ago)
Where can I buy some of those full Flash blanks
Ian Furqueron (3 months ago)
I wonder if they have the guns from the Stargate series...
stewbacca117 (3 months ago)
Earphone warning very much appreciated! 🎧😂😂⚠️
ClaptonFan91 (3 months ago)
I'm curious as to what is done on historically rare firearms? are they damaged when converted? or do they have custom parts made, or do a conversion that is reversible?
Johan Ström (3 months ago)
"Unfortunately"
ClaptonFan91 (3 months ago)
You know, I really enjoyed this video. Awesome to see the movie gun guys are genuine enthusiasts of guns..... And that's full auto beretta and mkIV are freaking awesomely fun to watch
constantinos schinas (3 months ago)
thought all movies nowadays have CGI muzzle flashes.
Toad139 (20 days ago)
Most films still use blanks, CG flashes usually look bad.
constantinos schinas (3 months ago)
*a not so blank fire gun killed brandon lee.*
800beemer (3 months ago)
Checked this out on Wiki. Disastrous sequence of events. Movie prop guys have a hell of a responsibility.
John Simpson (3 months ago)
I have to confess I was worried when I saw the title as Charlie Taylor Interview. I worried you'd hooked up with Soldier of Fiction Chuck Taylor. Not of Converse sneaker fame but rather the guy who invented a course of fire , took it himself and then proclaimed he was the World's First 4 Weapon Combat Master. Master, that is.
Just Jake (3 months ago)
@6:17 begins a very telling aside worth noting.
Ken Davis (3 months ago)
Cool video! You should do another video on blank firing guns in Hollywood/Sunland CA at ISS with Larry Zanoff and Mike Papac!
OneEyePI (3 months ago)
I rushed down to the comments to crack the Liberia gag but Gun Jesus got there first :/
rikster 111110 (3 months ago)
Excellent video Ian really interesting. Hello from Leeds England
Films by Diek (3 months ago)
Thank you for this video! As a film maker and firearms enthusiast (and Forgotten Weapons fan!) I enjoy learning about authentic blank weapons for the movies, cool addition to your channel!
StPaul76 (3 months ago)
Explains why the Beretta 92F is so common in the movies.. It is like the weapon of choice in all John Woo films.. Easy as in cheap to modify..
T Rev (3 months ago)
"These are not toys" Whatever helps you sleep at night.
PMGF (3 months ago)
I felt the concussion from the Mk18 through the screen.
t j (3 months ago)
There was an Aussie stuntman killed last year from a blank there no joke
J (3 months ago)
Hollywood elitists make billions off the crap they peddle, and YouTube helps keep them famous. Ian shows their guns from their movies and YouTube demonetizes him. Scumbags.
Max Goodwin (3 months ago)
I've worked a little doing armory work for film, I want to go back to it after university.
Rob Sorgdrager (3 months ago)
I really like this guys dedication to his trade. If some one gets hurt it's ultimately in his hands.
tom dean (3 months ago)
i dont blame him for being strict...if one of his blank guns injured a AAA actor, it would be game over for his company.
3Eighties Opinion (3 months ago)
So if you take real guns and convert them. Does the country still consider it a real firearm or is it now a blank gun?
RustiSwordz (3 months ago)
I had the pleasure of visiting Bapty's in London back in 2003 as part of an Art Direction training course. It was amazing. They had hundreds of guns from huge machine guns to pistols and rifles etc. They had a large selection of guns from various sci fi movies that were made in the UK. Pulse Rifles from Aliens, blasters from Star Wars Including weapons used by Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Guns from Blade 2, James Bond pistols. All screen used and I got to hold and examine them all. :D Awesome field trip!
Herk North (3 months ago)
If all I knew about guns in Canada came from watching Forgotten Weapons, I'd want to move back there; every Canadian episode features a bunch of privately-owned machine guns!
nick ros (3 months ago)
Combining these things with lasertag would be pretty sweet just saying
Marquen Joubert (3 months ago)
Great interview, and then what a treat to see them in action.
James Slick (3 months ago)
Not sure if he's the dictator of Liberia, But I think he designed my basketball shoes.
Victor Waddell (3 months ago)
I saw an M60 in a Vietnam War movie with the red BFA attached to the muzzle, and a belt of neck crimped blanks . I think it was in the film Platoon . I cringed at the revolver shooting scenes in the film 1,000,000 Ways To Die In The West . They were apparently shooting 22LR blanks , looked and sounded nothing like the flash and recoil of a .45 Colt .
COOPS (3 months ago)
Jeez, those even put the Rico Special to shame. I really want one now even though they don't shoot projectiles.
James R (3 months ago)
Enjoyed that :)
Pob Lowe (3 months ago)
I always would have guessed they simply put in the sounds and muzzle flash in post-production, this was super interesting!
Toad139 (20 days ago)
If that was the case, how did you think movies were made before CGI?
Ge0 Arc (3 months ago)
Holy Cow Ian, I though at first you were sitting next to Rick from Pawn Star's. Hahaha...
Dontmakemegothere (3 months ago)
That full auto beretta. I'm in love.
John Simpson (3 months ago)
This video reminded me of how I wish the writers of this episode of the Mentalist would actually trouble themselves to learn something about firearms.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unBU3PzAxTo That old "We switched your live ammo with blanks" trope is particularly stupid since the guy had a blowback SMG.
Ted Kier (3 months ago)
thank charlie taylor for bestowing a little of his knowledge on us.is he related to Rick of Vegas gold and jewelry?
Little Jenny (3 months ago)
You can tell that Ian really dislikes his job. I mean really, traveling around the world and shooting firearms most people never get to shoot. How boring! LOL!!!!!
bob brown (3 months ago)
wow that Mk18 with the full flash blanks was bad ass. i wish civilians could easily own guns like that. in NZ you can get pretty easily get a permit that lets you own full autos but you cant fire live ammunition through them. im not sure what the logic is behind that, its pretty dumb but at least you can shoot blanks.
bu kwok (3 months ago)
do more pls
El Matadores (3 months ago)
Ian in that last segment... like a kid in a candy store
jason200912 (3 months ago)
Look it's rick from pawn shop
ICEknightnine (3 months ago)
I'm Charlie Taylor and this is my pawn shop...
jdslipknot (3 months ago)
Gun jesus going giggity on that full auto beretta tho. :D
tsartomato (3 months ago)
lol in russia there is no ear protection and government collect 16 years old boys ship them to the army units for a whole day and they shoot 5.45 live rounds on a range without any protection after first shot my ears ringed so much that i wasted the rest of the ammo without aiming to leave the range faster
A Half Assed Username (3 months ago)
Ian's uncomfortable(for Ian)eye contact at the start is hilarious.
Adam Monster (3 months ago)
The funniest line you have ever said " Unfortunately My job requires me to put some rounds through some blank firing guns" We all feel for you... Poor bugga
home builder (3 months ago)
did I miss it, or did they talk about if they modify the chamber so it won't accept a live round?
Robert Cowley-Yamamoto (3 months ago)
21:20 I don't think that flash hider is very effective
T0mN7 (3 months ago)
21:15 Well, you did once say: "I am the light and the way. Except, occasionally, the light is muzzle flash."
Tobasco da Gama (3 months ago)
Also, I'm impressed by the shooting bit at the end that actually captured the LOUDNESS of the firearms accurately. Was that a special mic you borrowed from Charlie?
Dennis Hakkie (3 months ago)
Nice, I liked Total Recall, cool to see that thing is "real" in some way or form
Tobasco da Gama (3 months ago)
This was an awesome video! It's a side of shooting that we don't see or hear a lot of. It'd be great to talk to some of the guys who do heavy kitbashing for sci fi movies as well, especially the ones that still have to fire blanks.
Rick Deckard (3 months ago)
...OOOOOOOFFFFFFFTTTTTTTT!!!! XD XO
Victor (3 months ago)
That customized Chiappa Rhino is so damn good looking that you almost can't see that disgusting seam that runs perpendicular to the length of the barrel shroud.
Mattigar (3 months ago)
Canada’s awesome.
Jesse Sisolack (3 months ago)
Wait, so one major reason I see so many Model 92s in movies is they are easy to convert to blank firing? I always though it was because they look cool on camera, ha. I am sure it is both.
Ben D (3 months ago)
What a hard job.
Charles McCarron (3 months ago)
Modern movies are where they show the constant misuse of firearms. No recoil and stupid sound effects. Like making a clicking sound every time they point they gun and working the slide after one shot on a semi-pistol and multiple times between shots on pump shotguns. Old movies weren't like this. They've become just plain silly. How realistic do you have to be for Hollywood? LOL
The Ride Never ends (3 months ago)
Super neat to see actual movie guns in use
John Zelna (3 months ago)
Incredibly interesting - thanks Charlie and Ian for making this!
Jon Applegate (3 months ago)
They modify the gas hole
Al (3 months ago)
Very interesting subject. Thanks for sharing.
Arthur Williams (3 months ago)
When Keanu Reeves needs "Guns – lots of guns," these are the guys who provide them. Nice.
Diggitall Indadirt (3 months ago)
Very interesting and informative thanks
Brian Cox (3 months ago)
That looked like it didn't suck.
InsecureWifi (3 months ago)
Awesome.
Donald Holman (3 months ago)
Wow
TheCaffeinatedArmourer (3 months ago)
Firing Solid Plug indoors + "we'll add flash in post" = lame. Full or Half Load indoors + a 1st AD that isn't afraid to make the weapons hot = WIN WIN WIN.
The Ride Never ends (3 months ago)
to respond to what ian said, i find if you look at film alot of time very closely you *Can* see earplugs, i saw it just the other day but unfortunately the name of the film is eludeing me
HCFyD (3 months ago)
"Hi-capacity magazine", I think you mean standard capacity, I hate how they've drilled this into Canadians.
The Ride Never ends (3 months ago)
Its like that in the US if you look at gun control sites, to quote the guy behind prop 63 "The favored accessories of mass shooters" As in pretending they are some wierd aftermarket thing and not bog standard for nearly every intermediate rifle since 1942
roger white (3 months ago)
Great video Ian . Canada's gun laws aren't as bad as everyone thinks, though there are some restricted guns like the AK47 , a person can get an SKS @ a reasonable price & kit it up . Mexican gun laws are far more restrictive as its difficult to even get a .22. A lot of people who are gun enthusiasts are allways looking @ the guns inmovies to make sure the actors are propperly equiped as I remember one WWI movie where French troops were armed w/Mosin Nagants
Clyde Cessna (3 months ago)
Ian, you should do a video on home made weapons, their legal status, and how they compare in cost and performance with production types. It would seem that anyone with a machine shop could make.......well anything.
The Ride Never ends (3 months ago)
preformance and quality would be based off the tools available, anyone can make a pipe shotgun or some open bolt contraption, but once you get into locking lugs and gas systems you need some kind of tooling, easy to make with said tooling but a lathe is a multi thousand dollar investment on its own
marc amant (3 months ago)
"pièce de résistance" bravo Monsieur.
Clyde Cessna (3 months ago)
In 1977 at school in England a friend of mine in the army cadets accidentally discharged a Lee Enfield Mk4 .303 blank against the bicep of another boy blowing the bicep off. He was in deep doo doo.
Bradley House (3 months ago)
You guys got along famously
Will Cushman (3 months ago)
An EXCELLENT video, Ian! The interview was very informative, the demo shooting impressive.
Alessandro Novi Sad (3 months ago)
Thanks, nice blast. 🌟

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