“Gun owners” wanted, Walking Dead casting

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A film casting company by the name of Project Casting has put out a request for people with extensive firearms experience and happen to live near or in the state of Georgia, for the chance to be used in the oncoming episodes of The Walking Dead Television show.

The extras casting directors behind ‘The Walking Dead’ are looking for men mid 20’s to 40 years old with firearms experience to work on a scene filming this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

They must have had a ton of emails because they apparently took the public email to send it to down with the last paragraph. Their Facebook page is over here, might be able to reach them that way. As I understand it, sometimes movies and TV shows have all the best advice and correct small arms props at their disposal, but that means nothing to whomever the set designers or costume directors are, and thus ignore the sound advice and stick things in where they want. Like in the recent Fast & Furious 7 movie where one of the bad guys is carrying a G36C but his plate carrier is full of PMAGs, which won’t fit at all in a G36.

For Wednesday 6/24 and possibly Monday 6/29 — we are looking for men mid 20’s to 40 years old with firearms experience — Caucasian, African American, Hispanic – really any ethnicity with some decent amount of firearms experience – former military, police etc… very much encouraged to apply — email a recent photo, experience, all clothing sizes and contact info to: [Casting Call Details Removed at Casting Director’s Request]

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Maybe they want to prevent things like this? TFB covered this about an earlier episode of The Walking Dead. In the guys defense, maybe the RCO got knocked off by some recent zombie horde? But that chicken wing though, that is inexcusable.

I don’t watch television, but on an unrelated side note, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (deactivated Aug 2014, and my battalion) carries the motto “The Walking Dead”, or Vietnamese, “Di Bo Chet”, for the horrendous amount of casualties the unit lost in Operation Buffalo during the Vietnam War. I don’t know how many times I’ve corrected someone when I mention the motto and they say something about the TV show…



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Tim U

    If I was anywhere nearby…

  • If only I wasn’t currently in London. I live about 15 minutes from where they film.

  • Cal S.

    Wish they were filming in Colorado…

  • SP mclaughlin

    Iraqveteran8888?

    • Giolli Joker

      And FPS_Russia…

      • MrSottobanco

        Everyone in or near the State of Georgia between the ages of mid-20’s and 40.

    • 6.5x55Swedish

      That would be so funny

    • Grindstone50k

      Throw in Matt from DemoRanch. I would begin watching TWD again (couldn’t do Season 2)

      • Giolli Joker

        Is he from Georgia as well?

        • Grindstone50k

          Texas.

          • Giolli Joker

            Ok… the other two are from Georgia, AFAIK, so in theory closer to this casting.

          • All the Raindrops

            Tennessee

      • Kyle

        I wonder if Hicok would make the drive.

        “It’s me again, Hicok45. Now we’re out here with a Smith and Wesson model 66 trying to shoot some of these zombies. Now, I don’t know about you but my eyes are getting pretty old so I don’t know if I can make some of these shots”

        *Proceeds to shoot 7 zombies at 800 yards with 6 shots*

        “Haha! It seems like I just got lucky that time. I want to thank Buds Gun Shop and Federal for making this all possible.”

        • Grindstone50k

          Nailed it

  • Timothy G. Yan

    I need to apply for this to be the 2nd token Asian guy in the show. Is the first one eaten by zombie yet?

    • st4

      YES.

    • Tassiebush

      I think I’m up to date on it!? Glenn was still alive I’m pretty confident to say.
      You should totally go for it! If only to remind the Daryl character that his crossbow bolts need to have their heads screwed onto the shafts and how to actually skin or gut something vs stabbing it really hard and dramatically. Ideally you’d get a chance to fit in some dialogue to explain eye box and exit pupil too 😉

  • Rock or Something

    Well, Atlanta is near Fort Benning (Possible to be renamed Fort “Whatever” soon, now that there is talk of renaming bases from Confederate Officers due to squirrel politics), so there should be plenty of military Veterans in the area that can fill those spots.

  • I might actually watch an episode to catch a glimpse of IV8888.

  • Cymond

    Well I’m only 3 hours away from Atlanta, and I’d gladly drive it for a chance to be involved with TWD, but I doubt they’re interested in casting anyone else since they took the page down.

    Too little, too late.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    In that situation it would probably look more accurate if the majority of survivors didn’t behave like DEVGRU operators since in real life the majority of Americans don’t know how to operate an AR or AK.

    • Cal S.

      Then why do they own one?

      I know the internet wouldn’t be available, but there’s always instruction manuals and libraries.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Because mostly people would bust into Academy and take whatevers on the shelf without any idea how to use it.

    • Phil Hsueh

      It would also be more accurate if the survivors didn’t have access to so many full auto weapons, esp. things ones like AUGs and Uzis.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I know, those things arent exactly laying around in the open. I wish they were.

        • Hmmm, I would hazard a guess that if things were to really go apocalyptic in the States, full autos would be coming out of the woodworks everywhere… :p All the unregistered class threes that tons of guys just keep wervy wervy quiet about.
          Plus, factor in that mil/LE has ceased to function, all those autos have to go somewhere…

          • Grindstone50k

            “wervy wervy quiet about. ”

            Come on, man. Have you never watched a Bugs Bunny cartoon? It’s “vewy vewy qwiet”

      • Buddy_Bizarre

        I imagine that after the army/national guard has failed to control the situation, there will be quite a few lying around & available in armories.

        • Phil Hsueh

          I’d agree except that we’re seeing a large mishmash of weapons, any number of which are not standard US military issue. With the way things are shown on the show I doubt that there’s going to be a lot of customization going on nor are there going to be a lot of people who would know how to convert semi-autos to full or burst fire nor are they likely to have much to sit down and do so.

          • Ethan

            Theoretically in a Post-ATF world it wouldn’t be hard to modify many of those to full auto. That’s what I tell myself.

          • Phil Hsueh

            If you knew how and was able to get your hands on the correct parts, and have the time to take your weapon out of commission to modify it. The impression that I get from the show is that stable communities/enclaves are few and far between and most people spend their time wandering from place to place, foraging for food & shelter, while dodging walkers, and people who are looking to kill and take from you.

  • John Yossarian

    It is wrong to criticize this use of chicken wing. Riflemen forgo chicken wing only to better present the face of body armor to the threat or to maneuver within a dwelling.

    This character is neither wearing armor nor is he indoors. Thereby, his use of chicken wing is correct as it provides stability to the rifle.

    • David Sharpe

      It’s so funny how many people don’t know that the “chicken wing” is really the best way to hold a rifle unless you’re, as you said, inside or wearing armor.

      • 6.5x55Swedish

        Yeah, but that is because the US army and Navy don’t want to spend time training the soldiers to be good shooters. They want them to know just enough to be able to fight on the battlefield. So they tell the soldiers that there is only one right way to do it and that it applies to all situations. Many people take the army as the best example of how you fight but they don’t have enough time with the soldiers to be the best.

        BTW, is it true that you don’t learn “corridor” or whatever you call it in basic training? Seems like one of the first things I’d teach. You have to be able to fall back in a group.

        • I don’t know about corridor, but in MOUT we have something called Hallway Boss, where if a squad is advancing through a hallway the point man controls the flow and speed, and members behind him peeling off into new rooms. Personally I disagree with the chicken wing for the same reason I tell people to put their nonfiring hand on something (pocket/beltloop/waist) while shooting one handed with a handgun. It’s unnecessary tension and use of muscles while shooting, which goes against bone support, muscular relaxation, and breath control. In support of the military in general, you can’t be teaching a million different ways to do something, not when you have thousands of recruits coming through all the time. You need one good way that works most of the time and can be utilized by your average high school graduate who doesn’t know guns. In addition I don’t know about the Army and the Navy, but the Marine Corps certainly produces rifle shooters. We qual out to 500 yards while the Army calls it quits at 300 and takes 20 plus rounds to BZO an optic compared to our ten.

          • DIR911911 .

            when I was army we went to 500 , but we were using the a1 and a2’s that have barrels to go that far. circa 1989 basic training. but back then I believe the corps still judged for actual accuracy and in the army we just hit the target anywhere to make it go down.

      • sam

        Winging-out seems more natural to me. Same with using pistols one handed.

        • DIR911911 .

          try decaf 🙂

          • sam

            Well, I’d need to sleep more and have, erm, another body rhythm disruption, put it that way. I think I’d still like keeping my wrist(s) close to straight when shooting. Vertically that is.

    • Budogunner

      I’m less concerned about the chicken wrong and strange form. I’m more concerned by the lack of a rear sight, or any sighting system.

      BUIS, in case of zombies.

      • Ethan

        Why do I need BUIS for my BUIS? Because Zombies.

    • All the Raindrops

      Chicken wing os old and outdated and doesn’t provide any additional stability or benefits.

      Let me know when you see competitive shooters using the chicken wing.

  • Michael

    Nooo! Guys, resist the temptation. If anything, refuse to support the liberal establishment. Are you really going to support the guys in bed with your wives? I hope you’re all ashamed of yourselves.

    • Cal S.

      But…but…but…

      I dunno, being on TV and in “The Walking Dead” specifically would wipe away a lot of my establishment guilt.

      Just sayin’.

      • Michael

        Ha ha, tbh, I did this as sort of a parody piece to see reactions, but in all honesty, doesn’t this piss you off? In all liberal media, the gun owners are portrayed as right wing extremists, racists ( Meryl?), bigoted, and strongly opposed to universal healthcare and anything that’s sweet or noice. However, so many are willing to be portrayed as idiots and bigots just for 5 minutes as bad guy 1. It’s not as infuriating, as much as it is sad to see gun owners desperately crave attention, but only get mocked. Kinda like the girl looking for fame, but getting exploited by porn.

        • Tassiebush

          I agree about the tendency of the media and most shows to portray gun owners negatively but I’d say this show is different. The plot of walking dead has shown a tendency to portray groups on the show who weren’t gun friendly as delusional and or naïve. Also they’ve had disarmed communities run by sinister characters who abuse power. It’s actually one of the few show where guns are portrayed positively IMO.

  • Dan

    “Furious 7 movie where one of the bad guys is carrying a G36C but his plate carrier is full of PMAGs, which won’t fit at all in a G36.”
    What did you expect? If they can jump and”armored” supercar through buildings they can jam a PMAG in a G36, oh and lets also not forget these are Street Racers saving the world. Yea the PMAG thing was the least authentic thing in that 7th version of a crappy franchise.

    • Grindstone50k

      Maybe they were using those airsoft G36s that have magwell conversions to use STANAGs.

    • The small arms in that movie are really interesting nonetheless. I’m almost sure Magpul put a certain amount of money and gear towards “product placement”, almost every single AR and even shotgun is completely tricked out with Magpul stuff. Another note is that all the firearms used by Paul Walker, were personally picked by him, from the LMT AR in the warehouse scene, to the comped S&W 1911 on his belt when he jumps onto the van in the chase scene.

  • David Sharpe

    Oh man that would be so cool. Too bad I’m in Canada.

  • Hokum

    I hope I’m not turning this into image-board, but after these I quit watching WD 🙂

    • Fiveseven

      #3… story of my life.

  • Aaron E

    I may be wrong, but it appears that he is squinting and closing his right eye. Being left-eye dominant while trying to shoot a pistol right-handed is bad enough, but with a rifle! Those bullets are going anywhere but on target.

    • Phillip Cooper

      That’s because his other eye is damaged and bandaged in this scene.

    • Lolinski

      I have no problem shootong right handed while aiming with my ledt eye (and vice versa). You just have to “kiss the stock” (AKA mash your face in it).

      I find it comfortable, especially with shorter stocks.

  • There’s that scene as well, but I’m talking about the scene after that, where the back of the bus gets blown out, you can see that dudes flak is full of Pmags with pull tabs on, yet his G36 has the H&K mag in.

  • sam

    Aren’t Cokeman and friends down there somewhere? Using them would make the show extra good.

  • Crowbar

    Fun fact, chickenwinging is actually pretty good for long distance accuracy, just look at most NRA high power rifle shooters offhand position. Just because it doesn’t look tactical doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a place.

  • If anyone winds up getting cast, please inform the producers that rocking away on full auto is dumb, a waste of ammo, and useless against an enemy that requires precision fires, not area suppression fires.
    Good luck getting them to listen, though. “But full auto, it’s just so COOL!”

  • A Guest

    I could totally see Ken Hackathorn as a Walking Dead character. His moustache alone deserves a spot on the cast.

  • Rooftop Voter

    Darn it! I had a prior flying engagement with my A-10 over the AUTEC range in the Bahamas. Darn it!

  • Zebra Dun

    I watch walking dead for one reason only……Lauren Cohen.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Then you obviously haven’t watched for a while.

      • Zebra Dun

        Lauren Cohen is still on there she plays Maggie Green and is Glenn’s main squeeze, the lucky stiff.

        I watch the show last season.

        Like I said, some folks watch to see Norman Reedus and his crossbow, others to watch Zombies explode, I watch to see Lauren.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Duh. That’s right. Why do I keep thinking she played Andrea….. Thanks!

          • Zebra Dun

            Oh Andrea is a Fox too!
            Hated to see her go, Dang!

          • Phillip Cooper

            Yeah, when she was doing the Governor, that quick shot of her bottom in the thong…

            DATASS!

  • Zebra Dun

    Chicken wing was taught with the more powerful manly Battle Rifles.
    Tuck the rifle, especially the M-14 with the hinged butt plate into the shoulder.
    As a real shooting tool it never seemed to make a difference to me once I got eighteen at seventeen those rifles kicked and gave me wonderful black eyes from thumbs.

  • hami

    H&K and SPUHR (probably others, too) make an AR magwell adapter for the G36.

  • Srdkr

    Not the same person, but I’m sure you googled it before you believed some infographic.

  • MrSatyre

    Jesus, people, will you stop knocking The Walking Stupid…uh, Dead…for poor firearms handling? These are supposed to be real Joe Blows off the street, who know only that the shoulder thing goes up and that it’s okay to hang your finger on the trigger and wave it all around. We all know that in the real world cops and not-cops without proper firearms training are abundant. That—for me—is part of the appeal of the show: watching real non-survivalist types stumble through the apocalypse without losing their lives.

    On another note, the producers are avowed gun-haters, so this call to arms is the purest form of hypocrisy yet on TV.

  • Michael E. Stora, Ph.D.

    As someone who holds my pistols like Col. Cooper and my rifles like Col. Sanders, I represent that remark. Was that really your first thought when confronted with a complete lack of an aiming device?

  • Sledgecrowbar

    This still right here reminds me why I stopped watching the Furious series. Actually, why I don’t bother to see a lot of the current action movies.