Movie Magic: Magpul MOE Handguard Muzzle Device

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In a recent B-Rated Sci Fi film called Kill Command, the props department came up with this futuristic sniper rifle. It uses a backwards Magpul MOE rifle length handguard as a muzzle device. There is even a delta ring on the end of the handguard. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

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You can see in the screen shot below, gasses vent out the accessory slots in the handguard.

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Nicholas C

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  • mrdakka

    is it so bad that its good?

  • MrSatyre

    Props to the prop guy for making a conventional rifle look futuristicky!

  • David W.

    I know we’re all probably supposed to snark on about how Hollywood is dumb, but that looks awesome!

    • forrest1985

      I kinda like some of the “adjustments” hollywood makes to movie firearms

      • Kyle

        I love old 80’s action flicks where all they do is use an M16 but strip the handguards off of it.

        • Raven

          Aw yiss, Escape From New York.

    • Michael Rice

      Is it wrong I wanna try and make one that’s at least semi functional?

      • Avery

        I’m wondering how they’d hold up. I’m not sure about the construction of the MOE handguards, but I’d assume they have a metal heat shield.

        • Cymond

          They do.

          Personally, switched to carbine-style handguards on my midlength to shave a few pointless ounces.

    • TheMaskedMan

      Yep. It’s obviously hokey if you know what it is, but if I had never seen MOE stuff before I’d say it was pretty cool.

      • Billy Jack

        It doesn’t look anywhere near as bad as I thought it would.

    • hami

      Yeah. Sorry nerds, but that movie looks dope

    • Yeah, goofy-assed not-really-suppressor or not, that actually looks like it could be good.

  • R H

    He’s using it all wrong! Clearly it’s meant to give you more real estate so that the shooter can get a solid “C-Clamp” nice and far out on the rifle.

  • Pete M

    Re: The last screenshot where he’s shooting from behind the wall:

    That’s a modified weaver enhanced 360 kneeling position. The operator uses a series of mirrors and a HUD to shoot sub MOA without exposing himself to incoming fire. I’ve seen this used against a variety of targets including the Red Army in ’43 and the humpback whale rebellion of 2088. (Yeah, it’s going to be bad).

    • Jwedel1231

      Reminds me of Dynamic Pie Concepts.

    • Clay-in-UT

      When I was last in the “sh**” engaging the threat, I had to use this position because my neck beard kept messing with my line is site. Oh how I miss the days of the humpback rebellion.

  • Cal S.

    But does it look cool? Yes, yes it does.

    Now… Minion! Hold all my calls and fetch me my popcorn, I’ve got another over-the-top Sci-fi flick to watch!

  • m-cameron

    …..so what?……i mean, thats what prop guys do…..they take stuff, and make it into other stuff……

    hell, most of the cool stuff in movies is make with assorted hardware, spray paint and bondo…

    so who cares if they use a handguard as a muzzle break….its a sci-fi movie….and it looks bad ass……

  • What you do when you can’t get away with suppressors without licenses on set.

  • datimes

    What does Hollywood have in common with reality?

  • I think it looks pretty cool, and unless you’re a very discerning gun guy, it’s a passable approximation of an Osprey style rectangular suppressor.

    All that matters to me is if they reload their guns at some point, or if they have a Commando-style unlimited magazine.

    • Avery

      IIRC, Kill Command is more of a horror movie than an action film, at least what the trailer looks like, since the training robot violates it’s programming and starts arranging “training accidents” before taking over the other training course robots and going all out “kill all humans” style. So, I’d probably say that limited ammunition ends up playing a part.

  • Mike Fedida

    Wow that’s hilarious ……but I mean with all things considered at least they’re not sporting Hi-Points.. Lol haha so it could be worse….

    • forrest1985

      Battlestar had CX4 carbines?

  • AD

    Personally I’m quite fond of some of the cosmetic enhancements that movie/television armorers come up with… and a lot less fond of some others. I’d put this one in the middle of the pack; it looks alright.

    By the way, I would be quite surprised if that was real muzzle flash in the last screenshot; it seems more likely to me that it’s a bit of VFX enhancement.

  • Budogunner

    Soooooo much fail.

  • 6.5x55Swedish

    Honestly, I’m ok with this. It’s not like in TWD where people run around making 100 meter headshots with no sight at all.

  • TheMaskedMan

    I don’t know. I hear hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for it.

    • Michael Webb

      Haha!! Thank you both for your comments here. I would love to have Han’s blaster.

  • Michael Webb

    OK, so some prop designers took a few liberties, that is what they do. And actually, it does look semi-futuristic and kind of bad ass. Now I wan’t to see this movie.

  • uisconfruzed

    Yo dogg!!!
    My fav is the scoped rifle, behind the head shot.
    HORRYWOOD!!!

  • Vernon Weiss

    As to the screen shot everyone is discussing; OBVIOUSLY it is the method developed by the very savvy Islamic fighters known as the “Allahu Akbar”! (shoot wildly over your head while praying to Allah to direct the bullets to a target)

  • NightRavenGSA

    Hey now, don’t knock the DL-44, at least they still could fire. heck most of the original Star Wars guns did

  • Matt Wilder

    Funny thing is, I own one of those scopes, and had it mounted to my GSG STG-44 for awhile. Weaver K1.5; not too bad of a scope for the time, and still not too bad.
    And, as much as I love the broomhandle Mauser and could never see messing one up, I’ve loved Han Solo since I was a kid, so I have to love his blaster by default. When I got older and realized that they had used a C96 as the basis, it all become so obvious why I loved them. It was such an “aha!” moment.