Blade Runner gun sold for $270,000

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The “2019 Detective Special” prop gun from the movie Blade Runner has been auctioned off for $270,000!

At first glance the gun looks to be some sort of auto-revolver. It is in fact a Steyr Mannlicher .222 Model SL rifle action and trigger group with some revolver parts tacked on. Note the double set trigger and Steyr’s iconic “butter knife” style bolt handle. It even retains the Steyr serial number.

Photo from a gunbroker auction.

Phil Steinschneider has a website detailing how be built a replica of the prop using a Steyr Mannlicher .222 Model SL action and a Charter Arms .44 Special Police Bulldog revolver.

Phil’s replica

Many thanks to Kevin for emailing me the Link.

UPDATE: Tam notes that this may still be classified as a firearm by the BATFE.

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  • Charles222 Charles222 on May 21, 2011

    The level of craftsmanship present in the late 70s/early 80s prop departments for major films never really ceases to amaze me. I mean, there's this gun, made from two completely different weapons. It looks like it actually works. Another one is the original Star Wars lightsabres; they were built out of Graflex flash tubes for cameras. Does that look at all like a camera accessory? No..

    Also, there are a few companies that specialize in recreating film props-there's one where you can get your own M41 pulse rifle and Colonial Marine armor. Can't remember the name of the company, though.

  • Mark Mark on Aug 15, 2012

    This is one of those weopons that I have look at for years and tried to figger out whatg they made it from!!!! You look at a Stars wars blaster and you instantly that it was a c96 mauser!! You look at the colonial storm troopers weapon and knew it was a British Sterling!!! The Blade was hard to figger out, and now i know why. Thanks for the info!!!