Ranger Point Precision has a passion for all things manly. Whether it’s motorcycles, firearms, or movies with guns in them, Ranger Point Precision has always got its finger on the pulse of the “gun guy” world. Ranger Point Precision also recently released their “6 Hollywood Gun Mistakes” and we’re going to share it for you here.
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6 Hollywood Gun Mistakes
Ranger Point Precision Presents: 6 Hollywood Gun Mistakes
We’ve all wathced movies and tv shows, only to groan or laugh at the gun mistakes.
Heroes and villains have an endless tream of ammo without having to reload, no one suffers hearing loss during gunfights, and there’s no recoil.
Check out these six moments in entertainment when Hollywood thought we weren’t paying attention.
Movie Time Travelers
The Winchesters used in “The Searchers” were actually from the mid-1870s, even though the secens take place during 1868.
There are actually several guns that are anachronistic in The Searchers. In addition to the Winchester 1873 referenced, there are also several Colt Single Action Army pistols (1873), as well as a Winchester 1892 used by John Wayne in the movie.
The Disappearing Gun Trick
In “Indianna Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the machine gun and windscreen on the amphibious vehicle disappear and reappear between shots during the jungle chase scene
The amphibious vehicle being referenced here is actually meant to be a Soviet-made GAZ-46 MAV. The machine gun mounted to the front of it in the movie is a Browning M1919A6. How or why the soviets got their hands on an American machine gun and mounted it on one of their vehicles is the more glaring mistake to me than the disappearance and reappearance of the windscreen and gun between shots.
Ammo Always Comes Back
During the “GunSmoke” episode: The Hide Cutters, Matt Dillon reloads his gun during a gunfight, yet after the gunfight, none of the bullets on his gun belt are missing.
GunSmoke was a great series that detailed the exploits of Marshall Matt Dillon who steps up to prevent crime and lawlessness from overtaking Dodge City Kansas. James Arness carried a Colt. 45 (Serial number 147056) as his character Marshall Matt Dillon. The Revolver was eventually sold at auction for $50,000
Humans Are Stronger In Movies
The men on “Walking Dead” evidently have superhuman strength to carry a big bag of guns and ammo and toss them into the trunk one handed.
Once again I personally think there are far more glaring inconsistencies and errors in regards to firearms than this one here. While it’s true that video games and movies often portray burly guys running around with an entire gun safe worth of firearms, The Walking Dead is notorious for improper firearms technique (see above) and to be quite honest the some of the mistakes were so cringeworthy that they put me off of the series pretty early on.
No Damage from Gunfire
In “John Wick” we see a gunfight with 500 or 1000 rounds, yet the house in the gun fire’s path never shows any bullet holes or damage
I had to go back and watch this one because I hadn’t noticed it before. There are only a few occasions on which rounds fire through walls and there does indeed seem to be no damage shown from bullets going through the walls. There is, however, plenty of broken glass featured in the scene. What I love about the John Wick series is the decision for action scenes to be shot from a decent distance and without a lot of switching camera angles – it really helps tie everything together and make for a more enjoyable gunfight scene.
Trust Us. This is how bullets sound.
In “Dr. No,” when the patrol boat fires at bond and Honey, you hear the bullets ricochet even though they’re firinig into the sand.
This is actually a huge pet peeve of mine in a lot of movies and TV shows. Sound design sometimes seems to be either an afterthought or poorly understood by a lot of Hollywood sound designers when it comes to gunfights. Given that the James Bond series has been a staple in the gun-guy action movie scene for decades I think I can Dr. No a pass this time.
Some Movies that Get it Right
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Their email made me reflect a bit on a few movies that I’ve seen that absolutely get things right when it comes to guns in movies. One that comes to mind right off the top of my head is the popular heist movie Heat. The sheer variety of firearms used in that movie make it already enjoyable but even the technique in which both the robbers and the police handle their firearms make it a superior movie in regards to proper representation of guns and tactics. What are some movie mistakes you’ve noticed over the years and which ones are the most glaring in your opinion? On the converse side, what has Hollywood done that is absolutely great and stands out in your mind? Comments welcome and appreciated down below.