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What They Do – Armorer

In Table 47, there are several scenes where one of the actors holds a gun.  It looks real, but it is a prop weapon.  When the trigger is pulled, a burst of compressed air gives the actor something to react to.  The sound of a real gunshot is added in post production. Nathan Burgun who owns Slightly Imperfect Productions, LLC,  provided the dummy weapon and stood as the film’s armorer, providing safety and weapons training.    

Burgun (l) with the prop gun before the filming of a scene. Photo by Charles Fink

Burgun (l) with the prop gun before the filming of a scene.
Photo by Charles Fink

“It’s not a real gun, but it’s also not a toy and it’s important to make sure everyone on a set has respect and keeps things safe at all times,” said Burgun.  “Even a fake gun can be dangerous if used inappropriately.”  As the armorer, Burgun inspected the gun before each scene to make sure it was in working order.  He also monitored proper handling of the dummy gun by anyone who touched it during filming.

Armorer Nathan Burgun provided weapons handling training to actress Danielle Prall. Photo by Charles Fink

Armorer Nathan Burgun provided weapons handling training to actress Danielle Prall.
Photo by Charles Fink

The seriousness helped everybody focus on what were tense scenes in the movie.

By the way, in case a police or sheriff’s patrol was to drive by our location and see someone holding a gun and think the worst, we notified the authorities in advance!

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