Blade Runner blaster gun


2015-06-26 11:20:25

Blade Runner blaster gun

Blade Runner blaster gun is a weapon used by Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, in the 1982 film Blade Runner. The blaster gun

Deckard is armed with an unnamed blaster gun throughout the film.

The gun was constructed from parts of a Steyr-Mannlicher Model .222 SL receiver with custom made amber grips and a Charter Arms .44 Bulldog revolver. Covers were added to cover the Bulldog’s cylinder and screws and bolts were attached to look like knobs and controls. Six LED lights were also used in the gun (2 green and 4 red) which were controlled by a switch on the lower side of the gun.

Original design

The original design for the blaster came from Syd Mead. It was a “black hole gun”, which was to fire a black beam.

The “black hole gun” was rejected and a modified COP was used.

An exposed Steyr SL 233 was fitted with bolt action rifle parts around a charter arms bulldog revolver. When director, Ridley Scott saw the Steyr SL chamber on the prop masters workbench, he insisted it was used as his main character’s choice sidearm.

Although only one model was used by Harrison Ford in the making of Blade Runner, several stunt versions were produced. These varied for Ford’s model in many ways. They did not feature LEDs and they were made before the “pinky groove” was cut into the grip, as Ford requested the grip was altered to fit the shape of his hand. Some of the stunt versions have orange grips, like the main version, and some have black grips. The black gripped models were the versions used by street cops and background players throughout the film.

Notable sale

The blaster gun used by Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) was sold at a Profiles in History Hollywood auction in 2009 for $225,000.

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