ALL FIREARMS AS THOUGH THEY ARE LOADED.
- DO NOT ENGAGE IN HORSEPLAY WITH ANY FIREARMS
- NEVER POINT A FIREARM AT ANYONE, INCLUDING
YOURSELF, AND IF CALLED UPON TO DO SO, CONSULT THE PROPERTY
- WHENEVER POSSIBLE, SIMULATED OR DUMMY WEAPONS
SHOULD BE UTILIZED.
- LIVE AMMUNITION IS NOT TO BE BROUGHT ONTO
A STUDIO LOT, STAGE OR LOCATION.
- All firearms brought onto a studio lot or
taken on location shall be turned into that Department which
is responsible for and knowledgeable in the use of firearms.
Privately owned weapons or gun belts which could contain
ammunition are specifically subject to this requirement.
This means that ALL firearms must be placed in the custody
of that Department designated by the studio for the responsibility
- Unless actually filming or rehearsing, all
firearms shall be secured by the PROPERTY MASTER.
- When a scene is completed, the firearm shall
- Instruction in the proper and safe use of
firearms is the responsibility of the PROPERTY MASTER. The PROPERTY MASTER should be qualified with
the firearms, and, if not familiar with the type being used,
should consult an expert. The
PROPERTY MASTER shall not issue a firearm without first determining
that the person who will use that firearm is knowledgeable in
- No person is to be coaxed, coerced or otherwise
forced into handling a firearm.
Before using any firearm, make sure you fully understand
the operating features and safety devices on the firearm, and
the precautions to be taken in handling a firearm.
- Make sure firearms and weapons are checked
before each usage, and that they are cleaned, checked and inventoried
at the close of each day's shooting.
- Loading of firearms shall only be done by
the PROPERTY MASTER or by the experienced persons working under
his/her direct supervision and control.
Such loading shall only be done just before the firearms
are to be used in a scene.
- Hand loading or altering factory loaded blank
ammunition shall be done only by licensed Powdermen.
- NEVER discharge a firearm
when the barrel has become clogged with dirt or foreign material.
- Do not lay down a firearm in such a manner
that dirt can clog the barrel or that working parts can be damaged.
- On all loaded weapons equipped with a safety,
the safety should be used in the safest proper manner consistent
with the design of the firearm, its stage of readiness to fire,
and its intended use.
- When a weapon jams or malfunctions, corrections
shall be made only by a person experienced to work on firearms.
- Do not attempt to adjust, modify or repair
- The PROPERTY MASTER shall determine the lightest
and safest blank ammunition loads possible consistent with the
need, and all personnel and the Director shall be informed.
- Utilize camera personnel shields whenever
the camera personnel are to get a point-blank shot.
- Utilize protective shields for all personnel
who will be within close proximity of any blanks fired from
- NEVER store live ammunition
and blank ammunition in the same box.
- The PROPERTY MASTER should be knowledgeable
and adhere to all manufacturers' warnings, expiration dates,
storage and handling procedures of all blank ammunition.
- Prior to shooting blanks on an exterior set,
the production company should fill out an exterior shot checklist
obtained from the Operations
Dept. at x4-1501.