Hoshigumo, on 08 February 2012 - 11:32 PM, said:
Well, as I posted earlier, my intent was to alter this gun to make it more noticeable at a longer distance, including gluing an electrical cap to the end. And really, that's what I was looking for--advice on how to turn that into something that would work. I don't have time (or patience, given what's happened in the first part of this year) to craft a revolver out of sheets of foam like Okko did wonderfully with the Evoker. And the rules seem to suggest that only Airsoft weapons can't have realistic paint jobs. I realize that realistic paint jobs are probably meant to fall under the "insufficiently distinguishable" rule above that, but the criteria aren't fully explained (no working parts, paint, metal vs rubber/plastic, distance at which they must be able to be told apart, etc.), so it leaves me as a first-timer to ACen scratching my head.
If I'd have realized how much trouble this would be, I might've started experimenting earlier, but at this point I've got four outfits to sew between now and con. Not blaming anyone, but again, if there were an existing prop I could re-paint, cap, or otherwise un-"Dirty Harry", it'd be ever so helpful. If not, I'll be fine going without, just frustrated. I'm not a stupid person. This shouldn't be this hard.
I've seen prop guns be both well-made and in compliance (here and elsewhere), so it is possible. The ultimate goal of the complying is to make it be identifiable as an obvious fake from a distance (especially considering how much trouble Chicagoland has with guns; just yesterday a kid brought a gun to school again). Your prop /can/ be done well and still be able to tell it's a fake, though you just have to A) have that tip be blaringly orange per safety rules, and B) get creative.
First off, let me start by asking whether the prop picture you posted is made of plastic. (Being plastic rather than resin or cold cast whatever makes it a /bazillion/ times easier to modify.) Second, having the trigger (and what appears to be a safety? Could be wrong; not an expert on guns) attached makes it look disconcertingly real, especially at a distance. If it's plastic and didn't cost too much, I'd say snap the trigger off, and (ignore this if I'm wrong) either remove the safety or get a little clay, cover it, and paint over it (you can remove it after the con). Third, that existing orange tip is not nearly
large enough for that prop. Dad's worked for CPD some 30 years, walked across the other side of the room and asked why I was looking at revolvers online. Didn't even see the orange tip on it there, and my screen's on a rather bright setting thanks to the overcast haze darkening the house today. You'll /definitely/ need to make that orange WAY larger, and probably a lot more neon-er. Depending the size of the fake barrel, why not look at either soda bottle caps & neonifying them, or taking and neonifying the cap from something smaller (ketchup bottle, vanilla food flavoring, food dye caps, etc, listed here in descending size order)? Just hot glue the cap onto the barrel tip (**if the toy gun's made of really cheapy plastic use only a little super-hot glue, or use cool-set hot glue instead so it doesn't melt!!**)
, paint it super bright dayglow orange, be good for the con, and able to take it off after the con if you desire.
In addition to the orange cap, think of something that makes it super-clear it's not a real gun, just to be on the "safe but possibly overkill" side. Why not be cheeky and, with orange tip still there of course, have a little flag on a stick coming out of the barrel saying something like BANG!! or PEW PEW PEW!!, or something similar correlating to the character or series? You're still letting it be known "oh hey i could never shoot anything even if i tried~~" while getting to be cheeky about it, and cheeky is /always/ fun. :3
, I want to say the limit, or old limit at the least, was extending no more than 6 inches from the body in any direction. I want
to say a year or so back they made an exception or change to that policy, involving the cosplayer's own height as the limit for things like a staff, etc, though I may be wrong & would prefer someone actually knowing the current limits to say for sure. Making them retractable/able to open and close would actually be a brilliant idea -- keep them closed while wandering around, and open them for pictures (obviously not in the middle of a crowd, but somewhere smart like by a wall or off to the sides, or outside), and at both times you'd probably good in safety terms. Hopefully someone better in-the-know can say for sure for you - it sounds like you've given this a good bit of thought.