Hidden beneath the bronzed exterior of Captain Malcolm Reynolds' Frontier Model B resides a secret - a Taurus five-shot .38 revolver. A constant companion to Browncoat Reynolds in the 2005 movie "Serenity" - in which Reynolds uttered the line "I aim to misbehave," now legendary among the movie's cult following - this blank-firing prop handgun was designed by Allied Effects in Los Angeles. To support the captain of a near-derelict transport ship taking cargo and individuals from one planet to the next, the pistol had to have a unique appearance to match the rugged frontier of the future.
While a solid pistol casting was used earlier in 2002 for the short-lived TV show "Firefly," the big screen needed to have blank-firing capabilities for close-up shots, so the compact Taurus revolver was incorporated. The hidden revolver's cylinder could be accessed through a removable cover plate; but for on-screen reloading purposes, a detachable magazine was part of the futuristic design.
Looking for a great place to visit with no admission charge? Come by the National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. Thousands of historic arms covering more than six centuries of technology are represented in the galleries, and our modern museum store offers a wide range of books, clothing items and souvenirs. Don't miss "Hollywood Guns," our special temporary exhibit featuring the actual guns used in many classic films.
Reprinted from America's 1st Freedom, September 2010