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It’s been a few weeks since a cinematographer was shot and killed on the set of the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust.” That incident has brought a lot of attention to the question of whether the entertainment industry should continue to use real firearms with blank ammo in movie and tv productions. I don’t work in that industry and I can’t answer that question. But I’ve noticed there seem to be a lot of misconceptions, both among the general public as well as among gun owners, about what blank ammunition actually is and why blanks and the guns that fire them still have the potential to be dangerous. That’s what I want to try to help clear up today. Blank Ammo Can Be Deadly
First, let’s take a look at how blank ammo works. There are several different types of blanks. They all have essentially the same components as live ammo except there is no bullet. Normally, a round of ammunition has four parts: a cartridge case with a bullet on top, a primer on the bottom, and propellant or gunpowder inside. When you pull the trigger, the firing pin strikes the primer, which has a very small amount of explosive compound in it. That ignites the gunpowder and creates hot gas that’s now under tremendous pressure. That pressurized gas forces the bullet out of the case and down the barrel of the gun. With a blank round, you still see a flash from the burning gunpowder and there’s still a noise, but there’s no projectile. Since there’s no bullet to keep the powder from spilling out of the case, blanks sometimes have a piece of plastic, wax, or other material to hold everything in place, or instead, the case may be crimped.
Risks of Using Blank Ammo
Obviously, using blanks is a lot safer for the entertainment industry than live ammo, but there is still some risk involved. Just like a live round, the burning powder in a blank creates a lot of hot gas that exits the barrel at high velocity. That gas might also be combined with little bits of unburned gunpowder or other filler material. If you’re too close to the muzzle when a blank is fired, that stuff could easily cause an injury.