Realistic "Firing" Malcolm Reynolds Gun Replica?

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Friday, September 6, 2013 8:11 PM


Hi, I'm new here on the site. I'm looking for a unique replica of Mal's gun... I know QMx makes a couple, but they don't work, as in the trigger doesn't even move and you can't pull the hammer back, making it horribly unrealistic even though it looks pretty on a shelf... Point is, you can't actually use it as a functioning prop. Anyone know where I can find a more realistic "firing" replica? I'm ok with fan or custom made models.

Thanks so much guys!


Sunday, October 6, 2013 12:15 AM


In order to fully investigate the situation we must first find out: what we know we know, what we know we dont know, what we dont know that we know, and what we dont know that we dont know

before i begin I must clarify that I in no way, shape or form, condone irresponsible behavior or any behavior for that matter that involve firearms which go against the guidelines for safe and responsible gun ownership, handling, and usage, nor do i advocate circumventing local laws regarding firearms

now that the Goramming public safety message is out of the way...

just to clarify: When you say you would like a replica of Mal's pistol:

do you mean a replica that more closely resembles a toy? what I mean by this question is: what EXACTLY do you want this object to be capable of? I understand that you are looking for something that looks as though it could fire (i.e. it can be : "cocked", the trigger moves realistically, and when the trigger is pulled whilst the hammer is back, realistically "fire" and have the hammer return to it's original upright position


would you like a replica firearm made from what is, essentially, a Taurus model 85 snub-nosed revolver with a modified long barrel which has been coated or cast in brass and who's 6-round revolving .38 caliber chamber has been given a functionally-fitted "futuristic covering" in order to make it more closely resemble a semi-automatic clip style pistol.

This would create a REAL sidearm, which would be fully capable of firing genuine .38 caliber rounds, allowing you to be able to for example take your shiny one-of-a-kind sidearm and shoot it at a local firing range establishment near you, just like Mal likely did when he was learning how to shoot after volunteering in the unification war... ;) you could even be taught proper firearm safety by one of your local range's knowledgable staff members.

or the replica firearm could be loaded with blank rounds which give all of the pop, but none of the negative side effects (like harming other people) even with blanks, you should never point a genuine firearm at another human being (sorry, about the rant, but I believe in responsible, informed gun ownership; smart owners save lives)

If you are looking for the former, i've got nothing for you.

If you are looking for the latter: read below

A Step-by-step guide to owning your very own One-of-a-kind replica firearm

Step One: Check your local Laws regarding gun ownership, which include: whether they are legal within your local, state, or nation-state, what age restrictions may exist on the purchase or handling of, and whether certain modifications are allowed (such as lengthening the barrel of a pistol, which has a tendency depending on the modification to decrease the overall bullet velocity, but increase the accuracy of a pistol, as well as having an affect on heat dissipation for the firearm)

Step Two: If step one does not prohibit; (certain localities, such as the District of Columbia a.k.a. Washington D.C. prohibit pistol possession within district limits) Find a Local (or not so local) Gunsmith. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Find a smith who has done several custom builds. the more experience they have in custom work, the better your replica will likely look in the end.

Step three: find a high resolution picture of the gun you are looking to replicate (in this case, Mal's pistol. the fake that you were talking about in the O.P. might be something that you can hand them if you still own it and if it has the level of detail that is satisfactory)

Step four: bring your list of requirements, as well as imagery/props to the gunsmith, and have a conversation as to what the base gun you are purchasing (and registering most likely) costs.

according to a leading online trading post for new and pre-owned firearms of all shapes and sizes, the Taurus model 85 will cost you somewhere between $ 99.99 and $ 389.99 In US Dollars based on a number of factors, including geography. where you live will influence fairly heavily how much the base gun (unaltered) will cost.

Expect the cost to be more if you would like the smith to create the taurus 85 in-house from scratch using a bronze-colored alloy metal. they will tell you if they are capable of accomplishing the modifications that you requested, and how long that they believe that it will take to create such a thing.

Step Five: Wait.

Step six: Wait some more. Custom jobs like this take time. don't rush it, it's worth the wait.

Step seven: when they call you and tell you that your gun is ready, go get it, and finish paying them. you will then be the proud owner of a very limited edition firearm.

Step Eight: Post the name of the shop and the location, as well as a phone number that they can be reached at. if another brown-coat comes across the thread in the future and is looking for the same, then they can ask for the gun themselves from the same smith. Once a smith does a custom gun, they can't unlearn how to make it, and will be able to re-make the gun for anyone else who happens to want it. but know that since a major manufacturer is not mass -producing these, it will be a very rare object in the future. even if a particular gun is popular amongst fans, you would be in possession of one of maybe ten or twenty thousand in the world. but that's another story...

Zoe: " Are those grenades? "
Jayne: " Yeah, captain doesn't want em'"
Zoe: " Jayne, we're robbing the place, not occupying it"

later that same day....

Jayne: "Now would be a good time for some GRENADES, don't you think!?!"


Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:33 PM


Does anyone have a real Mal pistol? If so, does it fire 38 cal.? Where did you get it? Do you have pics.?


Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:15 PM


rezident owtsidr

I coud make it for you if you can afford it.

DUZ XaT SEM RiT TQ YQ? - Jubal Early


Friday, March 14, 2014 4:33 PM


I would be interested in hearing the price to have it built for sure. Depending on that, then we could go further.


Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:29 PM


rezident owtsidr

A completely new model az described would be about 1,000. I would probably make it from 7075-T7 aluminum, which, wen hardcoated, woud take on a dark tan color. The hardcoating will abzorb pigment for a very durable color & finish.

From the piks I see here, Malz
Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B iz a brownish or bluish black with liter wear areaz. That coud be well duplicated with the tinted hardcoat. Real wooden grips are eazy to make.

There duznt seem to be any advantaj to modifying a Taurus, sins its completely covered. Making a moving trigger iz no big deal.

To go all out for the ultimate Mal Reynoldz replica gun, youd want it to make the charging capasitor sound and the distinctive wisl bang wen you fire it. That woud take sum real R&D and uv corse, more $.

DUZ XaT SEM RiT TQ YQ? - Jubal Early


Sunday, March 15, 2015 2:37 PM


If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room!

Is there still any interest in a replica firearm like this?

I have an interest in "recreating" a model prior to the '47 series. You see, I am a gunsmith and I build my own firearms. I would like to have a working model to use as a "barbeque" gun. In my neighborhood it is not uncommon to see someone armed as they go about their daily parade. I myself open carry a well holstered pistol at all times, day and night.
I have spent a bit of time researching my "new" pistol and if their is any interest in my project, I will report back.
This project is aimed at the home hobby smith. Do not attempt to do this without a great deal of confidence and skill as this will be an actual firearm.

What say you mates?

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference.When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." -- George Washington


Sunday, March 15, 2015 4:22 PM


The Phasers from the 2009 Star Trek are supposed to be modeled after Mal's gun, althought appearance is different, the functioning us supposed to be the same. Have Star Trek reboot Phasers been produced? Might be a place to start.


Friday, May 20, 2016 5:10 PM


I realize that this is an old post but did you get much response back on this one? I would be very interested in this depending on availability and cost.



Saturday, May 21, 2016 4:50 PM


I thought I had seen or heard of it available from QMX.


Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:10 AM


I am working on a functional mal pistol. I have some pics. but am not sure how to display them here.


Sunday, November 6, 2016 12:39 PM


I posted a video on YouTube of my Mal gun (a work in progress). Its under "Malcolm Reynolds Gun - working firearm". Not sure how to link stuff here yet but I'm workin on it!
I'd love to see if anyone else out there in the verse is workin on or has finished one!


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