I set out to write a generic “props” round-up, but quickly discovered that our props tag is pretty deep, and covers a wide range of subjects including haunt props and/or prop furniture, elaborate costumes, and display props. I narrowed my focus, then, to props a person might carry around as part of a costume, and found, even then, there was more cool stuff than I could fit into one roundup. “Prop weapons,” it then became, and my highly scientific method for formulating “Top 10” involved paging through the archive, selecting my personal faves, and arranging them in arbitrary order. The result, in all humility, is pretty awesome. I hope you enjoy it, and maybe find some inspiration, too.


“District 9” SPLAT gun replica prop


Impressive WH40K LARP prop set


Steam-fi dueling pistol set


Steampunk sonic rifle prop


Lemon hand grenades


Adam Savage’s “Blade Runner” blaster


Meticulously machined lightsaber replica


How-To: Replica “Evil Dead 2” chainsaw arm


Fallout 3 replica weapons


Even better Fallout 3 replica weapons

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.