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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.


10 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

“District 9″ SPLAT gun replica prop


09 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

Impressive WH40K LARP prop set


08 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

Steam-fi dueling pistol set


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Steampunk sonic rifle prop


06 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

Lemon hand grenades


05 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

Adam Savage’s “Blade Runner” blaster


04 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

Meticulously machined lightsaber replica


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


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Fallout 3 replica weapons


01 Top 10:  Prop Weapons

Even better Fallout 3 replica weapons

badge halloween contest2010b Top 10:  Prop Weapons

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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 My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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