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Genesis, The Working Blaster of Movie's 1976 :
the same guns was used in the tv serie 2 years later. It's was to expensive
for builded others guns. But the original Flamegun was too dangerous,
and was modified for more security. The cost of modified Gun was estimated
at 2300$ each. 6 guns was modified. The differences between the gun
of movie and the gun of tv show are :
for to find a original Flamegun used in the movie and Tv show is almost
impossible. Because all collectors had buyed this prop and because the
price will be so expensive that it will be impossible to buy, I think.
And for me a 3rd reason : these guns had 35 years old, it was dangerous
to use it. Remember, the first version of the gun had a valve system
not very reliable. Richard Jordan was burned his leg with a gun. Michael
York say in a interview by a fan that the functional Flamegun isn't
easy to use, and when he shooted with it. Michael York say that he tried
to keep the gun as far as possible from him when he pressed the trigger.
In this junction, called "Filter Tank", we have a Felt Filter (where the Gas Tank screwed on : it's depends on the model of replica) a other little hole is made. The felt filter prevent calcium carbide residues who can clogging the valve. This hole is a access at a complicated part with spring and who communicate directly with the valve who send the acetylene gas on the glow plug :
The valve is in a tube (in brass too). Around the tube, there is the
wire that goes to the glow plug. And all of this are hiding by the main
barrel tube in aluminium with the flash suppressor barrel (in aluminium
too). This barrel is fixed on the gun frame by a screw where the wire
of glow plug is for to made the electrical ground.
my advice is : buy a functional replica that I show you in the next
the measures of this original working Flamegun are : 5.75" in height, 13" in width and 1.375" in thickness at its widest point. 2 lbs or 2 oz for weighs. The pistol frame, side panels and muzzle are in aluminium. Barrel body and muzzle in aluminium too. The trigger and Gas Tank in machined brass. The triangular holster plate and mounting stud are in steel. The grips are fashioned out of commercial automotive body filler. The prop is notified by a code under the grip : "MGM 8093" :
A great thanks to Philippe for the autorization to use his pictures of original prop and for his informations.