Chapter 1: Basic Firearms 101
Chapter 2: Choose Your Weapons!
Chapter 3: Acquiring Props
Chapter 4: Backstage Protocol & Gun Wrangling
Chapter 5: Looking the Part
Chapter 6: Staging Your Shootout
Chapter 7: Shooting Your Shootout
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting
Chapter 9: Consequences
Chapter 10: Realities of Modern Combat
Chapter 11: Covering Yourself (Legal Issues)
Appendix A: Glossary of Terms
Appendix B: Labeled Diagrams
Appendix C: Additional Resources
Appendix D: Sample Checklist & Waiver
Kevin Inouye has over 15 years' experience in theatre, film, prop weaponry and especially stage combat choreography. He holds Teacher Certification and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor rank with the Society of American Fight Directors, an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy, SAG-AFTRA union performer membership, is sole proprietor of a prop weapons rental business, and has taught acting, movement, and stage combat at colleges, theatres, and workshops across North America. He is now based in Laramie, WY where he serves as Assistant Professor of Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat at the University of Wyoming.
My hat is off to Kevin for all the fine work on what is an invaluable addition to any theatrical library. It is the next and vital component in the continuing effort to provide a safe and effective theatrical experience for performers and audience alike.
- Chuck Coyl, President, S.A.F.D.
Practitioners of all experience levels have something to gain from this book... Mr. Inouye covers this serious topic with all the intricate depth of a university professor, the colloquial frankness of a trusted colleague, and the no-nonsense clarity of an industry professional. The combination allows him to simultaneously let his readers know when they might be out of their depth, and provide them with information on how to tread water until they figure it out. A must read for anyone in the theatre or independent film scene who is considering the use of a prop that goes "bang!"
- Adam Noble, Associate Professor, University of Houston; Fight Director, S.A.F.D.
Kevin Inouye belongs to a culture of professional fight
directors, stunt coordinators, choreographers and teachers, many of
whom are true experts (geeks, even) on weapons, combat and most
topics related to fighting. Yet, even amongst his peers, Kevin
stands out when it comes to firearms. His knowledge is surpassed
only by an enthusiastic commitment to teaching those around him
about correctly handling what are the most dangerous and vital
props in the industry, and he manages to do so in a straightforward
and accessible manner. Readers with all levels of experience will
benefit from (and I daresay enjoy) this book which lays out a
plethora of information on every aspect of utilizing theatrical
firearms and should grace the bookshelves of every professional
involved in the theatre/film industry.
- Robb Hunter, Certified Fight Director and Teacher, Society of American Fight Directors, President/CEO, Preferred Arms, Inc.
Mr. Inouye would be the first to admit that this one book cannot possibly cover every topic, nor be everything to everyone, but he has successfully created a handbook that has something for everyone. I would go so far as to say a significant amount...Whatever your personal feelings about firearms, we cannot deny their popularity and widespread usage in film, television, and the theatre. Mr. Inouye's terrific book is an important treatise on their safe and proper usage as well as a call for all of us to continue forwarding our artistic understanding of these tools, which have become so ubiquitous in our business.
- Adam Noble, The Fight Master