question most asked of John Fox on the first meeting
is the function of the Armourer on the film set ?
of us would answer in simple terms, "He supplies
the weapons." In fact the role
of a Professional Film Industry Armourer is far more
complex than that.
Film Armourers Role -
My role is to supply the correct types of firearms
to suit the genre of the film, provide the most suitable Blank Cartridges for the
required action with regard to the potential dangers involved.
set up a safe "on set" code of practice
coach the actors so that they will be able to handle
the weapons with the proficiency required to match their
character & to do it safely on the film set.
provide the director with the correct advice with regard
to the type of firearms required, the correct use
of the firearms and help to choreograph the gun fire sequences
so that the edited footage will be both realistic and
Armourer is also Legally Responsible for the safety of all cast and crew
on the film set when any firearms are
Some of these responsibilities are defined by Law in the Firearms Act
or the Armourers Licence and others are dictated by the "on set"
requirements of the Camera and physical positions of the cast & crew
on the set