Back when I was an avid reader, you could buy aluminum dummy guns (pistols)
out of comic books.
They were made to scale and got used in holdups, apparently by some who also
read comic books and couldn't afford the real thing either.
After the cops killed some kids waving them around at night in public
housing, they've been outlawed.
Various surplus arms dealers have been importing parts kits for WWII era
machine guns for several years. You get everything but the receiver for
300-$500. They also offer solid aluminum receivers that will accept the
external parts and make a very realistic looking dummy. You can also buy
fabrication dwgs for the original receivers if you wanted to make one from
scratch, but BATF would not be happy with you.
They are very popular for reinactors, and those restoring military
vehicles and aircraft.
The other reason is the Oh Wow factor, much akin to Franklin Mint
"The British attitude is to treat society like a game preserve where a
certain percentage of the 'antelope' are expected to be eaten by the
I'm part of a volunteer group restoring a W.W.-II M-18 "Hellcat" tank
destroyer. It belongs to the local (Flint, MI) historical museum who
wants it for their Buick collection. General Motors is paying for the
restoration, and we're doing the work. It's a 1944 Buick, built in
Flint. It has a three speed automatic transmission, a 9 cylinder 500 hp.
engine, and a 76 mm gun. Quite a Buick!
The machine was acquired surplus from the Yugoslavian civil war a few
years ago. They were still using the old machine in combat that
recently. It was "RATTY" to say the least! We gutted the old beast out
to the bare hull, if it wasn't welded on it came off, got sandblasted,
soaked, or other wise cleaned, repaired, repainted, and then went back
on. We have about a year's work to do on it yet, with the intention of
having it as near to what it was when came off the Buick line as we can
get it. Mostly we have internal electrical work to do yet ... the
intercom system, radios, auxiliary generator, instrument panel, etc.).
We're still seeking a few parts, not easy to find for a 60 year old
machine that was rare to start with. The whole vehicle is now looking
almost new, and it's RUNNING, and moving under it's own power.
Supposedly only three others are operational in the world.
Anyway, as part of the restoration one of our group obtained a
non-working replica 50 cal. machine gun. It looks very good, but the
whole thing is aluminum. Sure makes it easier to swing up and mount on
the MG ring!
Where are the M1 carbine mounts?
"No man shall be debarred the use of arms.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm those only who are neither
inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants.
They ought to be designated as laws not preventative but fearful of crimes,
produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by
thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal
- Thomas Jefferson