48 Hrs., Eddie Murphy as Reggie Hammond Stunt Gun Prop

original movie prop weapon

This foam prop gun is the stunt stand-in for the Colt New Service, taken by Eddie Murphy as Reggie Hammond from fleeing criminal David Patrick Kelly as Luther, in the seminal "buddy cop" film 48 Hrs. In the film, Murphy's character can be seen hitting Kelly's with a car door, and picking up his dropped Colt New Service, as Kelly flees after shooting at Nick Nolte's detective character.  Nolte then takes the gun from Murphy..

 

The hero gun used by Kelly's character to shoot at Nolte's features a shiny blued finish and no front sight, but then changes to this more matte black stunt gun with front sight as he flees down the stairs and into Murphy's car door. Murphy then reaches down to grab the dropped revolver, and when the film cuts to him standing up with it, it's once again the hero shiny blued weapon with no front sight. Nolte then takes it from him, and in the next scene back at the police station, hands it (unclear this time whether it's the hero or stunt) over to the desk sergeant.  It's interesting how different the hero and stunt guns are to each other, despite cutting from one to the other and back in the same scene--especially compared to today's common practice of molding custom stunt guns from heroes, instead of using similar stock pieces.  The differences aren't very noticeable in fast motion, but are glaring in slow-mo or screencaps. This stunt gun may be based on a Colt Viper--a rare 4" barrel version of the Colt Cobra, which was only produced in the year 1977--with a reworked grip.

 

It appears to have an internal armature and it's in fair condition for its age; the foam has become dry, cracked, and disfigured in places, though it remains in one integral piece with no major material loss.  It comes with a COA from Van Eaton Galleries, signed by noted collector Chris Kiszka and stating that it was obtained directly from a production member.

 

A rare artifact from the first great "buddy cop" film of the 80s, which set off a wave of similar movies, including the Beverly Hills Cop series which would also star Eddie Murphy.

 

Special thanks to YourProps user McHale for helping to identify the model on which this stunt gun was based.

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: prop weapons
coa issued by: Van Eaton Galleries (2)
celebrity: Eddie Murphy (45)
original (35)  |  replica (10)
movie: 48 Hrs. (1982)
original (3)  |  replica (1)
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