Why own a Replica Pistol?
There are many perfectly harmless and legitimate reasons to own and indeed even collect Replica Pistols and other Replica Weapons in Australia.
Amongst these are:
Former soldiers and descendants of former soldiers will often wish to have a representation of their former weapons, or indeed even those of their opponents. Private and Association Museums will also frequently prefer a safe quality replica weapon over the real thing.
A realistic looking replica pistol or replica rifle can greatly enhance displays of period militaria. A period military uniform display, a set of webbing or even a simple display of badges and headgear of a particular era or unit can be greatly enlivened by a replica weapon that matches the display.
There are passionate living history enthusiasts who painstakingly recreate certain periods of history. For those seeking to create realistic impressions of WW2, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts replica pistols and replica rifles of those eras are an essential accessory.
FILM AND STAGE PROPS (AND ALSO MOVIE BUFFS)
Replicas offer a safe and easier to manage stage or film prop when a firearm is written into a screenplay. The fact that many quality replica pistols and rifles have metal working actions, and make the correct cocking sounds and actions, can often help to replace real weapons on set. There are also movie buffs who just want to own a replica of the weapons used by cinematic heroes and occasionally also the bad guys.
A MAN-CAVE TALKING PIECE
Blokes often just ‘collect stuff’, and in the same spirit as having sporting memorabilia, barbers chairs or old wind barrels in a bar or man-cave, replicas of famous weapons make great talking pieces.
Before buying a replica weapon of any form it is critical to do your homework and ensure that you are in 100% compliance with your own State’s laws first.
With that in mind here are the websites and contacts to check before you buy. Happy Collecting.
CHECKING ON LOCAL LAWS IN AUSTRALIAN STATES
FOR REPLICA WEAPONS