Even “Indiana Jones” buys guns from A&M!
(May 23, 2008) by Andy Mead
There’s plenty of action in Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but Lexington’s Charles Layson will pay particular
attention when Indy shoots someone.
That’s because the guns
Harrison Ford uses in the fourth film of the famous franchise were supplied
by Antique & Modern Firearms, which Layson co-owns with Rees Day.
They are, specifically,
a British-made Webley-Green .455-caliber revolver, and a Colt 1911 .45-caliber
They are the same models
Ford used in the title role in the earlier episodes. The Lexington store
supplied three identical Webley-Greens and two identical Colts so the action
could continue if one of the guns broke down during filming, Layson said.
The guns were purchased
for an average of $1000 each, Layson said.
“I wanted to get them back
because they would sell well after the movie, but the property manager was
too savvy,” Layson said. Also turned down: A discount on the price
in exchange for a mention in the credits.
The Webley-Greens, which
were made about 1890, were the hardest to find. Layson tracked them
down from a collector in Tennessee. One of those guns did break during
production of the movie. Layson had to find a replacement part and send
it to the studio.
The Hollywood people found
out about Antique & Modern Firearms through Frank House of Bourbon County,
who made guns that Mel Gibson used in The Patriot, and the ones Russell Crowe
used in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Layson planned to see the
movie Thursday night at the Kentucky Theatre.
“It’s sort of exciting
to think that you contributed,” he said. “I knew Indiana Jones was
going to be a big deal, but the way….everybody in the press has promoted
it, it’s going to be a really big deal.
As seen to the right,
Antique & Modern Firearms Inc. has been a feature in the Lexington Herald-Leader
multiple times and is likewise known across the country in firearms and military
circles for its inventory, knowledge, expertise, appraisals, collections for
sale, and additionally Antique’s capacity to acquire, design, and repair exceptionally
rare and old firearms.