Even “Indiana Jones” buys guns from A&M!
Lexington Herald-Leader (May
23, 2008) by Andy Mead
plenty of action in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,
but Lexington’s Charles Layson will pay particular attention when Indy
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,
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.