Seeking PROP GUN info: from a gunsmith, metalsmith and/or fellow prop builder Answered
I've been asked to design a "Hellboyish BIG handgun" to shoot "holy water dart bullets at demons" for a show that is in pre-production. I've decided that rather than the usual "glue a bunch of stuff onto an existing toy gun and spray paint it" prop build I would like to actually make a functional metal prop gun (functional in that all the parts should work like a real gun but of course not actually shoot real bullets).
Soooo.... my plan is to design the look of it and then work with a gunsmith to design the functionality; get the parts milled and then assemble it. Simple, right?
Anyway, I'm not sure where to start so I'm calling out to the Instructables community. Has anyone built their own guns from scratch? Does anyone have advice? Right now I'm looking into companies that customize existing guns but what I really need is to start from scratch.
All advice appreciated!