A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE OWNER:
I have been collecting replica guns since LBJ was President. I have also been both a Wild West Stuntman, and a WWII reenactor. The items in the RGC catalog aren’t just “Product” to me. I love these replica guns as much as our customers. When I get a new gun, I want to hang it on my Christmas tree. I am over fifty now, and I still play with these guns. Let’s face it, that’s exactly what it is; playing......and playing is good.
I have collected real guns since I was 13 and have been a gunsmith for 25 years. My first gun was a Colt 1911 purchased for me by a very understanding and ex-military Father. So, I know pretty well what’s right and wrong with any given replica. As a collector for 40+ years now, I have also seen the good the bad and the ugly of replica guns…..That being said, as a fellow collector, I will always be 100% honest about a replica guns attributes.
With Replica Guns, it’s all about compromise. If a replica were exactly like a real gun, it would fire real bullets. So generally, the first compromise is a plugged barrel. Second compromise is usually build material. ZAMAK as opposed to steel, then finish, usually phosphate black as opposed to hot bluing. (Although some guns like the AK-47 and WWII era Thompson M1’s are perfectly correct in a phosphate black) Then you get into molded in levers, or levers that function, etc. etc. But regardless of the compromises, at the end of the day, it’s about compromises you can live with. Some things I don’t mind, you might despise, and vice versa.
With that in mind, you can trust I will always point out every discrepancy between the real gun and its replica counterpart. This way, you can make the decision as to whether or not you can live with the compromises. Generally speaking though, since I started collecting in the late 1960’s/Early 1970’s, during the heyday of high quality replica guns, and because I also know real guns, I am a bit picky. If I like it enough to put it the online catalog, odds are you will too. Never hesitate to ask us anything, and we’re here when you need us.