1961 Guns Quarterly Article on Steve McQueen’s Prop Gun from “Wanted: Dead or Alive”

January 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Courtesy of Steve McQueen Online (, this is another in a series of articles which feature scans of very old features published in out of print magazines, related to guns and firearms used in movies and television.  This update includes and article from Guns Quarterly published in 1961 which features a detailed history of “The Mare’s Laig'”, McQueen’s firearms used in the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961). Read more

“True Lies” & “Desperado” Ruger P90 Prop Gun

May 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment 


This is the next in a series of more comprehensive profiles of the original props, and the next piece to be showcased a hero Ruger P90 used in two films – by Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry Tasker in True Lies (1994) as well as for publicity photography done with Antonio Banderas as El Mariachi in Desperado (1995). Read more

“True Magazine” Stembridge Gun Rentals Article – Circa 1969

May 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I was able to find a very old article from a long out of print magazine with a nice feature on Stembridge Gun Rentals, Inc. – circa 1969. This was published in the January 1969 issue of “True Magazine: For Today’s Man”.

It is quite a fascinating read with a nice historic photo. As was the case with the Guns Magazine article, “Shoot For Effect”, I have shared a PDF of the article below (see “Guns Magazine” Stembridge Gun Rentals Article – Circa 1998).

Here is a link to the full article: “7,000 GUNS FOR HIRE” Read more

Little John’s Auction Service “Extremely Important Collector’s Auction” January 22-23, 2008

January 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In in quick review of the new catalog for the Little John’s Auction Service January 22-23 event (“Extremely Important Collector’s Auction“) , there does not appear to be much of interest to movie and television original prop collectors specifically (though a few non-Stembridge pieces): Read more

Stembridge Auction Report, Part 12: Al Pacino Pistol from Heat

November 1, 2007 by · 7 Comments 

As was the case with the Point of No Return pistols (see Auction Report, Part 7),when I was originally researching the Stembridge Collection catalog for Little John’s Stembridge Collection Auction, one of the few pieces on my “short list”, which I considered secondary to my two top wants (the T2 and True Lies pistols) was one of the pair of Heat sidearm pistols offered, which were attributed to use by Al Pacino in the Michael Mann film. Read more

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