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Making Hollywood Safer,
One Shot at a Time!

Prop Gun Safety Training aims to be the gold standard in training Film, TV & Theater Prop craftspeople, Gun Wranglers and Armorers. We strive to set the highest standards of production set safety protocols

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Making a Difference

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Workshop Calendar 2024

January:

Burbank 2/14

February:
Burbank 2/18
Atlanta 2/27, 28

March:

Portland, Oregon 3/7

Burbank 3/17

April:

Burbank 4/14

May:

Burbank 4/19

June:

Burbank 5/16

July:

Burbank 6/20

August:

Burbank 8/11

September:

Burbank 9/21

October:

Burbank 10/12

November:

Burbank 11/17

December:

Burbank 12/14

MODERN METHODOLOGY

Through Total Participant Involvement, we educate, engage and empower our graduates

to be the safest they can be

Hands-on, immersive workshops are a new and innovative approach to learning

safe gun handling skills for theatrical entertainment

EXPERIENCE IS TRANSITIONING OUT OF THE INDUSTRY IN RECORD VOLUME

Baby Boomers are retiring from our craft in record numbers, creating an unprecedented talent drain behind the scenes in Hollywood. While consumer demand for fresh entertainment is at an all time high

Prop Gun Safety workshops are crafted to educate and empower the current and next generation of entertainment Armorers, meeting increasing production demands while improving over all safety for our crews and cast alike

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HOLLYWOOD CENTERED,
INDUSTRY ACCESSIBLE

Located in Hollywood, CA and serving locations across the USA

We cater to the broad range of entertainment industry gun handlers. From Property Masters and their Assistants to new or established studio Gun Wranglers.
Feature Films and TV are the lion's share of entertainment industry Armorer work. We also serve stage hands in theater, theme parks and trade shows.
We uniquely make our program available to both union and non-union crew. And purposefully make this knowledge available to other directly-affected crafts as Camera Operators, Key Grips, Set Medics, Set Teachers, UPMs and Assistant Directors.
Directors, Writers, Actors and Stunt Performers each benefit in a unique way from proper knowledge of safe gun handling for film.

LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

Founder and Chief Instructor Dutch Merrick

For more than a quarter century Dutch has been working in Film and TV as an Armorer and Propmaster.
Starting in the 1980's as a competitive shooter, he brings 35 years of safe firearms experience to his teaching. He is a past President of Hollywood's largest craft union, I.A.T.S.E. Local 44 Hollywood Property Craftspersons. Which represents the film & TV Propmasters and Armorers who set the standard for the entertainment world. Also an author and award-winning film maker, his prop work has been seen on TV shows such as
SEAL Team/ Paramount+, CSI:NY/ CBS, Euphoria/ HBO and ROAR/ Apple+ TV. As well as features including S.W.A.T. and First Man.

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ESTABLISHING NEW SAFETY PRACTICES RAISES THE BAR FOR THE INDUSTRY

More than a Century of Safe Film Firearms

Firearms have been in constant use as props for entertainment production for more than a hundred and twenty years. Hollywood productions fire literally tens of millions of studio-safety-blanks each and every year.
Safely.
With recent events shining an ever brighter light on our behind the scenes practices, we are raising the bar for safety, higher than ever before.

GALLERY
RECOGNIZED AUTHORITY

28 years of real film experience.
50+ National Interviews. University guest lecturer

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KNOWLEDGE
AND EXPERIENCE

When safety is on the line, never compromise.

Recognized industry leader Dutch Merrick brings to the table grounded, first hand industry knowledge that shapes his teaching style.
With more than 50 National and international broadcast and print interviews,
Dutch is a recognized authority for stage and set safety.

CONNECT WITH US

530 S. Lake Ave #939

Pasadena, California 91101

Info(at)PropGunSetSafety.com

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INQUIRIES/ APPLICATIONS

Apply to attend an upcoming workshop
Or simply ask a question here

Thank you for reaching out!

Advocacy
in Action!

In April of 2023, Dutch Merrick was invited to participate in a round-table discussion of gun safety on film and TV, at the White House in Washington D.C.
Also attending this meeting were 30 high-profile Producers, Writers, Directors, Show Runners & Actors from Hollywood.
From this was born the effort to "Show Your Safety" on stage and screen. Exhibiting the best firearms safety practices whenever possible by the cast of filmed entertainment.
Dutch has participated in more than 50 national broadcast interviews on the subject of set safety in the wake of the "Rust" accident in 2021.

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50+ national television and print interviews

Payments

Tuition for the Prop Gun Set Safety essentials course is $359
Which includes a shooting workbook, all workshop materials, studio safety blanks, light snacks and some very cool
Prop Gun Set Safety swag.

Mention in the payment notes which date & location you are booking.
($50 deposit can  also hold a space for you, with the balance
to be paid on or before the workshop date.)
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