1. The weapon was used by an extra who would not be firing it for the scene. This was especially true when you had a large number of GI extra's and you may not have had enough weapons to go around.
2. The weapon was being used by a stuntman who would be taking a fall (dying or getting shot) with the weapon.
3. The weapon was going to be used to hit someone.
Occasionally an extra or principal gets into a "good shot" (close enough where you can see detail) where it was not expected. The director may not have noticed the detail of the rubber M-16 since he is looking for the overall sense of the scene. By the time the film was developed and goes to post-production / editing it is to late to re-shoot the scene and the scene cannot be cut because it is integral to the story.
I hope this answers you question. Mike (ToD extra 1988 - 90)
: Season 1 episode 14 "Under Seige"
: why rubber M-16 at the beginning at 2
: minutes and 10 seconds?. Didn't the editors
: or who ever is responsible notice the
: mistake?. I love the show just curious how
: they missed this one. Thank you.
: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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