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The Story Behind the Laser-sighted Pistol in "The Terminator"

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 1:51 PM by Scott Jentsch

Remember the scenes in The Terminator where bad-guy Arnold draws a laser-sighted bead on his target? Nowadays, laser sights on guns are nothing new, but in 1984, they weren't exactly a dime a dozen. The 10,000 watt power-up requirement probably had something to do with that...

While the movie introduced quite a few high tech concepts to movie audiences, that laser-sighted pistol made the movie poster and played a big part in the Terminator's grand assassination plan.

Ars Technica has a story about how that gun was created as a movie prop:

At a party during CES, Deputy Editor Jon Stokes and I bumped into some representatives from SureFire, a company that specializes in tactical flashlights. We talked about some of our favorite moments with technology in cinema, and The Terminator came up.

"We created that laser!" I was told. They told me the gentleman who built the prop was named Ed Reynolds, and he was still with the company. More than a little jazzed about bumping into a fun part of film history, we knew we had to get the full story behind the Terminator's gun.

You can read the full story by clicking on the Read link below!



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