Obscure Objects Of Desire: Lots Of Ray Guns.

Paul Allen is one of the world’s wealthiest people, and he has put some of his many billions to good use. He’s amassed an impressive collection of science-fiction film and TV artifacts, including this unspecified ray gun from the original Men In Black film . . .


Here are several more. Quick, without Googling the answer: which gun belonged to Sigourney Weaver and which was wielded by Bruce Willis? (Here’s a hint: the very bottom rifle isn’t the droid you’re looking for. It’s from the original Lost In Space.) I was surprised not to see Detective Deckard’s pistol from Blade Runner or at least one Imperial Storntrooper laser blaster in the collection, but Allen is too discriminating a collector to go in for anything that mainstream.

/sarc off/


  1. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Who is Ray, and why are his guns so interesting?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      He’s Tommy’s brother.

      1. avatar PK says:

        Are they related to BeBe?

      2. avatar J E says:

        Tommy actually gave me good advice on my car once too!

    2. avatar Paul G. says:

      He was a president..Ronald Ray Gun.

  2. avatar AmericanSpirit says:

    I’m surprised to see that he’s missing the Barrett .50 cal anti-matter rifle*.

    When one must absolutely, positively blow the moon out of the sky.

    Just don’t fire it in the atmosphere.

    *surface-to-orbit transportation not included

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Did I spy the Noisy Cricket in that wall display?

    1. avatar Elliotte says:

      I don’t think so, they all look too big to be the Noisy Cricket.

    2. avatar peirsonb says:

      The one you’re thinking of looks like it’s from the original Battlestar….

    3. I think that’s the reverberating carbonizer with mutate capacity.

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Nah, the carbuerizor was the one that disintegrated in the beginning. The scary looking things that go up and the bong attached underneath….


      2. avatar Ralph says:

        I once had a reverberating carburetor. It damn near killed me.

  4. avatar BDub says:

    The bottom right one is Bruce’s – from 5th element I think. Second one down is Mrs. Weaver’s

    Where is the link to the collection?

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      You got it! Just checked IMFDb.

  5. avatar Rokurota says:

    Quick guesses from memory: The revolvery thing in the middle is Corben Dallas’s (Willis) gun from The Fifth Element. And since I don’t see the M41A pulse rifle, I’m guessing the silver and black pistol on the right is the grappling/spear gun from the end of Alien.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      Nope. I’m wrong on both counts.

      1. avatar BDub says:

        The revolvery thing is from Serenity, I believe.

        1. avatar peirsonb says:

          Not if your thinking Malcom’s sidearm, his looks a lot closer to a “regular” cap and ball pistol.

        2. avatar General Zod says:

          Pretty sure the “revolvery” one is Ronan’s pistol from Stargate: Atlantis.

        3. avatar BDub says:

          ooo, I think Zod nailed it.

        4. avatar Rokurota says:

          Kneel before Zod!

  6. avatar Tom W. says:

    Collection is truly lacking without Han Solo’s blaster. And the pre Brady phaser owned by James T. Kirk

    1. avatar Tomy Ironmane says:

      Well, unless I miss my guess, MOST of those weren’t gussied up firearms, unlike han’s which was a Mauser C96 with bits stuck on… I have no idea if you’d have to do a 4473 for the Han Solo piece (assuming you could afford it).

      What’s a pre-brady phaser?

      1. avatar PNG says:

        The phasers from TOS and its movies looked more like pistols; Next Generation-era phasers looked like Dustbusters. Because gun-shaped objects are evil.

        1. avatar Gyufygy says:

          Holy crap, that explains so much.

        2. avatar Tomy Ironmane says:

          and didn’t have sights, making a pistol that could burn through several meters of rock that you couldn’t sight for beans.

  7. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    This is more of a Sci Fi nerd thing, rather than a gun nerd thing.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      But definitely a nerd thing.

      Either way, I enjoyed it.

  8. avatar neiowa says:

    Where is the heavy hardware of the grunts in Alien?

  9. avatar LongBeach says:

    The rifle at bottom is very clearly a Kel-Tec with a +500 MOA optic mount.

    1. avatar Gyufygy says:

      Sadly, even Kel-tecs of the future choke horribly.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Sure it’s not a high point?

    3. avatar jwm says:

      If that’s a kel-tec it’s half the production run of that model. Kel-tec never produces more than 5-6 before they bring out something new and equally unobtainable.

  10. avatar jwm says:

    Here it is 2014 and still no lasers for the common man or flying cars. Can we at least get robot maids?

    1. For realz. But they have to look better than Rosie. That hunk o’ junk is just an automated Hazel, sport. Why did George settle for that when he had a flying car for God’s sake?

      1. avatar Larry says:

        ‘Cuz he wanted to hang on to that hot wife!

      2. avatar jwm says:

        You’re old enough to remember Hazel?

    2. avatar Tommycat says:

      The engineers invented the internet to share their data. Then while they were going for the flying car they… Ooooo look cat pictures!

  11. avatar Will says:

    I just saw that “gun” fro MIB at the EMP a couple weeks ago. If you’re in the Seattle area, you should go check it out.

  12. avatar PK says:

    I spy Ronon Dex’s pistol in there too. I wondered who won that lot during the auction of SG:A props.


  13. avatar ensitue says:

    I stopped being impressed with props decades ago
    for a true Fan Boy Gasam only the Man From UNCLE’s operational P-38 w/all the bells and whistles will do

  14. avatar Mike says:

    He needs a Lassiter Laser Pistol and a Varon-T Disruptor.

    1. avatar bozo says:

      The Varon-T’s were outlawed… centuries from now. (?!)

  15. avatar Sammy says:

    Nice, but I doubt ANY of them are Cal legal.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      They’re certainly not on the roster.

  16. avatar bozo says:

    Cause I’m a sucker for all guns (replica’s and otherwise, fictional or non,) I’m just going to leave this here… & yes I have it bookmarked for when I win the powerball…

    (though… I’d doubt the “functional” moniker is as accurate as I’d like)

    Pretty neat other wares in that guys shop as well. (prop replica guns n’ stuff)

  17. avatar Steve D. says:

    No sci-fi armory is complete without at least one lightsaber … They’re an elegant weapon from a more civilized age! Not as crude or clumsy as a blaster pistol.

  18. avatar Wurzel Gummidge says:

    When he scores an actual movie used butane fired Sleep Gun from Logans Run I will be duly impressed.

  19. avatar 7.62x54r says:

    Where is The illudium q-36 explosive space modulator?

  20. avatar Jim says:

    I don’t see a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range,

  21. avatar Tom in Wisconsin says:

    I see nothing from Firefly. Fail collection is fail.

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