He is Singapore's prop gun

Report and pictures by: 
Gary Goh

Tucked in a quiet unit in an industrial building at Geylang Lorong 21A is a shop whose products, at first glance, will inspire shock and awe.

Guns? In Singapore?

But if you talk to Mr Jimmy Low, you’ll realise it’s not really what you imagined.

Mr Low, 60, supplies realistic model firearms for television and movie productions.

Possibly the only local supplier of such props, Mr Low has an “arsenal” of more than 500 dummy guns — from pistols to long sniper rifles — in his shop, which is the size of a five-room flat.

He rents pistols at about $100 a piece. While these dummy guns are made of silicon and rubber, they look every bit the real McCoy and are routinely used for close-up shots on screen.

They are so realistic that Mr Low keeps a tight inventory.

“These props are not your usual toy guns. I have to make a police report should any of these go missing,” he said.

He also has to ensure the guns are used only for legitimate filming purposes.

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