“The Joseon Gunman,” picturing the story of Park Yoon Kang (Lee Jun Ki), the swordsman who takes up guns to exact revenge on those who broke apart his family, has been topping the Wednesday-Thursday drama ratings, according to the July 24 recording of 11.9% from Nielsen Korea. The drama has held the interest of viewers with its unique premise of gunslingers in the Joseon era.
For all the gun fanatics out there, or if you’re just curious, Star News looked into the specific models used in the drama.
Lee Jun Ki’s rifle is a .357 Rossi Lever-Action Rifle from Brazil, at a length of 125cm and 4.3kg (approx. 9.5 lbs). This is the same gun used by Jung Woo Sung in the film “The Good, the Bad, the Weird.”
Lee Jun Ki’s revolver, a similar model to Jung Woo Sung’s in “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” is a German .38spl ROHM RG69 ME, 30cm long and 1.2kg (2.6 lbs).
Nam Sang Mi’s cute little thing is a 32ACP Davis INDUSTRIES D-32 PISTOL Revolver, 500mm long and about the weight of a water bottle.
Yoo Oh Sung uses a 7.7mm Japanese Type 99 Rifle, 112cm long and 3.7kg (approx. 8.2 lbs).
All of the guns in the drama are props, and are just used to fire blanks. Ryu Young Jae, who is in charge of special effects for “The Joseon Gunman,” said, “Use of real firearms in movies and broadcasts is prohibited in Korea. The guns have been borrowed from Hong Kong.”
Although the guns are just props, and only blanks are used, the conditions for use are still strict, as they are still technically considered guns. Ryu Young Jae said, “Whenever the guns are not in use, we have to keep them stored at the local police station, and then retrieve them when we resume.”
Ryu Young Jae stated further, “We realize that the guns aren’t historically accurate for the time period of the drama. Due to various conditions, it’s very difficult to obtain the appropriate firearms. However, despite those shortcomings, we are doing our best to create a realistic drama, so we would very much appreciate your understanding.”