- Feb 3, 2005
- Reaction score
- Huber Heights, OH
Most of the experienced hunters & shooters that I know who watched Gunsmoke, Cimeron Strip, etc. didn't worry too much about the lack of actual firearms handling knowledge in those Westerns. They just kinda ignored it really. Heck, there were also some few notables who started off knowing how to shoot and went into the Film industry where, by all available evidence I can see in their movies, "forgot" how to handle a firearm (Audie Murphy anyone?). Stage Combat, firearms or otherwise, is intended to be entertaining, not combat and these folks knew that. It seems to be a modern turn that our sensibilities are offended at "unrealistic" fight scenes in our media entertainment. I'll leave speculation on the causation aside for now.Good Point - maybe for clarity - it is not that I would have expected Billy Shakespeare & his boys to engage in full speed swordplay on the stage.
The audience critique would probably been focused on the actors' sword postures and distancing. As a modern day analog - just think how people trained & skilled in firearms cringe at some of the crap shown in films and on TV. Especially back in the Gunsmoke & Horesh!t days - or classic Police Drama shows.
Those actors couldn't even hold a revolver properly if their life depended on it - never mind hitting the target.
My suspicion is that Renaissance gentlemen were similarly minded. But, again, I have no evidence one way or another.
Peace favor your sword,