The preparation of the pistol
The pistol used in Half-Life 2 is clearly a USP Match, so finding a replica of one was not a problem. However, the particular soft air gun version I
bought had a few differences from the game model and had to be slightly modified to fit with my costume.
The extended barrel was simply a stock USP barrel with an external
tube glued onto it, so I wanted to break them apart to join them
together more seamlessly.
After gluing both barrel pieces together with acetone, the surface of
the now seamlessly extended barrel was sanded to a matt finish.
Because the sights on the game model are larger than on my replica,
the front sight was completely removed to be replaced by a more
screen accurate version.
Two small holes were drilled through the pistol slide and the
underside of the front sight to secure it in place with screws.
The new front sight and the original slot insert were airbrushed
together with a flat black paint to make them look like one part.
A small strip of fluorescent plastic from an exit sign was glued into a
slot in the front sight to replicate the game model's glowing sights.
After modifying the internals of my computer case, I thought the drive
ejector buttons looked a lot like the rear sight of Gordon's pistol, so I
just yanked it out of there for the good of this project.
After shortening the button and cutting a slot into it, it was starting to
look a lot like the game model's rear sight already.
After cutting off the excess plastic, several grooves were cut into the
face of the rear sight, along with two holes that were also equipped
with fluorescent dots like on the game model.
While I know the face of the rear sight is slightly raised from the
pistol slide in the game, I decided to remove this gap on mine to make
the whole rear sight assembly a lot stronger.
With all the new and modified parts in place, my soft air gun replica
was looking a lot more screen accurate to the game model.
And yes, an air gun with softer air pressure is called a soft air gun,
and not that airsoft or softgun nonsense.
Even buying a complete replica for a costume is not always without its problems, but they can usually be made more screen accurate as seen
here. While the compensator weight is technically not screen accurate with its extra slot, I like that more than the original's look anyway.
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Umarex for making the USP Match soft air gun.
3 days - Between 15 June 2016 and 20 July 2016.
Umarex USP Match soft air gun - 369 NOK.
Optical drive ejector button - 0 NOK - Already available.
Fluorescent exit sign - 0 NOK - Already available.
Total - 369 NOK / $40,21 USD.