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This is a Background Gorilla rifle as seen in the second film, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. There were two types of background rifles . Both made after the original film. The first rifle is made of wood with a faux bolt action. This rifle or "stunt" rifle (as I like to refer to it) is very similar in appearance to the wood rifle. The major difference is that this rifle is a cast resin prop and the bolt action is molded into the prop. There is very little weight to this piece, thus making it easier to handle than the heavier wood rifle. These props were intended for use by the background apes when Ursus' army invaded the Forbidden Zone. Like most of the background props in this series of film, this weapon was never really intended to be seen up close. That was the job of the hero-rifle. Like the background-gorilla costume this prop saw a lot of screen time.

 

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