Okay, this post is going to be lengthy, so please bear with me. I want to talk about preparing to attend a convention, how to pack sensibly, and what NOT to do at a hotel. I’ve been attending cons for nearly a decade now and aside from that I have traveled often and …
First, what is trigger discipline, and why is it important for cosplay?
Trigger discipline is holding the gun properly, without your finger on the trigger, which helps prevent accidental misfires.
Its connection to cosplay is very simple. If you are cosplaying a character who knows their way around guns (think Winchester brothers, Jade Harley, Solid Snake, etc.), they’ll be holding the gun properly, since they’ve been trained to do so. It adds to the feel of the character. It’s also a good habit to have if you ever pick up a real gun at any point in time. That’s called “committing to muscle memory.”
A lot of the cosplay I’ve seen involving guns have the cosplayers posed with their finger on the trigger. In the real world, this is incredibly dangerous, and you shouldn’t have your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
So, what does good trigger discipline look like?
Ta-da! It’s that easy!
Even itty bitty Dean can do it!
It’s such a simple change that can make a huge impact on the appearance of your costume and posing.
Reblogging this again because I saw a Stormtrooper walking around Disneyland with his finger on his blaster. Not like he was going to hit anything, being a Stormtrooper and all, but…
ALSO. As an addendum to the trigger discipline, let’s talk barrel/muzzle discipline!
What is barrel/muzzle discipline? Never pointing the barrel at something you want to shoot. This usually means pointing the gun towards the ceiling or the ground, like so:
Finger off trigger? Check. Barrel pointed at ground? Check. 10/10, would operate with.
Obviously, this is not going to apply if you’re doing a pose involving the character you’re representing taking a shot. HOWEVER, like the mention of trigger discipline (AKA: TD) above, it’s good for poses where you’re just standing with the gun, and it’s something good to commit to muscle memory if you ever come in contact with an actual gun at any point in time. It also shows you did your research regarding characters that know their firearms (like the ones mentioned above).
If anyone has any additional questions about this, they can send them here or to my personal blog. I’ll be happy to answer what I can, including how to hold certain guns for posing, or anything else you can think of.
Turning things a little more serious here. Safety is a growing concern as cosplayers and cosplay in general become more popular. Physical and verbal abuse (whether sexual or not) are real. Not all photographers are trustworthy. That cosplay buddy you met online may not be who they say they are. But this doesn’t mean you have to constantly look over your shoulder and forget about having fun. There are ways to stay safe just by being more cautious and keeping these tips in mind:
1. Buddy systems really do work! Many cosplayers usually have a friend or significant other acting as their handler (someone who helps them get around a venue, carries things, etc.). But if you don’t, try to stay with friends/guardians. If you prefer flying solo always ALWAYS let someone know where you are heading. The buddy system is especially crucial if you’re meeting someone for the first time!
2. Don’t allow yourself to be caught off guard. This happened to me personally and I know it’s easier said than done! If you’re grabbed or touched in a way that isn’t cool with you…don’t just stand there. Speak up. Tell the person that what they did was wrong. Many times it only takes one person calling them out for them to realize their wrong doing. However, there are times when con security or local authorities need to get involved. That’s what they’re there for! Don’t be afraid to report someone. I had to and although it was a scary experience, things were quickly remedied when I went to the authorities. If one person doesn’t listen to you…seek out someone who will.
3. Photographers are a key element in the world of cosplay. It’s always a great feeling when someone asks for your photo, right? Then why are you asking yourself, “Why do I feel uneasy about this person?”. If a photographer or anyone taking photos gives you a creepy vibe, you have the right to decline their request for a photo or just keep walking. A big and I mean HUGE red flag is when someone asks you to pose in ways you don’t feel comfortable. To quote someone that approached me, “Can you get down on all fours and act like a real cat girl?”. You can’t protect yourself from all of these types of creeps. Some photographers will zoom in on body parts without the knowledge of the model. I wish I could say all photographers are our friends but that’s sadly false.
4. On the topic of photography…cell phones are readily available for quick photos. We live in a super high tech world now! But phone cameras also make it easier for predators to sneak upskirt shots or close-ups of body parts (again). Be aware of your surroundings.
In closing, if you’re cautious and use a bit of common sense you can have a safe and fun cosplay/convention experience! Stay alert and if you witness someone harassing or doing anything suspicious to someone else, say something. If you don’t want to say anything yourself, tell the nearest staff member. Watch out for one another.
So, I am working on a Mami Tomoe (Madoka Magica) costume for SDCC, and decided to make my prop rifle using a real rifle stock.
It’s mostly experimental (I have NO IDEA how well it will work), but if people are interested, they can follow my progress on my main blog or on my livejournal. The Livejournal posts will probably be more detailed as far as talking about what I’m doing.
I’m also happy to answer any questions regarding the build, though I’d prefer they not be sent here.
(look, a personal post that’s cosplay-related!)
I might also end up making a few sets of 3D-Maneuver Gear from Attack on Titan for SDCC as well, so if I do that, those will be posted in the same places.