The Green Hornet Gas Gun is modeled on a hero prop used for close-up scenes. Its working features include a moving trigger mechanism and adjustable gas gauge. Push the release catch and a hidden door in the handle opens, containing a solid-metal gas cartridge that can be removed. The replica is hand crafted from aluminum, brass, zinc, and resin components. It has a heavyweight, high-quality feel and is finished in a two-tone green paint scheme that matches the prop seen in most episodes, as well as in the opening credits.
The Kato Dart Replica is similarly hand crafted and features a metal barb, molded body, and translucent wings. It's decorated with a yellow body design to match a dart prop thrown by Kato in the episode "Freeway To Death."
The Original Props:
As in his earlier radio and movie serial incarnations, the Green Hornet carried a futuristic and non-lethal sidearm, the Gas Gun, which as its name suggests, emitted a jet of gas that could be used subdue or incapacitate an opponent or even the occasional law-enforcement officer who attempted to thwart the Hornet's plans. A master of martial arts at close range, Kato would sometimes employ throwing darts against more long-distance targets.
Several different versions of the Gas Gun prop were used during the production of the original TV series. These ranged from very basic non-functional pieces for stunt or distance shots (often lacking detail and simply carved from wood or rubber) to more complex and detailed hero pieces for close-up or action shots. In the days before computer-aided special effects, there was even a version that could actually fire jets of colored powder for a pretty convincing onscreen gas effect. The original Gas Gun props were constructed from a number of found or recycled items, as well as custom-made elements that were combined to create a prop whose design foreshadowed a sleekly styled look that would be seen in real-world gun designs decades later.
Kato's throwing-dart props were created from the body of a wooden English pub-style dart. Wings and eyes were added to create a more distinct insect motif. The dart props were intended to emulate the shuriken throwing weapons used in some martial-arts disciplines. Ages 18 and up.