Rookie armorer on Baldwin set said she loves to show ‘how safe’ guns are

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Rookie armorer on Baldwin set said she loves to show 'how safe' guns are

The rookie armorer in charge of weapons when Alec Baldwin accidentally shot dead his cinematographer on the set of his film “Rust” said on a recent podcast that the “best part” of her job is proving “how safe” guns are.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, a 24-year-old former model, told the “Voices of the West” podcast last month about landing the “pretty sweet gig” with her first movie as head armorer in August.

“I think the best part about my job is just showing people who are normally kind of freaked out by guns how safe they can be and how they’re not really problematic unless put in the wrong hands,” Reed said.

She said her dad, well-known Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, gave her some direction growing up — but she “figured” out most of the job requirements on “my own.”

She also admitted that “loading blanks” is the “scariest thing to me” — the issue seemingly behind the fatal accident on the New Mexico set of Baldwin’s movie “Rust,” only her second head-armorer job.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on the movie set RUST - where a gun prop gone wrong led to Alec Baldwin fatally shooting Halyna Hutchins.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed claims guns are “not really problematic unless put in the wrong hands.”.
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Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust”.
Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust”.
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An emotional Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's offices in Camino Justicia, California after accidentally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and Director Joel Souza.
An emotional Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s offices in Camino Justicia, California after accidentally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and Director Joel Souza.
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She told the podcast how she learned by herself how to make sure dummy rounds were in the right spot of any weapons being used.

“You have to like look at the front of it and determine which one is the blank, if it’s dummied up. That’s how I tell at least,” she said.

Reed also recalled how she had previously been a model but then wanted to be either an actress or a director of photography, the position held by Halyna Hutchins when she was shot dead by Baldwin last Thursday.

Hilaria Baldwin posted a screenshot with husband Alec at 2 p.m. on October 20, hours before the fatal shooting incident in New Mexico.
Hilaria Baldwin posted a screenshot with husband Alec at 2 p.m. on October 20, hours before the fatal shooting incident in New Mexico.
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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on the movie set “Rust” - where a gun prop gone wrong led to Alec Baldwin fatally shooting Halyna Hutchins.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24-years-old, was assigned her first gig on Alec Baldwin’s “Rust.”
An aerial photo of the “Rust” prop set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
An aerial photo of the “Rust” prop set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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She switched course to being an armorer after she “tried it with dad one time and realized I had a natural knack for it,” she said, calling it “a pretty sweet gig.”

“Every movie I’m learning new and new things — it’s all very quick,” she said, stressing that she is “still learning.”

As The Post previously reported, Reed admitted that she “was really nervous” before her first job as head armorer, on Nicolas Cage’s “The Old Way” in August, that she “almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready.”

A woman lays down a candle during a vigil for “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Burbank, California on Oct. 24, 2021.
A woman lays down a candle during a vigil for “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Burbank, California on Oct. 24, 2021.
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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on the movie set “Rust” - where a gun prop gone wrong led to Alec Baldwin fatally shooting Halyna Hutchins.
Rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed used to be a model.
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Hannah Gutierrez Reed onced wanted a job like “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed onced wanted a job like “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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She said she expects it to turn into a “really long and cool career.”

Her dad is a former Marine who was Brad Pitt’s gun coach on “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and a quick draw expert on “Django Unchained.”

Despite her inexperience, the prop master who supervised Reed on “The Old Way” insisted that he was “stymied” by the possibility she could be involved in last week’s fatal shooting, which also injured “Rust” director Joel Souza.

Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on the movie set RUST - where a gun prop gone wrong led to Alec Baldwin fatally shooting Halyna Hutchins
Hannah Gutierrez Reed said was “still learning,” her role as an armorer on the set of “Rust.”
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Alec Baldwin made a video on the set of RUST in New Mexico and posted it to instagram on Oct. 12, 2012
Alec Baldwin was practicing a “cross draw” with a weapon in a church pew before the fatal shooting incident on the set of “Rust.”
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“I’m surprised that any of this happened under her watch,” Jeffrey Crow told the Los Angeles Times.

“I thought she was an exceptionally young, up-and-coming, very eager and talented armorer.

“She was without a lot of experience, but coming from her family lineage, I thought she was exceptional, professional, and I thought she had — I still think she has — many years of an amazing career ahead of her,” Crow said.

Halyna Hutchins Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins
“Rust” Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was an up-and-coming cinematographer in Hollywood.
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“I had a lot of faith in her, and I still do. I’m gonna be surprised if there was anything she was ultimately responsible for in all this, just seeing how she acted in the past. This is all such a surprise.”

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