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Garrick Hire

Prop Weaponry Hire

Hire prop weaponry from the Garrick for Stage, Film and Television

Prop weapons on the Altrincham Garrick stage, in The Lieutenant of Inishmore

In 2022, the Altrincham Garrick took over management of the prop weapons hire business from HW Ltd of Denton, Greater Manchester. This includes a complete stock of weapons props (mainly, daggers and swords). The Garrick offers the same high standard of service that many organisations around the UK enjoyed from HW Ltd. This large collection of theatrical weapons is available to hire from us directly at the Garrick. Supply is from our secure storage in Altrincham.

Please Note: we hire only to companies (amateur or professional) for use in stage, film or television productions. By law, our licence does not allow us to provide hire to the general public, or for any other purposes.

We welcome enquiries of all sorts. Please fill in our online form, hit the button above, call us us on 0161 928 1677 or email

About Our Prop Weapon Hire Service

Established in 1980, Howorth Weapons Limited supplied stage weapons from its warehouse in Denton. These were hired out to theatre, film, TV and other similar organisations. In 2022 it moved home to the Altrincham Garrick, and the same weaponry hire service is now available via our Hire Department.


No project is too small. Please call our knowledgeable and friendly experts to discuss your prop weapon requirements; we are always happy to help.

We provide the fastest possible service, however for some items we are legally required to carry out background checks. We may need a minimum of three weeks notice prior to the required dates.

Rules & Restrictions

Altrincham Garrick does not hire out items for fancy dress, private parties, themed events or carnivals. We do not supply to the general public.

All weapons are covered by the Criminal Justice Acts, the Firearms Act or the VCR Act (2006).

We do not stock or supply any live weapons. They are all deactivated, non-practical or dummies, for use in stage shows, film, television and photographic/video.

We do stock and can supply blank-firing guns. These come with more stringent handling requirements.

We do not supply “fighting weapons”, only costume, set-dressing and non-practical items.


This section provides a guide, to you as a hirer, about applicable rules and regulations. We try to keep these up to date, but they change occasionally. Please let us know if you want to check and confirm the rules which apply to your unique circumstances using the form below:


Special regulations apply to all Film, TV, Video and Photographic uses for guns and weapons. Click the title above for a copy of the current rules.


Click the title above for the latest rules regarding the use of weapons and guns in an outdoor scenario for Theatre.


Transport of all weapons has strict rules and regulations which must be adhered to. For a copy of the current transport recommendations click the title above.

We also offer a full range of movie & film weapons, stage prop weapons and replicas for hire – pointed/edged weapons such as swords, knives & daggers, as well as other weapons and accessories

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