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I was wondering if there was a simple way to make a squib to imitate gun wounds without having explosives in an actors shirt.

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Two simple solutions:

1.) Plastic bag of blood with a fine wire/string stuck to it. Thread the wire through the wound hole in the shirt/leg/buttocks of the clothes, and yank.

2.) Lightly compressed air with a blood hose. Indy Mogul's first Backyard FX episode has a great video on building this kind of rig:

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