There's a western steampunk convention coming up in early March here in Tucson. I went last year, but did not go in costume. I've noticed with the few steampunk conventions I've attended that a lot of folks put a lot of effort into developing their steampunk persona. Well, I mentioned this is a western steampunk. I already have an authentic duster and a Stetson cowboy hat. I recently obtained a replica badge from the Pinkerton Detective Agency. The dusters were worn by some of their detectives who were assigned to go after train robbers for the railroads. Anyway, what I lack is a weapon. You can't use real weapons at these cons--and they do check you. A toy gun like a revolver seems lacking even though my persona will lack the traditional goggles of most steampunk costumes.
So, I glued some metal ball bearings and stuff to a "sawed off" shotgun. It's clear, after it dried, that this is a really stupid looking gun. Back to the drawing board. At least I still have about two months to come up with something else.