"Shrinky Dink" wish list


February 12, 2003, 04:51 PM
Anybody remember the 'shrinky dink' (sp?) toys when we were kids-a lOOOOONG time ago? You drew lil pictures, cut them out, baked them in the oven and they shrunk to tiny size?

Well, I'd like to be able to take a Rem model 870 and shrink it till it just fit either a 44 mag or 45 colt round. Maybe leave a 16" barrel and full length magazine. Would hold a BUNCH of rounds, be very handy, very fast and with a big hole receiver sight on the rear and post or bead on the front I think it would make a fine plinker, woods walker gun, urban defense gun, etc.

Think it would go over well enough to be profitable?

Just wondering.

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February 12, 2003, 04:58 PM
A Marlin .44 lever gun is close to fitting your requirements. Long tube mag, short and quick, .44 chamber.
The only difference is that it's a lever action instead of a pump.

Greg L
February 12, 2003, 04:58 PM
You would need a fairly wide oven to get the 870 in.

I'm confused. Do you want a pump action carbine firing .44 or .45lc or a shotgun firing something in the .45 range (.410)?

I think that there are some already out there or if not then Marlin makes a lot of lever actions that come real close to your requirements (other than the pump).


Brad Johnson
February 12, 2003, 05:02 PM
Shrinky Dinks? You're showing your age.

Next thing you know, you'll be talking about your chemistry set with real chemicals and an open-flame burner, and how you played cowboys and indians with a cap gun that actually went "BANG!" (using paper rolls fed through the "flip open" side).



February 12, 2003, 05:03 PM
Yeah, I want the pump gun. And I love the 870 Rem-used one a lot hunting ducks and other game. Very fast, slick action.

February 12, 2003, 05:08 PM
Don't know about shrinking your 870, but Shrinky Dinks are still very popular. Just gave my daughters some a coupla weeks ago.

Greg L
February 12, 2003, 05:09 PM

I actually found a place that sold the roll caps a month or two ago. I have since introduced my boys to the joys of tearing off a few caps, folding them up, and hitting them with a hammer. :cool: I once - ONCE :eek: did an entire roll with a sledge hammer. I think that my ears rang for 3-4 days. :D


February 12, 2003, 05:11 PM
I'd like the Beretta 85 Cheetah chambered for 9mm.

February 12, 2003, 05:55 PM
Brad J,
Yeah, I remember ALL of that-DID all of that! If kids did now in school what I did when I was young, they would be serving live with no parole! 'Real' cap guns, 'real' chemistry sets, home-made slingshots, home-made FIRING cannons, 'propiretary' explosives, carried a KNIFE to school-every day and ALL THAT! And yet I never caused any fatalities. Guess I was a little 'backward' in my ways, huh?

February 12, 2003, 07:30 PM
Greg L,
That brought back some memories!Me and a buddy actually
took a sledge hammer to a box(5 rolls) all at once!!
Huge bang,but all the caps didn't go off.We collected all the ones
that didn't go off and did it all again:D .
My ears are still ringing.


February 12, 2003, 08:30 PM
I had a roll-cap gun, and I'm only 21! DO NOT BITE THEM!!!

I'm not sure I would want a pump gun in that caliber. You sure you could make a shrunk pump action that wouldn't blow?

4v50 Gary
February 12, 2003, 10:02 PM
Two questions: When did the "Shrinky Dink" toys come out? I didn't have them.

Second: What's wrong with biting caps and does this also pertain to percussion caps or rimfire ammunition? ;)

February 12, 2003, 11:02 PM
I remember being caught by a teacher showing my cub scout knife to somebody on the play ground and being lectured on safety ending with "put that back in your pocket until you need it!" today that teacher would probably end up serving time...or something equally stupid.

BTW: I understand the biting down on rimfire ammo is a lot like attempting to move crystalized dynamite, in that it often becomes a self-resolving problem for the individual involved....

February 13, 2003, 05:39 AM
I still have a box of Shrinky-Dinks. Lots of fun when I was a kid. :cool:

Your gun sounds a lot like a Colt Lightning. Originals are available, but are costly. I have two, but both are a bit cantankerous. Which is understandable, as they're both well over a hundred years old! They're both tack-drivers, though. Just reliability-challenged. The biggest problem is the worn-out cartridge lifter has an annoying habit of dropping too soon as the bolt goes forward, which drives the bullet nose into the end of the barrel instead of into the chamber.


Replicas are supposedly in the works from American Western Arms (http://www.awaguns.com/rifle.asp), (Pictured above.) and U.S. Firearms (http://www.usfirearms.com/home2.htm). Both the replicas are running about $1000, which is the median price for an original. No-one quite knows when the replicas are supposed to make it into production, although this year is hinted at in a couple of spots. Calibers include the .32-20, .38-40, .44-40, and .45 Colt. It sure would be nice to have a new, reliable gun, as Lightnings are slick and fast (When they run right.) with an action throw of about two inches.

Original Lightnings turn up on the auction sights regularly, so it may pay off to look there. Original Lightnings also came in three sizes, a .22 rimfire, the medium frame in the "dashed" WCF cartidges, and a large frame in .45-70-class rounds of a large variety. The large frame is the rarest, with only some 6700 guns leaving the factory. For that reason, they command a premium.

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