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Toy Guns of the 1950's - 1960's

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rembrandt, Aug 21, 2005.

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  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

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    Growing up I had only two interests....toy guns and electric trains. These ads from the 1960's brought back some old memories. Anyone remember getting one of these sets?

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    Man...I wish I had a complete set. :D While certainly not the same as blowing through a few boxes of .45 ACP, they still look like a heck of a lot of fun. I feel sad that my son (13 months) may never have sweet toys like these to play with. :(
     
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    Saw one of those M-14 looking toy rifles at a local military collectable store, And it had a $500 price tag on it..... :what:
     
  5. Len

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    *I sit back wistfully, look out the window and drink coffee...and remember*

    Remember the Mattel toys? They had a lever action "Winchester" that did a lot of "Rembrandt's-posted-picture" stuff. Fired caps, and had little spring-loaded plastic bullets [that actually penetrated paper targets...as long as you fired at them from about a foot!].

    Also had the "Tommy Gun." Had a ratcheting mechanism, pull it back and it simulated auto. [I believe you could put rolls of caps in there, too, but I remember having a hard time getting them to line up...and if you did, you went through caps like crazy!]

    And, the .38 snub revolver. Metal, heavy, and about as lifelike as it could be...that Mattel revolver looked too real!
     
  6. geekWithA.45

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    I have a friend who confided in me that as a child, he lusted after the Johny Seven One Man Army, and his father, an urban, liberal professor of sociology, refused to allow him to buy it with his own saved money, citing all the usual liberal poopola.

    The end result is that he is now a gentle victim-in-waiting, completely out of touch with his inner warrior, who voted for John Kerry.

    {Yeah, I have friends who voted for Kerry. They all know _precisely_ what I think about that}
     
  7. pbhome71

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    Len,

    I had the same Tommy gun, or at least one close to it. One in O.D., and my brother had one in brown. :)

    I also had a M3 Grease gun, with retractable wire stock. :)

    Those things were way too cool....

    -Pat
     
  8. Chawbaccer

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    I had one of those, used a sticky cap on the back of the cartridge. My brother and I fought over it and broke it in half. I also had a Luger, a set of Roy Rogers pistols, a Chuck Connors rifle, an M16, probably around 62-63. a Davy Crockett pistol. lots more and they all used caps in one way or another. Anybody else take a whole roll of caps and hit it with a hammer?
     
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    I remember the Mattel "Fanner 50" and Winchester '92 very fondly. They came in both roll-cap and "Shoot'n Shell" versions, IIRC.

    Also had one of the Browning 1919 MGs with the wire tripod and crank action. Scrounged a lot of pop bottles alongside Hwy. 67 to buy caps for that one.

    My fondest memories are of the Hubley cap pistols though. They were extremely detailed and authentic, beautifully made, and expensive enough to make them a rara avis for most of the kids in my neighborhood.

    How I wish that I'd been able to hang onto that little "Tales of Wells Fargo" revolver or the 1860 Colt that I mowed about a zillion lawns (with a reel-type push mower!) to buy.

    (heavy sigh!)
     
  10. chris in va

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    Oh sure, you guys had all the cool stuff. Now kids get to plant themselves in front of the computer and insult strangers in chat rooms instead of playing war games.

    See a kid with one of those today and the whole PD blocks off the neighborhood. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Rembrandt

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    A few more memories....

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    The perfect statist serf.
     
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    ah, back in the good ol days, when even kids were deemed smart enough to play with guns...and it wasn't seen as something sinister...
     
  14. geekWithA.45

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    Actually, he's determined that I'm the man most likely to be the regional warlord should should it be TEOTWAWKI, and has pledged himself to my service as my vassal should that occur.

    While Odin and I laughed at him, I decided he might have a place in my cabinet as "speaker-to-liberals". {For you Niven fans out there}

    In all actuality, having no thirst for conquest, I'm not the warlord type at all.

    I'm simply one of the guys not particularly likely to be mowed over by the first evil to come along.
     
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    I remeber the Johnny Seven, my brother had one.
    Does anyone remember the M1903A1, which could load and eject one shell, and was quite accurately reproduced, even the sight (a one-piece casting) ? For some reason the bolt handle was swept back, Win. Mod 70-style
     
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    this bring back memories (for us younger types) of the Saturday Night Live skit with "Johnny Commando"...."Its a real M1..." "Isn't it dangerous to give kids real guns" "Well the bullets are sold seperately..." :p (something along those lines)
     
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    Actually I still have my & OMA 7, and the MP 09 in the box, it's stowed with the rest of my "antique" toys of my youth. (Lionel train, DC3, Roy Rojers bunk house etc)
     
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    Hubley 1911

    I had a Hubley cast metal, chrome (or something like it) 1911, full size, I think. Racking the "slide" would allow the little spring-loaded cap spool to pop up thru the "ejection port". Load it with caps, push down, and push the slide back forward. You were now good to go. Felt big and absolutely great in my kid sized hand.

    My current version is a Springfield Loaded. But it was the Hubley that created the itch.

    Best,
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    LOL...

    "...hitting a whole roll of caps with a hammer..." :what: Yep, my ears rang for hours after doing just that. :D

    Remember "Greenie Stickems?" Or the whole series of "Man from U.N.C.L.E." spy guns?

    I firmly believe the reason all these old toys are so vaulable now is because most of us wore them down to dust playing with them back then. There just can't be many around in good shape. And that's a good thing!!!!
     
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    I can remember my brother and i playing with the lieutenant that belonged to my dad and uncle. I wasnt born till '83 so that toy survived some years. by the time we got it, the mags were missing along with the 1911. Great toy though.
     
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    I remember the "Fanner 50" , which had better build quality than any current Keltec,

    plus a neat plastic replica of the Sharps carbine.
     
  22. PCGS65

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    These toy guns bring back some great memories. Today though it's hard to find cheap unrealistic looking toy guns. My son is 12 now and we had a lot of fun with some hard to find toy guns. See my posting from 0430hrs this morning. It's a shame but if kids had these nice toy guns today(by the way they should be allowed to)they would probably be in jail or the hospital from being shot by the police because of the paranoid public. Great pics where did you get them? THANKS!
     
  23. Majic

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    I had the Johnny Seven OMA. IIRC the pistol grip was a pistol that detached.
     
  24. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

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    Wow...deja` vu all over again.

    Between myself and the kids I hung out with I think we had almost every one of those. I made a cool thigh holster for my Fanner 50 when we had Western Day in junior high (ca. 1973 -my how things change. Kids with toy guns and politically-incorrect cowboy and indian garb at school).

    I probably have some stashed in the garage storage over at my mother's house. Next time I got in there I'll scrounge around and see what I come up with....and I'll take pictures.


    Regards,
    Rabbit.
     
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    I had one of the M14 sets and one of the "Magumba" pistols both would shoot a hard plastic bullet across the room. Also had a metal thompson that had a pull handle on top that would set a spring and when you pulled the trigger would rattle like it was firing. had a bucket full of colt SAA's cap pistols.
     
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