Toys & Games

Cap guns
Cap guns
Perhaps the ultimate.example was the Mattel Fanner 50 Shootin' Shell cap gun.  See a commercial for it on YouTube.

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Posted by LoyalTubist at 4:28 pm (PDT) on Thu September 22, 2016   
You didn't need a pistol. Just unstring a roll of caps and pound away with a hammer. Sounded like a real shootout.
Posted by buff glenbrook kid at 3:58 am (PDT) on Tue September 8, 2015   
I had the "shootin shell" guns and the buckle...I combined it with my Marx "Civil War" set and my Lionels....picked off soldiers with them riding the train.Best fun I ever had with a toy.I purchased all these toys again on ebay around my 50th birthday and relived the times with my grandson.
Posted by chrisbroz at 1:47 pm (PDT) on Thu August 6, 2015   
My young life was wrapped around toy guns...I had just about evcrery good one that came along....a Mattel Winchester 92 that you could feed (via the King patent  side cover) and would eject 'empties' with each stroke of the levfer...also had a Fanner 50...the holsters were real leather and works of art...The shootin' shells & greenie stick-'em caps came along just about the time it was 'time' for me to give up my childhood loves...I DID HAVE the shootin' shell buckle gun though...I wanted the Remington Rolling Block SS rifle, though...Great memories, thanks!!!
Posted by Bob K at 3:53 pm (PST) on Sat November 8, 2014   
I always enjoyed playing guns with my friends when were kids.  My favorite was the Mattel Shootin' Shell rifle that shot plastic bullets.  There were Greenie Stick-M Caps that you put on the back of each shell for sound.  They'll still shoot without the caps anyway.
Posted by Phillips66 at 5:33 am (PDT) on Tue October 28, 2014   
We would hit a whole roll of caps with a hammer..We never thought about hearing protection. .my ears would ring and couldn't hear for an hour. ..stupid, but it was loud!
Posted by Brett Valentine at 6:31 pm (PDT) on Sat August 24, 2013   
I remember getting a "2 gun" rig plus derrihnger for Christmas as a kid.  The guns (I think they were chromed Colts) came with caps, heavy, realistic looking bullets, and spring loaded shells with plastic bullet tips).  The best was using the spring loaded plastic bullets with the caps that came with it.  I was the coolest kid in the area for a while.
Posted by RonM at 2:35 pm (PDT) on Fri April 5, 2013   
I had a Dick Tracy snub nose .38 and I had a rifle like The Rifleman, Lucas McCain from TV.
Posted by Sherry47856 at 12:20 am (PST) on Thu December 20, 2012   
We used to spread out the roll and use my dad's hammer.
Posted by Rivvy at 12:40 pm (PDT) on Sat July 30, 2011   
My father used to fill cans with firecrackers...until we saw the kid with no hand...they had me fishing in a lake as a tot, snatched a bluegill out of my hand when I'd seen it gasping...then they gave it to me for dinner...headless, scaled...still grieve for it...my grandfather was bow hunting and didn't kill a buck clean, tracked it all day, gave it up then...some birds mate for life, and grieve...not nice...but I was tortured as a tot and recently, so I may be biased...still...
Posted by Balonna at 2:06 pm (PDT) on Fri July 29, 2011   
I (a girl) would love to unroll the caps, and then hit them with a stone to explode.
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 12:14 pm (PDT) on Fri July 29, 2011   
My favorite capguns in the middle 1940's were a long-barrelled Colt 45 in which you had to feed a circular ring of caps onto the back of the cylinder, and also a .45 automatic that took a standard roll of caps. During WWTwo, metal gun toys were not available, so toy revolvers and automatics were made of painted, pressed sawdust. Of course they had no moving parts, so the sound of their being fired was created by one's speech, lips and tongue. I once left one of these out in the rain, and it literally melted away, leaving nothing more than a few curls of paint.
Posted by Gunny at 11:48 am (PDT) on Fri July 29, 2011   
Had a great cap gun, resembled a .45 cal 'Tommy gun". Spring loaded to simulate automatic fire....it'd eat a roll of caps in under a minute. Yup, I fired mine in the house too.... the day I got (Christmas), down in the cellar. I was 6 or 7 and we had a massive blizzard going on outside, so doownstairs I went. Smoked the cellar out pretty good too!
Posted by Duff at 6:24 pm (PDT) on Fri June 24, 2011   
I had a couple, too, but I don't recall them having names.

Indoors? You used cap guns indoors?

My evil twin remembers making smoke bombs by cutting the ends off strike-anywhere matches and putting a bunch of them in a ball of aluminum foil. Then I'd (sorry, he'd) ride around nearby neighborhoods on his bicycle, hurling them to the ground to scare little kids.
Posted by paktype at 4:36 pm (PDT) on Fri June 24, 2011   
I had a few of these. One was called the "Wasp" and another was called "Sarge". They could smell up a room from the sulfur in the caps.

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