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When love was a warm toy gun
Renew America ^ | September 13, 2011 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 09/13/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer

In a way, commercials can tell you more about how we've changed than history books. The other day I came across the following 1960s TV commercial on YouTube; it's for a toy set called the "Gung Ho Commando Outfit" by Marx. And it's a perfect snapshot of the America that, sadly, no longer exists.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: amendment; banglist; guns; second; toy
You'll love that video! I wish companies advertised guns like that today.
1 posted on 09/13/2011 8:47:28 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

I remember the toy guns I had over 50 years ago! They were “Cowboy” revolvers, and looked real. They even had cartridges that looked real. Real brass, with an insert that looked like a bullet. You put little round caps in them, shot them, and had to reload! What fun we had! Don’t remember which company made them.


2 posted on 09/13/2011 8:56:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Happiness is a Warm Gun
Artist(Band):The Beatles

She’s not a girl who misses much
Do do do do do do, oh yeah
She’s well acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand
Like a lizard on a window pane

The man in the crowd with the multicoloured mirrors
On his hobnail boots
Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy
Working overtime
A soap impression of his wife which he ate
And donated to the National Trust

I need a fix ‘cause I’m going down
Down to the bits that I left uptown
I need a fix cause I’m going down
Mother Superior jumped the gun
Mother Superior jumped the gun
Mother Superior jumped the gun
Mother Superior jumped the gun
Mother Superior jumped the gun
Mother Superior jumped the gun

Happiness (is a warm gun)
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot
Happiness (is a warm gun, momma)
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot

(When I hold you in my arms)
Oooooooooh, oh yeah!

And when I feel my finger on your trigger
Oooooooooh, oh yeah!

I know nobody can do me no harm
Oooooooooh, oh yeah!

Happiness (is a warm gun, momma)
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot

Happiness (is a warm gun)
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot

Yes it is, gun!
Happiness (is a warm gun)
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot

Happiness (is a warm gun)
is a warm gun, yeeeaahhh!


3 posted on 09/13/2011 8:56:50 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Paladins Prayer
This was my favorite toy gun I had from the 1960s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVvdIGgVkaU

4 posted on 09/13/2011 9:09:55 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
It sounds like you're describing one of my favorite childhood toys, my Mattel "Fanner 50". Very realistic western-style revolver.

Nowadays, the only place you'll find realistic toy guns is in "less developed" countries and in areas where political correctness hasn't taken root. For example, the mercados in San Antonio sometimes have cap guns like we remember (but more cheaply made), because they are catering to Texan customers from areas not near Austin, Houston or Dallas. And Mexicans, of course.

However, I was surprised recently - did an honest double-take - when I walked through a Walgreen's phamacy near Dallas and saw packages of those little plastic six-shot ring caps (more of a '70s invention, the older cap guns used roll caps or individual peel-n-stick caps). I hadn't seen those on the shelf in fifteen years, I'll bet.

5 posted on 09/13/2011 9:21:03 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
It was Mattel, and they were called Greenie Stickem Caps. We used to stick them in doors, under toilet seats, anywhere that contacted with movement.

I had an 1898 Winchester that that got kicked over the top of a heating duct all night. The barrell bent 90 degress, and it used to shoot those plastic bullets around corners. (I only had 1 reusable cartrige though, so everytime I cocked the lever, I had to watch where it went.)

6 posted on 09/13/2011 9:24:39 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

I had the same rifle. I remember buying it with S & H Green Stamps. The Army stuff was “Monkey Patrol”. But the best Christmas present EVER! was TIGER JOE.


7 posted on 09/13/2011 9:32:31 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Paladins Prayer

I had all sorts of toy guns, bazookas and rocket launchers all made for play acting wars back in the 60’s. Not to step on the nostalgia or anything, but when my twelve yr old isn’t target practicing with real guns, he and his friends break out the airsoft pistols and rifles (his favorites are M16 and 1911 handgun models that I would have died for as a brat)!


8 posted on 09/13/2011 9:37:43 AM PDT by februus
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

>> They even had cartridges that looked real. Real brass, with an insert that looked like a bullet. You put little round caps in them, shot them, and had to reload! What fun we had! Don’t remember which company made them.

Mattel. “Fanner 50” was the pistol and “Winchester” the rifle. Brass shells, gray plastic bullets, a spring caused the bullet to pop out of the shell. “Greenie Stick-um” caps.


9 posted on 09/13/2011 9:45:50 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Paladins Prayer

I will always remember one glorious Winter day when I was six years old. I had a pair of Roy Rogers plastic cap guns. They were not at all realistic but that is all I had. They took roll caps and probably misfired more often than not.

We were playing Cowboys and Crooks. I was hiding behind a bush but wanted a better location. I took out my sixguns and ran firing as fast as I could. This was to keep the crooks heads down while I was exposed.

Well for the first and only time in my entire life both guns fired perfectly for each pull of the trigger. I still remember it like it was yesterday. The crooks must have been impressed!


10 posted on 09/13/2011 9:47:56 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: massgopguy

Oh man....Monkey Patrol....that brings back memories.
Was the Tigers song something like “Bazooka Ben ???? and Combat Kid. Go into attack into action they’re the Tigers.” I can’t remember my wife’s birthday, but I can remember parts of those commercials.


11 posted on 09/13/2011 9:55:35 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Charles Martel
"you're describing one of my favorite childhood toys, my Mattel "Fanner 50".

Too bad you didn't hang on to it!

#543 Mattel, "Fanner 50 Bullet Loading Cap Pistol"

http://momandpopstoys.com/guns.htm

Fanning gun of Old West w/ bullet loading action, rapid for 50 perforated roll
caps, barrel smokes, action hammer 1958---ONLY TWO LEFT $800.00...


12 posted on 09/13/2011 10:12:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: Nervous Tick
Mattel “Fanner 50” was the pistol and “Winchester” the rifle. Brass shells, gray plastic
bullets, a spring caused the bullet to pop out of the shell. “Greenie Stick-um” caps.


13 posted on 09/13/2011 10:18:15 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: Charles Martel; Slump Tester; Nervous Tick

Definitely NOT the Fanner 50. Mine didn’t shoot anything. It was srictly a cap gun. The bullet part of the cartridge was grey metal. I’m talkin’ ‘bout Mid-Fifties, ‘55/’56, I think, as I was 10 in ‘56. The Mattel may have been available then, but it’s not what I had.

I said it didn’t shoot anything, but,,,, I soon discovered that a BB would fit tightly into the hole in the metal bullet, and I could squeeze up to ten of the red, round caps into the brass. With the aid of some strong rubber bands, the hammer had enough “oomph” to fire all the caps, and shoot the BB. BB didn’t go very far though!


14 posted on 09/13/2011 10:18:28 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Paladins Prayer

I miss my Thompson SMG capgun. Geez, how I enjoyed that toy.
I bet it would be worth a fortune on eBay, too!


15 posted on 09/13/2011 10:18:40 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

>> Definitely NOT the Fanner 50. Mine didn’t shoot anything. It was srictly a cap gun.

Come to think of it, you may be right on the Fanner 50; I think it *was* just a cap gun. The Winchester is what shot the “shootin’ shells”. They were definitely part of the same “set” though.

I got mine Christmas 1961. The “Shootin’ Shell” bullets were definitely plastic by then; the shells were still brass. But (and I don’t know if my memory is being jogged or if I’m inventing this by power of suggestion) I vaguely recall some other kid showing me shootin’ shells with metal bullets, just as you describe.


16 posted on 09/13/2011 10:26:16 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Iron Munro

Thanks! Memories... didn’t have a red hat or glasses but otherwise I could’ve been that kid.


17 posted on 09/13/2011 10:27:39 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Charles Martel

TOYS...PHTT...I got to play w/ the REAL thing(my dad’s .22) and my dad brought home 3 Jap swords from WW II AND a Jap Rifle and bayonet too. TOYS...PHTT!


18 posted on 09/13/2011 10:30:46 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

HOWEVER when I shot the Picture Tube out of the Family’s TV(19 Inch B & W) with my BB Gun ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE! My sister(3 older) WERE PISSED! My dad was SO mad that he just walked away(he was a REAL LIVE WW II Combat Vet). Took 2 month before we go it fixed. Memories!


19 posted on 09/13/2011 10:34:34 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Sounds like I may have had a Nichols. From Wiki;

“In 1946 Talley W. and Lewis W. Nichols started a cap gun company in Pasadena, Texas, which eventually became one of the world’s largest cap gun manufacturing companies. World War II being just over they wanted to manufacture something and after several ideas the idea was proposed that they make toys, specifically toy cap guns. The primary choice was a cap pistol that resembled a 19th century version of the famous Colt Peacemaker in some way, as that was an extremely popular revolver.
Their first gun, the Silver Pony, was made and orders were brisk. The success of this initial offering led to the Mustang (later called the Silver Mustang) and the Silver Colt. But these were somewhat ordinary cap guns and being small they ventured out and created a large cap gun called the Stallion 45. In 1950 the Stallion 45 was introduced at the New York Toy Fair and became a sensation. It was declared the “Toy of the Year.” Besides its large size, which was essentially the same size as its namesake, it featured individual 2-piece bullets, which would hold a single cap and when the gun was fired, the cylinder revolved, the bullet fired, and smoke came out of the end of the barrel.”


20 posted on 09/13/2011 10:51:24 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: US Navy Vet

OH my I bet you were very popular for those 2 months! ROFLOL


21 posted on 09/13/2011 10:58:00 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

>> In 1950 the Stallion 45 was introduced at the New York Toy Fair and became a sensation. It was declared the “Toy of the Year.”

When we were pups, a realistic toy pistol that fired real projectiles won toy of the year in (of all places) New York City.

Dude... we’re getting *old*.


22 posted on 09/13/2011 11:01:19 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: chris_bdba

Oh you know it. I was from then on(even now) branded as the “Bratty Little Bother(no I didn’t misspell it)”.


23 posted on 09/13/2011 11:02:35 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Charles Martel
I hadn't seen those on the shelf in fifteen years, I'll bet.

I got my son a pistol and rifle, both of which use those cap rolls, from Wally World last Christmas. I forgot how much fun they were. We went through several extra rolls. I even showed him how to use a rock to make sure the whole roll was used up, if'n ya had a misfire.

24 posted on 09/13/2011 11:05:18 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: US Navy Vet

>and my dad brought home 3 Jap swords from WW II AND a Jap Rifle and bayonet too. TOYS...PHTT!

Nice! Do you still have them? They’re likely worth a lot, the sword especially, as I seem to recall swords [and guns] were outlawed after WWII.


25 posted on 09/13/2011 11:18:25 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

I got 1 Jap Sword(the “nicest” one) and my Sisters(the middle 2 have always held me in distain)got everything else.


26 posted on 09/13/2011 11:22:14 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Nervous Tick

“a realistic toy pistol that fired real projectiles “

It didn’t actually “fire” the bullet out the barrel. The hammer hit the brass, forcing it against the metal “bullet,” and “fired” the cap. The “bullet” looked kinda like a hollow point, except the hole went all the way through the “bullet” to where the cap was. That hole allowed the smoke from the cap to blow out the end of the barrel.


27 posted on 09/13/2011 11:29:25 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Nervous Tick; Charles Martel; Slump Tester

This is the pistol I had! Stallion 45.
http://www.nicholscapguns.com/45mark2barrel.htm

http://www.nicholscapguns.com/45mark2right.htm


28 posted on 09/13/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Roger


29 posted on 09/13/2011 11:37:25 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: US Navy Vet
TOYS...PHTT...I got to play w/ the REAL thing(my dad’s .22) and my dad brought home 3 Jap swords from WW II AND a Jap Rifle and bayonet too. TOYS...PHTT!

Heh, I had a ".22" from age 7 (an old Flobert parlor rifle I found rusting under my grandparents' house), and there was no shortage of either Mauser or Arisaka bayonets in the family homes. None were particularly sharp, so my mother never worried much about them.

I remember Dad going a bit pale when, years later, he saw me actually shooting the Flobert. My uncle (a man more knowledgeable in oddball foreign firearms than my father) had secured a quantity of 8mm Flobert CB caps and had checked the rifle for safe function. Dad had believed it to be safely inert and useless as anything but a "toy".

30 posted on 09/13/2011 1:53:31 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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