Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- I must have been 9 or 10 when an uncle gave me a G14 1970s Combat Machine Cap Firing Gun for Christmas.
At the time it was not a toy I would have asked for, I think that my uncle gave it to me more to annoy my mother as I ran around shooting off the caps in the house, at the dog and my little brothers.
But that plastic M16 lookalike “Evil Black Rifle” was the spark that burned itself into my subconsciousness and from that Christmas forward I, at least in my young mind as I wasn’t old enough for the real thing, I was a gun owner.
Needless to say between my brothers and I we burned through our supply of snap caps in a day and never saw another “Ammunition Resupply” again, thanks Mom..? But that plastic rifle was the star of many backyard battles fought from holes and forts all across my neighborhood.
Now today most modern retailers have bought into the anti-gun hate speech that kids should never touch or for that matter see a gun, plastic or otherwise. So it can be a challenge finding a quality toy gun, that is not made from clear plastic or in wacky pinks and blues.
We need a gun that looks like the real thing to make it worthy of a child’s birthday or Christmas!
So in researching this article I found there are still some great choices and a great many thanks needs to be heaped on the Airsoft Movement as they embody the idea above that through toy guns children can learn not only the thrill of pulling the trigger but the responsibility care and caution that comes with owning something that “can put your eye out kid”.
Where to Find Quality Toy Guns?
My first thought was to look were I already spend most of my time looking for real guns and that is on GunBroker.com . Try this link to get right to their search for toy guns: http://tiny.cc/j2kuow . My only hesitation here is a lot of the real toy stuff, not counting Airsoft, is collectible and not quite what I had in mind when looking for a toy that can take some real play time punishment.
Surprisingly one of the best places I found on the web for true toy guns was Amazon. Here is just a few that I found that I would love to play with.
32″ AK47 SWAT Team Assault Rifle : High quality battery operated AK47 toy gun with lights and blasting sounds! Feel the action when you pull the trigger. This awesome AK47 gun measures 32″ long. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Ages 8 and up.
Big Tex Pitsol & Holster Set : Big Tex Pistol & Holster Set, Cowboy Collection, Fires 12 Shot Ring Caps. Realistic size metal toy revolver with vinyl leather look holster and belt. Uses 12 shot ring cap not included.
Old Tex Rifle: Old Tex Rifle, Cowboy Collection, Fires 12 Shot Ring Cap. The Old Tex rifle is designed after the original rifle of the Wild West era. Measuring 30.5-inches, it is constructed with die-cast metal that looks like real antique metal and quality plastic that looks just like real wood. This rifle fires 12 shot ring caps. Makes a great Theatrical prop! Made in Italy. Features a full orange tip as required by Federal Law.
30″ Pump Action Shotgun: This fun 30″ pump action shotgun is awesome! Pull the trigger for realistic shooting sounds. After shooting, you can eject the shells from the side with the pump action! Shooting and seeing shotgun shells popping out with each pump action is really awesome! Your kids will love playing with this gun. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included). For ages 5 and up.
Ultimate Kids Toy Army Combat Set : 2 Battery Operated 4 Inch Grenades with ticking/explosion effect. Green/Black/or Gray. 2 Blue & Yellow Grenade with ticking/explosion with Red LED lights. One 24 Inch Camouflage Ak47 Dart Gun with 10 soft tip darts & 1 belt clip. One 20 Inch M16 Dart Gun with 10 Darts. One steel Handcuffs with 2 keys. Two Military Kids Size Helmet. Measures 8″ x 8″. Blue Grenade represent American MK 2 “practice grenade” during WW2. Yellow Grenade represent MK2 “high explosive ordinance” during WW2. 9 Inch Blade with Sheath.
As you can see they have a great variety of real toy guns and I did not even get into the vast selection of Airsoft Guns that Amazon has to offer.
So give a boy or girl a Toy Gun and plant the seed of gun ownership. Then watch that young person grow into a freedom loving, self dependent, responsible adult. God knows we could use more of those folks these days.