History Of The Toy Gun
Sometime after 1865, proceeding the civil war, manufactures who had found success designing and building war weapons and ammunition, made a few changes to .38 special ammo their factories and began to build cap guns instead. In a sense, it could be said that these guns were born out of economic necessity. The military focused factories which had been running full force during the war were in big trouble once their services were no longer needed. The toy gun saved these factories and its workers.
The cap guns were realistic, but instead of shooting bullets, they excepted small harmless pouches of gun powder, which would make a small bang when the hammer dropped. Kids quickly picked up on the imagination and fantasy these role play aids offered, and the toy gun became an instant favorite among kids all over.
While the guns themselves were reasonably priced, just about anyone could afford the individual caps, which lent themselves to their own fun. The kids who didn’t have enough allowance for a gun, bought only the caps, and used a simple rock to set them off. The kids who spent all their money on the gun, but couldn’t afford the caps, adapted to yelling “bang bang” at the sight of a target.
One of the best things about a child’s imagination, is just about anything can be made into a toy gun, including a stick, a banana, a block of wood, or when times got really tough, their own finger. Unlike the electronic toys of today, just about anyone could join a friendly match of toy gun play, rich or poor.