The Mattel M-16 Marauder

Growing up in my neighborhood we played a lot of gun games. Even before the first one of us had a toy gun, we would make guns out of sticks and play “war”. Often re-enacting scenes from the Sunday afternoon war films that our father’s liked to watch on lazy summer days. My first gun was a colt cap gun and it was followed up by a cheap plastic shotgun. After I ran out of caps, they both required me to yell bang a lot. I was pretty happy with my weaponry, but then a friend of mine received a metal and wood pump action shotgun that made this amazing POW noise when fires, which of course triggered a neighborhood arm’s race.

I would never catch up and we would all be blown out of the water by a piece of gun toy tech that was already decades old. A friend of mines Dad gave him his Mattel M-16 Marauder that looked very real and made an incredible racket when fired. It was the type of gun that made everyone jealous and would probably get a kid shot nowadays, which is real shame, because it was a heck of a lot of fun to play guns as a kid. Plus great exercise since you were always running so that you could claim that they missed.

mattel m-16 Marauder

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