They don’t make’em like they used to: Get yourself shot edition

The year 1975 called. It said it wants no part of your namby-pamby toy guns with their “safety” features like neon orange tips. Not only were these pop-culture inspired “toys” specifically designed to look like the real thing (although the U.N.C.L.E. one looks more like a sci-fi laser blaster with all those mod attachments), if you read the fine print closely, you’ll see you had the option of purchasing dummy cartridges to load them with.

What was your favorite toy gun? Would playing with it today have ended with a tragic story on the 6 o’clock news? Mine was a matte-black Uzi water pistol that actually kept the water in a detachable magazine. So yeah.

Via James Lileks’ Posterous. Actually, if you’ve never looked around Lileks’ main site, block off a few hours and head over there. There’s an incredible amount of content for the retro enthusiast.


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One thought on “They don’t make’em like they used to: Get yourself shot edition

  1. Drahken says:

    I used to have a chrome old-western style 6-shooter cap gun with a “pearl” handle, as well as the same thing in red. The chrome one looked real enough that I might get shot for it today. Both were cap guns that took those plastic rings instead of the paper strips.

    I also had a transforming one that looked fairly realistic (There was a clear split in the middle of the barrel, and the barrel tended to be bent at that point, but at a distance or in the dark those details could be easily overlooked). No, it wasn’t megatron, it was his pre-transformers brother (who was never converted for the transformers line), Browning.

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