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Fancy dress parties are, for better or worse, a fairly frequent event on my social calendar, although they are not as fun and inventive as they used to be - this is due to the fact that you no longer piece together some random costume, you just go to a shop and hand over £40 and hey presto, you have yourself a very low quality costume.
Regardless of whether you take this approach or not, you will need accessories. And a gun has to be one of the top runners - cop, bank robber, cowboy or an action hero, a handy revolver is a good way of asserting your authority!
This well constructed, realistic looking pistol was on sale in a local party shop, at the reasonable cost of £6.99, although this price did include a pack caps which do not come in the pack as standard, so be warned!
The pistol is black, but has a red tip at the end of the barrel to stop it looking too realistic. The pistol is a mixture of plastic and metal - you probably need to metal to set off the caps with reliability and to get a decent sound. The chamber rotates as each shot is fired which brings round the next cap, just as a real pistol would do. You can even cock the pistol - handy for if you find another gunslinger to have a duel with..!
The sound and smoke level will relate to the caps you use, but this piece of kit definitely hits with sufficient force to set them off.
Overall a very solid purchase that can be used with multiple outfits.
Ah, the good old .38 calibre cap gun. This little beauty is pretty realistic looking, and thankfully the makers have only opted to put a little piece of red plastic over the end of the barrel to avoid people from trying to use it in real armed robberies, rather than painting the whole thing luminous lime green or orange, as some gun manufacturers have taken to doing. This is as good move, as retaining the original black colour makes the gun a lot more fun for kids to play with, as it is realistic enough to help create the illusion of being a detective/spy/soldier/robber or whatever fantasy it is being employed in.
Whilst the main body of the gun is plastic, the actual chamber, into which the caps are inserted, is made of metal, as is the hammer, which rises when the trigger is pressed before falling onto the caps to detonate them, just as is the case with real revolvers. Its even possible to cock the hammer in preparation of firing; ideal for those tense "I'm going in" moments before raiding an enemy base at the bottom of the garden or whatever.
The use of metal means that the gun has a good weight to it, which again adds to its realism and thus fun, and the caps themselves come in rings which are inserted into the gun's bullet chambers all at once (just like real-life 'speed-loaders') and this is great fun to do when pinned down by imaginary machinegun fire before emerging to unleash a barrage of bullets yourself. The caps are reasonably loud, and produce a satisfying amount of smoke, and can be fired off in quick succession, and also produce an acrid gunpowder smell that adds to the atmosphere even more.
The gun is shaped for kid's hands of course, and the trigger can be a little biting on the old fingers, but its all very safe so long as treated with respect and not fired at point blank range into somebodys face or anything else equally stupid (Obviously, its not suitable for very young children for these very reasons). One gun will last a long time before breaking, and whilst caps are eaten up very quickly they are extremely cheap to buy, and indeed the gun itself is very cheap and available at most markets for only a few quid. A brilliant little toy that offers hours of fun at a very low price.
I want to start by saying that this sort of thing doesn't make people serial killers. You can't blame society's ills on children's toys. It's just silly.
The Super Cap Gun is pretty much the old standard of children's cap guns. Made of a heavy plastic / metal compound, it's fires caps off at a surprisingly loud, and surprisingly irritating rate. Because of its monochrome nature it has a lot of imaginative applications because it could belong to a policeman or a soldier or whomever your child wants it too.
The firing rate is very fast and very loud and satisfying. The handle is ergonomic so it won't hurt your child's fingers or give them blisters, and the toy is completely safe for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's great that you can't hold up a bank with it because of the painted red part of the barrel, and the caps will definitely not burn the fingers of the user, owing the the heaviness of the (probably treated) metal compound in which the loader of the gun is encased.
Nonetheless, although it doesn't give off too much of a spark, it's still a satisfying sound and feel, and caps are easy to load with no mechanisms that might chop the ends of your fingers off. The back of the gun can also but hit precisely with the palm of your hand, to give of an awesome western automatic effect which although wastes caps, looks really cool.
It takes standard six-shooter caps which are available all over the place, and are the most popular kind, so you definitely won't need to worry about that, but it doesn't actually come with any caps equipped or packaged, so you'll have to buy them seperately. It also makes an excellent last-minute gift for a child, (although be warned it lasts a long time, so if you're easily irritated, perhaps this is not for you or your child.)
At only a couple of quid, not including the very cheap caps which can be bought in bulk for practically nothing, it's great value in terms of the ratio of pounds to hours of entertainment your child will get out of it.
It's a great little toy that's a very generic and reliable model with no silly bells and whistles that's great fun for kids, although try not to let them loose in public places with it. It tends to spread panic. Recommended.
I remember using the super cap gun when I was little boy and can remember that you could buy them from the local newsagents. I used to spend my pocket money on buying more caps and use to remember putting on my cowboy hat and pulling the cap gun out of my pocket quick and firing it like Shotgun Willy or was it Billy the Kid, I can't really remember.
I can still remember the smell of the caps after you had shot one and the smoke it produced. I also remember me holding the gun to my mum's bottom and firing and that make her howl like a wolf. I got grounded for that one, and to be fair deservedly so, but I was a kid!
You can still buy them from E-Bay for around $15 from America and that includes the plastic cap gun but does not come with any caps. You can still use the gun to pretend though and as a child it's Indians versus Cowboys and doesn't always matter if you have no caps.
How to use it
Well I remember that you could cock the gun back like a magnum and insert the caps, which was quite tricky if you have little fingers. The caps have eight caps which gives you eight shots to scare the living daylights out of your friends and family. My advice is that it should only be bought for older children who would use it in the back garden.
On the packaging it recommends for children aged 8+ and I totally agree with this limit too. It can be quite dangerous as my dad know that if you pull one of these near someone's ears then they will only be able to see your lips moving and no sound for about 2 hours.
On the packaging it does mention that it should not be used indoors and to not fire it closer than 1ft near someone's ear and that adult supervision should be used at all times, especially with children.
This is a great diminutive item for playing cops and robbers especially now I am 26! Seriously though if I am being honest I probably wouldn't let me children play with these as I don't think this type of toy is suitable for children of any age and should be kept away from guns and knifes.
Rating: 4/5 for fun factor but 1/5 for safety
For ages 8 years+.