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Super Cap Gun
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Super Cap Gun
Date: 20/06/10, updated on 20/06/10 (63 review reads)
Advantages: satisfying weight/feel, sound, and smell, very cheap
Disadvantages: Not suitable for very young children, must be handled sensibly, trigger can chafe fingers
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.
Summary: a fantastic little cap gun