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I know some people dislike the idea of violent toys for children, but I always played war games myself as a child, and I honestly don't see the harm. I won't try to convince anyone though, if you don't like the idea of toy weapons for children, then this toy is not for you. But if like us, you enjoy hiding behind doors and popping out shooting, listening to children laugh and squeal as they race about the house shooting everything, and don't mind the occasional foam bullet in your tea, then you may find this as fun as we do.
My sons bought these on special at Smyth's, 2 for £15 with a bit of xmas money that arrived late. Our guns are in a slightly different colour pattern, with orange barrels and green on the rifle butt. This gun is meant to mimic a double barrelled shotgun, and comes with six foam bullets and four orange plastic shotgun shells. The gun will not work with the bullets only, you must have shells as well. The rifle butt opens up to store four of the shells and bullets.
Obviously these toys appealed to the boys ( ages 2 and 6) because they chose to spend their own money on them. They are very sturdy and well made, and have survived being tossed down the staircases a few times, tripped over and general rough and tumble play. My sons do love them, and I suppose it is what they think that really matters, but they do have some serious drawbacks as well.
The first is the obvious fact that small parts like bullets and shells are always getting lost or end up somewhere very difficult to fish them out again, like behind the fish tank. The foam bullets can easily be bought in packs for replacements but the shells are harder to come by. The second problem is that you have to bend this gun back in the middle to cock it. This is a bit difficult for me as I have problems with my hands, but impossible for my two year old. The six year can do it but it is a bit difficult. The final and most important flaw though is the way the shells eject. When you open the rifle up to cock and reload the shells pop out with some force. The bullets themselves do not hurt if you are hit, but these do. Because they are hard and the children often got hit in the face when first using this, I don't think this was a brilliant design idea. They have learned to hold the gun away from them and let these shoot out, but I still think there is some possibility for a child to be hurt. Because of this I am knocking 2 stars off my rating and would advise some caution for small children.
Full price on these in £9.99 at Smyth's. For the .50 p less they have a newer model with the shells in a clip which I do think is safer, and comes with more bullets and shells to boot. Because of this I can not really recommend this model, but if you asked my boys, they would.