March 28, 2013

Careful, Cowboy...

You've seen the old ads, the black and white commercials of kids playing as cowboys--Good Guy-Bad Guy games, and they usually used these popular cap guns while pretending to be the honourable Sheriff against the gunslinger in the old west. We found this "Outlaw Mustang" 100 shot cap pistol in Toronto and Gareth did a little research.

He says it's "from some time in 40s, 50s, or 60s and made by A B C M products in England." In those decades it was high time for High Noon. The western genre was at it's highest popularity, ranging from the Classic Westerns of John Ford and John Wayne like Stagecoach and The Searchers to the more revisionist films of Sergio Leone, such as The Man With No Name trilogy through the 1960s with Clint Eastwood, made famous by The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It makes sense that the Western theme was so popularized and then made into toys for kids to imagine themselves as these All-American heroes.

See the commercial below from Mattel to see just how authentic these products were. Contrary to todays toy cap guns, these are all made to resemble the real thing, and more of a replica than a toy, even loaded like a real gun. The commercial even refers to itself as a "demonstration" of how to load the toy. It's a little eerie, nowadays, to look at a commercial like this, to think that this was a toy so close to the real thing!


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