History Of The Toy Gun
Sometime after 1865, continuing the Civil War, manufacturers who had been successful in designing and building war weapons and ammunition made some changes to their factories and began building cap guns instead. In a sense, it could be said that these weapons were born out of economic necessity. Military-focused factories that had operated at full capacity during the war were in big trouble once their services were no longer needed. The toy gun saved these factories and their workers.
Cap guns were realistic, but instead of firing bullets, small harmless bags of gunpowder were the exception, which would have made a small bang when the hammer fell. Children quickly captured the imagination and imagination offered by these role play aids and the toy gun instantly became a favorite with children all over the world.
While the guns themselves were reasonably priced, almost anyone could afford the individual hoods, which lent themselves to their amusement. The guys who didn’t have enough allowance for a gun just bought the hoods and used a simple stone to detonate them. The guys who spent all their money on the gun, but couldn’t afford the hats, adapted to yelling “bang bang” at the sight of a target.
One of the best things about a child’s imagination is that pretty much anything can be made into a toy gun, including a stick, a banana, a block of wood, or, when times get really tough, their own finger. Unlike today’s electronic toys, almost anyone could participate in a friendly game of toy gun games, rich or poor.
Over the next few decades, some experts say toy guns taught children the responsibility of gun ownership, helped prepare them to serve their country, and gave them understanding of how to protect their home and family. But above all, their presence offered valuable lessons on communicating with others, sharing, using the imagination and working in a team environment.
Over the next few years, toy guns would evolve from their original wooden and metal frames, to plastic, to colored plastic. Interestingly, this toy helped pave the way for some of the modern adult gun designs we see today.
For example, these baby guns were the first to be made with plastic compounds, but it didn’t take long for manufacturers to understand the convenience toy gun set of making real guns with plastic. At this point, manufacturers began making toy guns with brightly colored plastic and foam, to distinguish their playful natures from their adult counterparts.
While toy guns are no longer the realistic replicas they used to be, they are also more affordable, safer, and offer just as many opportunities for children to engage in friendly war games, learning the same responsibilities that have been passed down from generation to generation. Although toy guns have fought their fair share of sentiment against guns, they are still just as popular and fun for kids today as they always were.