I voted other…My brother and I used to have these really cool toy M16s and during the winter time we’d put our big heavy “GI Joe coats” (grayish green heavy coat with the hood that had the gray fur-stuff around the outside) and go play war and try and track each other in the snow and have all kinds of adventures.
When you pulled the trigger it engaged some kind of wheel/rattle mechanism inside of it (like a playing card on the spokes of a bike with a clothespin, but ya’ll don’t know nutthin bout that ) to make the firing sound…man I loved that gun.
My brother and I got more than a couple woopins from taking them off the shelf at KMart and running around shooting each other with them in the aisles…aaah, the good ol days.
When I was little growing up kids had sort of real looking Springfield rifles the bolt worked there was a trigger, sights, made from wood. Now probably it would be offensive to certain demographics. There were cowboy guns modeled after .45 cal 6 guns, also other rifle toys that were wood with medal barrels that were lever-action. Again probably maybe/probably offensive to some demographics. Back in the 1950’s and very early 1960’s believe it or not families watched TV together, there was no such thing as a remote control. The kids will get up and change channels, they were human remote controllers. There was 5 channels 2-5-7-9-11 and that’s all. Later on there was 32 UHF. Times were much more simple.
You can laugh if you want to but the following is true.
Only two of those on the list were around when I was a kid, and the water (squirt) guns were not allowed at my house. My mother was VERY VERY afraid of water and to this day can not splash water on her face. She only uses a damp wash cloth. I was in my late teens the first time I ever used one.
Now cap guns on the other hand were very popular (Roy Rodgers and Dale Evens dont ya know) and were great until we found dad’s hammer. A roll of caps and the hammer made a bigger BANG!