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ANTI DALEK NEUTRON DISINTEGRATOR - LINCOLN INTERNATIONAL (LONDON) LTD - ENGLAND154 viewsA large plastic bazooka. Metallic blue plastic with silver painted cardboard tubes. Large circular sight on the top. Spring action, shoots plastic missiles. Card mounted. No maker's ID on the card but advertisements establish that this was made by the London branch of Lincoln International. 89cm. Featured in TV 21 Comic 1965.

The design is a variation of an earlier Remco bazooka.

Dr Doctor Who,

ATOMIC RAY GUN - NOMURA - JAPAN128 viewsLarge silver tin lithographed battery op space machine gun. Large blue lighted muzzle. Cylindrical rotating structure with lights on the top. Battery operated flashing colored lights and sound. TN
Buck Rogers Super Sonic Ray Gun - Norton-Honer - USA125 viewsBased on the success of the Buck Rogers Sonic Ray Gun, Norton-Honer released an upgraded SUPER version: a much larger flared barrel and a redesigned rear that replaces the telescopic sight. The back of the gun is now has a distinctive hump containing a compass-like dial. The telescopic sight has gone and the lens housing has become a large plastic assembly that dominates the gun.

The plastic battery operated flashlight gun has three changeable lenses, makes buzzing sound. 7-1/2" Later guns had single non color lens. The main color is black with color accents. The gun was also made in all green and red. Supersonic.

The gun was on sale in 1955.
BUCK ROGERS U-235 ATOMIC PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USA116 viewsThis is the fifth and last Buck Rogers space gun produced by Daisy in 1945. The name Atomic on the box and stamped into the sides and reflects the popular fascination with the new science. Uranium 235 was widely discussed in 1945. The gun was on sale in late 1946. The gun is 10.5" and was available in either a silver colored steel or a black finish steel. Yellow and black box.

The new feature of this gun was its ability to repeatedly make a loud pop and produce a spark simply by pulling the trigger. No cocking of the gun was necessary.

Function: Pop gun action with spark effect.

A patent for this version was filed as early as 1935 and published in 1937.
Pat No. 2077763. Inventor: Charles F Lefever
BUCK ROGER XZ-38 DISINTEGRATOR PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USA107 viewsThis is the third of the Daisy Buck Rogers space guns, produced in pressed steel with either a copper or a nickel finish. For the first time we see the appearance of the space styling that was to become a standard feature of most space guns. The Art Deco styling is enhanced with the flared nozzle, cooling fins, molded handle and the raised spark window. 9-3/4". The gun combines a pop gun action with sparks.

The gun was sold in stores but was also available as a Cream of Wheat premium in 1935 and a Popsicle premium in 1939.

DR WHO'S ANTI-DALEK FLUID NEUTRALISER GUN107 viewsSIlver hard plastic space gun. Plastic copy of the Space Outlaw gun but with the telescopic sight removed. Unusual trigger design. Carded water pistol. 1965 BBC
888 CAP PISTOL RAY GUN - DIA - JAPAN107 viewsSmall blue and red tinplate space gun. The gun has a raised green revolver chamber molding on each side and has molded and lithographed detailing of a rocket on a background of stars and Saturn. Marked 888 on the sides. 3ins 7.5cm

This is probably by the DIA or Diamond company of Japan 1950s. It is the same pressing as the DIA plain cap gun. 3" embossed cap pistol. Cap firing action. Early Japan 1950s
Box? Packaging?
ZOOKA POP PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USA104 viewsThis brightly colored red, yellow and blue 7" litho steel space gun is based on the pre-war XZ-35 "Wilma" Buck Rogers design. Daisy no longer held rights to the Buck Rogers name and significantly this gun makes no claim to being a space gun.

Pop gun action shoots corks. The gun is loaded by cocking the hinged handle. Box?


This gun's design is a copy of the Pyro Space Control gun. It is a blue diecast metal cap firing gun and measures 6 ¾” long (17cm). It was most likely made in 1953 either for the Australian version of the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Radio show or for the comic as some form of premium. It has a self feeding mechanism to feed the caps through each time the trigger is pulled. The only identifying mark on it is the brand name – Brentoy – which is written on the rings of Saturn underneath the word Cadet. Box? Packaging?
SPACE-OUTLAW ATOMIC PISTOL - BCM CO - ENGLAND99 viewsChrome plated diecast metal cap firing gun. Classic styling. The sight lifts to access the cap chamber. Dome shaped red plastic spark windows on either side. Cosmetic moving dial. The barrel recoils when the trigger is pulled. Originally issued in 1950s and the subject of many reissues. "Space Outlaw" is molded into the side.

The first version of this gun (top) has a rather dull nickel colored finish and a red front sight. The gun is screwed togerther. The lower part of the barrel is visible. A second version (middle) also has the dull finish but has the barrel recessed inside the gun.

Later versions (bottom) have a bright chrome finish, riveted construction and have the recessed barrel.

A second, later, window box is shown.

Currently the earliest sighting is in a BCM catalog for 1955. Interestingly, the gun appears in the Ealing film "The Long Arm" in 1956.
X-1 FLASHY-RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPAN96 viewsLarge metallic blue lithographed tin battery operated space machine gun. This is a realistic looking machine gun which has no distinctive space character other than the name and box artwork. Wood effect stock. Flashing lights and sound. S_No 611

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961.
ATOMIC JET WATER GUN - FETHALITE - AUSTRALIA95 viewsPlastic space water gun with classic bulbous styling. Large rear fin and a small front fin. The plastic nozzle is recessed inside the barrel opening. Filler cap on the top. Atomic Jet is molded into one side of the large rear fin, and Fethalite 67 (catalog number) into the other side. Red, black, green and probably other colors.

This gun's design is from the Rocket Jet gun made by the US Plastic Co. It was available as a premium for those who raised 30 shillings for the ULVA charity in South Australia (see page 120 in the Blast off book for an example of the flyer). This charity drive was called “The Rocky Starr Christmas Cheer club” and was associated with the radio show “The Adventures of Rocky Starr”. The name of the show may also be the reason this gun was chosen as a premium as a version of it was produced in the U.S. for the “Captain Starr of Space” radio program and in both shows the main character was Rocky Starr even though the storylines are different. The newspaper article is from August 1953. Box? Packaging?

ASTRORAY GUN - COTC - KOREA95 viewsBlue, white and red lithographed tin space gun with a long red plastic barrel. 9.5". Friction action with noise and spark. Crimped construction. Comes in triangular box with space scene. Also sold in trade boxes.

Mfg. for Coast Orient Trading Corp of Los Angeles. Made in Korea. This is copy of the Shudo original. Advertised in 1970.

COSMIC-RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPAN93 views16" blue tin lithographed space machine gun. Battery operated with noise and rotating flashing light in the clear plastic panel near the muzzle. The gun has a distinctive sculptural figure printed on the stock.

The box artwork is of interest: the enemy are depicted as flying aliens with capes. The gun's title also begins with an enigmatic XXX.

Mfg. by TN trademark-Japan 1960s

FLASH GORDON SIGNAL PISTOL - MARX - USA91 viewsAll steel- color decal- green with red trim-gray with red trim-makes whistling siren noise and sparks. Made in three colors: green, red, and greyish-purple.

Also made in a patriotic version not Flash Gordon-Air Raid decal-blue with red trim

A patent was granted in 1935. Pat No. 94312. Inventor Louis Marx. The gun was widely on sale in 1935.

DAN DARE ATOMIC JET GUN - DCMT - ENGLAND91 viewsThere are two versions of this space water gun, both sharing the same box.

First Version (top)
Red diecast metal space water gun. The gun is a re-packaged ATOMIC JET GUN by DCMT which in turn is a reworking of the original Hiller design. The simple addition of a Dan Dare decal to the top is the only change. Dan Dare was depicted using this version of the gun in the Eagle Comic.

Second Version (bottom)
This is a substantial redesign using hard plastic components. Large DAN DARE wording printed on the top. There is a black rubber plug at the back of the reservoir.
The Atomic Jet wording is still present on the sides of the gun. The barrel position has been moved lower and is now part of the trigger. The gun's trigger has been redesigned: it is now yellow plastic and has an additional rod to improve the robustness of the action.

The gun was first announced in the Eagle comic in August 1952. DCMT also traded as Crescent Toys.

Eagle Window 57
ASTRO ZAPPER - KUSAN - USA86 viewsA large 11-1/2" bazooka like plastic space gun. The gun is cocked and fires light plastic ball. Came with 3 plastic balls
Available in black and white versions. The earliest version is currently dated to 1974 and later releases date as late as 1980.

Some versions have Star Wars look-alike graphics.

Also shown (bottom) is a Spanish release of the gun.
ALIENS/ALIEN LIQUIDATOR GUN - PARK PLASTICS - TAIWAN85 viewsPlastic water pistol. 7 1/2" 19cm Candy colored plastic gun based on the Space Outlaw design with a much shortened barrel. The dome on the side where the spark window was on the original has a stepped effect like the Moondodger gun. Park's, Made in Taiwan and Singapore

Item No 139 in the 1979 Park Plastics catalog.
ATOMIC POW'R POP GUN - GLENN - AUSTRALIA82 viewsHard plastic space pop gun with barrel rings and futuristic lines. Telescopic sight. Fins on the barrel tip. A brass tipped rod is pulled back to cock the mechanism. Supplied with four corks. A whistle is built into the handle. 8" long. An ad in "The Retailer" dates the gun to May, 1951. It was last available in late 1954.

Color Variations:
Red - Blue Grip & Yellow Muzzle,
Red - Yellow Grip & Green Muzzle,
Yellow - Red Grip & Blue Muzzle,
Black - Light Blue Grip & Muzzle.
Bronze - Black Grip & Blue Muzzle
Blue - Cream Grip & Cream Muzzle

SPACE PILOT JUNIOR JET RAY GUN - HONG KONG81 viewsLong plastic space gun, a cross between a gun and a rifle. The gun has a pistol grip, a magazine clip and a long perforated barrel.

The versions shown here are made in Hong Kong 1970s, based on a original design, the Space Pilot Jet Ray Gun, by KO Yoshiya Taiyo.

15-1/2" gold plastic
made in other colors

Function - clicking machine gun sound with spark window
BUCK ROGERS U-238 ATOMIC PISTOL AND HOLSTER SET - DAISY MFG - USA81 viewsMfg. by Daisy 1946. A combination of a gold version of the U-235 space gun, leather holster and belt. Sold in a red and black box. This was a mail-away boxed set for Christmas 1946. 10" long gold colored steel

BUCK ROGER LIQUID HELIUM PISTOL XZ-44 (RED/YELLOW VERSION) - DAISY - USA80 viewsThis is the fourth of Daisy's Buck Rogers space guns. Produced in 1936 this 7-1/4" red and yellow lithographed steel gun is a delightfully extravagant piece.

The bulbous pressed metal gun has a vibrant yellow and red color scheme with lightning bolts. Water gun action with an internal leather bladder "25 shot repeater". The gun carries a small picture of Buck Rogers along with plenty of copyright information to ward of competitors.

The gun was also produced in a copper finish.

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ASTRORAY FLASHLIGHT TARGET GUN - OHIO ART - USA78 viewsThis is the original version of a space gun that ingeniously combined a flashlight with a dart shooting action. The bulky 10" red plastic gun has a large white lens cover and a white tail fin. The flashlight is the large top structure and the darts are fired from the lower tube. Includes metal target with 2 shooting surfaces

Pressing the trigger lights the flashight target and fires a dart.

Produced in a number of other versions. Newspaper ads date this to November 1966. Two box versions shown.
BUCK ROGERS RUBBER BAND GUN - J F DILLE - USA78 viewsThe second of the Buck Rogers paper space guns, John F. Dille Co. -1940. Offered a sales promotion for Onward School Supplies.

The 4-1/2" multi-colored paper gun card comes with with two cut out targets. Function - Punch out gun. Assemble and pull trigger to release rubber band
ATOMIC BALL GUN - M&L - USA77 viewsPlastic revolver. 9" A horse is molded into the grip, a detail that indicates its conversion from a cowboy themed original. Fires hard plastic balls when the gun is cocked with the lever on the underside of the barrel. Blue box with space graphics.
Known colors: red, yellow

Western, cowboy crossover.

Also sold as the Space Rocket Gun, a grey gun with space graphics that fires rockets.
Mfg. by M&L Toy Co., NJ - 1951 (Morris & Louis) On sale December 1952.

ATOM-BUSTER - WEBB ELECTRIC CO - USA76 viewsTubby green plastic space gun with plunger at rear that creates a blast of air. Mfr: Webb Electronic Company - USA Size: 10 inches "Mystery Gun. Invisible Blast"

Year: 1950's A patent for this Vortex Gun was filed in 1957 and issued in 1959. Patent no. 2879759

Material: Plastic

Function: Air Gun

Color Variations: Green, Yellow, Red. The box for all three is identical save for a printed indication of the color on the lid. The gun comes with a paper target comprising a picture of an atomic mushroom cloud. The target can be perched loosely and will react to the blast of air.

air blaster
SUPER ATOMIC GUN - NEW ZEALAND 195275 viewsName: Super Atomic

Manufacturer: Unknown possibly Lincoln Toys

Brand: none

Country: New Zealand

Description: This gun is a paper buster and is a copy of a Langson paper buster.

There are no indications on the gun as to where it was made or by whom. However, it has only showed up for sale on New Zealand sites so is most likely from there. A New Zealand toy collector suggested it might have been made by Lincoln toys as they were involved in making pressed steel guns. As to age it was probably made in the 1950s but no exact date exists. One thing to note is that this gun is missing the tube on the front that gives the gun a "barrel" - see top left image for reconstructed look - this part of the gun would be easy to lose as it is just a tube of steel with two small tabs holding it to the slide.
There is now a dating for this raygun. It turns up in a newspaper ad dated 17th Dec 1952
REX MARS PLANET PATROL RIFLE X-92 - MARX - USA74 viewsAt 20 inches long the Rex Mars Planet Patrol Space Gun is a fair size as rifles/machine guns go. The piece consists of a sheet of brightly lithographed tin, rolled into a semi-tube shape, and attached to a plastic butt and barrel assembly. This gun has been recycled excessively throughout the 1950's, it was used with slight litho changes for the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Gun, and the Rex Mars Planet Patrol Space Gun as well as an earlier G-Man type machine gun. Versions exist with various combinations of red, blue and yellow plastic components.

The plastic is held in place with a fragile set of pins that extend through the tin and are melted into rivets, these are almost always broken off. The barrel is a clockwork sparkler housed in a plastic casing, the key is frequently missing, while the cheap plastic, is temperature sensitive and the end of the barrel is most often badly warped into a sad droopy affair. The generating coils on top of the gun, a futuristic touch, rust easily and will crush into the gun if dropped. X-92.
RAKETAPISZTOLY SPACE GUN - MAKER? - HUNGARY73 views A version of the Yoshiya KO Space Super Jet Gun. Bulbous shaped light blue tin space gun with litho detailing of floating spacemen. Ribbed clear plastic barrel containing a moving "lipstick" core. Friction action with spark. 9.5" 24c Mfg. In Hungary 1970s Rocket Pistol Gun.

9-1/2" tin litho-

Function-cranking sound with moving red plastic insert. Rocket Pistol
SUPER ATOMATIC - PADJON - AUSTRALIA71 viewsName: Super Atomatic

Manufacturer: Padjon Manufacturing Company, NSW

Brand: Padjon 1953

Country: Australia

Description: This gun is a paper buster and is a copy of the LMCo Super Numatic (Langson Manufacturing Company, Chicago Illinois). Padjon is not a toy company (in fact in the 1953 Sydney telephone directory they are listed as an Engineering works company). They appear to have made a number of toys though (see ad on the right of picture which is from 1957) and may have done so as a sideline to supplement income. Usually we call these ray guns or space guns because of the way they look, though they were rarely marketed as such but this one has a name which uses the “ATOM” appellation so it possibly was marketed as a space gun in Australia.
This one we also have an earlier date. a newspaper ad dated 10th Dec 1953. Box? Packaging?
BUCK ROGERS ROCKET PISTOL - COCOMALT - USA70 viewsThis is the first of the paper Buck Rogers guns. Made for Cocomalt promotion-1934. There are no markings indicating Buck Rogers but at the time there was no risk of confusion.

9-1/2" cardboard. Came in mail away set with helmet

TWIN JET GUN - RANGER STEEL PRODUCTS - USA70 viewsThis is a hard plastic space gun based on the Ranger Cosmic Ray Gun. There are two yellow fins on the top that lift to give access to the flints: hence the "twin jet" name. Yellow trigger. Clear red plastic barrel nozzle and a second spark window in the middle. The letter R is molded into the handle. Friction sparking action from two locations. Replaceable flints. Size: 10" 25cm

The elaborate spacey design is a complex mixture of components. Two color versions are known: red with yellow components and vice versa.

The gun appears as the Twin Ray Jet Gun in a Goodrich catalog for 1953.

SPACE WATER GUN - B W MOLDED PLASTICS - USA69 viewsSmall angular wedge shaped transparent plastic space water pistol. On sale 1953 on. B. W. Molded Plastics of Pasadena CA. Space molded on the side with three rocketships and Saturn, Seen in red, green and yellow versions. Versions exist with and without the front site.

The trade box shown is marked Flex-Ware.

B.W. Molded Plastics, California.
SPACEWAR TARGET SET - FOR ARCO - HONG KONG68 viewsA 6-1/2" blue plastic gun with a telescopic sight. Shoots darts. The gun included a metal double sided target. Also available in silver with a different target

SMOKE RAY RUN PREMIUM - KELLOGS - USA/CANADA68 viewsSmoke Ray Gun. Unknown maufacturer for Kellogs.

This was a mail away promo for Kellogg's Corn Flakes in the 50's, offered for 25 cents and two box tops. The hard red plastic gun is 6.5 inches long and clicks when you pull the trigger.

The big selling point, as the name suggests, is the smoke effect. The Smoke Ray really doesn't have much of a reservoir.

There is a small cap on the end of the barrel, you turn and remove it to pour in your talcum powder. As you pull the trigger a plunger moves forward to expel a puff of powder.
JUPITER 4 COLOR SIGNAL GUN - REMCO - USA67 viewsPlastic battery operated space gun with light and sound. USA. This is a bulky angular gun with a big trigger guard and two part working telescopic sight. This is called style #600 with a 4 color disc selector. It has a compass (atom changer) instead of the spinning disc. It makes a buzzing noise and works on 2 C batteries.

A compass is fitted in the side. The barrel tip is a rocket-like finned structure. Red and blue versions shown. A reworking of the 1950s Electronic Space Gun. The "atom chamber" circular cutout on the left side holds a working compass. First sighted in September 1958.

9" plastic came in red, black, gray, yellow

Function-lights, beeps with changing light discs
NU-MATIC PAPER BUSTER GUN - NU-MATIC - USA67 viewsA 6-3/4" steel paper buster gun. The gun has arguable space lines, especially the moldings on the body. The gun has a holder for a paper reel mounted on the end of the barrel. The paper feeds into the punch mechanism in the end of the barrel. The gun makes a sound through paper roll when fired. Mfg. by Langston Co., Chicago, 1936

The gun came in black and red versions.

A patent for this gun was granted in 1936.
Pat no. 102382
Inventor Otto A. Langas
Galaxia Metralleta Espacial - Gonher, Spain67 viewsGalaxy Space Submachine Gun. Made by Gonher of Spain, this gun is big, almost actual size for such a weapon, 22.5 inches long. When you pull the trigger it makes an incredibly loud noise, followed by a bright flash in the barrel. The sound device is simple, a small striker hits a diaphragm not unlike a stereo speaker, making a very effective pop. The light is provided by a simple bulb attached to a 9V battery, hidden under the red fin on the top of the gun. The box is all there, but a bit rough around the edges.
FLASH GORDON WATER PISTOL - MARX - USA66 viewsA plastic space water pistol. Classic space styling with fins and rings on the barrel, dials and streamline shapes on the sides and a small sight on the top. The water pistol does not have Marx on the gun. Flash Gordon Water Pistol is molded on the grip. The box has Marx and King Features Syndicate wording. A patent for the gun was filed in 1952 and issued in 1953.

Pat no. 168909

Louis Marx and Company USA 1950s
Came in rellow, and red, and a red version with gold paint. 7-1/2" 13cm
COSMIC WATER GUN - MAKER? - CHINA66 viewsLater version of the large 17" plastic water pistol. This recent gun has space graphics molded into the sides along with the COSMIC WATER GUN wording. Came in various colors including clear plastic.

Function-Unique water gun with two triggers. The one at the front is a water pistol, the one at the back is a clicker.

Mfg. in Hong Kong in the 1980s. No maker's name on the packaging. Bag with header card.
SUPER NU-MATIC JR PAPER BUSTER GUN - LANGSON MFG - USA66 viewsThe gun is 5.5" long and cast in a heavy metal. It was produced by Langson Mfg, out of Chicago. The first US patent is shown as 13 December 1949, the last one is 9 January 1951 in Canada. Borderline space.
SPACE ROVER QUICK ACTION WATER GUN - JERYCO PLASTICS - USA65 viewsClear plastic space gun. 5 inch 14cm. The top fins, the tapering barrel ending in a bulbous tip, a scalloped grip with rockets and shooting stars on it.

Sold in trade boxes. Advertised on the box as the "deadly...accurate, quick action gun" Colors: blue, orange.
COLT PARACHUTISTE - MAKER? - FRANCE64 viewsGold colored diecast pistol. Cap firing action. Futuristic lines and a distinctive angled sight on the top. It has similar styling to L'ATOMIC INTERPLANETAIRE and to the Stevens range of diecast space guns.

France 1950s. No maker's name on the box.
THREE-SHOT ROCKET GUN WITH TARGET - SUPERIOR - USA63 viewsPlastic rocket jet shaped space gun. Shoots three rubber tipped darts simultaneously. The gun requires partial assembly. Sold originally in a set comprising a metal target with a stand plus the gun. 7.5 ins, red plastic. Two versions of the target: Space Target and Super Target are known. First sighted in a Strutco catalog for 1952. Superior is the trading name of T Cohn, the TC logo on the toy. See the later Marx Triple Jet Dart Gun version. A much copied space gun.
MARTIAN TRIPLE SHOT SKY-GUN LAUNCHER - MERCURY PLASTICS - USA63 viewsPlastic satellite-shooting gun. The material is a dense polythene. There is a large plastic winder at the rear. The wording "SKY GUN" is molded on the top fin. This is wound and when the trigger is pulled a spinner is fired. The long nose allows the firing of all the missiles at once.

This is one of two versions of the gun, the difference being the size of the top and side fins. Several colors are known. Sold bagged with headed card. The version on the left has the word Martian in the title; the version on the right is called just Sky-Gun-Launcher. It was advertised in newspapers from October 1950 onwards

The gun was patented in 1951. Pat No. 164398 Inventor Joseph B Barricks.

The original Sky-Gun (without the hump) was produced by Propello Toys of Des Moines, Iowa in 1950.

SPACE SCOUT SPUD GUN61 views1950s plastic potato gun.
GALAXY SPACE GUN - CARRIB60 viewsAlso called Galaxia

Mfg. for Carrib-1970s
Also produced on card
Galaxia doe not have end plastic

3-3/4" mini gun-cast metal with red plastic trim

Function-cocks and fires-no projectile
SPACE JET GUN - HERO - JAPAN60 viewsSilver chromed plastic 6 inch space gun with bulbous nozzle, small rear fin and litho detailing on the handle.. Clear green plastic spark window on top. Decal on the side. Made initially in silver and later in red, possible other colors.Mfg. by Hero Toys-Japan. Friction spark action with noise. Sold in trade boxes. Screw constuction.

On sale in 1986.
SPACE ROCKET GUN - M&L - USA59 viewsBasically a grey plastic revolver. 9" silver plastic. Saturn is molded into the grip. Marked SPACE GUN on one side. Fires two small plastic rockets "space missile spheres" when the gun is cocked with the lever on the underside of the barrel. Also in light blue and reddish brown. Red box with space graphics.

This is a reworking of the Atomic Ball Gun.

Western cowboy crossover. Mfg. by M&L Toy Co., NJ -1960 (Morris & Louis)
BUB-L-ROCKET GUN - KENNER - USA59 viewsA 7-1/2" plastic bubble blowing gun in the shape of a rocket. The gun came in a boxed set and mounted on a display card as the Captain Space Bub-L-Rocket. Available in yellow, red, blue with 2 accent colors.

Blowing the end of the gun produces a stream of bubbles. The gun has an auto feed system and came with soap solution "rocket fuel" in a glass jar. A long-lived product.

One of the first sightings is in a newspaper ad: The Mason City Globe Gazette Fri Nov 19, 1948

JET-ZOOM GUN - TIGRETT ENT - USA59 viewsMade by Tigrett Enterprises in the 1950's, its 8.5 inches long and made of fairly durable plastic. It makes use of a catapult system to propel the paper tube from the barrel. Just below the barrel is a white plastic tab that says "push to load", by sliding it back you compress the spring until it locks with the trigger latch. This is a more sophisticated version of the Zoomeray gun.

The gun was also available in yellow, as well as with black cocking mechanism and trigger. The trigger is different on the yellow version.

The gun was widely advertised in newspapers from September 1952 on. However, The Jet-Zoom appeared on the cover of the first paperback edition of A.E. Van Vogt's science fiction classic, Slan, which was released in 1951.
COSMIC JET GUN - WES-KO PRODUCTS - USA58 viewsA small plastic water pistol 5". A rear fin and rings around the end of the short barrel. Rocket molded into the handle. Color Variations: red w/ yellow muzzle, green w/yellow muzzle. Sold in trade boxes.

Featured in a 1953 trade ad in Toys and Novelties magazine.
SQUIRT FUN WATER GUN57 viewsMfg. for TK-Hong Kong-1970s

6-3/4" red plastic

Function-water gun
TARGET DART GUN - THOMAS TOY - USA 57 viewsSmall pistol style space dart gun in metallic plastic colors. Telescopic sight at rear. Sold on a non-space card with target.4-1/4" plastic gun. Came in red, blue, silver
Probably other colors Mfg. by Thomas Toy- Newark, NJ 1960s Date?

5-1/2" hard plastic space water gun with telescopic sight. Brass nozzle. Colors include red and bronze.

Includes a red plastic compass on a wristband, and a silver cardboard holster all mounted on a backing card. The gun is designed to fit into two metal clips attached to the holster.

The earliest sighting is in the 1952 Blackwell Wielandy catalog.
SPACE GUN MF-227 - MAKER? - CHINA56 viewsLight blue tinplate lithographed space gun with small red dome on top. This has a unique rounded shape with the red plastic barrel conained entirely inside the body and visible through slots in the side. 6.5" tin litho. Function - friction action with spark. Flint adjustment screw. MF 227
SPACE WATER PISTOL - IDEAL JGS - GERMANY56 viewsA bulbous clear plastic space water pistol with rotating plastic aliens
inside. This company is not connected with the US Ideal toy company but is J.G. Schrödel of Nuremberg. The box has impressive space graphics but has no name. Sometimes called the Astronaut Rocket Ray Gun.

There are two versions of this gun: the large 9" 26cm version with three rotating aliens and a small 6 1/2" 16cm version with one alien. Made in (at least) light green, red, purple and blue.

First seen in the MCM 1956 Oversea's Post German New Year's English Ed. Consumer Goods Catalog.

The gun was reissued in the 1990s in a distinctive sparkle plastic version.

There is a version of the larger gun with URANIA molded on the top fin. Details?

SPACE INVADER WATER GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONG56 viewsBlue plastic water pistol space gun. This is similar to the BCM Space Outlaw gun but the size is appreciably smaller and there are several differences, particularly the longer telescopic sight, the trigger guard and the detailing at the base of the barrel. Also released by a Macao company. Blue and green versions known. Bagged with header card.
FRICTION SPACE GUN WITH SPARK - MAKER? - JAPAN56 viewsTransparent red plastic space gun. Not a particularly spacey design but the gun carries the word SPACE and the box art has old style graphics. 5 ins. "FPICTION" typo. Spark action
SPACE EXPLORER GUN - PREMIER PLASTICS - USA55 views6" multi- colored plastic. Each side of the gun has a different base plastic color with combinations such as yellow/white, black/yellow blue/yellow. Fires cap loaded darts. See also the Space Commando version. Referenced in a 1952 advert.
MOONDODGER WATER GUN53 viewsPlastic water pistol space gun, 8". Red, yellow and other color versions known. Based on the English Space Outlaw design, though the telescopic sight has been removed and an elaborate trigger guard added. The dome on the side where the spark window was on the original has a stepped effect. The gun's barrel has a silencer shape. Box? Packaging?

Possibly R L Albert and Sons, NY-1960s, 1970s

SQUIRT RAY NO 103 - PREMIER PLASTICS CO - USA53 viewsA 5-1/2" 13cm bulbous plastic water gun that was produced in assorted colors. It has a rubber stopper and brass tip. The trigger is fully enclosed by a trigger guard. There is a distinctive flat top with a small rear fin. Lightning flash molded in the sides.

Currently the earliest sighting is in the Premier Plastics catalog for 1953.

It also appears in the Park's Catalog for 1957. No #103 in the 1962 ad. (right)

This gun was also produced by other companies, including Bell Toys of England and PW of Germany. Box? Packaging?

A patent was filed in 1952 and granted in 1953. Interestingly the inventor is C Arliss.
Space Rocket Gun - Miura Toy53 viewsStandard pop gun is molded in high impact plastic, it's 10" long and comes with 4 rockets. To fire the gun, you pull back on the antenna dish to cock the piston, pop on a rocket, pull the trigger and pop off the aliens. Japan

Logo : M Company: Miura Shoji Co., Ltd.
English name: Miura Toy Co.
CLICKA BUBBLE SHOOTER - RANGER STEEL PRODUCTS - USA52 viewsPlastic 7-1/2" plastic gun.
Versions: yellow body with red barrel and blue trigger
blue body with red barrel and yellow trigger. Comes with bottle of bubble liquid; blows bubbles when the trigger is pulled. Mfg. by Ranger Steel Products Corp. , N.Y.

The body of the gun has essentially the same mold as used for the Cosmic Ray Gun.

Featured in the 1953 Ranger Steel Products catalogue.
SMOKE RING GUN - NU-AGE - USA52 viewsMfg. by NuAge Products - 1950

9" plastic and some metal - came in gray with red trim and yellow with red trim. Included pellets to make smoke

Function-pellets placed in gun chamber, gun cocked with metal section, gun fired and "smoke" expelled. The selling point was the absence of fire or fumes. On sale from June 1950.

SPACE GUN - MAKER? - KOREA52 viewsTransparent plastic gun with red plastic barrel. Visible gears. Friction action with spinning gears, knocking noise and spark. 8-1/2" Mfg. for Coast Orient Trading Corp. , Los Angeles 1970s
Made in Korea
ROCKET DART PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USA51 viewsBrightly colored steel gun in a combination red blue and yellow. This is the same pressing as used for Daisy's Zooka Pop Pistol with an inverted color combination. This in turn uses an earlier XZ-35 Buck Rogers "Wilma" gun pressing with a modification to shoot darts. 7" Came on card with darts and target. See also the twin gun set version.

On sale in late 1953.
GUN FLYING SAUCER SET - HONG KONG51 views4" orange/green plastic space gun. Includes two orange/green spinners. Based on the US Plastic spinner design.
Function - wind spinners on gun and launch with trigger
JET ACE REPEATER GUN - PALMER PLASTICS - USA51 viewsA most unusual space cap firing gun design. The hard plastic and diecast metal gun has sharp angular lines. The swept back handle is matched by an upward extension. The barrel has rings at the tip and has holes cut into the side. Size: 6 inches. Sold on a backing card that doubles as a holster.

Year: 1950's

Color Variations: Black
Mfg. in Hong Kong-1970s
Later version of boxed cap firing gun with gold barrel trim

8-1/2" plastic blue gun
Perhaps other colors

Function-cap pistol
PUZZLE GUNS48 viewsMade in Hong Kong-1960s 1970s

2-3/4" multicolored puzzles
Almost infinite color combinations

Function-take apart puzzle toy
MARS SPACE ROCKET PILOT PAPER GUN - USA46 viewsMfg. not imprinted-made in U S A 1960s

7-1/2" cardboard litho

Includes flat helmet.

Function - paper gun
MIDJET AMMO TANK - KNICKERBOCKER - USA45 viewsSmall 4" angular plastic space water gun complete with attached water tank and brass tip. The gun has no stopper and is operated by filling the separate tank. Produced in various colors.

The tank has a metal clip on back to attach to belt. This is a variation of the Knickerbocker's Space Jet Gun. The big front sight has been reduced. Item No. 627 in the Knickerbocker catalog. Sold in a bag with a header card.

A version of this gun was produced by HR Production of England as the Atomatic Junior. (Not to be confused with the Atomatic Senior)

First sighted in 1954.

PISTOL WITH WINGS ME 760 - CHINA45 viewsAn 8" (20cm) plastic battery operated space gun. Small motor in the barrel, the shaft extends out with a box-shaped plastic tip, this piece fits into the square holes in the propellers. Shoots satellite spinners. The batteries fit in the handle. Light blue, red and black versions known. ME760
SPACE GUN PISTOLA SPAZIALE - MILANI (HUMMINGBIRD LOGO) - ITALY45 viewsA 6 inch plastic space water pistol with unusual Deco styling. Elaborate trigger guard. Arched back. The gun incorporates a whistle. Red version known. This gun is reminiscent of the Coma Astale and Coma Marziana space guns, though much of the detail has been reduced. There is a hummingbird logo molded into the sides that has been identified as the Milani company from Milan. 17cm

Various colors, including bi-colored examples.

Co.Ma Pistola Spaziale Coma Co-Ma
Box? Packaging?

Mfg. in Hong Kong-1970s

6" blue gun/red trim
includes red, green, yellow spinners.

Function- wind satellites on gun, fires satellites in air spinning
PENCIL SHARPENER RAYGUN43 viewsMfg. by Admiration USA 1952

3-1/4" plastic with pencil sharpener insert
Made in green, blue, yellow, red

Function-pencil sharpener
CADET GUN - TSL - ENGLAND?25 viewsMetallic silver green painted metal space gun. Simple pistol shape with partial rings pressed into the back. CADET and TSL embossed on the handle. Clicker action. Maker? Date? Early 1950s, possibly England.

A boxed example revealed the fact that the word CADET was related to boy scouts rather than space.
DAN DARE SPACE GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLAND12 viewsMetal diecast gun, spray pain finish. Cap firing action. The mold was used by Lone Star for a wide range of TV based space guns. The red version is associated with the 1950s box and has Dan Dare molded into the gun. Featured in trade catalogs for 1954 eg "Playthings and Hobbies 1954-55". Introduced in the Eagle 6:27 in July 1955. This is the first appearance of this much copied diecast gun.

The metallic blue version has a Dan Dare decal. The date of the blue version, and the box it came in are not yet established.
ATOM FLASH ZOOMERAY GUN - TIGRETT ENT - USA11 viewsPlastic skeletal space gun propels a coiled paper streamer from the barrel. Sold in a display box and bagged with header card. The gun has no moving parts: the streamer is fired by flicking the wrist. 7" long

The red version is most common, and the earliest version came with a metallic purple fringe attached to the front of the paper roll (which also features spacey graphics). It was sold both boxed and bagged. You can see the plainer paper roll most often found on bagged examples. These plain rolls were also sold as replacements for when the original one got torn to shreds.

Yellow, blue, gold and pink versions are also known. On sale in late 1951.

The carded version with the cowboy motif was made in Belgium: marked Gebruiksaanwijzing Z.O.Z.

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