Nichols cap guns and pistols

In 1946 Talley Nichols and Lewis W. Nichols started a cap gun company called Nichols Industries, inc. in Pasadena, Texas, which eventually became one of the world's largest cap gun manufacturing companies. World War II had just ended, and they wanted to manufacture something. After several ideas they decided to make toys, specifically toy cap guns. The primary choice was a cap pistol that resembled a 19th century version of the famous Colt Peacemaker in some way, as that was an extremely popular revolver.

Their first gun, the Silver Pony, was made and orders were brisk. The success of this initial offering led to the Mustang (later called the Silver Mustang) and the Silver Colt. But these were somewhat ordinary cap guns and being small they ventured out and created a large cap gun called the Stallion 45. In 1950 the Stallion 45 was introduced at the New York Toy Fair and became a sensation. It was declared the 'Toy of the Year.' Besides its large size, which was essentially the same size as its namesake, it featured individual 2-piece bullets, which would hold a single cap and when the gun was fired, the cylinder revolved, the bullet fired, and smoke came out of the end of the barrel.

The success of this gun was overwhelming and thus a dynasty of smaller and different versions of Stallions were also created: the Stallion 38, Stallion 32, Stallion 22, Stallion .41-40 and Stallion Model 61. Though the Stallion 300 Saddle Gun also had the name Stallion, it was a rifle that looked like a .30-30 Winchester.

In 1954 the company moved to Jacksonville, Texas and officially opened in 1955. The entire county basically turned out for the gala event and their manufacturing capabilities were greatly expanded. Many new models were created with several variations of each. In 1957 the Stallion 45 MK-II was created, which many cap gun collectors have declared to be the 'King of the Die-Cast Cap Guns.' The magazine, American Rifleman even ran a featured article on cap guns and featured this gun.

By 1962 the matinee idols like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy and many others were gradually making fewer movies and television shows, and children's interest in cap guns began waning. Nichols Industries sold out to Kusan in 1965 which continued many of the cap gun models. Eventually cap guns began to fade from the scene and even Kusan and many other famous companies like George Schmidt, Kilgore, Hubley, Mattel, Esquire, Wyandotte, Stevens, etc., were forced to cut back or sell out completely. Thus ended the 'Glory Days' of the cap guns.

Visit www.nicholscapguns.com for more info.

Questions, comments, or sweet memories?
Share on this Nichols forum!


(will not be displayed)
yes, mail me the link to this page
For sale on eBay USA. To change country, click on flag:
Change selection: <---
worldwide only USA
amazon
Safety Pin Bracelets Turn Ordinary Safety
Safety Pin Bracelets Turn Ordinary Safety$8.67
show  ►
Crown Andrews Clive Nichols Garden
Crown Andrews Clive Nichols Garden$20.00
show  ►
ebay New to eBay? Join here, it's free!
Nichols Stallion 38 toy capgun for display
nichols stallion 38 toy capgun2 bid(s)ends in 2h$20.50
show  ►
TOPHAND ROUND CAPS NICHOLS TOY CAPS
tophand round caps nichols toy$10.00
show  ►
Nichols Stallion 38 cap gun
nichols stallion 38 cap gun1 bid(s)ends in 5h$35.00
show  ►
VINTAGE 1950s NICHOLS STALLION 32 WESTERN TOY
vintage 1950s nichols stallion11 bid(s)ends in 6h$32.00
show  ►
MINT IN BOX 1956 NICHOLS STALLION 32 CAP GUN
mint in box 1956 nicholsends in 6h$150.00
show  ►
Vintage Nichols Dyna Mite Toy Cap Pistol
vintage nichols dyna mite toy$15.00
show  ►
VINTAGE NICHOLS COWBOY 1950 S CAP GUN 11
vintage nichols cowboy 1950 s3 bid(s)ends in 6h$14.50
show  ►
LTD TOY STAMP 1950s NICHOLS STALLION 38 CAP
ltd toy stamp 1950s nichols3 bid(s)ends in 7h$13.00
show  ►
Extremely Rare Vintage Toy Gun Nichols Firing
extremely rare vintage toy gun5 bid(s)ends in 23h$51.00
show  ►
VINTAGE NICHOLS 45 CAP GUN FANCY BARRELL
vintage nichols 45 cap gun1 bid(s)$5.00
show  ►
VINTAGE PAIR 1950s NICHOLS STALLION TOY CAP
vintage pair 1950s nichols$159.99
show  ►
LTD TOY STAMP 1950 s PAIR OF NICHOLS
ltd toy stamp 1950 s pair of3 bid(s)$22.49
show  ►
Cap Gun Nichols Stallion 38 Great working
cap gun nichols stallion 38$19.99
show  ►
Pair of Miniature Western Cowboy Pocket Toys
pair of miniature western$19.99
show  ►
Vintage NICHOLS SPITFIRE TOY CAP GUN Rifle W
vintage nichols spitfire toy$14.95
show  ►
Vintage Nichols Dyna mite Derringer black
vintage nichols dyna mite$19.95
show  ►
2 NICHOLS STALLION 38 CAP GUNS HOLSTER
2 nichols stallion 38 cap guns$100.00
show  ►
NICHOLS STALLION 45 1st MODEL CAP GUN
nichols stallion 45 1st model$59.99
show  ►
1957 NICHOLS STALLION 22 CAP GUN 6TOY BULLETS
1957 nichols stallion 22 cap1 bid(s)$70.00
show  ►
LOT 2 c 1960 s MINIATURE HUBLEY 45 REVOLVER
lot 2 c 1960 s miniature$9.99
show  ►
Nichols stallion 38 vintage cap gun AS IS
nichols stallion 38 vintage$49.99
show  ►
Vintage Nichols Stallion 38 Toy Cap Pistol
vintage nichols stallion 38$40.00
show  ►
Nichols Stallion 38 Cap Gun Cartridge Holder
nichols stallion 38 cap gun$50.00
show  ►
Lot of 5 Toy Guns Hubley Pal Nichols
lot of 5 toy guns hubley pal$15.99
show  ►
VINTAGE NICHOLS STALLION 38 TOY CAP GUN NR
vintage nichols stallion 38$200.00
show  ►
Vintage Nichols Paint Miniature Toy Cap
vintage nichols paint5 bid(s)$22.09
show  ►
Vintage 50s Nichols Stallion 38 Cap Gun
vintage 50s nichols stallion$70.00
show  ►
Vintage Nichols Stallion 22 Single action Cap
vintage nichols stallion 22$19.99
show  ►