Toy cap guns

Mobster shoot-outs by cartoon icons like Dick Tracy were very popular during the Great Depression and made every boy long for a gun of their own. Well-known toy cap gun producers of this era included Daisy, Nichols, Halco, Esquire and Stevens and of course the larger toy companies like Louis Marx and Hubley.

The stories of American heroics during WW II, together with populair Western films, helped glorifying guns and their smaller toy replicas. Cap guns became quickly associated with Wild West cowboy characters as Buck Jones, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and Gene Autry.

Especially in the 1950s, due to an endless stream of marketing and merchandising Western-themed television shows, put toy cap guns in the hands of millions of kids. Now you could own your own toy gun, emblazoned with the name of your favorite character: Bonanza, Johnny West, The Rifleman, The Lone Ranger, Maverick, Bat Masterson or Gunsmoke.

Updated: 23 October 2020
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Toy Cap Gun value and price guide

What's your Toy Cap Gun worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
buddy l machine gun cap spitfire tommy gun w box manual Buddy L Machine Gun Cap Spitfire Tommy Gun W Box Manual 07/2021 $599.99
strato gun metal toy atomic space ray cap gun Strato Gun Metal Toy Atomic Space Ray Cap Gun 06/2021 $613.63
1950s mattel burp gun fully automatic cap gun nos in 1950s Mattel Burp Gun Fully Automatic Cap Gun Nos In 06/2021 $499.99
ideal roy rogers felt cowboy hat black quick shooter Ideal Roy Rogers Felt Cowboy Hat Black Quick Shooter 06/2021 $355.00
percussion cap dispenser reloading powder flask Percussion Cap Dispenser Reloading Powder Flask 07/2021 $287.15
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Comments (7)
Chris - August 13, 2021
I have a national cap gun pat says 1908 marked made in USA on the side. I have seen some that do not say made in USA. is one of these a knock off?
Bob - April 5, 2021
I have 27 packs of lone rider toy gun caps (jumbo packs) still in the original case they were packed in,they are in mint condition,can you tell me the value and where I can sell them,I’m not looking to go and fight with people on eBay .
Thx for your time Bob
Mark - November 7, 2020
Have a cast iron double barrel cap pistol. Side by side barrels. Left side grip has Army US , Flag and pile of cannonballs. Right side grip has Navy, an anchor and crossed arrows. Looking for identification and possible value. Belive it may be a Stevens.
You could have a look here to see if yours is indeed a Stevens: Toy Cap Guns Stevens.
Kathleen - November 2, 2020
I have 2 Gene Autry gold colored cap pistols (plastic grips are missing). The triggers pull on both, but they are not in really good condition. Have a double holster--studded--with nothing missing, complete with working buckle.Don't know if they came together. Leather holsters, but no markings. Worth?
Sorry for the late reply. Have a look here for some prices: Gene Autry cap guns.
Sherry - October 23, 2020
Getting ready to try to sell a set of Roy Rogers cap pistols and the holster. The holster has his name spelled out in metal letters on the back of it, but Rogers is misspelled. Any idea where to find an accurate value before I post them? Thank you!
I'm sorry, I have no idea... Maybe start an auction would be best.
Gary - May 15, 2020
Hi just wondering if anyone has a captain cutlass piano in the box for sale as I would be interested thankyou
You mean the Lone Star Captain Cutlass? Difficult to find, pretty rare...
Bob - May 2, 2019
I was wondering if anyone can help me out with a value range on a Hubley Flip Cap Gun. It is in good working condition. I have not been able to find any values for it. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!!
Depends how it is I guess, I see them from 50 USD for a 1960s Flip Cap.