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ATOMIC SPARKING GUN - ARROW T/ELVIN - JAPANSmall silver tin lithographed space gun with two oval spark windows by the muzzle. Same pressing as the Space Universe Gun. Marked Atomic Gun and sold in a bag with a header card marked Atomic Sparking Gun (the same card used for other guns). Friction noise and spark.
ATOMIC WATER GUN (BICYCLE WATER PISTOL) - RELIABLE PLASTICS CO - CANADAA hard plastic brass tipped space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. The gun has a ball lever extending down in front of the trigger. This would fit into a clamp and allow the gun to be fixed to a bicycle's handlebars. There is an R in a circle molded into the side. There are several color versions.

First sighting is currently in the 1954 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. The gun is an adaptation of the Atomic Water Pistol that came out the year before. Sold in a polythene bag with a header card.
ATOMIC WATER PISTOL - CRESCENT? - ENGLANDSmall plastic space squirt gun with rubber bulb, water pistol. A retro shape with rings at the back, a slender barrel and rings around the nozzle. Available in several colors including swirl color plastic. Card mounted. "Guaranteed to Atomise All Space Invaders". Reputedly English, possibly Crescent, but unconfirmed. The alien on the card resembles a Treen.
ATOMIC WATER PISTOL - RELIABLE - CANADAA hard plastic space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. There is an R in a circle molded into the side and black detailing of parts. There are several color versions. Box? Packaging?

First sighting is currently in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.

ATOMIC WATER PISTOL, LARGE TRIGGER VERSION - RELIABLE - CANADARed plastic space gun water pistol with yellow pistol. "R" in a circle branded on the sides. Made by Reliable of Ontario, Canada. This gun has a distinctive broad trigger which extends to the bottom of the handle. The gun is based on the earlier Atomic Water Pistol design

The box shown refers to a new whistle feature. There is an version without the whistle. The gun appears in an advert in the Winnipeg Tribune in March 1949.
ATOMIC-RAY-GUN - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge tin lithographed space machine gun. Battery operated. Space graphics on the brown stock. Flashing light and sound action. Notice the hyphens in the title which appear on the box.

ATOMICO SPACE GUN - SPAINPlastic space gun with simple clicker action. This is based on the Pyro Space Control Gun though the muzzle is much larger than the Pyro. Marked ATOMICO on one side but with no maker's mark. Available in a wide range of colors, some with hand painted detailing. Maker? Box? The same gun was also produced in Argentina. 5" (13cm)
AUDIO SIGNAL RAY RIFLE - ARLISS - USAPlastic space rifle with a distinctive rocket in the place of the sight. Battery powered flashlight action. Marked with a star in a circle with wings logo on the stock. Two fastening points for a carrying strap. 17" Seen in yellow and blue versions. The rifle emits an "audio signal" shoots a beam of light. Targets are printed on the reverse of the box. Date?

AUSTIN MAGIC PISTOL - USARegarded as a space gun because of the distinctive retro style fins on the barrel. This late 1940s space gun has a unique action: It originally fired a unique pink-white ping pong ball up to 70 feet or more utilizing a gas created in the firing chamber and ignited by a spark from a flint when the trigger was pulled. The gun uses calcium carbonate (carbide) crystals to generate acetylene gas. Those were the days!
AUTO-MAGIC SPACE VIEWER GUN AND THEATRE - STEPHENS PRODUCTS - USAAn angular conventional shaped silver grey gun with a "Space Viewer" decal on the side. The gun is made of diecast metal. Battery powered flashlight, the gun projects picture reels onto a card theater. Seven reels supplied. 1946 Made by Stephens Products, Middletown CT. projection projector.

On sale in 1952.
AUTOMATIC 2000 - JOUETS PP - FRANCEA silver plastic space gun based on the Arrow Launcher Gun by Matsushiro. Darts and spinner shooting action. The gun has two barrels mounted one above the other. In addition a spinner launcher is mounted on top. The spinners are launched and become targets for the dart gun. 29cm. Jouets PP was a Monaco based company.
AUTOMATIC BUBBLE SHOOTING GUN - ARLISS - USALarge plastic bubble blowing space gun. This substantial rounded gun has a sight and three turning cosmetic dials. There is a substantial reservoir at the tip of the barrel that holds the soap solution. When the trigger is pulled a ring picks up the solution and a stream of air blows bubbles.

Two known color versions:red with yellow attachments and yellow with red attachments.

Currently the earliest sighting is in a Monroe wholesale catalog for 1954.

A patent for the design was filed in 1954 and issued in 1955. Pat no. 2700845
AUTOMATIC DART GUN - MAKER? - JAPANA large plastic multi-barrelled (four barrel) space gun. Blue handle, silver body holding a number of barrels. Dart firing action. Shoots rubber tipped darts. Blister carded. Manga graphics on the card. Date?

Variations of the gun have been made by Knickerbocker, Co-Ma, Picolo and Selcol
AUTOMATIC GUN - TADA - JAPANA 23" long tin litho space rifle made in Japan by Tada. 1950s. Metallic blue, battery operated. Perforated barrel with translucent red plastic backing light when fired and gun produces noise. "Automatic" name on sides, but no space graphics. The box, however, has a most impressive space battle scene. Inside the box is a paper label with a scene slightly different from the one on the box lid


AUTOMATIC RAPID ACTION PISTOL, ATOMIC GUN - NOMURA - JAPANRed tin lithographed short machine gun. 8" 20cm Double barrel with two clear plastic barrels. Drum magazine. Friction noise, spark and bullet simulation lipstick effect.
AUTOMATIC SPACE GUN- ALFA - GREECEPistol style light green plastic space gun with long flared barrel. Red plastic spark window. Holes in the barrel. Friction noise and spark action. Boxed and carded versions shown. Date? This is the same molding as Space Jet Ray Gun, by KO Yoshiya Taiyo.
Automatic Sparking Space Pistol - Hong KongClear plastic pistol style space gun with visible gears. Friction action with spark. Red clear plastic nozzle. A copy of the Yoshiya (KO) Junior Jet Ray Gun.Bagged with header card. Transparent plastic. Three gear version.
AVARUUS PISTOLI - LASTVAL - FINLANDSmall red and blue plastic space gun, shoots green spinners. This version has a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger. Based on the Park Plastics design. The spinners have no outer ring. Finnish
Image: Finntoys
BABY MACHINE GUN OK-20 - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn early crossover piece. A metallic blue lithographed space machine pistol with a short barrel. The trigger guard is incorporated into the design. Small top sight. Red plastic spark window at the base of the barrel. Friction action with noise and spark.

The box shows the gun being used by a cowboy but the design is clearly space inspired. Made at time when manufacturers were keen to retain the cowboy interest while experimenting with space guns. Date? Western crossover.
BABY SPACE GUN - DAIYA - JAPANA small (6" 15cm) blue and red tin lithographed space gun with spark windows at base of barrel. Serial no 577001. Friction action with sound and spark. There is a large green Space Rescue spaceship printed on the side.

There are two versions of this gun:
1 Three long oval spark windows on each side of the barrel. Usually seen in the box with the astronaut with Z-7 on his helmet and the gun held at an angle. This is most likely the earlier version.

2 Two circular spark windows on each side of the barrel. Usually seen in the box with the gun held horizontally.

The spaceship litho on the side of the gun is a direct copy of the spaceship on a Dan Dare trading card made by Calvert.

First sighting is currently the 1969 Daiya catalog.

BALL SHOOTING SPACE GUN - SELCOL - ENGLANDA clear plastic ball shooting gun. 7" 18cm The transparent plastic gun has red detailing. It holds five balls in a cylindrical upper chamber. These drop into the lower barrel and are fired by cocking the mechanism and pulling the trigger. Distinctive hoops on the barrel and a vertical sight at the back. An Australian advert shows this gun design, dating it to no later than December 1955.
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This is the same basic design as the Sensacional Pistola Lanza Bolas and the Pongo Pistol.
Batman Batgun - Lone Star EnglandA variation of the much used Lone Star pressing, a light blue plastic space gun with a diecast cap firing mechanism. The gun has a distinctive circular cross-hair site on the top and a bat logo on the handle. The gun is very difficult to remove from the window box packaging, thus undamaged examples are hard to find.
Batman Bubble Gun - GI or CI LogoLight blue plastic gun with white nozzle. Simple bubble blowing action. Blister carded.
BATMAN ESCAPE GUN - LINCOLN INTERNATIONAL - USASmall angular plastic pistol that shoots both darts and spinners. (Bat Darts and Flying Gadgets) There is a very basic paper Batman decal on the side. Blister carded. Red and black versions. 1966
BATMAN FREEZE RAY GUN - LINCOLN and BARAVELLI - USABlue and white plastic flashlight raygun, battery operated with siren. Two versions shown: one by Lincoln, USA and one by Baravelli of Italy. A much copied gun.

Two box versions shown: the plain window box and the space scene. Blue and red versions. (See also the Pistola Spacial Luminosa Spanish version.)


BATMAN FRICTION MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPAA large brightly lithographed tinplate space machine gun. The red stock has a large Batman scene and is set at an angle. The gun has a blue barrel with a red spark window at the join with the body. Friction action with noise and spark. Box?

The same pressing as:
BATMAN FRICTION RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA lithographed tinplate machine pistol. The gun has a angular shape with a tinplate magazine. There is a red red plastic barrel with a yellow plastic tip. Batman graphics on the stock and on the side. Friction action with noise and spark. Box?
BATMAN POP GUN - AOSHIN - JAPANA lithographed tinplate revolver with Batman graphics. Also shown is the holster for the gun. Pop gun action. 8" 20cm c1966. A crossover western-cowboy item repurposed. Image courtesy Hake's. ASC
BATMAN RAY GUN - TKK - JAPANA bulky red plastic battery powered space gun with yellow lens cap and fin. The gun combinines flashlight with dart shooting action. Japanese market release. Batman decals on the sides.

Based on the Ohio Art Astroray Flashlight Target Gun.
BATMAN ROCKET GUN - BARAVELLI - ITALYA red plastic battery operated space machine gun. The barrel lights up and gun makes noise via trigger at rear grip. Shoots rockets via a spring loaded mechanism and the trigger is on the front grip. "Batman" wording in gold lettering. There is a large folding site on the top. Approx. 22" long.

The toy was distributed by Baravelli of Italy though it may not have been made there,
BATMAN WATER PISTOL - LINCOLN - USAHard plastic space gun water pistol. Card mounted. Batman molded into the side of the gun. "BATMAN" printed on the side. The dome on the side where the spark window was on the original has a stepped effect. The gun was produced in black and purple versions.

Similar to the Anti-Dalek Gun, though there are significant differences, most obviously the elaborate trigger guard. This is another gun based on the Space Outlaw gun by BCM. The dome where the spark window of the original was has a stepped effect and the telescopic sight is much longer.
BATRAY WATER GUN - PARK PLASTICS CO - USATo cash in on the 1967 Batman craze Park Plastics repackaged a number of their space guns.

A black bulbous hard plastic space water gun with added paper Batman decal. The gun itself is the basic space water gun used in many of Park's gun sets. This is a Batgun by virtue of its paper Batman sticker added.

Sold in trade counter boxes.
BATTERY POWERED SPACE PISTOL - NOMURA - JAPANBlack and silver tin lithographed space gun. There is an angular green plastic window protruding from the tip of the barrel. The word "SPACE" is printed on the side. Battery powered noise and flashing light. Triangular box.
BATTERY POWERED SPACE PISTOL - ROSKO/NOMURA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin battery operated pistol raygun Light and sound. Clear angular plastic window bay at front. Japan. Rosko importer logo. White star. Atomic wording. With Flashing Light and Noise.

The similarity to the Battery Powered Space Pistol by Nomura would suggest that Nomura is the maker.
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS CLICK-RAY PROJECTOR GUN - GORDY - TAIWANLight blue plastic space flashlight projector gun. Bulky design with white barrel. Paper decal on the handle. Projects small images held on removable slides. Made in Taiwan for Gordy. Blister carded. Dated 1978.

Battle of the Planets is the US name for the Gatchaman anime character.
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS SIGNAL RAY GUN - GORDY - TAIWANLight blue plastic space flashlight gun. Plain design with paper decal on the handle. Marked Flash Gun on the sides. Made in Taiwan for Gordy. Blister carded. Dated 1978. Takes AA battery.

Battle of the Planets is the US name for the Gatchaman anime character.
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS SPACE WATER GUN - GORDY - TAIWANClear plastic space water pistol. Copious rings around the barrel. Made in Taiwan for Gordy. Blister carded. Dated 1980. Red and blue versions.

Battle of the Planets is the US name for the Gatchaman anime.
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS WIND 'N' SHOOT GUN - GORDY - TAIWANBlue plastic space gun with yellow spinner assembly. Shoots red and yellow spinners. Paper decal on the handle. Made in Taiwan for Gordy. Blister carded. Dated 1979.

Battle of the Planets is the US name for the Gatchaman anime character.
BELL GUN - BEE-VO - USARed plastic space gun. Made of hard plastic measuring about 6.5" by 4" and containing a glass marble Pull the trigger and the guns shoots a marble up a clear plastic tube into a bell that is in the honeycomb end of the gun. This rings the bell in the barrel tip.

The earliest sighting is in an Xmas photo dated Dec 1956.
BEST WATER PISTOL - BEST BRAND - JAPANTinplate space water pistol. This early gold painted metal space gun has a crimped construction. There is a small tailfin and a jet plane/rocket is pressed into the handle. Best wording on the side. 8cm Sold in trade boxes of twelve guns. 1950s
BIG X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANConventional shaped light blue machine gun with folding stand. Big X graphics on the sides. Battery operated noise and flashing light action. The gun has a brass color bullet that moves to give the effect of the gun being fed ammunition. 21" 52cm

The same pressing as the Atom Boy Smoke Machine Gun

BIG-X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLarge tin lithographed space machine gun with wood effect handle. There is a long green plastic spark window along the top. Battery operated noise and flashing light. Big-X head and shoulders graphic on the side. 21" 54cm

This is the same pressing as the Tada Electric Wave Gun

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BIG-X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLithographed tin machine gun. Battery operated with firing noise and flashing light as it vibrates. Big-X character graphic on both sides of the gun. 23" 57cm


BILLY BLASTOFF BUBBLE P_OPPER WATER GUN - BANDAI? FOR) ELDON - JAPANPlastic space water pistol with red upper and white lower. Comes with bottle of soap solution. It's an exact replica of little Billy's signature red and gray gun. Made by Eldon in 1968, this gun has a unique selling point: it has a wand on the tip of the barrel to allow you to blow bubbles, then you can shoot them with the water gun. Blister card mounted. Two versions shown.

Probably made by Bandai, Japan.
BLAKE'S 7 NEUTRON SPACE RIFLE - JOYSTAR - HONG KONGAn unusual gold plastic space gun. The angular pistol design has a long site addirion on the top. It also has a black arc shaped support. Ball shooting action with a spring loaded arm at the side. Copyright 1978.

The gun has a paper decal with POP-O-MATIC RIFLE wording. It is unclear if this was on the specific Blake's 7 gun or on an unlicensed version.
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