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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 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. Supersonic. The gun was released in 1957.
Buck Rogers U-235 pistol116 viewsMfg. by Daisy 1945

9-3/4" silver colored steel or black finish
Not sold with holster

Function: pop sound with flint spark
BUCK ROGER XZ38 DISINTEGRATOR PISTOL107 viewsDaisy Mfg. Company 1935
9-3/4" copper colored steel-

Function-popping sound with spark

XZ39- XZ38 boxed

XZ40 Combat Set-XZ38 boxed with holster
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.

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
DAISY ZOOKA POP PISTOL104 viewsMfg. by Daisy 1952

Brightly colored 7" litho steel - used Buck Rogers patterns

Fired cork

This gun's design is a copy of the Pyro Space Control gun. It is a blue diecast metal cap 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.
SPACE OUTLAW GUN - BCM ENGLAND99 viewsChrome plated diecast metal cap 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.
Buck Rogers XZ-35, XZ36 and XZ-3797 viewsGun XZ-35, holster XZ-36 and both in combat set XZ-37 boxed

Mfg. by Daisy called Wilma Deering gun 1935

7-12" gun metal steel and chrome

function: gun cocks and makes pop sound
X-1 FLASHY-RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA96 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
Atomic Jet Water Gun - Fethalight - Australia95 viewsManufacturer: Moulded Products Australasia

Brand: Fethalite

Country: Australia

Description: 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 identifying marks on it are on the rear fin with one side showing the name AtomicJet and on the other is the brand name Fethalite and a catalogue number of 67. The newspaper article is from August 1953.
ASTRORAY GUN - KOREA95 viewsMfg. for Coast Orient Trading Corp.-Los Angeles-1970s
Made in Korea. Comes in triangular box with space scene. A copy of the popular Shudo version.

9-1/2" tin litho and plastic

Function friction cranking sound with spark.
COSMIC RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPAN93 viewsMfg. by TN trademark-Japan 1960s

16" blue tin lithographed space machine gun.

Battery operated with noise and rotating flashing light in the clear plastic panel near the muzzle.

Image: Smith House Auctions
FLASH GORDON SIGNAL PISTOL - MARX - USA91 viewsLouis Marx Company USA 1935

All 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

DAN DARE ATOMIC JET GUN - PLASTIC VERSION - CRESCENT TOYS - ENGLAND 195291 viewsRed and yellow plastic (unlike the earlier Crescent die-cast metal version) water pistol. Large DAN DARE wording printed on the top. Based on the Hiller Atomic Jet original design. 1950s. There is a black rubber plug at the back of the reservoir.

This is a reworking of a pre-existing Atomic Jet version of the gun made by Crescent Toys (DCMT) which does not have decals. The box art depicts Dan Dare holding the earlier version of the gun rather than the actual gun that is shipped.

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 has been redesigned to increase the size of the trigger. A substantial yellow plastic trigger with an additional rod to improve stability of the plastic gun has been added.

The gun was first announced in the Eagle comic in August 1952.
HWN GUN87 viewsBorderline space.

Manufacturer: Heinrich Wimmer of Nurnberg

Brand: HWN

Country: West Germany

10 inch lithographed space clicker gun. This raygun is based on the Louis Marx's FLASH GORDON ARRESTING RAY and FLASH GORDON RADIO REPEATER. It has the same clicking action and was obviously designed to appeal to both the space and cowboy markets with lightening bolts and sparking stars for the space crowd as well as a cowboy and his six shooter on the grip for those of a more western inclination.
ASTRO ZAPPER86 viewsMfg. by Kusan 1979

11-1/2" plastic-with 3 plastic balls
Came in black and white?

Function-gun cocks and fires plastic balls
ALIENS ? PISTOL - PARK - SINGAPORE85 viewsPark, made in Singapore. Transparent plastic water pistol. Knock-off. 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.
Buck Rogers XZ-31, XZ-32 AND XZ-3384 viewsGun XZ-31, Gun and holster combat set XZ-32 , holster with belt XZ-33

Mfg. by Daisy 1934

9-3/4" gun metal and chrome

Function- gun cock and make pop sound

Note: holster is suede.
ATOMIC POW'R POP GUN - GLENN - AUSTRALIA82 viewsMfr: Glenn - Australia
Size: 8 inches
Year: 1951
Material: Plastic & Brass
Function: Pop Gun

Color Variations: Red w/Blue Grip & Yellow Muzzel, Red w/Yellow Grip & Green Muzzel, Yellow w/Red Grip & Blue Muzzel, Black w/ Light Blue Grip & Muzzel. Whistle in the handle.

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 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 Pistol and holster81 viewsMfg. by Daisy 1946

9-3/4" long gold colored steel

Function: Pop sound and flint spark
BUCK ROGER LIQUID HELIUM PISTOL XZ-44 - DAISY - USA80 viewsDaisy Mfg. Company 1936.
7-1/4" red and yellow lithoed steel-boxed
Variation-all copper color

A bulbous pressed metal gun in a vibrant yellow and red color scheme with lightning bolts. Water gun with inside bladder. The gun carries a small picture of Buck Rogers along with plenty of copyright information to ward of competitors.
ASTRORAY TARGET GUN - OHIO ART - USA78 viewsMfg. by Ohio Art-1960s
Idential gun also made by Chad Valley-England 1960s

Large 10" red plastic with white trim. A flashlight is mounted on top. Includes metal target with 2 shooting surfaces

Pressing the trigger lights the flashight target and fires a dart.
BUCK ROGERS RUBBER BAND GUN78 viewsJohn F. Dille Co. -1940

4-1/2" multi-colored paper gun card
with two targets

Function-Punch out gun, assemble and
and pull trigger to release rubber band
FLASH GORDON AIR RAY GUN - BUDSON - USA77 viewsMfg. by Budson 1948

Large bulky red teel gun with top front flash decal. There is a distinctive silver band around the nozzle.

The gun is cocked using a top lever and it fires blast of air from inside rubber bladder.

Still on sale in a Miles Kimball catalog for 1950.
ATOMIC BALL GUN77 viewsMfg. by M&L Toy Co., NJ - 1951

9" plastic- horse on grip, also made with space graphics in gray
with different box and fires rockets. See Space Rocket Gun

Function-fires two hard plastic balls when gun cocked with lever
ATOM BUSTER - WEBB ELECTRONIC 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

Year: 1950's

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.
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 popper/buster and is a copy of the LMCo Super Numatic (Langson Manufacturing Company, Chicago Illinois). 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.

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 GUN73 viewsMfg. In Hungary 1970s

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 popper/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.
BUCK ROGERS ROCKET PISTOL70 viewsMade for Coco malt promotion-1934
No markings indicating Buck Rogers

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

Function-flip out to make pop
TWIN JET GUN - RANGER STEEL - USA70 viewsHard red plastic space gun with two yellow fins on the top. These fins lift to give access to the flints. 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.

Mfr: Ranger Steel Products - USA

Size: 10 inches

Year: 1953

SPACE WATER GUN - B. W. Molded Plastics - USA 195369 viewsSmall angular wedge shaped transparent plastic space water pistol. 1953 - see advert. 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 with and without the front site.

The trade box shown is marked Flex-Ware
SPACE WAR TARGET SET68 viewsMfg. in Hong Kong for Arco 1970s

6-1/2" blue plastic gun-metal double sided target
Also available in silver with a different target

Function-shoots three plastic darts
SMOKE RAY RUN PREMIUM - KELLOGS - CANADA68 viewsSmoke Ray Gun. Unknown maufacturer for Kellogs, Canada.

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. Unlike its later cousin, the Quisp Cosmiclouder that you loaded once and shot all day, 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 op space gun with light and sound. USA. This is a bulky angular gun with a big trigger guard and two part working telescopic sight. 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" on the left side holds the compass.

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

Function-lights, beeps with changing light discs
NU-MATIC PAPER BUSTER GUN67 viewsMfg. by Langston Co., Chicago-1936

6-3/4" steel-came in black and red

Function-Makes popping sound through paper roll whem fired
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 pop, followed by a bright flash in the barrel. The sound device is simple, a small striker hits a diaphram 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 viewsLouis Marx and Company U S A 1950s
Came in rellow, red and ? 7-1/2" 13cm
COSMIC WATER GUN66 viewsMfg. in Hong Kong-1970s

17" plastic-has space graphics
Came in various colors

Function-Unique water gun with two triggers
Clicker pistol and water gun
Super Nu-matic Jr. Paper Buster Gun66 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

Futuristic (well, retro-future) styled pistol, 5 inch. It has everything.

The top fins, the tapering barrel ending in a bulbous emitter, a scalloped grip with rockets and shooting stars on it.

Sold in trad boxes. Advertised on the box as the "deadly...accurate, quick action gun"
ATLAS RUNNING SHOOT GUN64 viewsTransparent plastic water pistol. A small angular gun with Atlas molded into the sided. Details? Maker?
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.
THE ORIGINAL MARTIAN TRIPLE SHOT SKY-GUN - MERCURY PLASTICS - USA63 viewsPlastic satellite-shooting gun. The material is a dense plastic, bordering on bakelite. 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 makers mark on the grip is simple but effective, a planet ringed by the words "Mercury Plastics...Planet Mercury Line...Des Moines Iowa". The long nose allows the firing of all the missiles at once.

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

This version has the larger side fins and, in particular the humped top fin. 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.
SPACE SCOUT SPUD GUN61 views1950s plastic potato gun.
SPACE WAR TARGET GAME - HONG KONG61 viewsMfg. in Hong Kong for Arco 1970s

6-1/2" blue plastic gun-metal double sided target
Also available in silver with a different target

Function-shoots three plastic darts
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