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Cap Guns and More
Toy guns have likely existed alongside the real thing ever since firearms were invented, almost always, at first, made mostly of wood. In the U.S., sometime after 1865, as the military demand for firearms for the Civil War disappeared, some manufacturers made some changes to their factories and began to build a few toy guns instead of real ones, to attempt to keep income up and workers employed. About that time the mystique and lure of the wild west began to permeate the press and the literature. That growing interest was not lost on the business community. Cast iron toy guns began to appear in the market place and some enterprising individual realized that the Maynard Tape Primer System* could be adapted to toy guns, and the cap gun was born. Additionally fueled by the numerous Wild West shows touring the country, the public, in general, and the youth of America, in specific, was interested and intrigued. Even the city kids wanted to be cowboys and cowboys all had a six-shooters. Toy guns and cap guns in particular became more popular. America has always had a fascination with firearms. They were, after all, the tools of necessity and heroes.