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The Nichols Stallion 45!
The Nichols Stallion 45 MK-II toy Cap Gun is one of the best Cap Guns ever and certainly one of the most famous toy cap pistols ever made—proclaimed by experts as the finest die-cast toy cap pistol the world has ever seen! Collectors of Cap Guns the world over collect this one. A beautiful example of a Colt 45 Peacemaker. For sheer raw beauty and fine workmanship, this famous Cap Gun just can't be beat. It also had a wonderful silver and blue hinged box that in itself is quite valuable. For goodness' sake, if you have a Stallion 45 MK-II box, then put it by itself and take care of it!!! Even the reproduction boxes like Dan and Karen Dozier make are very valuable. (See their Ad - They Are The Best "Repro" Boxes in the World!.) There were actually a couple of versions of the boxes, and this Cap Gun also came boxed with a Dyna-Mite! A PERFECT original G-45 box is worth about as much as a used car! Please send me yours, as my G-45 has just a normal box. Uncle Talley: What were you thinking???


There are over 5,000 pages (including those from thumbnails—and the site is still growing!) on this website that will give you more information plus BIGGER PHOTOS!
Extremely rare Hopalong Cassidy rifle by Marx
(then go find it!)

This BRAND NEW (totally unused) Nichols Stallion 45 MK-II Cap Gun was
given to the author by Talley Nichols, the beautiful case by my son.

I purposefully made these "thumbnails" small enough that you will be forced to click on them to see them full-sized. The full-sized drawings are simply too good! Many thanks to our friend Rodney Timms for drawing them. He's pretty doggone good. By the way, if you want to know what in the world is the difference between the two drawings, well I had to ask myself. It's the little pusher spring for the pawl. It's a different spring and located in a different spot.

Here's an ad from somewhere. They did get it right when they said it was the finest Cap Pistol ever offered. All of the books say so.
Thanks to John Iannuzzi.

Or you could go all the way in getting your Stallion 45 MK-II and have it tattooed on your arm like my cousin Josh. It's not every day that you see one of these at a birthday party for your aunt. My photo. Lots of artwork, huh? Probably the only one of its kind in the world. Forever!!!

Stallion 45 MK-II
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Many thanks to Ken Rigler for these photos!
Though there are several variations of the Stallion 45 MK-II Cap Gun that are covered in Jim Schleyer's book, Backyard Buckaroos, for space limitations we are only going to consider them "as a whole."
This cap pistol was the 45 from Pasadena taken a step up and was manufactured in Jacksonville, Texas. The triple-plated chrome is evident, as it really shines. The details are enhanced and it has a most distinctive feature—a Nichols Circle "N" in a clear circle of plastic and a red background. Several other cap pistols have this feature, but this one also came with 2 sets of grips. Pearl white and jet black. Perhaps to tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys? It also came in a special silver and dark blue cardboard presentation box with (of course!) 6 bullets and a clip for them.
A very rare store display
for the Stallion 45 MK-II
Contributed by Jamie Linford
Stallion 45 MK-II parts all laid out for a cleaning and refurbishing. As stated elsewhere, one of the nicest things about Nichols Industries Cap Guns, and Stallions in particular was that even the average kid could take them apart and put them back together. A little cleaning; a little oiling and they were kept in prime condition.

However, some dealers specialize in restorations and refurbishing.

Thanks to Jim Turner for the photo

If you're one of the Bad Guys, then it's better to see this end than the other!

I just put this photo on here because it is the first time I have ever seen a photo of this end of a Stallion 45 MK-II.

Thanks to Jim Turner for the photo

I just couldn't resist putting another photo of a display rack for the Stallion 45 MK-II AND the Stallion 32. You'd be surprised at how rare these are. This is the first Stallion 32 rack I have seen like this one.

This photo is by Belinda Quan from Chuck Quinn's collection.

A pair of really (!) rare MK-II Stallion 45 Cap Guns.
The gun on top has the same gold "Circle N" as the G-45 and is a blued Nichols gun.
The one below is more from the Kusan era and is called "gray."
Contributed by Jamie Linford

This is a blued Nichols/Kusan era Stallion 45 MK-II in the "shadow box." I zoomed in on the photo and think it says, "$3.75" for the sale price. If that's so, then it might say, "$5.00" for the regular price, but it's hard to see.

This photo is by Belinda Quan from Chuck Quinn's collection.

Here is a scan (though I've reduced it in order that it is a tad sharper) of something I hadn't ever seen before. This is from a 1975 Kusan catalog and the Nichols Stallion 45 is the one with the dummy bullets. It is in a shadow box and is labeled "THE COLLECTOR'S SERIES."

This was submitted by our friend Harold Utley.

Here's a rare type of Stallion MK-II, a black one of the "Notch-It" series. Wooden grips (I guess so you can notch them!)

These photos are by Toby O'Brien.

Here is an Olive Stallion 45. You will note that it has unusual red inserts, but this seems to be a GENUINE Nichols product. It was probably from late in the Nichols/Kusan years. I photo-edited it just a touch in order that you folks could see what it should look like when coming from the factory. This is from Chuck Quinn's collection, who got it from Herb Taylor.

This was submitted by Belinda Quan.

At the bottom of every page is a Circle "N" Logo and when you click on it, it will take you back to the top of the page.

Electro-Chemical Plating

Since this gun has been called, "The King Of The Die-Cast Guns," then a word about the triple-plating process might be in order. These guns were cast out of a zinc alloy. Since chrome would not "stick" to the zinc, they were first copper plated. Then nickel plated and finally chrome plated. Here's how it worked. Imagine a series of vats that looked like modern day dumpsters—all in 2 rows (most vats on one side). Down the center of these 2 rows was a LONG racetrack that resembled an amusement park roller coaster. The connected wheels followed the contours of the track. The track had hills where the edges of the vats were and no hills where the centers were. There were racks attached to this chain. The guns were placed on the racks by ladies as it was moving and the racks were in the air. As they left the ladies, the hills forced the wheels to raise the rack up over the edges of the first vat. As they passed the edge, the track went "downhill" and the rack was lowered into the vat. The first few vats were cleaning vats. Then, after acid baths to clean them, they plunged into the copper vat. When they came out (an electrical charge made the metal stick to the guns), they were like gleaming pennies—all shiny!!! Then after a few more cleaning baths they went into the nickel plating vat because now the nickel would stick to the copper. Suddenly they were blindingly shiny! They looked like chrome. But, as you know, nickel won't stay shiny long. So eventually they went into the chrome plating vat. A thin layer of the hard chrome was all it took and now, after a few rinses, they were ready. By now they had circled the track and were close to the beginning. Then ladies would take them off of the racks and put them into barrels—awaiting assembly. Watching this magical process was one of the most exciting events of my young life.  —MN

Simply a fantastic set of Stallion 45's MK-II in a special presentation box. The little plaque says, "Guns by NICHOLS." Apparently this one was presented by the factory to one of their special clients, so it is genuine and not a "Third Party" like you see so often. This is what makes it rare. You will just never see a Cap Gun anywhere that was any better than this. All of the books proclaim it and I believe it.

This photo is by Belinda Quan from Chuck Quinn's collection.

The Stallion 45 MK-II, in pristine condition, sells for a pile of money, but it has a sibling that is probably the most expensive toy gun ever made, the "Royally Famous" Stallion 45 MK-II Gold Plated Limited Edition Presentation Model. For those lucky enough to own one of these jewels, it has beautiful pearl blue grips, a gold background for the Circle "N" and IS GOLD PLATED! (real gold, by the way) The cylinder is still chrome, but most of the gun is gold plated. There were less than 200 of these ever made, and I have only seen a few. Like mine! Though Schleyer's book shows a photo of the presentation box with the gold stripe, I have never seen one of these, and although my box doesn't have a gold WAS given to me by my Uncle Talley! We have handled ours far more than made sense, but then we are not going to sell our family heirloom. In MY opinion, you shouldn't let one of these go for less than $6,000.
Here are some photos of the G-45, as it's called in the trade.
Photos all contributed by Ted Dietrich

Here's an even nicer (and larger) G-45 box.
Photo contributed by Zach Otto

I bet you didn't know that the Stallion 45 came in a box like this. Well, I didn't either. But Jack Rosenthal did and he contributed this photo. That a Stallion Model 61 with it. And for you city slickers, that's a genuine red bandanna.

Here's the regular Stallion 45 MK-II box, of course. The whole secret to purchasing a box is to make sure that the corners aren't broken and the paper hinge is still intact. In all of the Cap Gun world, this is one of the best boxes ever designed. Uncle Talley took a lot of pride. I only wish I had collected more of these boxes myself. I had the chance, but now it's another one of those cases of 20/20 hindsight. Most of you are sort of in the same boat.

Stallion 45 MK-II Gold Plated Limited Edition
And here are photos of my G-45.
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Some Great G-45 Photos
Here's another series of photos of a really nice G-45 set. I just can't quite get enough of this Cap Gun. Really, the only thing that I regret is that I don't have the money to afford another one. If any of you have a nice spare, I would appreciate it. Especially a box! My Uncle Talley gave me the regular box, when it should have been the correct one with the stripe and sticker on the back.

Photos by Rich Hall
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Here is that famous sticker on the bottom of the G-45 box that supposedly was to protect retailers from the excise tax at the time. Now the main thing about the super thin gold plating is what helps you to know that it is real.

Another photo by our friend Rich Hall.

This is a great comparison photo showing the MK-II (G-45) and its younger sibling, the G-32 and a set of grips. The set of grips is worth as much as a real pistol!

Photo by Thomas Lynn.

This proud owner of the G-45 liked it so much that he built himself a custom wooden presentation case for it.

Photos by Don Raker.

Got bullets? Jack Rosenthal did and he sent me this photo to scan. Jack has had so many Cap Guns and such during his phenomenal career, but most of his photos were before the digital age. Remember Kodak Brownies?

These two photos show you special Presentation Models of the Stallion MK-II versus a standard mint version of the same gun. The presentation version were hand selected and then buffed up to really look their best! They did the same basic touches to the G-45.

Photos by our friend Steve Arlin.

Here's a scan of an ad for the G-45 Stallion. Nobody seems to be sure as to whether or not the G-45's were actually sold in stores, or if so, how many. I haven't yet had a person tell me that they actually bought one in a store.

Okay, you wanted to see one that is PERFECT! Well, here's one and we'll even up the "ante." This one has a hidden treasure inside! Click on the box to find out what!

Special Stallion 45 MK-II and Box
All photos thanks to Rich Hall

Stallion 45 MK-II's are so popular that people who do special restorations have even made special boxes for them like this offering from Jim Turner of

And finally we have a really nice Stallion MK-II in the original box. I decided to put a really BIG photo on here, but make it a pop-up so that it wouldn't slow the page loading time any more than is absolutely necessary.
Photo thanks to Ken Thompson

Customized Stallion 45 MK-II by Elvis Morehead
These photos show what can really be done with a good Cap Gun to begin with. Elvis has revamped this Stallion 45 MK-II to really look like a Centennial Model sold by an auction house or something.

Photos by Elvis Morehead
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And here is the same custom Cap Gun, but with the darker grips on it and a CUSTOM Nichols display setting. Bill calls it, "The Elvis Special."

Photos by Bill Blecke

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