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This is a .357 Magnum toy Cap Gun. There were 3 Cap Guns in the Detective series. 2 "Detectives" and the "Detective 250." There are some major differences. Namely, this one, the "Detective 250" fires roll caps and the other two fire the red plastic pellets.

I handmake glassware which is perfect for gifts.
Like these inexpensive Angel Christmas Tree Ornaments!

(Thank you for some of you have contributed generously and have helped us stay alive!)
Normally I don't grovel and beg for money, but I am past that stage. Originally we had quite a few who helped us each month by contributing a little to our cause of maintaining this website. Not so much anymore. It's a trickle now.


See how many people have helped us one way or the other over 12+ years at:

Hundreds of wonderful people for over 12 years!

Also...The Internet wants a "mobile-friendly" website and we don't know how to convert a 7,000+ page custom website over to a format where you can always read it on a smartphone or tablet. Even Google said that this is the largest "Static" website on the entire internet. But it's only a matter of time before we lose it all to "progress." I'm old, have only Windows 7 and my software won't load on a higher operating system, and I don't know how to keep up with these changes and am worried about losing it all. If you're an expert, please help by suggesting a sensible technological upgrade! No two pages are completely alike on this website. If I could redo 10 pages a day, it would take about 2 years!

I would ask those who are enjoying this site to PLEASE contribute at least a little to helping us keep it going. Believe me, even small contributions help! This is the only site where you are likely to find most of the Cap Guns ever made. The site will always be free to use, but it's not free for me.

(Contritubutions start at only $10, but you can make it more if you can afford it.)
(And we refuse to put you on a mailing list or sell your e-mail address.)
Thank you "History Buffs & Collectors"—Mike Nichols, Texas

This photo is borrowed from the book on Nichols Industries, A Brief History
Of Nichols Industries, Inc. and Its Toy Guns

The photo on the left shows the dummy cylinder flipped up so that you can see how the roll caps fed. Every time you pulled the trigger a pusher bar would push the caps "up one" and it would be in position for the next round.

Another view of the Detective 250.

I think that if you showed this Cap Gun to your favorite bank teller, you might have "free meals and clothing" for the next 10 years. It's quite a shame that today's society doesn't seem to know the difference between "play" and "real." And they are so worried about "real" that they have ruined "play." Doesn't that define "schizophrenia?" Our society has overreacted. How did we manage 40 years ago, when we didn't know any better? (Soapbox 101)

Photo thanks to Reggie Fowler
This roll-cap shooting model came out in 1960 and sold for $ .79. It was easy for a kid to purchase, and THEN they had to keep on buying caps. Roll caps (fortunately) weren't very expensive and many companies made many different brands, but when the SERIOUS SHOOTING started, it wasn't that hard to run out of ammo!

Nichols Detective 250
You see the Nichols Detective 250 offered all of the time. But just don't ever make the mistake of thinking that it is the same Cap Gun OR has the same value as the Nichols Detective that fires the 3-piece bullets.
All photos thanks to Doug Hamilton
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

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