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The following is from Geoffrey Ambridge, whose dad was one of the co-founders and wrote me.

"Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (DCMT), as it became known, started out in 1939 as a business called: "Toys and Houseware" situated in two large, under street-level, lock-up garages beneath a petrol/gas filling station forecourt in Green Lanes, Palmers Green, north London. After a couple of changes of nondescript brand names before 1950/51, such as "Slikka Toys" and "DCMT", the founder Directors finally decided on the name "Lone Star Products" inspired by, and following the production of, their first 'Western' style cap pistol called the "Lone Star" introduced in 1949 and which bore interior "Slikka Toy" markings. This was the first of over 220 toy guns over a span of some 38 years, produced by "Lone Star", the Toy Division of DCMT, the latter being responsible solely for the manufacture, construction and sale of the die-casting machines, themselves, to other producers of zinc-alloy and plastic castings. The "Lone Star" company expanded to two additional factory premises in and around Hatfield, in south Hertfordshire, U.K.; the larger being at Hatfield, was brand-new, built 1955 and opened the following year, followed in 1959 by an older factory at Welham Green, about two miles south of Hatfield."

You can find out more about Lone Star by visiting
Geoff's fine website about Lone Star at:

(The following are my words about Lone Star...) Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (formerly of Palmers Green, London, U.K.)DCMT, as it became known capitalized on the surge of popularity of Toy Cap Guns around the world and made a lot of fine pistols that were for the American West.

Besides guns that were "generic" Lone Star also made guns that were dedicated to people like Roy Rogers. Some of their guns are among the rarest and are good finds for you collectors.
(in Uncle Talley's order)


There are over 8,000 pages (including those from thumbnails—and the site is still growing!) on this website that will give you more information plus BIGGER PHOTOS!
Rare Stevens 49-er in BRONZE!
(then go find it!)

(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, as the site is so difficult to keep up.


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.)
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Thank you "History Buffs & Collectors"—Mike Nichols, Texas

While this is not a particularly valuable Cap Gun, it is nevertheless part of the Lone Star set, so if you don't have one, you will have a tough time finding one. Photo thanks to Chuck Quinn.

Lone Star Miniatures in Very Rare Case
Here's a set that is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find. Wouldn't you expect that our friend Chuck Quinn would have it though? It's quite true that these are "knock-offs" of other companies' Cap Guns, but apparently that happened often enough. The Derringer and Flintlock are certainly Nichols copies, but I'm not sure where that 3rd one came from. The case is absolutely marvelous! Thanks Chuck!!!
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

Lone Star Stampede and Box
Here's one you don't see very often. I'm not sure if it's because it is rare, or if it is because people ignore it. These photos are from Dave Klahn of The Ten Gallon Hat.
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

Thanks to Steve Arlin, here's a Lone Star Sawn-Off Shot Gun. He says that he didn't even know this one existed until recently. Thanks Steve!

James Bond Moonraker Cap Gun
And now for something different! Here's a Space Gun from Lone Star from the James Bond series. There's Roger Moore on the box!

Photos by Julien Cohen
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

Lone Star P-38
Here's Lone Star's offering of the famous German World War II pistol.
These photos thanks to Phillip Beadham
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

Though Lone Star made many Peacemaker-type guns, this one is actually CALLED "PEACEMAKER."

Photos thanks to Steve Arlin.

And here is another Peacemaker and this time with the box.

Photos thanks to Chuck Quinn.

Here's another version of the Lone Star Peacemaker.

Photos thanks to Chuck Quinn.

Lone Star Bat Masterson
Here is a Bat Masterson Cap Gun from Lone Star that must be pretty rare, for it's been only recently added to this online museum!

Thanks to David Denton.

Lone Star Wyatt Earp U.S. Marshal
This Lone Star offering is quite rare.

Photos by Jamie Linford
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

And here is Lone Star's Buntline Special. Wow, I'm going to have to get a wider monitor! The box shown here is actually a BCM box.

Photos thanks to Chuck Quinn.

While it's true that I put this photo in here mostly for the Cheyenne Cap Gun, because it is so rare, the two "BUNT-LINE" Cap Guns are pretty rare too and deserve a good place of honor. The "BUNT-LINE SPECIAL 38" on the bottom is quite rare. It has a grip that looks like the grip on one of the Lone Star Cisco Kid guns.

Photos thanks to Chuck Quinn.

Lone Star "Cub" Revolver
This is a Lone Star Cub that is 7 inches long. Though it is not in the best shape, as there is a lot of wear on the blue coating, it is a gun that you really don't see very often. It has a horse's head on the ivory grip.

Many thanks Ken DaSilva-Hill - Objet's Extraordinaire! for this photo!

I stuck this Lone Star right below the Cub because it looks like it might have come right after that offering. It looks like it is much older than the other Lone Star Cap Guns.

Photos thanks to Chuck Quinn.

Here is a slightly modern Luger by Lone Star, but it is still a toy gun, isn't it?

Photos thanks to Jamie Linford.

A Lone Star Luger Presentation Set
This is a super rare Luger presentation kit from our English friends, Lone Star.

Photos by Rich Hall
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

This is a collection of items from the American Civil War that were in the same general style as the Gray Ghost series. They are 1861 Army Revolvers from Lone Star—except the Yankee hat. All of these items are from our friend Ed Manes.

Now folks, you're just going to have to take my word that this particular set is VERY EXPENSIVE! This is the very rare Gray Ghost from Lone Star. If you will click on the composite photo above, then you can see the Cap Gun up nice and close, along with the nice buckle. If this were your only Cap Gun, you would have a pretty good collection.

Thanks to David Denton.

Lone Star Gray Ghost Cap Gun
These are some really remarkable photos of a remarkably rare Cap Gun. I hope you appreciate it like I do.

All photos by Scott McCollum

Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

Here's a collection of Gray Ghost items from Ed Manes of California. That must be an incredibly rare box. And I had never seen the hat before.

Here's a better photo of the box. Photo thanks to David Denton of The Antique Cowboy.

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