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Marx has long been one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world. They have created all sorts of quality toys for generations and the Cap Gun hobby is no exception.

In addition to their full-sized Cap Guns, they even created an entire line of miniature Cap Guns—not to be confused with the small Derringers and flintlocks like the Nichols Buccaneer or the Dyna-Mite, but TINY GUNS! In this section we have Colt Army 45's, Johnny Ringo stuff, rifles and miniatures.

(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

I would guess it is possible that this flintlock by Marx was actually used by Davy Crockett. Which might explain why we lost the Alamo.

Photo by Dave Klahn

Here is a rather rare set by Marx that is a rifle, knife, holster, bullets and Cap Gun! Wow! This rifle must be extremely rare and with the Box!

From the Bob and Pat DeFeis collection.

And here's another rare rifle set from Bob! Since I have only seen this rifle once before (from Steve Arlin), then the whole complete MINT set must be very valuable. Why didn't I collect these things when they were cheap?

From the Bob and Pat DeFeis collection.

This is about as rare as it gets. It is a prototype apparently, direct from the Marx factory. That's a magnificent eagle on the grip, huh? I wish I had every view of this particular toy pistol, but I'll take what I can get. The tag is signed by the designer and you're not likely to ever see another one of these. On this website, if something was done at the factory or on orders by the factory, then we consider it "legitimate." Period.

Photo by Belinda Quan from the Chuck Quinn collection.

Here's another rare offering from Marx. Rangers! These are so rare that they aren't even in Backyard Buckaroos! They were made in Canada.

Photo by Belinda Quan from the Chuck Quinn collection.

And yet another rare offering from Marx. A Wyatt Earp Special from Marx with the designer's tag. Tags like this are quite rare.

Photo by Belinda Quan from the Chuck Quinn collection.

And here's a Wyatt Earp clicker gun from Marx.

Photos by Tim Tobin

Small 25" Marx Toy Military M1 Garand Repeater
Though this is not a 19th century cowboy gun, but a strictly military rifle, it is still a noteworthy example of one of the Marx guns. Their slogan was, "It's by Marrrrxxx!!!" And usually Marx toys were high quality. But then nearly everything in this field was high quality compared to now. Of course, except for the rare NEARLY IDENTICAL toy guns that even a policeman might not be able to tell from the real thing at 5 feet! I have a toy Beretta that is so real it's spooky. And a real one too! Of course, I live in Texas and we have a gun in every drawer—or wish we did. (or is it just me?)

Thanks to Doug Hamilton for these photos!
You Will Miss Out If You Don't Click On The Thumbnails!

And here is an even better photo of the whole rifle with bullets that is MINT ON THE CARD. (MOC)

Thanks to Jim Trever for this photo.

I am told that these are Marx Clicker Guns. But I think that somebody designed a clicker gun and then licensed it to everybody but the Russian Army and the Italians. The bottom one is rare with ivory celluloid insert grips w/red jewels. Rubies I guess.

Another clicker gun, but what makes this one rare is the chrome cylinder.

Thanks to Belinda Quan for these photos from the collection of Chuck Quinn.

Another rare Marx Lone Ranger gun from the collection of Chuck Quinn, but this one is a "Sparkling Pop Pistol." That means that it put out sparks from the end of the barrel when you pumped the trigger. You just have to wonder how many people actually own a box for one of these gems.

MARX Mini Derringer
Here is a Mint on Card Marx Mini Derringer. I think it was from the 1950 era. It is a replica of an original Derringer that was designed by Henry Deringer, a Pennsylvanian German craftsman who was instrumental in developing the smal pistol that came to be known as a Derringer. This small replica (3-3/4 inches long) is on the original marketing card with full instructions on the back side . It makes a nice addition to a Derringer or Marx collection

Thanks to Doug Hamilton for these photos!
You Will Miss Out If You Don't Click On The Thumbnails!

Here's a photo of one of the ways you could get this Derringer. A nice metal box with some plastic. Click on the box to see another photo of what it looked like inside the box.

This is another in the Marx Miniature Series. The Kentucky Rifle.

Photo thanks to Geneva Street Antiques.

And here's another one from them, the miniature German Luger and box.

Photo thanks to Geneva Street Antiques.

Here's a full size Luger called the Desert Patrol with a silencer. I don't know how it loaded. Perhaps somebody can tell me. Probably you removed the silencer and muzzle loaded the bullets.

Here is a beautiful toy. Normally the Cap Guns that we see on this website are die-cast or cast iron, but this one has a plastic frame. We present it here because it has such good looks.

Thanks to Dwain Burkholder for these photos of this fine 45 and its holster!

Here is a good photo of the holster with the Colt 45 Peacemaker that apparently were made for each other.

Apparently this Colt 45 was made around 1960-1965, about the same time that Nichols Industries was being sold to Kusan.

There are still a lot of plastic Cap Guns out there—along with just spring-loaded guns that merely fire, but the glory days of the big cast-iron or die-cast zinc alloy guns seems to be gone forever.

—Thanks again Dwain!

Civil War Cap Gun by Marx
This is basically the same gun that Clint Eastwood used in most of his "Spaghetti Westerns" like "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."

Thanks to Bob Garvey for the photos.
Please Click On Each Thumbnail For An Enlarged View!

All photos thanks to Bob Garvey!

Marx Miniature Civil War Navy Revolver
This is a miniature of the popular gun developed for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, and it was very popular with American cowboys.
Photos thanks to Bob Garvey

Stagecoach Miniature Cap Gun
This is a slightly different Marx miniature, but also comes with the plastic box.

Thanks to Doug Hamilton for the photos.
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Same box, but different color.

And another color and this one has the lid off of the cap storage area. This Cap Gun, though small, certainly has a lot of gold color!
Photo thanks to Richard Marlin.

Stagecoach Miniature Cap Gun (Salesman's Sample!)
This is the pistol that came in the brown box. It is an ultra rare salesman sample that has an extra solid brass cylinder. He got it from a woman whose father was a salesman for Marx for 30 years.

Thanks to Richard Marlin for the photos.
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Here's a really small Colt 45 Peacemaker. Almost as small as that Nichols one on the tie clasp or the ladies bracelet.

Photo thanks to Bruce Miller

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