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TOMIK 6 SHOOTER SPACE GUN - THOMAS TOYS - USASmall (4") rocket-shaped plastic space gun. Shoots six rubber bands. Metallic blue, silver and grey versions were produced. Red and yellow versions have also been identified: these may have been produced by the Thomas Toy sister company, Poplar Playthings, in Wales.

The bands are all loaded. Pulling the trigger raises a ratchet up out of the large tail fin. After the first band goes, each successive trigger pull, lifts the remaining bands up one notch, until all have fired. Sold on a target card with rubber bands.

The gun appears as Item No 291 in the Thomas Toys catalog for 1956.
TOMMY GUN WATER RIFLE, BARBARELLA - MAKS - HONG KONGA plastic machine pistol. Water pistol action. 24cm Sold in a bag with header card and called "Tommy Gun". Despite the military connection the gun has space lines, particularly the ring sections on the top. This is a copy of an earlier German design. Mak's

The main space connection is the fact that the gun, probably the German version, was used in the movie "Barbarella".
TOMMY JUNIOR GUN - MAKER? - JAPANBlue plastic space gun. Angular skeletal design with a red telescopic sight screwed onto the top. The gun has a clear green plastic cover with visible motor gears inside. Friction action with noise. 11" 28cm Bagged with header card.

TOMMY KICK SPACE RAY GUN RIFLE - TADA - JAPANLarge multicolored plastic rifle. Battery operated with noise and flashing light in the barrel.

This is the same design as the CAPITAN MARTE - CAPTAIN MARS GUN.

Featured in the 1970 Daishin catalog.

TOMMY THUNDER GUN - MIURA/TADA - JAPANBlue plastic Tommy gun style machine gun with drum magazine. Red barrel tip and a silver painted stock. 20.5" 52cm Marked Tommy Thunder. Paper bullet decals. Battery operated with sound and flashing light. The gun may lack space styling but the box and the inner packing are decorated with space themes. The gun carries a Miura and Tada manufacturer's mark.
TOMMY Z GUN - MAKER? - JAPANAnother release of the Tommy Z space gun. "Flashing Missile Real Scope" Large plastic space machine gun. Clear red barrel, silver body and stock with blue plastic panels. Boxy blue telescopic sight. Battery operated action with sound and flashing light in the barrel. Visible bullet in the side. 47cm The box does not have any space graphics.

TOMMY Z GUN - MIURA - JAPANLarge plastic space machine gun. Clear red barrel, silver body and stock with blue plastic panels. Boxy blue telescopic sight. Battery operated action with sound and flashing light in the barrel. Visible bullet in the side. The box is marked TOMMY Z though the gun has no marking. 47cm The box does not have any space graphics.

See the Flash Gordon Stun Gun version.
TOMMY-RAY SPACE GUN - B&W PLASTICS - USALarge plastic tommy gun with yellow details. The gun has an unusual organic shape with a traditional drum magazine in the middle. The top of the gun has a distinct hump which is pierced by a detachable plastic sight. 22' inches long. Made by B-W Molded Plastics Co. Includes matching plastic space helmet. USA. Red and blue versions.

Widely advertised from November 1953.
TRACER MACHINE GUN - SANKEI - JAPANA large (20 inch) blue tin lithographed space machine gun with a wood effect stock decorated with space scenes. Short barrel. The interesting feature of this space gun is that it accepts a detachable clip of ammo. Turning the crank moves the clip through the gun with noise and spark action. The box depicts a military scene but there's no denying the rocket on the stock. xadded
TRI AIR GAM SPACE GUN - AIRGAM - SPAINUnusual angular grey plastic space gun comprising several flat plastic pieces that form a triple dart shooting gun. Shoots three sucker tipped darts. Decal detailing. Lanza 3 Ventosas.
TRIPLE ACTION JET DART GUN - SUPERIOR - USAA later release of the Three Shot Rocket Gun wit more of an emphasis on jet planes rather than space. Silver grey plastic rocket jet shaped space gun. Shoots three rubber tipped darts simultaneously. Comes with a new target with jet planes. Superior is the trading name of T Cohn, the TC logo on the toy. This gun was also released with minor modifications and a new box as the Triple Jet Dart Gun by the UK Marx company based in Swansea. The reason why Marx is using a Superior mold is still unclear.
TRIPLE GUN H3 MACHINE GUN - HORIKAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin space rifle / machine gun. Drum magazine. Unusually the gun has three barrels. Friction action with rotating ammunition drum and moving barrels. The box has minimal space graphics of a rocket ready to launch. Eagle logo on the stock.

Also shown is a silver grey litho variation.
TWIN JET GUN - RANGER STEEL PRODUCTS - USAThis is a hard plastic space gun based on the Ranger Cosmic Ray Gun. There are two yellow fins on the top that lift to give access to the flints: hence the "twin jet" name. Yellow trigger. Clear red plastic barrel nozzle and a second spark window in the middle. The letter R is molded into the handle. Friction sparking action from two locations. Replaceable flints. Size: 10" 25cm

The elaborate spacey design is a complex mixture of components. Two color versions are known: red with yellow components and vice versa.

The gun appears as the Twin Ray Jet Gun in a Goodrich catalog for 1953.

TY HARDING AUTOMATIC RAPID ACTION PISTOL - NOMURA - JAPANTin lithographed space machine gun with clear green plastic double barrel. 8" 20cm Friction action. Portrait of Bronco Lane cowboy character on the handle and the letter B in a circle. A western cowboy-space crossover piece. Ty Harding Bronco Lane Gun. TN Same pressing as the Cragstan Double Barrel Automatic Rapid Action Pistol.
Western crossover. Box?
UFO 4 SPITFIRE GUN - MUPI - ITALYLight blue plastic space gun with an open plastic stock. Visible plastic gears. Small red telescopic sight. Perforated barrel. Paper decals. Friction action with noise and spark. 1970s.
ULTRA 09 ULTRAMAN SPACE GUN - TAKATOKU - JAPANSpeckled blue plastic space gun with a red barrel. The rounded bodied space gun has a slender clear red barrel with a solid plastic end. Detachable large telescopic sight. It also has a characteristic small white plastic antenna. Friction action with noise and spark. Supehero monster theme. Window box. TT T.T.
ULTRA 7 MAGIC FOAM RAYTHER SPACE GUN - JapanBlack plastic raygun with bubble blowing action from Magic Foam reservoir. Header card.
ULTRA DART GUN - TUDOR ROSE? - ENGLANDA black plastic space gun with red plastic barrel housing and muzzle tip. Shoots rubber tipped darts. The gun has a traditional revolver appearance but is transformed with a red ringed breech unit and a ribbed plastic barrel tip. Boxed with a bullseye target on the lid. See the Astronaut Screaming Missile Pistol version of this gun.
ULTRA SEVEN SPACE GUN - JAPANSleek blue plastic space gun with silver nozzle, extended fin-like structure at the back and clear red lighting section set into the barrel. Battery op light and noise. TDF-UG letters on handle
ULTRA-SONIC BEAM GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLANDBlack hard plastic battery operated flashlight space gun. The gun has a large red plastic lens housing that contains the color filters. Large red plastic rocket shaped sight. The barrel has distinctive barb like fins on the side. White knob for the buzzer action on the side. "Geiger Counter Indicator" dial set into the handle. 1950s

See also the Flower Logo Magic Gun version of this space gun. Picture?

Space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Sonic Ray. This is one of two versions of this gun produced by Lone Star.
ULTRAMAN GUN AND HOLSTER SET - MAKER? - JAPANBlue plastic spring loaded gun. Grey barrel tip. Shoots darts? Leathe Ultraman holster and belt. Anime superhero
ULTRAMAN SPACE GUN - SUPERSOL - ARGENTINAGrey plastic space rifle with angled stock and long telescopic sight. Ultraman wording and the character is molded into the handle. Action? Sold in bag with header card. Supersol has a seal logo. Date?
UNDERDOG SPACE GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGThis is an economy release of the Palitoy Cosmic Ray Gun. A white plastic space gun with green trim. Telescopic sight. The spring loaded gun shoots darts tipped with little figures that have parachutes attached. Blister carded.
UNIVERSAL GUN - MAKER? - JAPANEarly Japanese brightly lithographed tin space machine gun. This innovatively designed gun has a ribbed center section with a cylindrical magazine attached to the bottom. It has a large and wide black tin barrel and a long slender sight is fixed along the top. Wind up sound and spark action. Card box with paper label. Maker? Better photo?
UNIVERSAL MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA serious looking military-style lithographed tin space machine pistol. The silver grey gun has a brown stock and an extendible wire attachment at the back. Its most distinctive feature is a clip of tin simulated bullets that fit into an arc shaped magazine. There is little of space interest on the gun except for an atom pattern and the wording Universal Machine Gun. The rather plain box has slightly more of a space theme with an astronaut standing by a rocket launch pad. Date?
UNIVERSAL SPARKING RAY GUN - METTOY? - ENGLANDA simple tin lithographed wind up space machine gun. Bright early style graphics. Perforated black barrel. The top of the gun depicts WWI soldiers shooting at tanks with the gun.

Wind up action with noise and spark. 1950s. Possibly Wells or Mettoy.

This is based on the early Japanese Universal Gun, but it appears to have been simplified. Marked Made in Gt Britain.
UNIVERSE GUN - NAKAYAMA - JAPANRed lithographed tin friction space gun with clear green plastic barrel. Saturn and "Universe Gun" printed on the side. Noise and spark friction action. Date? 22cm

N inside an oval.

URANIA SPACE WATER PISTOL - MAKER? - ITALY?A bulbous clear yellow plastic space water pistol with rotating plastic aliens inside. This is a version of the Astronaut Rocket Ray Gun gun produced by Ideal toy company, J.G. Schrödel of Nuremberg. This is smaller than the German design. 15cm It has URANIA molded on the rear fin. Possibly Italian. Box?

URANUS III - MAKER? - PORTUGALSmall plastic space gun, angular handle. Paper decal decoration. Shoots darts. Blister carded. Available in a range of colors. Date?
UZAY TABANCASI - NE-KUR - TURKEYBlue bulbous tin lithographed space gun with a short clear red plastic barrel. The wording NE-KUR is printed on the sides. Friction noise and spark action.
V SPACE GUN - SPAINA classic shape black plastic space gun with a small rear fin. V and a red decal on the side. Rear filler cap. Water pistol. Maker? Box?
V THE RESISTANCE M-16 MACHINE GUN - ARCO - FRANCELarge metallic blue plastic machine gun. Skeletal stock. Telescopic sight. Silencer attached. Based on the 1984 TV series. Rapid fire action with sound. Card mounted.

VENUS NO 231 SPACE WATER GUN - MAKS - HONG KONGMetallic plastic space water gun. Blue and red versions only. Futuristic styling with rings molded into the barrel and geometric shapes in the body. Bagged with header card. Date? mak's
VETRO SPRIZ SPACE GUN - ARISTON - ITALYNot a functioning space gun but a container for some sort of liquid. Silver grey soft plastic space gun. This gun has a very distinctive handle design consisting of curved ribs. Red plastic tip.
VIDEO SPACE FLASH RAY BUZZER GUN - MAKER? - USAIt is possible that this gun was never released, but it appears in the 1952 Blackwell-Wielandy catalog. The bronze colored plastic battery operated space flashlight gun has several unusual features: a wheel-like structure at the back, a series of coils or springs around the barrel, a a telescopic sight in the shape of a jet rocket mounted on top and a sliding device in the lens housing. 9"

Box? Photo?
VOYAGEUR INTERPLANETAIRE - GPM (G. PASCAL MOSSE) - FRANCEClassic shaped diecast metal space gun with a long, thin telescopic sight, fins on the barrel and a glass lens at the tip. Battery operated flashlight action. The gun has been seen in green, gold, blue, yellow and red versions. 7.5"

The basic version of the gun has just two wires that connect directly to a battery. Pressing the trigger operates the flashlight. The white button at the side switches the light on permanently.

The more complex version has four wires. A battery held in a leather pouch powers the control box. The gun attaches by wire to the control box. The box has a gold dial with the wording ATOMIC LILLIPUT. There are seven electrical connection points. Two marked RECEPTION go to the battery, three marked PISTOLET go to the gun, and two marked EMISSION go to the helmet.

There are at least four sets:
1 Gun, battery holder and Morse card.
2 The above plus a leather holster, belt and wooden target.
3 As 2 with additional metal control box and a white leather harness to allow it to attach to the chest.
4 The largest set includes a lighted helmet and white gloves. leather vest, wrist and ankle cuffs and a space map. This set would include all the items shown in the box artwork. The helmet was probably packed separately.

The set is made of white leather with contrasting trim. Red, blue and green are known with matching helmets. There may be yellow and gold examples.

The box artwork shows a gun which is unlike the one currently known. It may suggest an earlier unknown version. Only diecast guns have been located so far. The gun and spacesuit feature on the cover of a 1954 French toy trade magazine.
Stubby red, blue and white lithographed tin raygun. Double barrelled, both barrels are clear red plastic with red inserts. Unusually the barrels are mounted one above the other instead of the usual side by side configuration. This is the same pressing as the RAY-W-GUN by Marubishi.

The barrels are the same components used on the Marubishi Astro Mobil.

Friction action with sparking and noise. Japan.
WANI BRAND PISTOL - WANI - JAPANA small, early tinplate nickel plated space gun. Spaceship design with a rocket molded into the stock. Cap firing action. Sold in trade boxes of one dozen. 1950s
WASSERSPRITZPISTOLE SPACE WATER PISTOL - GEOBRA - W GERMANYA transparent plastic space water pistol. This gun is based on the Rex Mars Planet Patrol by Marx. It also has features seen on the Mars water gun by Mak's, H.K. The gun has a classic shape with with rings on the barrel, fins on the muzzle and lines on the body. A streamlined telescopic sight is mounted at the back. The gun has a small working compass on one side of the handle and is marked Geobra on the other side. Sold carded (picture, anyone).

Note the square trigger guard, the larger sight and the compass, all of which distinguish it from the earlier Marx version which has a rounded trigger guard, smaller sight and no compass.

This gun features in the Geobra 1957 catalog. It was also on sale as late as 1963-4 in the Hullinghorts Spielzeug catalog.
WATER GUN TWO RING VERSION - PALMER PLASTICS - USAGrey plastic water pistol space gun with telescopic sight. Stars and Saturn molded in the sides. Bagged with header card. Various colors. Similar to the Palmer Planeteer Gun but with just two rings at the base of the barrel. Various colors.
2 Ring
WATER PISTOL - MAKER - JAPANAn early Japanese lithographed tinplate water pistol. The little blue space gun has an angular pistol shape with a trigger guard and a large yellow star on the handle. On the sides are a lightning bolt, a spaceman floating in space, Saturn and the wording "WATER PISTOL". Box? Date? Details?
WHAM-O INVISIBLE AIR BLASTER - WHAM-O - USAThis distinctively shaped plastic air blaster first appeared in 1965. This is the second generation of such guns and is a reworking of the design first used by Budson in the 1940s.

A pump lever is used to pull back the diaphragm. When the trigger is pulled the gun discharges a powerful jet of air. Despite the lack of space themes on the gun or on the packaging the toy is sought by space gun collectors.

The gun remained in production for many years and several cosmetic changes were made to the gun and the packaging.

Black (top left and bottom right): 1963 - came with a gorilla target printed on the box and separate alien card targets.

Blue/white: 1968

Black with red muzzle: 1978
X 15 ASTRONAUTS SATELLITE PISTOL - MAKER? - HONG KONGA light blue plastic satellite/spinner launching pistol space gun with red trim. A child is molded into the handle. Date?

The instructions are entertaining: "You must weigh heavily on the detonator ( Trigger ) and the satellites will fly and turn on the ceiling of your living room!"

X-1 FLASHY-RAY MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANLarge metallic blue lithographed tin battery operated space machine gun. This is a realistic looking machine gun which has no distinctive space character other than the name and box artwork. Wood effect stock. Flashing lights and sound. S_No 611

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961.
X-100 MYSTERY SPACE DART GUN - ARLISS - USAStubby rounded plastic space gun with dome bulges at the front. Shoots darts. The main selling feature was the fact that the darts have darts that can be filled with talk powder. The dart suckers have perforations: when they strike a target the talk stains the surface. Available in a range of colors: Burgundy and silver shown. 1950s. See also the X-200 set.
X-2 AUTOMATIC MACHINE GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA black or dark blue lithographed tinplate machine gun. The battery operated gun has a detachable cylindrical clear plastic magazine on top which light up when in action. The stock has the wording Automatic Ray Gun. Noise and flashing lights. A rather serious gun with little space detail, though the box has a dramatic space combat scene. 22" Similar in design to the Flashy Ray Gun.

Oddly, the gun appears in the 1956 Yonezawa (yes) catalog. It also features in the Nomura Catalog for 1964.
X-5 HEAVY MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLarge black tin lithographed space machine gun marked X-5MG on the side. Comes with metal tripod. The perforated barrel is lined and tipped with red plastic. Friction noise and spark action.
X-ATOMIC MACHINE GUN - MAKER? - JAPANA fairly conventional dark grey lithographed tinplate machine gun with wood effect stock. Short barrel. Rings. The box depicts a clear plastic lighted drum magazine on the top, though this is not evident on the pictured example. Marked Atomic Ray Gun on the stock. S- N0612. Battery operated action with noise and flashing lights.
X-RAY GUN - DAIYA - JAPANClear red hard plastic space gun with hump at the back and a small T-shaped sight. Friction noise and spark. Also in blue.

This was also released by Daiya as the Astro Ray Gun (with a minor modification to the sight).

First sighting is currently the 1967 Daiya catalog. Item #463

X-RAY GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA substantial blue tin lithographed space machine gun fitted with a tripod. More military than space. Battery operated flashing light and space noise. The gun has twin handles with firing button and has a clear red circular housing that resembles a magazine drum.
XZ-33 SUEDE HOLSTER (FOR BUCK ROGERS XZ-31 SPACE GUN) - DAISY - USAThe suede holster was sold separately. Came with a belt.
XZ-36 LEATHER HOLSTER (FOR BUCK ROGERS XZ-35 SPACE GUN) - DAISY - USAA leather holster with a futuristic styling. Circular hole. Designed to hold the smaller 1934 Wilma Deering ZX-35 space gun. Sold loose, no box. Sold with a belt.
XZ-39 LEATHER HOLSTER (FOR BUCK ROGERS XZ-38 SPACE GUN) - DAISY - USALeather holster with a diamond shaped hole. Marked Buck Rogers 25th Cent. Soldd with 30-inch plain belt with plain buckle for the XZ-38 Disintegrator Pistol. Unboxed.

Also sold in a box with the XZ-38 gun as item XZ-40
YU DO DAN - MAKER? - JAPANAn early Japanese black tinplate space gun. The poor photo hides much of the detail of this cap firing gun. It does have a trigger guard. The box has the picture of a Thunderbird 1 style rocket flying over the ocean in a Midway style battle with an aircraft carrier. Maker? better photo? Plated metal.

ZAP GUN - MEGO - HONG KONGClear plastic gun with red plastic barrel. Visible motor. Friction sparking action. A Mego release of the KO Yoshiya Junior Jet Ray Gun. Three gear version.
ZETARAY SPACE GUN - PIFCO - ENGLANDPlastic battery operated fashlight space gun. Rounded shape with rear fins and a knurled molding at the back. Seen in metallic gold and metallic blue. Some examples reveal "ghost" traces of the Raydionic Resonator Beam Space Gun wording indicating that it is an adaptation of the Raydionic mold. Date c1969

Offered as a mail away with Kellog's Sugar Smacks in 1969.

ZIP ZIP SPACE GUN - MAKER? - USAA die cast metal space gun dating from the early 1950s. The slender grey metal gun has cooling fin details on the body and a swept back front sight, also with fins.

This is probably an unfinished prototype. There is no firing mechanism.
ZIRO-ZIP SPACE GUN - TOMY - JAPANThis is a variation of the Tomy Siren raygun design. Red and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren - the box shows a blue and white version. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There is a red light at the top front of the gun. 7.5" 19cm Tomy also released the Ultra Space Gun version of this gun.

ZOOKA POP PISTOL - DAISY MFG - USAThis brightly colored red, yellow and blue 7" litho steel space gun is based on the pre-war XZ-35 "Wilma" Buck Rogers design. Daisy no longer held rights to the Buck Rogers name and significantly this gun makes no claim to being a space gun.

Pop gun action shoots corks. The gun is loaded by cocking the hinged handle. Box?

Zoomeray Pistol - Tigrett - USAA packaging variation of the gun by Tigrett Enterprises in the 1950's. Made of fairly durable plastic. It makes use of a catapult system to propel the paper tube from the barrel. Sold in a bag with a header card.

Advertised as the "new atomic pistol" from May 1951.
ZOOMERMATIC - TIGRETT - USAA variation of the Zoomeray gun with a more substantial plastic body with elaborate plastic scroll work on the top. The gun has the same skeletal handle. The gun now has a working trigger which propels a coiled paper streamer attached to a plastic rod. Sold on a header card.

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