Today we are happy to offer for sale an extremely rare lot of 6 McGlashan Coin Shooting Pistols! The McGlashan Coin Shooting Pistol was first introduced in 1945 by the McGlashan Air Machine Gun Company that was located in Los Angeles, California. McGlashan was better known as the maker of the McGlashan Air Machine Gun used by the military for training the Army Air Corp and US Navy personnel during World War II. The Coin Shooting Pistol that fired American Nickels was designed for the Carnival trade and Amusement Parks. They were sold in sets of four with chains and eye bolts to attach to stall counters. When first introduced the operator was expected to set up prizes on boards/stands. Contestants were expected to knock the prize off to win. Tarpaulins behind the prizes would catch the booth operators earnings. In 1946, McGlashan was offering targets that were more difficult and had to have five “Aces” on the target board knocked down to win. Aces were able to be remotely reset by the operator. Pistols were not marked “McGlashan”. Markings on left side are “Made in U.S.A.”, and right side has “Pat. Pend.”. McGlashan designed the guns to look and feel like the FN Model 1903 Semi-automatic pistol. A large coil spring shoots the coin, while a second smaller spring located in the breech gives the impression of recoil from an automatic slide. This rare and hard-to-find lot is composed of 6 all-original MacGlashan pistols. The pieces all still retain their original components and chains. The lot presents well and is in very good vintage as-found condition, with minor wear/tarnish, patina and oxidation commensurate with age and use. Some of the guns work quite well while others will need spring replacements or adjustments. Presumably if the new owner wants to actually use these, (s)he should replace all springs to make them all consistent. This appears to be a simple and straight forward maintenance project that the carnival operators likely needed to do themselves from time to time. This lot of coin shooting guns will make a wonderful addition to any antique and vintage carnival or shooting arcade collection, and would make a great gift to anyone that is interested in this nostalgic field of collectibility…Fresh to the market! Another set as good as this may never come along again!
Dimensions/ea: 9″ long, 5-1/4″ in height, 7/8″ in depth
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