Sunday, June 2, 2013

My First Gun

My parents recently brought me a toy from my childhood, the gun in the picture below was given to me by family friends when I was 3 or 4 years old. It is obviously a copy of the 1903 Springfield Rifle, made from sheet steel, cast steel and wood it has a wooden bullet that moves when you cycle the bolt. These were made by the Parris company and were marketed as the "Kadet Training Rifle"

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Somewhere along the way the trigger guard got broken off and the sling (OD green canvas) came missing.
Here is what it originally looked like:

What a great gift! I had no idea my parents still had the toy.

It will now reside in my rec room, a reminder of when we were not ashamed to let our children pretend to be soldiers.