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#1 deerslayer

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:18 PM

https://youtu.be/v02xOjnhNVo

Our county Fair has the bb Tommy guns! Blast from the past.. didn't quite shoot out the star.. but we did win Thompson key chain.

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#2 ron_brock

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:28 PM

Looks like youve shot full auto before!!! Lol

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:01 PM

Nothing is quite so fun on a cold winter day than a full auto M1 Thompson BB gun and a chicken coop full of freeloading starlings!


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:13 PM

When I was a kid (late 1950's) Willow Grove Park amusement park in suburban
Philadelphia was still hanging on as an old fashioned amusement park.
It was like a time capsule with two wood roller coasters, a Ferris wheel,
an old fashioned fun house, etc. And it had the BB Thompsons but I don't
remember them having the buzz-saw rate of fire as seen in Dan's video.
If I recall correctly they were loaded thru the buttplate a tube of BBs being
dumped into another tube in the stock. There were all sorts of metal targets
that got knocked over and could be reset upright when the guy pulled a lever.
There was also pools of water with little ships to knock over and spraying
the water was the best because you could see all the splashes.
I can imagine what a kid of today playing a high tech video game would
think of something as lame as a BB gun, but that was a great time and a
great memory. Thanks Dan!

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:24 PM

Great memories - thanks Dan


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 10:59 PM

Way to go Dan.
I gave you a like on that👍.
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#7 Petroleum 1

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 12:26 AM

When I was a kid (late 1950's) Willow Grove Park amusement park in suburban
Philadelphia was still hanging on as an old fashioned amusement park.
It was like a time capsule with two wood roller coasters, a Ferris wheel,
an old fashioned fun house, etc. And it had the BB Thompsons but I don't
remember them having the buzz-saw rate of fire as seen in Dan's video.
If I recall correctly they were loaded thru the buttplate a tube of BBs being
dumped into another tube in the stock. There were all sorts of metal targets
that got knocked over and could be reset upright when the guy pulled a lever.
There was also pools of water with little ships to knock over and spraying
the water was the best because you could see all the splashes.
I can imagine what a kid of today playing a high tech video game would
think of something as lame as a BB gun, but that was a great time and a
great memory. Thanks Dan!

Bob

The shooting gallery i went to as a kid was like the one you described but in addition to the Thompsons it had a few fixed guns on stands sort of a .50cal looking thing which was my fav. I think it was .25cents to shoot a tube of bbs.
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Posted 21 June 2019 - 06:55 AM

We had them at the Daytona Beach amusement area by the boardwalk back in the 60's-70's, all gone now. :(


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 07:24 AM

Knoebles amusment park here in Pa still has them. Costs a dollar to shoot. Have to do it every time i visit. Want one for my basement for winter and rainy day amusement!
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Posted 21 June 2019 - 01:21 PM

Back in the day i ordered one of these from a magazine. Mine ran on cans of Freon and you could really hose down the bottles and cans. It was a lot of fun. Buying Freon and bb used up an ample amount of my paper route money though ha!!

http://www.smallarms...idarticles=1703


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 03:19 PM

Back in the day i ordered one of these from a magazine. Mine ran on cans of Freon and you could really hose down the bottles and cans. It was a lot of fun. Buying Freon and bb used up an ample amount of my paper route money though ha!!

http://www.smallarms...idarticles=1703

 

There was actually one on Gunbroker last year; guy only wanted $75 I think, but had no idea if it worked. 

I too remember the tube of BBs for loading.  My brother and I tried (with no luck) to shoot out that star way too many times.  But it sure was fun, back around 1960.


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 04:42 PM

Back in the day i ordered one of these from a magazine. Mine ran on cans of Freon and you could really hose down the bottles and cans. It was a lot of fun. Buying Freon and bb used up an ample amount of my paper route money though ha!!

http://www.smallarms...idarticles=1703

 

There was actually one on Gunbroker last year; guy only wanted $75 I think, but had no idea if it worked. 

I too remember the tube of BBs for loading.  My brother and I tried (with no luck) to shoot out that star way too many times.  But it sure was fun, back around 1960.


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the magazine was empty it had a cover on the bottom. turn the gun upside down and pour a whole box of bb in there and away we go. The magazine was pressurized and there was a pick up at the bottom. The bb just went up the tube and out the barrel


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Posted 22 June 2019 - 07:12 AM

The trick to shooting out the star with these guns is to fire in bursts around it so you basically cut the star out, otherwise the edges of the star will remain intact and get you every time. I learned that after dropping $20 and having a fun half hour at a fair one time.
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Posted 22 June 2019 - 07:36 AM

I would do exactly that and of course there was always a piece of red star you had to use a magnifying glass to see ugh!! I felt like the guns were not set up to shoot straight either.
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Posted 22 June 2019 - 11:47 AM

Are you guys implying that carnies are an unscrupulous bunch? Lol

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 02:46 PM

Are you guys implying that carnies are an unscrupulous bunch? Lol

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I’d probably like them more if I got a Thompson keychain
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:34 AM

Back in the day i ordered one of these from a magazine. Mine ran on cans of Freon and you could really hose down the bottles and cans. It was a lot of fun. Buying Freon and bb used up an ample amount of my paper route money though ha!!

http://www.smallarms...idarticles=1703


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Don't hook one up to a air tank! :o


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:57 AM


Back in the day i ordered one of these from a magazine. Mine ran on cans of Freon and you could really hose down the bottles and cans. It was a lot of fun. Buying Freon and bb used up an ample amount of my paper route money though ha!!

http://www.smallarms...idarticles=1703


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Don't hook one up to a air tank! :o
I never did that but Why not?? With a regulator you can adjust the pressure to a safe level.
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 12:35 PM

Although what passes for "sights" on a Feltman Shoot-The-Star carnival gun are fixed (cast into the pieces) the point of aim is actually adjustable via a couple of set screws at the end of the barrel which hold the actual barrel in the casting. You can actually get the thing to be pretty accurate. . . 

 

The original manual lists several ways the game operator can change the odds of success (apart from mis-adjusting the aim which is not mentioned) including changing the rate of fire and using larger star targets --there were 3 sizes of stars I believe. Not to mention who's to say you're getting a full 100 rnds. in the loading tube. . .


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 01:55 PM

 


Back in the day i ordered one of these from a magazine. Mine ran on cans of Freon and you could really hose down the bottles and cans. It was a lot of fun. Buying Freon and bb used up an ample amount of my paper route money though ha!!

http://www.smallarms...idarticles=1703


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Don't hook one up to a air tank! :o
I never did that but Why not?? With a regulator you can adjust the pressure to a safe level.

Homemade ; Propane take with just a store bought valve and hose kit, no reg.


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