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Cap guns are armor toys built from a real gun design and containing a small amount of shock-sensitive explosives that enable them to simulate the sound and after-smoke of actual guns. They are conventionally made of metal and can come with a ring cap, roll cap, or single cap.

Uses of cap guns

Cap gun ammo can be used by teenagers and adults for fun. Although there is largely no constraining law on the use of these toys by preteens, older preteens may use cap gun toys at the discretion of their parents but with close supervision and controlled access. More so, it is often safer to wait till they turn teens for better handling of these tools. Aside from fun play, toy cap guns are used in theatrics to create visual and sound effects that simulate those of the real armor tools.

What are the safety precautions prescribed for the use of cap guns?

Although a lot of fulminate materials are not stuffed into these ammo toys, they are still dangerous, as these materials are nearly as explosive as actual gunpowder and require following safety precautions prescribed by local laws. Some of the safety measures to employ when using metal cap guns include not keeping gun caps in the pocket as they may undergo friction, which might ignite them and cause burns. Also, cap guns should be fired more than one foot away from the ear and should be kept off indoor use.

Types of cap guns

Cap guns are designed to simulate a variety of guns, and so come in different structures, such as paper cap guns and derringer cap guns, but more conventionally ring cap guns and strip cap guns. Cap gun revolvers are a simulation of revolver guns, as they contain cap rings affixed to their cylinder section, which rotates the cap when the trigger is pulled and triggers the explosive to react when the gun is shot. Strip cap guns are similar in design to ring cap guns but differ in their use of cap gun strips, which are rather straight series of loaded explosives. However, just like in a round cap, pulling a trigger gets the next cap in line for shooting.

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