Coin Shooting PistolThe MacGlashan Coin Shooting Gun
The MacGlashan Coin Shooting Pistol was first introduced in 1945 by the MacGlashan Air Machine Gun Company that was located in Los Angeles, California. MacGlashan was better known as the maker of the BB shooting air powered Machine Gun used by the military for training Army Air Corp and Navy personnel. See the link to the left on more information on the BB machine guns.
The Coin Shooting Pistol was designed for the Carnival trade and Amusement Parks and was sold in sets of four with chains and eye bolts to attach to the carnival tent counters.
When first introduced the operater was expected to setup prizes on boards/stands. Contestants were expected to knock the prize off to win. Tarps behind the prizes would catch the booth operators earnings.
In 1946 MacGlashan 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 "MacGlashan". Markings on left side are "Made in U.S.A.", and right side has "Pat. Pend.".
MacGlashan designed the guns to look and feel like a .38 Automatic pistol. A large Coin spring shoots the coin, while a second smaller spring located in the breech
gives the impression of recoil from an automatic slide.
WANTED::: "Do you have any vintage photo's of the Coin Shooting Pistols being used at a Carnival or amusement park?"
Coin Shooting Gun