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 Where to get "real" roll-caps for capguns?
Richard-ar15  [Member]
5/15/2006 11:10:26 AM
I've searched the Internet without any success, so I have to summon the GD for assistance.

My son is now 5, and is finally turning his attention to the good stuff. I've got him set up with the best cap pistol I could find (except for the orange thing on the barrel), but I am very disappointed in the roll caps that I've bought.

When I was his age (1970), caps had big blisters of powder that went "CRACK!" when you shot them. These chintzy caps that he's got have almost no powder in the charges and make a weak little "pap" sound if they go off at all (a lot of them don't). We simply must have more smoke and noise to have fun.

I can't even get a good loud bang when I smash a whole roll at a time with a hammer. (Somebody's got to show this new generation how we did it in the good old days.)

All the stores I've checked sell this same type of lousy roll caps (made in Commie China). Have they down-sized the powder as a safety measure for the bicycle-helmet generation?

So, how about it? Does anyone know where I can get "real" old-fashioned roll caps with a manly-sized charge in them? Mail-order?

Thanks





zombievt  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 11:37:15 AM

Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:

I can't even get a good loud bang when I smash a whole roll at a time with a hammer. (Somebody's got to show this new generation how we did it in the good old days.)




I'm lucky I'm not deaf from doing that.
SubnetMask  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 11:41:22 AM
WTF? I remember good and loud ones as a kid. This sucks. No boy should be denied a proper cap gun.

Tagged for answer.
Richard-ar15  [Member]
5/15/2006 11:45:36 AM
Yeah, this really sucks.

There's so little powder in these that you can't even feel a bulge when you run your finger over them.

I had told my boy how cool caps were and after playing with these, he was underwhelmed. He went back inside to watch that damn TV again.
jixxerbeast  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 11:46:17 AM
I had an all metal Tec-9 cap gun all black,folding stock,no stupid orange shit anywhere
when I used to shoot it in the back yard the neighbors would come out and ask if it was real
Richard-ar15  [Member]
5/15/2006 11:50:11 AM
Yeah, the orange tip really spoils the looks of the capgun, but I understand it's the law.

I remember the whole gang on my block running around looking like Mexican bandits. I almost never see kids with toy guns anymore.
OrARGB  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 11:53:29 AM
We can still get them here on the west coast. Fred Meyers (Local to us) carries the rolls. My 9-year-old learned how to light them last week with a propane torch...lots a fun. The newer cap guns though are so-so...lots of FTF and failure to cycle...Maybe Glock should make one.
TC6969  [Moderator]
5/15/2006 12:34:24 PM
I buy them at Wal-Mart all the time.

I get about 10 boxes on a bubble card for three bucks or something like that.
California_Kid  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 12:37:16 PM
When I was a kid I used to take rolls of caps, trim off as much of the paper as possible, and concentrate the caps in tubes to make small firecrackers.

Very dangerous, but they worked.
dpmmn  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 12:39:58 PM
Here is a link
TRW  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 12:52:17 PM
Naw, even back in the good old days they had caps of varying quality. I don't remember the name of them but the good ones I liked came 5 connected rolls to a small rectangular silver cardboard box. They were loud and fed well in all known cap guns. There were the other kind that sucked bad. Lots of duds and feeding problems. Sometimes the paper would stick and shredded on them instead of feeding.

Anybody remember smashing a whole roll of caps on the ground with a hammer? That was fun, and scary sometimes.

I know this was of zero help but tanks for the memories.....
GonzoAR15-1  [Member]
5/15/2006 12:52:33 PM

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
When I was a kid I used to take rolls of caps, trim off as much of the paper as possible, and concentrate the caps in tubes to make small firecrackers.

Very dangerous, but they worked.



I've got you beat.

I used to "reload" the little 8 shot round caps that were used in revolvers.

Ground glass, plus some other fun stuff. Mine were always louder than the "originals"

Heh!

Sukebe  [Member]
5/15/2006 12:55:47 PM

Originally Posted By zombievt:

Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:

I can't even get a good loud bang when I smash a whole roll at a time with a hammer. (Somebody's got to show this new generation how we did it in the good old days.)




I'm lucky I'm not deaf from doing that.



Oh yeah!. That was a hell of a lot more fun than a cap gun. Take my old mans 20 oz framing hammer to roll after roll of caps. They sounded just like firecrackers.
Richard-ar15  [Member]
5/15/2006 12:57:16 PM
dpmmn- Thanks, but those are the ones we have already.

TC- Thanks for the tip. I think I'll swing by the Walmart to see what brand they carry. The bad ones I have are packed in 4 box packages, so maybe the Walmart has something else(?)
Richard-ar15  [Member]
5/15/2006 12:58:52 PM

Originally Posted By Sukebe:

Originally Posted By zombievt:

Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:

I can't even get a good loud bang when I smash a whole roll at a time with a hammer. (Somebody's got to show this new generation how we did it in the good old days.)




I'm lucky I'm not deaf from doing that.



Oh yeah!. That was a hell of a lot more fun than a cap gun. Take my old mans 20 oz framing hammer to roll after roll of caps. They sounded just like firecrackers.



If you don't get showered with sparks, you're not hammering on enough caps!
CS223  [Team Member]
5/15/2006 1:02:02 PM
I recall getting single shot caps on a sheet and you tore off one square at a time. They may have been for those metal bombs that you tossed. The cap was the size of a pencil eraser. Smashed many a roll with a hammer too. Used caps to start a fire in lieu of matches, a piece of paper with a little gas on it, put the corner of the paper near a cap and pop it with a nail, knife or rock. The good old days.
Green_Canoe  [Member]
5/15/2006 1:33:16 PM
I have the same complaint. My son was out a month ago with my Luger cap pistol (my favorite when I was a kid) and he had about 2 duds for every live one and the ones that did go off went pfft not Pow. How's a kid suposed to get a good start on tinitus with these caps? My ears haven't stopped ringing since I was 8.

Let me know if you find some good ones.

Kent
Richard-ar15  [Member]
5/15/2006 2:22:25 PM

Originally Posted By Green_Canoe:
I have the same complaint. My son was out a month ago with my Luger cap pistol (my favorite when I was a kid) and he had about 2 duds for every live one and the ones that did go off went pfft not Pow. How's a kid suposed to get a good start on tinitus with these caps? My ears haven't stopped ringing since I was 8.

Let me know if you find some good ones.

Kent



Wait a minute- You got to keep your Luger from when you were a kid?

You're a lucky man. I thought everybody's mother threw out their cap guns. They do it all sneaky while you're at school or something. Comic books and cap guns- all of it sitting in a damn landfill somewhere.