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Halco (the J. Halpern Company of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania) was known for their quality. They were a high volume distributor that sold millions of Cap Guns that were produced by other companies. They sold to a lot of the major retail outlets. In many cases the manufacturing companies even put the HALCO name on the guns they produced for Halco. So they were very responsible for a great number of the guns that we have cherished throughout the years.


There are over 8,000 pages (including those from thumbnails—and the site is still growing!) on this website that will give you more information plus BIGGER PHOTOS!
Mattel Marauder Division Tommy Burst w/ Night Scope
(then go find it!)

(Thank you for some of you have contributed generously and have helped us stay alive!)
Normally I don't grovel and beg for money, but I am past that stage. Originally we had quite a few who helped us each month by contributing a little to our cause of maintaining this website. Not so much anymore. It's a trickle now.


See how many people have helped us one way or the other over 12+ years at:

Hundreds of wonderful people for over 12 years!

Also...The Internet wants a "mobile-friendly" website and we don't know how to convert a 7,000+ page custom website over to a format where you can always read it on a smartphone or tablet. Even Google said that this is the largest "Static" website on the entire internet. But it's only a matter of time before we lose it all to "progress." I'm old, have only Windows 7 and my software won't load on a higher operating system, and I don't know how to keep up with these changes and am worried about losing it all. If you're an expert, please help by suggesting a sensible technological upgrade! No two pages are completely alike on this website. If I could redo 10 pages a day, it would take about 2 years!

I would ask those who are enjoying this site to PLEASE contribute at least a little to helping us keep it going. Believe me, even small contributions help! This is the only site where you are likely to find most of the Cap Guns ever made. The site will always be free to use, but it's not free for me.

(Contritubutions start at only $10, but you can make it more if you can afford it.)
(And we refuse to put you on a mailing list or sell your e-mail address.)
Thank you "History Buffs & Collectors"—Mike Nichols, Texas

Broderick Crawford in Highway Patrol Set
I can't stress how RARE this set is. In the 12 years (up to this point) I have been building this website, this is the first one I have come across. I remember watching HIGHWAY PATROL and seeing the tough Broderick Crawford. That's when cops hid behind billboards. We didn't have as many lawyers back then and people respected the law.

Thanks to David & Dave Klahn

This is an amazingly rare HALCO gun that was made by the George Schmidt Company, after HALCO purchased them. And this one is in perfect shape.

Photo by that generous soul Scott McCollum.

Leslie-Henry Girls Cap Gun with Pink Grips
This is a late offering by Leslie-Henry that was supposed to appeal to cowgirls, since it had pink grips. It was probably distributed under the HALCO name, for we see the diamond "H" on the grips.
These photos courtesy of Richard Roth

Check your guns podner! Podner was my grandfather's dog's name! Here is a Wild West Scene and though we know it is HALCO, I haven't a clue as to how it was sold or packaged or what it had in it. But it's cool, so I have listed it.

Photo by that generous soul Jack Rosenthal. If you need spare parts or repairs, just think of Toys and More, which is Jack's outfit.

Here's a remarkably rare set of Laramie guns and matching holster by HALCO.

Photo by Belinda Quan from the Chuck Quinn collection.

Here's basically the same gun without the scrollwork and no celebrity name. Plain grips. There is no name on this side of the gun. Perhaps it is on the right side?

Photo thanks to Dan Lovell

Here's the same Cap Gun, but labeled a "Marshal." This Cap Gun seems to be overlooked when it comes to rarity, but I believe that there aren't very many of these around. At least in the time I have been looking, this is the first one. Below we see the same Cap Gun, but with the loading door open. It is strange that they felt that they had to spoil the looks of the Cap Gun by actually telling that young Buckaroo where the caps went!!! Most kids would take it apart anyway. I never missed an opportunity.

Photos by Raymond Harpe

Here's another couple of good photos of this type of HALCO Marshal. You know, considering the style of the grips, these could have been manufactured by Buzz Henry. Notice how the grips are different than those above.

Photos by Don Webster

Rare U.S. Marshal from TV Show
Here is a rare Cap Gun and holster set from the syndicated TV show U.S. Marshal staring John Bromfield. It was a modern day western crime drama, set and filmed in Arizona. It had a nice four season run in the late 1950's.The shoulder holster is like the one Bromfield wore on the show.

Photos thanks to Ron Ellington

Matt Dillon (probably by Leslie-Henry for HALCO)
It's almost certain that this Matt Dillon version was made by Leslie-Henry, but it is a very rare version anyway. There are six different names on the Halco 45's. The names that were used are: Maverick; Wagon Train; Paladin; Mustang; Matt Dillon; and Bonanza. The guns came in two finishes, bronze and nickel plated. I have them in the listed order based on my experience from the most common to the rarest.

Thanks to Rich Hall for these photos! (and text)
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Here's the full set for the Matt Dillon 45 and everything is DEAD MINT in the box with extra bullets!
Photo by Belinda Quan from the Chuck Quinn collection.

Here is a TOTALLY UNUSUAL set from HALCO with a double holster set of Matt Dillon Cap Guns, but look! It says, "RC COLA" on the holster. Have you ever seen anything quite like this? I hadn't.

Photo by Jim Mair of Jim's Antique Toys.

Halco Buffalo Bill by Hubley From 1965-1970
This is a very unusual gun made by Hubley for Halco, which is the Halpern Company.

Other companies made guns for them and they would only take high quality. Companies like Hubley and Leslie-Henry.

Many thanks to Christopher Macri for these photos.
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Another Buffalo Bill (probably by Leslie-Henry for HALCO)
This Buffalo Bill model was sold by HALCO, but was probably made by Leslie-Henry. As you can see, it is a repeater that is quite a bit different from the saw-handled version listed above.

Thanks to Doug Hamilton for these photos!
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Here is the above Buffalo Bill, but mint on the card.

Thanks to Chuck Quinn

HALCO Pinto Cap Gun
Here is the same gun with a different name. By now you almost expect to see one about every 8th Cap Gun. Well, they wanted to sell Cap Guns and whatever it took.

Many thanks to Eric Zurbruegg for these photos.
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These two photos of a HALCO Pinto are from Debbie le Roux. They are really the same Cap Gun as the HALCO Marshal up above, but have merely a different title. Thanks Debbie.

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