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Though "official" channels will tell you that Pintos were later renamed "Paint," you will actually notice some minor differences (primarily in the later models) —especially if you have been lucky enough to have recently purchased one or even better—FOUND ONE!


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

As it shows here, the pinto came in a few versions. Sometimes it also
was sold with a plastic "holster" for your belt or leather one like
the one shown. The Pinto on the left is a more rare gold one and
has the rarer blue grips. A good collector's item.

Well, I've been getting downright ridiculous in my old age, but have been putting larger photos on this website. But these days more people have greater bandwidth and since this is a museum......what the heck?

Anyway, here are 3 rather nice photos of the gold version with the turquoise grips. This Cap Gun in this variation actually sells for quite a bit of money with the same colored bullet clip. IT AIN'T CHEAP!!! And no, I don't have one with the clip. Send me yours if that's a problem.

Thanks to Andy Petty for these fine photos.

Here is the Golden Tone box for the rare Pinto photographed above.

Thanks to Robb Vann for this offering.

When they first came out with this "little" gun it was engraved Pinto on the side. A few runs of units were shipped and immediately Ford Motor Company wrote a trademark infringement letter because they were coming out with the Pinto automobile. Rather than argue, Nichols Industries just changed the name to Paint by machining out the Pinto lettering in the tool and re-engraving Paint over it. The word Paint is on a raised platform because of this, whereas Pinto was engraved directly into the body of the gun. To collectors this is important to know, because they really need one of each for a full collection and the Pinto is more rare.

Cute, huh?
Photo courtesy of "The Bid Getters"

And here's a photo of one I won in an auction. One thing you might notice that you probably would have missed. The word "PINTO" is much bigger on the right side than the left, for on the left side there was less room, due to the pivot for the cylinder to flip down. You can barely read the word on this side, but on the other side it is very easy.

The Pintos have a little jeweled Circle "N" like the Stallion 45 MK-II. Cute touch for such a small cap pistol. The paints have the Circle "N" that is chrome and is part of the frame like you would see on the Stallion 38 or 32 or most of the other guns.

Well, since the Pinto was the first one made, then it must be the most valuable and I think it is. There were several variations made, as seen in the above photo. And they also came in boxes and on cards—depending on the market to which they were sold.

I personally always liked this Cap Pistol, as it was cute, small and elegantly done. Besides, it would fit in your pocket so that no matter how many times the Bad Guys searched you, they were likely to miss this extra LITTLE bulge in your bluejeans. So, after they had taken you prisoner, then you could arrest them all. And win!

This little Cap Gun was single action only. Pull the hammer back; it stays. Pull the trigger; it fires. It contained one 2-piece bullet (brass base by Remington and die-cast bullet with a hole down its center) and a cylinder that, with the release of a spring-activated lever on the barrel (forward), it would swing out to the left. The barrel looked on the outside like it held six bullets, but when you flipped it out, there was the one standard Stallion 38-type bullet.

A close-up of the flip-out cylinder. The shell casing is polished so you can see it.

A close-up of the barrel that shows the lever. You push the lever towards the muzzle and it enables the cylinder to flip out.

Here's a couple of nice photos of the gold plated Pinto with the fancy blue grips.

These photos were submitted by Edwin E. "Woody" Myers

This must be a fantastically rare version of the Pinto. It's just TOO WEIRD! It has a G stock number, which normally denotes a gold-plated Cap Gun and it has a gold cylinder, which certainly is gold. But the card itself is so primitive that it looks like it was done in the dead of night.

From the Chuck Quinn collection

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