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    Posted: 23 Mar 2024 at 12:10am
Anyone ever have one of these airsoft/squib shooting plastic guns they have played around with.  After my dealer friend found out I had picked up an Automag (TDE North Hollywood) he gave me one.  Looks and proportions are spot on as the plastic molds were make from castings of a real one, including the logo.  I was thinking it was possibly able to do airsoft beads, no, it does not work with that.  I was wondering if anyone had ever seen or had one of these and knows about the inner workings.  Maybe I can take it apart and see what it does, just kind of want to not ruin a visually ok piece.  Oh, BTW this dealer is the same one that had a bunch of Star Trek stuff, including a verified Phaser/communicator from the original series.  Yes I thought it kind of cool to handle one of those figuring Shatner, Nimoy, and the others had used them on the show.
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Hi Rick, Bruce Stark here.  This is one of my favorite Auto Mag subjects.
I lived in Japan for a total of 21 months and I haunted the toy stores in Tokyo.  Sometimes I had to buy a whole box of 12 or 24 guns or there would be no sale.  Many of the stores would only sell to wholesale dealers, so I would introduce myself as Mr. Wholesale.  While there I accumulated over 70 different Auto Mag toys.  I bought one in Hong Kong in a Pachinko Parler because it was the same as one I bought in Japan, but with a silencer.  Here is a short article I wrote about Auto Mag toys.

"This is a favorite category of many collectors.  The variety of technologies, designs, sizes and colors makes this collectable almost as varied as collecting the real thing.  The Japanese are truly the masters of the toy gun.  The first time one enters a Japanese toy gun store is a memory not soon forgotten.  Some are aged and one would swear they are 150 years old or battlefield pick-ups.  Some are just models, and some fire a pellet or a soft dart.  Some pellets are projected with a simple hammer strike on the pellet, some use a cap and some use a compressed Freon oxygen mixture, (FLON) which is held in the magazine.  Some are airsoft guns that shoot plastic pellets using compressed air.  There are also many beautiful Japanese non-functional model Auto Mags.  They usually have to be assembled with glue from a large number of plastic parts.  Most of the models don’t do anything.  The artwork on many of the boxes is intriguing and could be a study by itself.

MGC, Model Gun Company, is a large chain of toy gun stores in Japan.  They offer high-end copies of many different guns.  Of the high-end Auto Mags they offered, one was silver, one was a matte silver, one was black, one was blued, one was made of clear plastic and one was black but the plastic was weighted to make the model gun as heavy as an original Auto Mag.  These guns use a brass shell that contains a cap.  If all works according to design, the spent brass ejects and a new round will chamber properly.  These toy guns shoot no projectile.  MGC also made holsters and magazine loading tools for the Auto Mag.  

As early as 1982 there were Auto Mag airsoft guns made with 10.5 inch fully ribbed barrels.  Interestingly, Kent Lomont made at least one .44 AMP 10.5 inch fully ribbed barrel that is stunning.

After the movie Sudden Impact came out there were many toy “CLINT” Auto Mags made in Japan.  They were 8.5 inch fully ribbed guns in a variety of cases and a variety of colors.  There were some made of plastic and some made of metal.  They were offered in black, silver or gold.

Probably the most poorly thought out toy is the Auto Mag flashlight.  Imagine hearing a noise outside and using a flashlight shaped like an Auto Mag to investigate.  It may end up being your last decision.

There is a toy squirt gun, toy cork guns, one that fires rubber bands, and one that fires a laser beam, has sound effects and scores with a reflective target."

Recently I worked the gun show in Kingman Arizona.  Another dealer came over and was interested in two used Auto Mag magazines I had for sale.  He said he bought an Auto Mag that didn't come with a magazine.  He said he bought a black Auto Mag magazine from another dealer.  I guessed it was a Krasne's magazine and told him it should work just fine.  He said it didn't fit into the gun.  He later came by to show me the black magazine.  It was a steel magazine made for one of the many Japanese toy Auto Mags.  




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Originally posted by Pantera Mike Pantera Mike wrote:

Is it one of these?


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I think you are on to something here, Thanks Bruce.  It has a marking on the other side from the logo that says Maruzen ASGK.
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Bruce, did you get the previous message and know anything about my specific one?
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I know that I have several toy AM's that were made by Maruzen.  
If it is an Airsoft gun it should shoot the small round plastic pellets.
In Japan I bought pellets the same size and shape as the regular pellets but they were paint-balls !
Maruzen made/makes many different versions of the gun, and many other guns too.  
Post a picture of it and the box if you can.  Luckly the pictures I posted were already in this sites library as I had posted them earlier. 
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