Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • GD

    Back when I was a kid (like, 30 years ago) I would play with a very nifty electric train set (I can’t remember the gauge/scale but it was HUGE) that my brother had gotten like 10-15 years before that (so, circa the late 60s).

    Anyway, the engine on this thing had a little smoke pot where you could put a small amount (about half a thimble) of oil and it would be heated by electricity and cause the little engine to puff out smoke. Very cool. I do recall thinking at my wise age of 12ish that heat and oil sounds like fire which does not sound safe, but again it looked cool so what did I care.

    Of course, there was never an issue with it and even if the oil ever did reach burning point there wasn’t enough fuel in the pot to be of consequence. In fact the genormous power supply and distribution this thing used was probably much more dangerous and prone to over heating to “melt the carpet” levels.

  • I remember having some toys that’d create smoke in a similar manner. Nothing terribly dangerous about it. The heating element doesn’t have to get very hot and the oil that it burns is a water/glycerin mixture. It’s not like there’s an open flame and a tank of kerosene in the thing.

  • West

    The loading process seems overly elaborate and time consuming rendering it useless to young commandos in the field.

    I had a kick-ass toy shotgun similar to this when I was a kid. It had a nice wood stock with over-under barrels. The “shells” were plastic with metal ends where you inserted a “primer”. The cocking mechanism and breech controls all worked exactly like a real shotgun. It came with about 50 shells and a bandolier.

    The whole set-up was amazingly realistic and completely unimaginable in todays world.

    Im 35.

  • DarrenS

    Is your aversion to this because it is a toy gun? I ask, because model railroads have been generating smoke by heating oil for generations. In the railroad engines, it’s just a few drops of oil, so there really is no risk of a child getting burned by it. The oil soaks into a heating element that is beyond the reach of even the smallest fingers.

  • Ryan

    This toy was already made and sold years ago. I played with it a lot as a child and for me, I never even felt it heat up while I was holding it. In fact, what actually caused me to throw it away was a loose wire in the speaker that zapped me every time I pulled the trigger.

  • Bryan S

    Ive had a number of toy trains that produced smoke.. this looks like something for those guys who want the sxs nerf guns for their nerf zombie games.

    Interesting, would be fun to give my kid.

  • Agree completely with you on this – this is a disaster waiting to happen if some idiot takes one of these and shoots at someone who responde with a genuine firearm thinking that he / she is at risk.

  • dt

    I guess that Lionel train set with the “real” smoking engine is what messed me up when I was a child.

  • Fred

    In my long ago youth when Lionel train sets had steam locomotives, they smoked in little puffs. How else would you know you had a steam engine? The F8 diesels simply had no character.

  • Son has one. It is about 2 years old now and as I recall it is an over under. Came from China.

    Seems it needed a battery and some other stuff, but the smoke was a hit.

  • Derfel Cadarn

    The air rifles of my youth produced smoke out the barrel when fired.Very realistic guns and effect,never killed anyone,never resulted in shoot outs swat teams.Alas for the good old days.

  • charles222

    haha, this reminds of the “bag o glass” unsafe toy from SNL.

  • jim

    this isn’t new.. my niece had one about 4.5 years ago.. the only problem was the smell of the oil used.. it had a stink to it.. and the shotgun would have a problem ejecting the shells..

  • watthefuk

    id rather have my Cap tommy gun, but that just me

  • WeaponBuilder

    My old Lionel Train Set is a children’s toy that has a functioning ‘smoke stack’ based upon the same principle… A small drop of oil placed in the smoke stack, which sits just above the electric motor, which generates heat through usage) will create smoke when the oil becomes heated. A small rubber diaphram with a lever actuator then ‘pumps’ or ‘puffs’ the smoke out of the smoke stack in little clouds as it goes around the track.

    Although I only used it once, there was nothing really all that wrong with it as a children’s toy. I don’t have lung cancer, and if I DO eventually GET lung cancer, I’m NOT going to attribute that to having owned a Lionel train set…

    I think it has a lot more to do with having a mother that smoked 2+ packs of cigarettes per day while us children were essentially a ‘captive recipients’ of carcinogens in our own home. Just because the toy CAN make smoke if you put a drop of oil in it – doesn’t mean it HAS TO produce smoke. Parents or Children that don’t want to breathe the smoke can simply NOT put a drop of oil in it.

    Even if you DO put a drop of oil in it, if you later want the toy to STOP smoking, just put a drop of degreaser in there, or perhaps just let it burn out all the oil. Once it’s gone – it won’t smoke anymore.

  • Rocket Lawnchair

    I seen this toy this week at wallmart. its bright orange all around.

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