The Frontier Smoker cap gun was most likely made beginning in 1949 or early 1950. A fire completely destroyed PECO in August, 1950, and local news articles indicate the toy was stocked in five national warehouses (Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Los Angeles and Portland) in preparation for fall orders and Christmas.
Literature suggests this is one of only a few toys produced by PECO with national distribution. The gun held a roll of 50 caps and shot a puff of harmless white smoke when the trigger was pulled. The trigger caused talcum powder to be ejected by an internal bellows.
9.5″ long nickel plated metal gun with black plastic horse head grips. Top-loading mechanism pops open when you click a small lever for easy loading of roll caps. Gun is in very good condition. Very clean inside and out. Black horse-head grips have a few spots where black paint shows tiny chips (not too bad). Otherwise, grips are in excellent overall condition. This is an excellent example of this rare cap gun.
This cap gun comes in its original box with the original instruction sheet and an unopened package of refill smoke. Box and inserts are all in very good condition. It is rare to find a complete set like this in such good shape.