This rare F-500 Fury machine gun is one of the most unusual toy cap guns ever made. One side of the frame is die-cast zinc alloy and the other side is plastic! After realizing that the prototype was far too heavy, Nichols Industries figured out a way to make the left side plastic without compromising the quality (see full story below). Presto! Something a kid could handle. No other cap gun was made this way. Of course the resemblance to the Thompson 45 sub-machine gun cannot be overlooked.
This battery powered machine gun could shoot up a roll of Fury 500 caps IN A HURRY!!! According to the Nichols Cap Gun Website: “Very few collectors own this gun, as it is quite rare and quite expensive. So, if you have a chance to get one—in any kind of shape—do so, because you might not get another chance.”
This amazing toy gun was made in 1960. This is an excellent example of this rare cap gun. It is very good shape with only minor wear. When I put in “D” batteries and tested it out, it appeared to be working perfectly. It is rare to find one of these in such good working condition.
Background of the F-500 Fury:
During the transition years from Westerns to Outer Space interest, Nichols Industries decided to make a large gun. It is shaped like a Tommy Gun but all the engravings are of a outer space nature. Please note design of space station etc. Remember this was back in early 1960’s and no one had walked on the moon.
Traditionally Nichols Industries made toys either out of plastic or a zinc alloy die casting. After the tooling was made, they first shot the parts from the Fury 500 tooling with zinc. After assembly it was way too heavy, so they decided to re-shoot it out of plastic. After it was produced from plastic, they decided it was way too light. What they really needed was something half-way in between but no one made that kind of material.
Jack Tarrant (one of the finest designer/engineers of Nichols Industry) said he would give it a try. Without telling anyone his idea, he returned in a day or two with a new one. Everyone said it was the perfect weight. How had he done it? He made one half from plastic and one half from zinc, chrome plated all pieces and no one could tell. That is the way all Fury 500’s were produced.