Private Stash: Marx Shooting Gallery

Just before Christmas, Tammy and I hit one of our favorite tag sale venues. Although we spied a few interesting things through the window, I wasn’t prepared for the treasure trove of vintage toys that awaited me in the back of the room. As I dashed about picking up various vintage tin toys, I kept passing by something on the floor. Finally I stopped to see what it was. And it was awesome.

Marx Knockout Target Shooting Gallery

How this didn’t get destroyed laying on the floor of a tiny space filled with 100 people, I’ll never know. But once I was able to see it clearly I was glad to find that not only was it in nearly perfect shape, but all of the pieces were also there. Made by Marx in the 1950s, this tin lithographed shooting gallery features a double-barreled shot gun that fires suction-cup darts with enough force to knock down hinged targets. Although politically incorrect, most of the graphics are colorful and fun. For the condition, I didn’t think $65 was a bad price.


When I got home, I realized hadn’t tested the gun. So, I locked two darts into the barrel and fired it toward the open pantry door in my kitchen. From a distance of nine feet, the darts hit with a loud THWACK and enough force to close the door. For some reason I feel like there must have been a lot of bruised children and terrified pets running around in the 1950s.

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  1. Susie
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Love it! That would be great hung on a wall in a rec or bonus room. Definitely gives that nostalgic feeling of being at a 50s fair…fun!

  2. Austin
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Susie! That’s exactly what I thought. The colors are amazing in person. I like to keep at least one vintage children’s toy in every room of the house—it helps keep the mood light.

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