The A-Team M-24 Assault Rifle Target Game Set (Arco, 1983)

A-Team Rifle 1983

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A-Team Rifle 1983-3

From a 1985 The Day story on ‘aggressive fantasies’:

Sales of action figures and accessories brought more than $620 million last year… Toy gun sales accounted for $64 million…

`When I was young, it was army men and cowboys and Indians. I think the format for fantasies has changed,’ said John Pedesco, chief psychologist at the Child Guidance Center in Des Moines, Iowa. `It’s become more space and surrealistic, but the nature of the play has not changed…’

‘I think we have one of the more violent societies existing today,’ said Pedesco. ‘If we’re going to look at where it (aggressive play) comes from, it doesn’t happen in a vacuum.’

1 Response to “<em>The A-Team</em> M-24 Assault Rifle Target Game Set (Arco, 1983)”

  1. 1 narvo July 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Ahh, the glory days of guns before that dreaded “orange tip.” That gun is killer!

    There’s some more interesting quotes in that article:

    “Violent fantasies are not inherently unhealthy … It’s not socially acceptable to shoot somebody, but it is socially acceptable to play at it. What’s good or bad isn’t the point. … If the kid has a need to express aggressiveness, he may do this by his selection of a particular toy.”

    Playing guns was one of my favorite pastimes when I was a kid. There was nothing better than getting together with all my pals and “killing” each other, playing “war” …in fact, the more dramatic and gory we depicted our deaths, the more fun it was, lol.

    Plus, there was never any hesitation from either of my parental units when it came to me pulling one of those gun toys from the shelves. Heck, anything to keep me occupied was well welcomed, right?

    I cringe these days whenever I see a kid enthusiastically clutching a gun from the shelf at Target or TRU, only to have his bubble busted by a parent (usually a mom, hehe) who says with a worried look, “Oh no, I’m not getting you a gun. That isn’t a good toy. Why don’t we get something more…um…educational?”

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