Didn't have one of these as a kid. Maybe that's because Hoppy wasn't my favorite TV cowboy. With his white hair and mature, sensible attitude, he seemed more like a friendly grandfather than a western hero. So given a choice, I was usually watching The Lone Ranger or The Roy Rogers Show instead. Now, having seen many of the early Hopalong Cassidy films, I see what all the fuss was about. There are two of these Wyandotte (see the Y & . brand on the grip?) Hoppys in my arsenal. This one is a real cap gun, while the other is a "non-firing" version. Apparently some states had goofy laws against caps, so some manufacturers catered to them with a wimpy hammer that would not strike a cap.