Toy cowboy guns are something that almost every child will want to play with at some time or another. Although they can be perfectly legitimate toys, it’s good to understand the safety implications before you buy them for your child.
The Link Between Toy Guns And The Real Thing
Although toy guns may not be harmful in themselves, they’re still a representation of something than can cause harm to others. Whether you let your child play with toy guns or not, it’s hard to avoid them. They will still notice them in stores, in advertisements, or when they visit their friends to play.
For these reasons it’s important to use toy guns as a learning opportunity to talk about gun safety with your children. Some toy guns are so realistic that a child who has used them may mistake a real gun for a toy, if they ever come across them. For this reason, you should tell them never to touch real guns, and to approach an adult as soon as possible should they ever come across one lying around.
Safety Concerns For Toy Guns
There are a few important safety issues to consider when it come to toy cowboy guns for children. Aside from the concern mentioned above, a further risk of realistic guns is that your child could get stopped by the police for playing them in the public. For these reasons it’s important to choose distinctly between “fake” looking guns made of obvious plastic or designed in bright colors.
Remember also that, just because it may be a toy, these guns can also cause injury. Many toy guns are designed to fire pellets, BBs, and other materials. Check the age recommendations of any toy cowboy guns before you buy, limiting the younger kids to completely safe guns only. When older kids do fire guns, make sure they wear eye protection.
Parents should try to limit toy gun use to indoors only. The idea is that this will help to stop them from getting used to “shooting” random people with their gun, especially at school, and they won’t get used to constantly carrying one around. Parents can also have them within sights and react accordingly should the playing goes overboard.
Whatever you do, remember that most people who played with toy cowboy guns as a child have not grown up as irresponsible gun users. That said, it’s still important to consider all the safety aspects before choosing a product like this for your child. And remember, if you do own a gun and let your child play with toy versions, it’s important to keep your real gun locked in a child-proof safe at all times.