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Bullock long range anti-tank gun

  • Object:

    Toy gun

  • Place of origin:

    Brighton (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    M.S.R. Toys Ltd. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Die-cast metal, painted, rubber; printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major Charles Kirke.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Costume, Play and Learn Gallery, case 3

Physical description

Working model gun, die-cast metal, painted khaki, mounted on two Dunlop 'Avon' rubber balloon tyres. The gun can be dismantled as it is held together with nuts and bolts. It fires wooden 'shells', and could also use caps in desired. Behind the gun mounting are two arms (called 'trails') which can be locked together or swivelled from side-to-side to stabilise the gun. The locking bar has a loopto be used for pulling the gun.

The original box is cream-coloured, printed with red and green to give title, maker and instructions for use. There are spare firing pins, springs and pellets. There is some damage to the paintwork.

Place of Origin

Brighton (manufactured)


ca. 1955 (made)


M.S.R. Toys Ltd. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Die-cast metal, painted, rubber; printed paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Pat. 573031 / Made in England'


Length: 28 cm gun, Length: 28.6 cm box, Height: 11.4 cm box, Depth: 7.6 cm box

Object history note

Given by Charles Kirke in 1983 [83/1156]. Charles Kirke was born January 26, 1949. His mother worked in the toy department of Marshall & Snelgrove, many of the toys which he donated to us were given to him as Christmas presents between 1954 and 1962.

Descriptive line

anti-tank, Bullock, with box; Metal, card, English c1955


Metal; Rubber; Paper; Wood


Die casting; Painting; Printing

Subjects depicted



War; Toys & Games; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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