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Toy, Buck Rogers, XZ-38 Disintegrator Pistol


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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Toy, Buck Rogers, XZ-38 Disintegrator Pistol

Collection Item Summary:

This Buck Rogers XZ-38 Disintegrator Pistol was produced in 1935 by Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth, Michigan, in response to the immense popularity of the first metal Buck Rogers gun, the XZ-31, which appeared in 1934. The new toy featured additional fins on the muzzle, a more elaborate handgrip, and a sparking chamber on the top of the gun. The gun could be purchased in stores, where it was available in both copper and nickel finishes, or acquired as a premium from Cream of Wheat in 1935 and Popsicle in 1939.

Michael O'Harro gave this toy gun to the Museum in 1997 as a part of a large collection of space science fiction objects.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro


Overall, steel alloy with copper coating


3-D: 22.9 x 3.8 x 15.2cm (9 x 1 1/2 x 6 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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