Dream Toys of the 1980s: The Tracer Gun is Back

This Russian knock-off of my childhood Space Gun made me nostalgic for my youth, so I had to order one. Because playing with toy guns is normal for a well adjusted, mature adult man.

So what’s the deal with these things?

What’s a tracer gun?

These blasters go by many names: Disc Gun, Space Gun, Tracer gun, and many more. But whatever the name, this shooter is a lot of fun! It leaves discs in all sorts of places for your pet to get their jaws on or for the vacuum cleaner to gobble up. As a kid they were sure to either be chewed up and coming out the backside of the dog or glued inside the guts of the vacuum cleaner for eternity, driving my parents absolutely crazy.

tracer gun in package

Worth it? I think so.

Honestly, the tracer gun is an awesome toy! You can play with it in the dark or bright sunlight and it’s sure to be tons of fun either way. As a kid, you could spend hours tracing its path all over your house or back yard. The tracers are gentle to indoor surfaces and leave tracers in a wide variety of materials, not just the “tracer paper” that was included with the original kit.

You’ve got plenty of options.

What kind of tracer discs are available?

The tracer gun has tracer discs for just about anything: tracer paper (which doesn’t have great visibility or weather durability), tracer string (durable and visible outdoors but uses tracer paper and can be hard to trace because of its thinness), tracer tape (similar in terms of visibility to tracer string but even more durable), tracer shell (a soft plastic tracer, overall visibility is average but it’s tracers have an unusual shape and can be seen from a greater distance compared to the tracers on all other models of tracer guns), tracer shell tracer (a tracer tracer tracer! You can attach a tracer tracer to the tracer shell tracer for even further visibility), and finally glow in the dark tracers (these really should be called “glow in the dark discs”.

tracer gun discs

I now keep my tracer gun in the living room, and if someone decides to go on a shooting spree with it, they will be unable to harm any of my vacuum cleaners or dogs. Both the dog and my wife are deeply appreciative. My wife didn’t much enjoying constantly having to pull tracer discs out of the jaws of the Roomba.

The joys of youth

When I was young, I had a tracer gun. Several decades later, with the rise of production capabilities and technology improvements in almost every industry to make goods cheaper than ever before (including toys), there is now a new version that’s every bit as good as I remember from my youth. Definitely more expensive, though.

Now, at my age again (but with different perspective), I am again caught up in the joy of owning one. This tracer gun will make you fall in love again with tracer guns. I know it did for me, and my pets.




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