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I don't know who made it but I have seen one like it originally called "Duck Shoot" or "Duck Hunt". I don't know if the maker revamped it to jump on the bandwagon of using the word "ATOM" in the early 1950s or some other company bought them up and re issued them (more likely, as I think the machine is pre 1950). I think it had a rotating disk as a target.
I have a Duck Hunt and this is totally different. Where Duck Hunt has static ducks you fire a coin at, but this one has spinning birds that go past the window. It was kind of half working but I will get it working. The targets are hit by very thin rods from the gun. Very tricky by the looks of it.
Those are definitely not the "Duck Hunt" I was thinking of. Like I said, perhaps a similar name like "Duck Shoot", can't remember. The Duck Hunt shown above was, I think, made by ABT Challenger and were very well made and heavy. This is a very different animal, I think tin plate and connecting rods. Does it have an electrical connection for at least lights and to spin the target? A very dark window if not.
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The Shoot the Duck - 'Hunter' ball gum vendor was made from 1949 by the Silver King Novelty Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana.
I don't think I've seen one like Widget's, and can't find it in the appropriate American books. I tried a couple of German books too. Steve Hunt hasn't seen one either, describing it as, "The only example we know of - possibly a prototype or perhaps a re-cased earlier machine?"
The yellow "Atom Gun" transfer doesn't seem to match the theme or apparent age of the game.
I saw it for sale on the Elephant House auction site last year and contacted Roger at Crowriver. This is a copy of what he said;
That is an interesting machine. I have only seen a couple over the years and I don’t know who made it. You would want to make sure it is complete as I don’t know of anyone who might have parts for it. It looks like it would fun to play and would look cool all dolled up.
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