Everybody has that one friend who starts out every car trip by yelling, “Shotgun!” We certainly get where they’re coming from. All things being equal, we’d always opt for riding in the front seat too. We do wonder, though, how many of those passenger seat poachers know why their favorite sitting spot is called “shotgun” in the first place. As you might guess, it started out back in the Old West. Even though new technology was pushing many people toward more accurate rifles and portable pistols, shotguns remained the protection of choice for guards and law officers out West. When a stagecoach full of valuables hit the trail, there was usually an armed guard sitting right up front next to the driver, shotgun close at hand – riding shotgun, as it were.
No matter where you’re seated, you can chase away imaginary bandits with this toy over-and-under shotgun. Measuring in at 30 inches long and sporting a realistic wood-grain look, it features realistic sound effects and loading and ejecting action with toy shells. It’s the perfect accent for dressing up as a cowboy, a gangster, or a private eye, among many other options. Plus, it gives you a great excuse to sit up front while your friend drives to the costume party. You can’t be too careful with all the bandits in them there hills!