As a Kid I had plenty of toys, but one of the toys I liked that I never got was the Marx Magic Shot. This was one of those toys that I never really asked for but just admired from afar. One of those things you somehow know will get boring but still enjoy when playing at a friends house.
The toy was a pretty neat idea, basically a plastic box with a few targets inside. Ball bearings would rolling around trapped inside the box which you would shake to the front and trap in a series of holding grooves. Once set up like this you would use the little magnet gun to draw the buck shot up and then press the trigger to shoot.
I only played with these a few times and never got enough time to check them out to figure out how the shooting works. I mean it cant be magnetic or we would have rail gun tech going on right now. I guess it has to be some sort of spring but that seems like it would fuck up the plastic face plate pretty quickly.
There were a few other toys with similar designs at the time. The Electro Shot Shooting gallery I think was also by Marks, or Ideal. I was checking a sight called Sam's toy box and Saw something called Midway shooting gallery that is, well lame. You can check out Sam's description it sounds terrible. There is a recent attempt at this sort of thing called the Executive Shooting gallery which can be picked up here. I think the Magic shot is probably the best of the bunch or maybe the Electro just because its design lends itself to shooting rapid fire.