I had to write a Goat Guns review because I saw an awesome mini replica AK-47 (that had actual moving parts) that fit in the palm of your hand and knew I had to have one.
You might think I’m crazy but I thought the Goat Guns AK looked awesome! So, I went to their website and realized that they made miniature working replicas of many different styles and types of firearms.
Now I can’t stop buying Goat Guns replicas for people as gifts… they’re that cool! Seriously, they’re our #1 pick in the “under $50” section on our Gift Guide for Gun Lovers.
In this Goat Guns review I’m going to cover:
- What mini replica firearms are (and what they’re not)
- What we think about Goat Guns replica firearms
- How to assemble the replica guns
- Goat Gun Replica Accessories
- Our favorite Goat Guns firearms
What are Goat Guns Replica Firearms?
From Goat Guns:
Do they shoot? Nope! Just like model cars don’t drive, our miniature guns are meant to build and display.
So, what are Goat Guns? They are 1:3 scale die-cast models of firearms.
The replicas are made of metal and each has parts that articulate/move and some can be operated (bolts move) and magazines removed.
These mini replica firearms arrive in pieces and the first thing you get to do is assemble these mini firearms.
Goat Guns Review
Yeah, ok, we do kinda’ feel like big kids playing with little toy guns, but, maybe that’s why they are so fun?
These 1:3 scale replica firearms come disassembled in a tray and are ready for you to start putting them together. Trust us, that’s half the fun!
Depending on which model of Goat Gun you get (check out our favorites below), different parts will move or be useable. For example, the bolts on the sniper rifle and the AK-47 move whereas the bolt on the AR-15 does not (but the charging handle does pull back). However, the AR-15 has the advantage of accepting many of the available mini replica accessories (see below).
Here’s a secret about “gun-guys” (and gals)… we love guns!
That doesn’t just mean shooting guns (although that is the best), it also means that we like to look at guns, handle firearms, operate them, and disassemble them. Unfortunately, we can’t always have an AK-47 on our desk at work – we all can’t work for GunUniversity. 🙂 But, we can have a mini replica that sits on our desk and is fun to tinker with while on long conference calls.
The quality of the goat gun replicas is good to decent. There are some areas where we were amazed at the level of detail whereas some other spots were lacking. We don’t think that this takes away from the value because these aren’t supposed to be flawless recreations – they are supposed to be novel little toys that resemble the design and operation of some firearms.
We think that these are fun to buy for yourself but they are PERFECT gifts for gun folks.
The price of each replica varies depending on the model of firearm.
Goat Gun Replica Assembly/Use
These dainty little firearm replicas are fun to put together and use.
Please note, they are die cast metal but certain parts can still be fragile! Please take care in handling your mini gun.
Each Goat Gun comes with and instruction sheet but it can be a bit lacking – you might have to use some ingenuity and firearms knowledge to get each one to assemble properly.
Accessories for Goat Guns
You can get everything from lights, grips, optics, slings, magazines, and even extra dummy rounds.
Ok, as I type this I realize how much these little replicas are essentially Barbie but for grown men. 🙂
Although you can buy ammunition or magazines for each model, the AR-15 replica clearly has the most options for accessories.
Our Favorite Goat Gun Mini Firearms
Our favorite Goats guns are the AR-15 and the AK-47 followed closely by the Barrett 50 cal and then the sniper rifle.
The AR-15 mini replica Goat Gun might very well be the most popular Goat Gun for the same reason that the real AR-15 is so popular: its modularity and ease of customization.
While the AR-15 is customizable, the AK-47 is just plain cool. It’s simplicity is its key, just like the real AK-47.
Although most folks like the AR-15 above, my personal favorite is the AK-47.
If we have to explain why the Barrett 50 cal rifle is cool, then you wouldn’t understand. 🙂
The 50 cal is an iconic rifle and one that makes for a really unique miniature replica. Sure, the other firearms will get noticed on your desk but not quite like this one!
Our fourth favorite mini replica is the sniper rifle which is modeled after an Accuracy International AWM Sniper Rifle
Where Barrett 50 is big and bulky, this sniper rifle is lean and sexy. If you’ve got a sniper in your life, you’ve got to get him this rifle for his desk!
We hope that our Goat Gun review was successful in helping you make the decision about whether you want to buy one for yourself or as a gift for someone else. What do you think about these? Let us know in the comments below.