Advice on child rearing from my son.
Everyone should grow up with simulated equipment from a heavy weapons platoon. It gives you a more well rounded education and an appreciation for the finer things in life. -- Sergeant Matthew Vanderboegh, United States Army.
Go here. Watch the video, and read the instructive comments.
My son, at the age of five had:
A full size AK rubber U.S. military training aid, painted like a real one.
Numerous toy pistols, hand grenades, etc.
A tripod mounted M1919A4 replica light machine gun, made by myself from wood and scrap metal. The top cover even opened and closed so you could load a belt of dummy rounds.
A functional look-alike 60mm pyrotechnic mortar made out of scrap pipe and truck parts. It could shoot grout tubes -- empty or full -- with a small charge of flash powder. The neighbors really didn't like that one.
A replica 57mm anti-tank gun complete with muzzle brake, trails, spades, wheels, shield, made from plywood, 2x4s & PVC pipe and an elevation and traverse mechanism made from a defunct table saw.
There wasn't an orange tip in the bunch.
He was the most popular kid in the neighborhood.