Looking For Original Jarts? Lawn Darts Deaths Might Get In The Way

by frugalrvers

I'm proud to say I survived a childhood of lawn darts deaths from the vintage jart game. Looking to buy original jarts is harder than you might think...they are banned!

Though there is nothing funny about lawn darts deaths, my imagination does run wild when picturing this tragedy that apparently has taken place in the middle of what should have been fun family time.

My family was really into picnics when I was young - both company picnics and family outings - and those flying metal lawn darts were part of the outdoor activities every single time. I was very young...yet I survived without a scratch or a scrape.

One would have to try really hard to injure themselves, wouldn't they? Anyway, now lawn darts for sale are kinda sad - no more satisfaction of the metal tip plunging hard into the ground...but it is all we've got people...or we could risk becoming a convict? They are banned after all.............

The History Of The Savage Lawn Dart

What Made Lawn Darts Illegal

During the brief 1980s reign of Lawn Darts or Jarts as they were called, they were responsible for four deaths and almost 6,700 injuries - these were only the ones that were reported, of course, and the deaths and injuries of pets were never counted.

Topping almost anyone's list of the most dangerous toys of all time, these colorful airborne lances were a social phenomenon, not just a toy. Other dangerous toys like the home atomic energy lab or the creepy critters hot plate were not games or ways to have fun in the back yard with friends - they were much more solitary pursuits. Lawn darts was a toy, a game, and an event all wrapped up in one. Then they were banned in the United States - because of lawn darts deaths and injuries!

Truly a threat? Or just another example of the government overstepping to save us from ourselves - like the infamous NYC Soda Pop Ban? Obviously a hot little topic, to say the least!

No More Metal Lawn Darts

Due To Lawn Dart Deaths, These Are The Safe Replacements
Sportcraft Soft Tip Sky Dart
Lawn Toss Game

Lawn Darts Game - The Basic History Of Jarts

How Lawn Darts Injuries Were Born...Did You Survive?

So did you survive lawn darts without injuries? I was very young but am still perplexed how, if you stuck to the basic rules, these could lead to death? Grandma, even with her terrible aim, never once injured me with them...even after having an adult beverage at the picnic!

The darts themselves were known as jarts or lawn rockets, and the whole package was called a missile game - an appropriate name. Although different colors were used, the basic set came with 2 yellow plastic rings to use as targets, and 2 darts of each color - the originals were bright blue and red. The darts had plastic fins, covering a steel shaft with a pointed end, and were heavy and balanced for tossing.

The idea was that you held the dart by the metal end, and tossed it underhanded trying to land it in the target ring on the lawn. Both players would take their shots, then move to the other side and throw the darts back. If used as intended, the darts could be dangerous to a stray person wandering around the yard, or to a pet dog that might try to chase the dart through the air and get hit with the missile.

Clearly the big problem was when the darts were not used as intended, and in an unsafe or unsupervised manner. Not that something like that could ever happen in the typical American backyard parents were always watching, right?

Just imagine little Joey with one of these lawn missiles, seeing how high he could throw it. What goes up can come down anywhere, including roofs and human heads or other body parts. And then there was the possibility of using the dart as an actual weapon in a kids' war game - something that probably happened more than once.

I shudder to think of those misunderstanding how to play the game, both standing at opposite rings and tossing the jarts toward each other's ring, never moving back and forth (sigh). Could have been confusion as to how to play or just simple laziness...

Be Proud To Have Survived Original Lawn Darts

Lawn Darts Banned? Be A Rebel!

Real Lawn Darts Banned Humor???

Hard To Find Vintage Lawn Darts For Sale Anymore...

Safe Lawn Darts...How Boring!

Somewhere out there are families who do not have fond memories of summer days and evenings out on the lawn, playing the missile game. For them, the game turned deadly serious, and lawn darts deaths came to the attention of the authorities. The family activity was banned and sales of the packaged game stopped in 1988 after a public outcry over the dangerous lawn rockets. So treasure your memories of lawn darts, if you have good ones, because they won't be back.

There are some vintage lawn darts for sale. When I looked at the time of this article, there was a set for $75.00 and one for $200.00 - still in the box! Now those diehard lawn jart fans might feel it is worth the investment - just to defy authority...but be ready to spend a bit for those family game weapons.

So What About Those Safe Lawn Darts?

These Yard Darts Are "OK" But Will Never Be The Same As Jarts

I've survived playing and experiencing both types of jarts or lawn darts...and here is my final word on the subject. Nothing will ever be like jarts, because the metal tip made a dart actually stick in the ground (kinda like playing horseshoes without the metal stake...not quite as exciting).

When lawn darts started coming back in their safe form, they were much too light...so you threw these wimpy projectiles toward the circle and they would wobble, roll away or perhaps a bird would swoop down and carry one off to use in building a nest.

Now you will find lawn darts (must be government issued, haha) that actually have weight on the tip. Perhaps Americans complained loud enough, demanding their jarts back (and to let those in prison who were caught with these weapons go)...boy, I'm on a roll...

Anyway, the weighted tip does help it stay where it lands - will never be like a heavy metal tip of a jart, but at least families can once again experience the fun in outdoor games without any risk of being HURT anymore, eh?

"Billy...get off that trampoline! Put down that metal horseshoe! No skateboarding! Don't jump in the deep end of the pool! No football for you! No, you will not have an archery set!"

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Updated: 09/29/2018, frugalrvers
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Chuck harris on 07/02/2017

We played this..replaced horseshoes..more fun..no there was not 1 ring to walk back and forth to..there was 2 rings..but you stood 6- 8 feet off the sidevfronm the ring..if played right..you didnt get hurt.

Chuck harris on 07/02/2017

We played this nitely..and when it got dark..turned on the flood lite...never had an issue with these...we were 13 with adults in their 30s.40s and 50s..not 1 injury..and yes the adults had beers and it was life..this is why kids are not outside anymore...miss those fun days...

B on 06/27/2017

Safety darts for sale.

Frank Cavelli on 06/04/2017

always played with the original ones, anyone know where i can buy used ones

Ken finch on 11/23/2016

Loved this game as a kid. I just started looking for a set the other day and found out they were illegal. Of coarse I grew up the human torch for a Halloween costume and the Ford Pinto! ran across this U.K. company if you really want a set. http://www.crowndarts.com/
Childhood memories....

Carol on 11/17/2016

I have a original set still in the box,

clydejaxbeach on 02/04/2016

Loved the game. Got pretty good at it. Played it usually with cocktail in hand. Had my set till 2000 until all the 'feathers' broke off. Should have kept the metal part but...did not. Love to find another set.

iwrestedabearonce on 09/17/2015

crappy parenting is the only cause why this great outdoor FUN game is banned

Terry Moore on 05/23/2015

Sorry everyone, but I played MANY TIMES with the sharp, pointed lawn darts game. My young daughter played too. We read the instructions, played the game the way it was intended, and after many years of FUN with this game, let me try to recall how many injuries or fatalities we had... Oh, now I remember. NONE!! Not one stabbing or head puncture EVER!! But I feel much safer now that the government is protecting me from being a dumbass and puncturing myself. If they hadn't stepping in to protect me, why there's no telling how many holes I would have in my head by now.

frugalrvers on 05/22/2015




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