They haulted production of the Red Ryder model 40 due to the war. But they did continue production of toy products such as this wooden cork gun from 1943 called the Commando.
Not pictured here but made congruently with the Commando was the wooden Tommy Gun called the Chattermatic. They were child’s toys emulating the trench shotgun and machine guns of war.
These toys are an interesting and intriguing part of our history. The child that first played with this toy would most likely now be in their 90’s.
I didn’t think I would ever collect Daisy toys but certain items are undeniably cool and the values are starting to rise.
This is an interesting place marker for the Red Ryder which will go back into production in full force right after the war. The cooper bands will be replaced and the Red Ryder will go through many iterations.
It’s interesting that this wooden Commando was in some ways the real “2nd Variant Red Ryder”!