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King No.5 Pump Gun

The Markham King No. 5 which became the Daisy Junior Pump Gun is one of my favorites. They shoot good albeit at their age a little low in power. I’m sure seal jobs on most of these older guns would bring them back to original factory specs.img_5629

The story of “Captain” William F. Markham and Clarence Hamilton is very interesting and hard to separate fact from fiction. It is disputed as to whom is the actual creator of the first production runs. In fact many of the early Daisy guns suspiciously look like their competitors whom Daisy often “absorbed”. Simply look at the Atlas or Quackenbush designs of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s to get an idea of what was going on at the time.


The story goes that Markham’s first Chicago model gun was all wood design where Hamilton’s design was all steel or wire. The investors proclaimed Hamilton’s gun a “Daisy” of a gun.


By 1916 Daisy had bought controlling interest in Markham’s designs. King rifles were essentially Daisy guns. The No.5 is a great example of a 1932-36 era gun that was repurposed. This design was also used for the No. 105 Junior Pump Gun and the No. 107 Buck Jones Special. img_5626

It’s not quite clear as to why Daisy would even bother with a Markham design gravity fed design in 1932 when in 1914 they had already adopted  the force fed Lefever design of the No.25 Pump Gun. And in 1916 two years later they buy out Markham which I find very odd. Markham apparently packed up the family and moved to California. Things must have been “hot” in the Michigan area. Maybe Markham was uncomfortably too familiar with the goings on in the early years of the company. Perhaps an over abundance of parts at the King factory? Perhaps Daisy and co. had the foresight to include a variety of models and designs in their production. If you have the dope on any of this let us know.

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