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Daisy 101 and 102 – “The Beginning… sort of”.

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The Daisy no. 101 and 102 represent the “Depression Era” guns that were first put out in 1933. They really were just the Markham King 2233 gun re-branded as a Daisy no. 101 model 33. The 500 shot no.102 was also released in 1933. Both guns were reissued with longer barrels in 1936 and were subsequently named “Model 36”. The shot tubes on the later 1936 models were removable unlike the no.102 Model 33 which was peened shut and inaccessible.

We had to drill the weld points to release the shot tube on the 102/33 for repairs. You could see where they saved money on not having to machine threads.

If you had a little more than a “Daisy For A Buck” you might have afforded any of the other models Daisy had manufactured and marketed at the time. The famous Red Ryder had not yet come into design until 1938 but the Buzz Barton, Buck Jones, and the No. 25 Pump Gun among many others were available.

I have found the 101 and 102 models to be the least accurate of the vintage Daisy models – with exception to one particular no. 102. This wooden stock Daisy 102 Cub from the 1960’s (first produced in 1957 with a plastic stock) forged out of the Daisy/Heddon partnership. Heddon Comptometer was a cash register co. that used much of the same tooling and machinery that Daisy used to make their products. Heddon’s machines fell out of vogue as they were replaced by lighter more modern cash registers. The 102 Cub is a CaliAir favorite and very enjoyable to shot. It is perhaps the predecessor to the hugely successful Buck 105b currently being produced. Both little “youth carbines” are capable of hitting a shovel head out at 50 yards and are compact and easy to keep around with 500 shots in the ready!

CaliAir will be releasing the 101 and 102 Daisy rifles from the collection on this site and on eBay. The 102 Cub will be staying in the collection for further potification …eh hem. See ya next time. I think the Red Ryder’s are up next! – Yer Pal CaliAir!

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The Buzz Barton final part III

The 3rd and last series of videos on the Buzz Barton model. Haven’t posted much because I didn’t want to interfere with the Buzz series. The Daisy no. 155 has an interesting relationship to the Buzz. You could say the 155 is the same gun as the Buzz no. 195, the King 5536, and the Model 80 Long Rifle.

CaliAir also introduces the public auction of a substantial part of his collection here on PickingADaisy.com and on eBay.

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The Super Buzz Barton Special Part II

Daisy put out many models by 1933. And while most businesses were struggling to survive Daisy was going full steam ahead with a wide range of products to choose from to suit your budget.

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From the no. 101 Daisy for a buck to the Buzz Barton and the no. 25 that would cost you a whole 3 bucks! This mint condition Buzz Model 33 most likely has the mahogany stock and does not have any branding upon it.

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This may have been due to their machine being broke which led to them using paper decals on the first 1933 run of the Buzz no.195’s. It has a reverse cocking lever made of cast iron.

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The under barrel is a defining feature of the early Daisy guns which helped to contain the air pressure.

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The nickeling on the gun is 99-100%. I have not seen a nicer specimen of this model thus far.

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The Buzz Barton no. 195 was in essence the low end Buzz. They came out with it at first in 1933 as well as the no. 103. The model shown below is a Buzz no. 194 model 36 from 1936.

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This no. 195 is in good condition and was acquired in repaired condition. The repair was rough but seems to have been done many years ago. Sometimes this gives guns a nice aesthetic character.

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The small sight aperture is hard to use on anything at close range. The addition of a sight on these guns was rather peculiar. It seems like the “sight” was more for looks than function.  But it did look cool and you could always knock the aperture out to get a better field of view when aiming.

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This Buzz no. 195 was certainly the low end Buzz but this particular specimen has a great deal of charm with all its carvings, nicks and  era correct square nut replacements. It also is a good shooter after all is said and done.

I’m sure there much I’ve left uncovered with the Buzz Barton models. It represents perhaps a companies foray into diversification. The depression brought about great financial disparity and Daisy was able to take advantage of both the low and high end markets. The rare availability of the fancy no. 103 in comparison to the more common no. 195 model 36  is testament to what sold more and to whom.

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Daisy Super Buzz Barton Special No. 103

The new year brings in the 100th anniversary of the End of World War I. By 1933 America was suffering from the depression and in a little over 10 years will be going back to war in WWII. Daisy had put out the economical no. 101 and 102 Model 33 that where sold for around $1. However they also marketed a higher end product called the Buzz Barton Special named after the child rodeo star of the same name. Buzz’s future in the new media called “film” was limited but his name will forever be etched (literally) in the No.’s 103 and 195.

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The first Buzz no. 195 in 1933 came out with a paper label on the stock and few survived with the fragile label in tact.  They also produced the No. 103 Super Buzz Barton Special that was nickel plated and featured the reverse cocking action that allows you to cock the lever and keep the gun shouldered. A cool but short lived design feature that proved to be a bit hazardous.

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The Number 103 Model 33 from 1933 shares the same frame as the Daisy Model 27 from 1927 which also featured the “reverse” cocking action and similar cast iron levers.

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The following year Daisy would produce their improved 1934 Number 25 Pump Gun and their new Buck Jones Number 107 Pump Gun and even the super rare No. 105 Junior Pump Gun (same gun as the Markham No. 5 Pump Gun). The lever action guns were now sharing the spotlight with the pump action lines.

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I’ll be doing more articles and video episodes on this intriguing set of guns known as the Buzz Barton. The Number 195 model 36 was actually a re-purposed Markham King No. 55 which is also featured in the CaliAir Collection.

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Model 27 & the No. 11 Model 29

The No. 11 Model 29

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The Daisy Number 11 Model 29 shown above has been painted over in black. The original finish was nickel and held 350  .175 cal. bb’s.

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The design of the gun is very much like the earlier Daisy Model H from 1914. This no.11 was produced between 1929-1932 and it replaced the no.11 Model 24 manufactured between 1924-1928. Both models had nickel plated finishes.

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The Model 27

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The Model 27 was released as a 500 shot and a 1000 shot from 1927-1932. The 1000 shot model came in nickel while the 500 shot came with a blued barrel. The gun pictured is a 500 shot version in good condition.

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The Model 27 (1000 Shot) would get re-purposed in 1933 and become the Super Buzz Barton Special. It may have been that the original Buzz being in actuality a common Markham no. 55 needed more sizzle, more zing – so they switched from the no.55 (aka no.195) to the Model 27 (aka no.103) . But by 1936 they resumed the Buzz as a no.195 (aka no.55) up until 1941. It was time to go back to war… WWII.

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Trick Shooting like Annie Oakley

Here’s a fun little trick that was made famous by Annie Oakley the trick shooter. She used to use a mirror and she might have also done it on horseback. I’m using the Daisy Buck 105B for this stunt.

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Model 155 the Post War Daisy

World War II was over and Daisy had a few new tricks up their sleeve. With the interupted release of the Red Ryder in 1940 Daisy was ready to go back into production with several models. The 102, 105B, 111, and the “new” Model 155 1000 Shot all are very similar to one another in design. The main difference was shot capacity and barrel finish.
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The Model 155 intitialy came out of the gate in 1946 with an iron lever. In the video review there was question if the specimen we acquired had a cast iron lever. Test result are in. It’s not cast iron. The black paint is a dead give away that it was aluminum. A magnet confirmed all suspicions.
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The cast iron lever was only used in the 1946 run and replaced in 1947-1949 with the more common aluminum lever painted black (and typically worn off the lever).
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The Model 155 was reintroduced in 1952 and by 1953 came with the now standard painted barrel.
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For perspective consider this. The similar Model 102 first came out in 1933. It has a 500 shot capacity with a blued barrel and was produced until the no 102 Model 36 took its place in 1936 up until 1940. The War broke out and interrupted manufacturing of all BB guns including the Model 102. The Model 102 was officially out of production from 1947 to 1949. The Model 155 with its 1000 Shot capacity took its place on the shelves.
Of course this may have been in due part to the availability of the Markham King Number 55. The Number 55 Repeater 1000 Shot was first manufactured in 1923 til 1931. The King 55 was actually the last of the Daisy manufactured Kings which saw a few iterations (55-32, 55-33, 55-36) until all Kings were discontuntued in 1941.
This was not Daisy’s first 1000 Shot repeater. There was the Bennet from 1903 and the Model 3 in 1904 and the Model B from 1910. Since Daisy “acquired” many of the early BB gun manufacturers it makes a fascinating study discerning what design truly belong to whom.