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I’m BACK! CaliAir survives the COVID

CaliAir is back after a 5 month break due to the pandemic. It’s been a long challenging journey both literally and figuratively.  Cali is joined by guest host Hamilton (the Swedish James Bond) in Denver Colorado.

Today’s episode of Picking A Daisy on the A.I.R. Show we talk about my traveling Daisy EDC (Every Day Carry). Catching up on some lost time and talking vintage Daisy’s… and erring on the side of safety.

Let us know what you’d like to see in the next video. Thanks to all the subscribers and great comments. Keep On Shootin’!

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Revisiting the Markham No.17

CaliAir shoots the King no.17 circa 1917. This particular specimen was acquired via the Baker Daisy collection. I’m seeing it listed these days for nearly $400 which is good cause it’s around what I paid for it! This No.17 is propertied to have been made around 1919 but the actual date is uncertain. It could be from anywhere between 1917-1934 when they stopped making them. Advertising for this gun was most prolific in the 1920’s (1922). This brass barreled beauty requires the vintage lead ammo.

This gun shoots pretty darn well out at 10 yards. BB’s are the only thing we are shooting today but it is also capable of shooting darts and pellets! In ways this is reminiscent of both the original Daisy from 1888 to todays portable little Buck – albeit the Buck is not a break barrel. This is not the only video on the King no.17 that I’ve done and it won’t be the last. This gun reminds me of the Quackenbush that was a firearm and a pellet gun from the late 1800’s.

Check out the first video I did of the Markham no.17 here.

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Til next time, Keep On Shootin’ – 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.

Check out Buzz Barton part I

Check out Buzz Barton part II

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Markham King No. 17 1917

The Markham King No.17 was produced between 1917 to 1932. It is a carry over from his original wooden Chicago Model from 1887 and continued production even after Daisy fully acquired King from Markham in the 1920’s.

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Markham had some unique designs. The 1900 Queen Take Down (1900-1907) was capable of breaking down into 3 pieces. The No. 17 had the handy feature of shooting 3 different types of projectiles: bb’s, pellets, and darts! The older guns such as this require lead bb’s and not the modern steal bb’s we use today.img_5985-1.jpgimg_5986-1

This gun was acquires through Dennis Baker of “Daisy King”. I paid a premium for it due to first time buyer naiveté. The gun had been restored and is in fine shooting condition and the stock and receiver are nice and tight with no wobble. 

I’m not certain that Dennis Baker actually did the work on this lil rifle or how much work he did on it. The esthetic of the gun remains intact regardless.

The leather seals are still holding out on this 100 year old plus youth carbine. It requires the .180 cal ammo but does ok with the standard .177 – just stay away from the steel bb’s and pellets. img_5993-1img_5994-1

This gun is my all time favorite close range multi ammo shooter. Well, it’s the ONLY multi ammo vintage carbine in the collection. Even though I paid a bit too much for this gun I was not disappointed and remain happy with my purchase. The No. 17 and the Daisy No. 25 from 1917 were sold to me as a pair. We also paid a premium for a No. 103 Model 33 Super Buzz Barton Special. These three guns will be in the collection for a long time.

I’m still on the lookout for: King Chicago, Daisy No. 25 1st var, and a Daisy No. 95 Model 32 Buzz Barton Special (modeled after the King no. 55).

Check out all the break barrels in the collection.

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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.

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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.

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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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