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“Stand & Deliver” Stickers are Here!

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First come first serve only 50 made! $4 free shipping. Be sure to include your mailing address! I’ll ship them priority 48 business hours upon receiving your order.

I can currently accept Paypal ! Simply send $4 bucks to pickingadaisy at the gmail and include 1) a US address you’d like me to ship to and 2) the product code (#E000111618).  Also contact me here and let me know you have ordered so I can personally make  sure the sticker gets out to you ASAP!

Or send 4 bucks to:

Picking A Daisy

P.O. Box 1681

Fair Oaks CA 95628


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Daisy BB Gun Cleaning Kit

In the 1950’s Daisy offered a BB Gun Cleaning Kit. It fit nicely on a stand that was also made available at this time. Unlike firearms air rifles tend not to need the same amount of cleaning. Some even say they require no cleaning at all relatively speaking. Mostly this is due to the power source. Air is cleaner than gunpowder. But it was an excellent excuse to not have to put your gun away and tinker with it maybe aside dad while he cleaned his rifle.

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Daisy History

There are a couple of sources online and in print that gloss over the history of Daisy. Details are hard to come by and there are more questions than clear answers. The company began advertising in the late 1800’s if not certainly by the early 1900’s. A good portion of the puzzle can be answered by observing the various ads over the years.

This is not meant to be a concise article on Daisy history. The images included are a look into the rich history of the Daisy bb gun and the bb gun industry as a whole. I will update this page as I get more information ie dates, places, locations.

 

 

 

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The Red Ryder 1938B Model

CaliAir talks about the peculiarly named “1938” Red Ryder and compares it to the Model 40’s that preceded it. Daisy perhaps by way of space time travel reissued the non existent 1938 Model in 1972 and then again in the 80’s. The original “1938 Model” from 1972 was almost identical to the 1952 Model 40 no.111.

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Today’s featured gun is the 1988 50th Anniversary Commemorative 1938B. It seems the letter “B” is used to nomenclate a reissue. The current Buck no.105B lever action youth gun uses this identification as well. This leaves us with a slight perplexity. The original No.105 Junior Buck from 1933 was a pump action not a lever action gun. In fact the 1933 No.105 was really just the Markham designed No.5 pump gun rebranded.

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Perhaps someone over at Daisy can enlighten us on the peculiar model naming conventions that were used.

This particular carbine is a good shooter. It’s quiet and still hits hard. It has moderate wear and hasn’t seen much abuse. It survived the 80’s better than a lot of folks I know.

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I have Daisy guns from the 1940’s that have painted barrels. By the 1950’s/60’s Daisy started painting most of their barrels. The blueing, nickel and chrome plated guns have their charm but few have escaped the ravages of rust. The painted guns do have the unique advantage of resisting rust.

My best guess thus far is the”1938B” date is significant because it was the date when the Red Ryder started being designed. Licensing was acquired 1939 and sales and marketing began in 1940. That is – sold until 1942 as WWII progressed. The cast iron lever 1st variant Model 40 is easy to spot with it’s cooper sight and barrel bands. These features were gone when production resumed in 1946.

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Daisy WWII Commando

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”!

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