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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.
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Picking A Daisy Show

In today’s vlog episode of “Picking A Daisy Show” your host CaliAir shares the latest Daisy finds. A very cool and good condition Daisy Gun Cleaning Kit from the 1950’s, shooting the new Model 10 and Buck… again.

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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 Buck 105B & Cub 102

Here are two guns that are almost superficially identical. The Cub 102 circa late 50’s early 60’s pictured here is an interesting comparison to the current Buck 105B of 2018. The Cub is a joint production between Daisy and Comptometer Co. Rogers Arkansas.

The Buck to my assumption is a reissue of the 1930’s Buck Jr. . I’ve never even seen pictures of a Buck Jr. (I have seen vintage ads of the rifle) and it’s listed amongst the most prized of vintage Daisy’s.

Both of these guns shoot great and hit out at 50 yards. The Chinese made Buck gets a lot of trigger time and is accurate and durable. The plastic trigger, lever, and front sight do not detract at all from the guns performance. The new Buck is over a year old and still shooting great.

The only plastic on this vintage early 60’s 102 Cub is on the aluminum lever. It’s actually a nice inclusion and makes for a smooth closure.