antiques, bb guns, Break Action Barrel, Buck, buying, CaliAir, Carbines, Collector, Cork Gun, Daisy, Dart Gun, Double Barrel, eBay, history, King, Lever Action, Markham, no. 101, no. 102, No. 17 King, no.102, no.105B, Picking A Daisy, Picking A Daisy Show, Pistols, Plinking, Pop Gun, Pump Action, Red Ryder, Rifles, Video, Vintage

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’!

The Complete CaliAir Collection

air rifles, antiques, bb guns, Break Action Barrel, CaliAir, Carbines, Collector, Daisy, history, King, Markham, No. 17 King, Picking A Daisy, Picking A Daisy Show, Plinking, Rifles, Video, Vintage

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.

CaliAir and the A.I.R. Show/Picking A Daisy Show is on the road. To contribute to the channel and help bring CaliAir to your town send any amount to https://paypal.me/SifuZ Thank you!

We are on the web at https://pickingadaisy.com

Be sure to like and visit us on https://facebook.com/pickingadaisy

Til next time, Keep On Shootin’ – CaliAir

See the complete CaliAir Collection here

.180, air rifles, antiques, bb guns, Break Action Barrel, CaliAir, Carbines, Collector, Daisy, history, King, Markham, No. 17 King, Picking A Daisy, Picking A Daisy Show, Rifles, Video, Vintage

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.

img_5995-1

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.