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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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Model XZ-31 Rocket Pistol

In the past every kid had a Ray Gun. The 1934 Buck Rogers Rocket Pistol retailed for .39 cents! If you cock and shoot it it will fire an invisible rocket ray.

I just can’t turn down a good deal on a ray gun. This was also called the Wilma Gun. Daisy made several ray guns with various non projectile functions.

The prices on these toy pistols are actually skyrocketing.

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Targeteer Pistol Set

This 1937 Daisy Targeteer set comes in a box that converts into a mini target range. America was coming out of a “depression” era and Daisy was quite creative in their product design, packaging and marketing.

This set came in good condition and is operable. This of course is less of a shooter and more of a historical collectible.

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However I seem to have a lot of .118 ammo around so I’ll be setting this up and playing with it in the near future. Of course I’ll do a video on it.

Daisy also put out a plastic Targette mini shooting range in 1949. I’ll be featuring it in an upcoming post.

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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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Double Barrel Mania

The Daisy 1939 Double Barrel Model 104 rifles are one of the most sought after collectors items. This makes it expensive. Especially if it’s a Plymouth made gun. You could easily pay $1000 and up for a later Rogers Model 21 from 1968.

In 1959 the Plymouth factory was rather 1- still functioning or 2- still using the Plymouth stamp on their Rogers manufactured guns. This is now a known fact that the latter was a factory practice and I don’t think Plymouth was still around in 1959 since they moved to Rogers in 1958. Daisy made several toy double barrel cork and (apparently) double barrel dart guns.

I have not seen any listings on this model and it looks similar to the cork gun from Rogers I featured a few days ago. The closest I can come to identifying this gun is it’s maybe from (at the latest) 1959, stamped Plymouth.

This has no model number or name connected to it that I’m aware of. What I can tell you is these cool little double barrels are much less expensive than their big bb brothers. The prices of course are going up as they are with all vintage Daisy guns.

The Rogers gun that I just returned to the seller was very nice and I would have kept it but because the gun is riveted together I’m unable to repair it. Plus I do not buy non functioning guns. I collect so I can shoot and enjoy them first and foremost. And miraculously enough the first Daisy’s produced back in 1898 are still functioning bb guns!

I have to admit I had to acquire this just for the cool factor and it’s affordable. A mini double barrel Daisy from …Plymouth… maybe. Cool? Undoubtedly!

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Win Some Loose Some

Here are this weeks acquisitions. A Daisy Double Barrel Toy Cork Pop gun from Rogers and a Daisy Long Rifle Model 80 from Plymouth.

Unfortunately the pop gun arrived in non functioning condition and as cool as it looks – I’m unable to fix it. Check out the Plymouth Double Barrel.

The all plastic stock Long Rifle is great. It shoots nice and strong as many of the 50’s guns seem to operate. This was amongst the last production rifles from the Plymouth factories.

I will be posting my research on the Daisy Long Rifle in a forthcoming post. If you have any information or history on this model contact us. Thanks – CaliAir

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I’ve included pictures of the Long Rifle prior to my acquisition for historical and posterity purposes.

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