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Daisy Youth No.10 Carbine & No.25 Takedown

 

CaliAir shares his favorite Daisy’s – the no.10 and the no.25. The no.10 is a new youth model fashioned after the full sized Red Ryder. The no.25 is the classic 1937 variant 7. Both great guns albeit the vintage guns tend to shoot a little high and right. The no.10 hits point of aim easily at 20 yards if you do your part. Join CaliAir here on Daily Motion for future episodes of The Picking A Daisy Show. The only show on the internet dedicated to exploring the Daisy BB gun. Please share, subscribe, favorite, like and comment. We need all the help we can get transitioning to the new platform. Stay tuned for more!

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Daisy 101 and 102 – “The Beginning… sort of”.

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The Daisy no. 101 and 102 represent the “Depression Era” guns that were first put out in 1933. They really were just the Markham King 2233 gun re-branded as a Daisy no. 101 model 33. The 500 shot no.102 was also released in 1933. Both guns were reissued with longer barrels in 1936 and were subsequently named “Model 36”. The shot tubes on the later 1936 models were removable unlike the no.102 Model 33 which was peened shut and inaccessible.

We had to drill the weld points to release the shot tube on the 102/33 for repairs. You could see where they saved money on not having to machine threads.

If you had a little more than a “Daisy For A Buck” you might have afforded any of the other models Daisy had manufactured and marketed at the time. The famous Red Ryder had not yet come into design until 1938 but the Buzz Barton, Buck Jones, and the No. 25 Pump Gun among many others were available.

I have found the 101 and 102 models to be the least accurate of the vintage Daisy models – with exception to one particular no. 102. This wooden stock Daisy 102 Cub from the 1960’s (first produced in 1957 with a plastic stock) forged out of the Daisy/Heddon partnership. Heddon Comptometer was a cash register co. that used much of the same tooling and machinery that Daisy used to make their products. Heddon’s machines fell out of vogue as they were replaced by lighter more modern cash registers. The 102 Cub is a CaliAir favorite and very enjoyable to shot. It is perhaps the predecessor to the hugely successful Buck 105b currently being produced. Both little “youth carbines” are capable of hitting a shovel head out at 50 yards and are compact and easy to keep around with 500 shots in the ready!

CaliAir will be releasing the 101 and 102 Daisy rifles from the collection on this site and on eBay. The 102 Cub will be staying in the collection for further potification …eh hem. See ya next time. I think the Red Ryder’s are up next! – Yer Pal CaliAir!

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JC Higgins Westerner

Sears, Roebuck and Co. stocked Daisy bb guns and rebranded them. These guns were often King rifles with a new name and model. For a long time they were not as valuable as the actual Daisy guns. Recently I’ve seen the Sears, Roebuck and Co guns raise in value and vintage collectability.

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I have to say this little youth sized carbine is one of my favorites. It’s an all black, molded plastic stock and foregrip. The lever is painted black aluminum. The stock is engraved and has diamond stippling as does the foregrip.

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The flip sights may clue us into the exact date of this carbine. The nuts have been replaced on this otherwise complete gun.

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Officially this is called the JC Higgins Westerner Model 799-2990. Dating this is tricky. The receiver has Plymouth stamped upon it. This makes it a pre 1958… but the model # sequence is similar to the 1969-73 productions. We do know that Daisy was no longer selling through Sears, Roebucks and Co when they changed their name to Sears.

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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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No. 10 Carbine aka Mini Red Ryder

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The newest rifle to the Daisy product line is the Chinese made No.10. It is a miniature version of the Red Ryder in every external detail except there is no Fred Harman etching on the wood stock.

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The gun sports the usual modern “upgrades” such as a plastic composite lever, plastic trigger and front sight. The stock and foregrip are also a press wood composite. The receiver and saddle ring is metal. This gun is an excellent shooter. Hits a shovel head out at 50 yards with ease.

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The saddle ring makes a great attachment point for a single point sling. That’s a CaliAir original idea! If you get a chance to pick one of these up you will be pleasantly surprised at what a great little gun it is. I hope I don’t wear this little gun out. It could be my #1 Daisy… from this era for sure!

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