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Daisy Super Buzz Barton Special No. 103

The new year brings in the 100th anniversary of the End of World War I. By 1933 America was suffering from the depression and in a little over 10 years will be going back to war in WWII. Daisy had put out the economical no. 101 and 102 Model 33 that where sold for around $1. However they also marketed a higher end product called the Buzz Barton Special named after the child rodeo star of the same name. Buzz’s future in the new media called “film” was limited but his name will forever be etched (literally) in the No.’s 103 and 195.

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The first Buzz no. 195 in 1933 came out with a paper label on the stock and few survived with the fragile label in tact.  They also produced the No. 103 Super Buzz Barton Special that was nickel plated and featured the reverse cocking action that allows you to cock the lever and keep the gun shouldered. A cool but short lived design feature that proved to be a bit hazardous.

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The Number 103 Model 33 from 1933 shares the same frame as the Daisy Model 27 from 1927 which also featured the “reverse” cocking action and similar cast iron levers.

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The following year Daisy would produce their improved 1934 Number 25 Pump Gun and their new Buck Jones Number 107 Pump Gun and even the super rare No. 105 Junior Pump Gun (same gun as the Markham No. 5 Pump Gun). The lever action guns were now sharing the spotlight with the pump action lines.

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I’ll be doing more articles and video episodes on this intriguing set of guns known as the Buzz Barton. The Number 195 model 36 was actually a re-purposed Markham King No. 55 which is also featured in the CaliAir Collection.

Check out The Buzz Barton Part II here.

Check out The Buzz Barton Part III here.

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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:

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P.O. Box 1681

Fair Oaks CA 95628


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No. 111 Model 40 Variant 5

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This was my first vintage Red Ryder. It’s from 1947 and I was immediately impressed with how it shot and felt in the hands. I started out collecting no.25’s and even tried to stay away from the Red Ryder knowing the rabbit hole that would ensue.

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Curiosity and a good deal got the best of me and I acquired this treasure. This was the Red Ryder that was produced after WWII now using the aluminum lever in place of the war depleted cast iron.

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This Model 40 arrived with a missing barrel band. Luckily I was able to find an aftermarket band that works just fine. Ideally I’d like to find a period appropriate band to replace it but this will do for now. I oiled up the wood on this gun because it was very dry.

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The front sight was bent a little to the left. I was going to bend it back and found that the bend actually compensated for the slight drift. My guess is it was bent on purpose so I left it alone.

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I’ve talked about how the older Red Ryder’s are loud and this one is no exception. It’s still backyard friendly but it is especially loud if it’s shot without a bb in the chamber. This could easily be considered the most common of the wood stock and forearm vintage No.111’s. After this variant they started using plastics at first in the forearm and then the stock.

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Lightning Loader No.108 model 39

IMG_0609The No.108 has a special place in my world of collecting Daisy’s. The Lighting Loader from 1939 is very interesting. It sort of came before the wildly  famous Model 40 also known as the No.111 Red Ryder. Except the story is the Red Ryder was actually developed in 1938 and not released until 1940. The 1972 Red Ryder was renamed the Model 1938 in recognition of this. Personally I think the Model 39 Lightning Loader has a great feel to it. It doesn’t have the saddle ring or the etching on the stock and the foregrip is smaller than that of the Red Ryder. But this is what I actually like about the Model 39.IMG_4432

Without the frills and sporting the pre war cast iron lever gives this carbine a serious look. The barrel is considerably shorter than the Red Ryder making this an SBR… just kidding.

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From what I gather they must have sold this model as they were getting ready to license and market the Red Ryder. The No. 108 is getting more difficult to find in good condition. A lot was going on in the world when the Lightning Loader came out in 1939. By 1942 all production was halted until 1945 after WWII. The Model 39 and the Model 40 variants 1 to 4 are the last guns to get the cast iron levers. The post war iron shortage caused the company to go with cast aluminum from 1947 onwards.

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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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The Current Daisy No. 25 Test

Today I’ll be conducting a chronograph and accuracy test on the current Daisy no. 25 model pump action carbine. This is a new Chinese produced gun that holds 50 rounds of b.b.’s, wood(ish) stock and pump handle, painted black metal (sheet metal) and plastic trigger assembly. Some folks have complained about painted barrels and plastic parts but I have actually grown to appreciate them. I own many vintage “blued” barrel guns and it can be very laborious keeping them all oiled and holding the vintage rust at bay. The plastic trigger works fine and will not require much in the way of maintenance. Of course not all triggers will behave the same on the new production models. I purchased 4 for this test and 1 of them had a very tight crisp break. The other 3 were pretty much the same – probably about 4 pounds of pull but still not a bad trigger. Not at all like my Benjamin NP Trail Pistol. That trigger is horrible.

Remember your American history? Although Jamestown Virginia was the first (British) settlement – Plymouth Michigan (Plymouth Rock) is erroneously granted the title. The same holds true of Daisy. They advertise themselves as “the first in air guns” but they certainly were not the first. Names like Quackenbush and Markham come to mind and I’m sure there are others.  Daisy may have come out with the first Winchester style lever action in 1901 (maybe designed by Hamilton) and the first pump action in 1914 (designed by Lafever) but these b.b. guns were modeled after the Browning designed firearms. We must not leave out the Atlas air gun company that was acquired by Daisy very early on.

OK enough waxing historically. On with the test. -“CaliAir”


ACCURACY TEST
CHRONOGRAPH TEST
Final Report:
This new and “CaliAir” tested Daisy No. 25 model b.b. gun has been seasoned with 1000 rounds and is ready to go. Perfect working order take-down pump carbine. Rifle comes assembled in box new but tested condition as seen in photos and YT videos search “CaliAir”.  The “Blue Book” describes this carbine as such: “BB/.177 cal. elbow-slide pump action cocking, MV to 350 FPS, stained solid wood pistol grip stock and forearm grip, steel construction, smooth bore steel barrel, decorative engraving on receiver, blade and ramp metal front and flip-up peep or open adj. rear sights, 50-shot internal spring-fed magazine, crossbolt trigger block safety, 36.5 in. OAL, 3 lbs. Mfg. 2010-current. 100% condition value = $45”

CaliAir Test Analysis:
  • FPS = avg. 283.3
  • Grouping at 16 feet = 1” – (see target image)
  • Condition = like new, tested, small scratch from shipping (see photos)
  • Comments = This is a great quiet plinker. It hits a shovel head out at 50 yards with some Kentucky windage. Shoots better than any of my vintage Daisy no. 25’s. To take-down the gun you must remove the retainer screw and pull the trigger. Easy to shoot and maintain. Perfect for adults but kids like them too. The upper receiver has a scratch on it from the wire that contains it during shipping (as shown). Very slight wear from testing use. If you don’t own a Daisy no. 25 or Red Ryder you are missing out on the #1 staple in every serious air gunners arsenal. Advice: buy lots of b.b.’s and a tube of pellgun oil!
  • note: there have been various internet posts regarding the quality of Daisy’s current line of guns coming out of China. I have purchased over the past 3 months at least 8 currently produced guns and they have all performed flawlessly. However I’m sure production mistakes occur.
The reintroduction of the classic no. 25 model began in 2009. The production of the model ceased around 1986 and originally began way back in 1914. Special limited editions and commemorative no. 25’s have been produced and assembled in the US with parts manufactured “overseas”. The current standard production No. 25 model is made in China. Typically this is not a good thing however China has done a phenomenal job with the manufacturing and the only visible plastic is on the trigger which isn’t bad at all. FYI: China invented the first “springer” air gun around the 13th century and have mastered the art of reproducing quality guns with the likes of the Norinco AK and SKS models.

The designer of the No. 25 Charles F. Lefever (grandson to the founder of the famous Lefever Arms co.) started pitching the gun to Daisy whom eventually bought the gun and hired on Lefever for 41 years. Lefever’s design was reminiscent of the Browning designed Winchester Model 12 which would see action in WW1 and all wars to follow. The Daisy Buck Jones Special no. 107 designed by William F. Markham may have been a closer replica to the Model 12 but the No. 25 was a take-down model with a force feed shot tube rather than the usual gravity fed tube. Although the gun only holds 50 rounds it shoots them more reliably than the gravity fed systems. Currently it is estimated that over 8 million of these guns have been produced.

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Daisy Powerline 880

The 880 has a bittersweet history. It is an accurate powerful multi ammo multi-pump pneumatic rifle with a great look and feel.

It’s also the first Daisy that was held responsible for an accidental death due to neglect. This didn’t force the gun out of production but it did make Daisy apply warning labels on the receiver. The rifle pictured is an early pre warning label gun.

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As I’ve mentioned before I am not in the habit of collecting non functioning guns. This one arrived working but failed to work after 10 shots. It turns out that this is indicative of the model and may be due to the sensitive nature of pneumatic guns.

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Eventually this 880 will get a seal job and work good as new. This is an accurate, quiet and powerful rifle.

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