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Could This Be The Original Buck 105!!!???

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Hey Everybody It’s your pal CaliAir here and I have something special for you. I have here a vintage Daisy I wanted to share with you before branching out and showing you some non Daisy air rifles. This Daisy has been featured in photos about a year ago and finally we have made a video on the gun.

I thought that this was a 1980 Buck but upon removing the rust and dropping oil down the barrel I discovered it is a vintage Plymouth rifle. And of course it works even with the original seals from 1947.

This Daisy offers a bit of mystery due to the engraving on the receiver being too worn away to make out the actual model. I have considered that it could be a no.102 (1933 or 1947) and I will be doing a comparison video in the near future. The confusion also comes from there being an aluminum lever instead of cast iron which may or may not be a replacement.

Throughout my searches the original Daisy 105 has been pretty elusive and it would be very interesting to discover more about this vintage Plymouth. When was the original Buck 105 produced? Is the Buck 105 just an iteration of the no.102? Have I somehow lucked into an original Buck? Stay tuned for more!

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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.