Daisy BB guns

My first Daisy was a Model 99 Target Special that I earned in grade school by selling greeting cards door-to-door for the American Youth Sales Company of White Plains NY. In the last few years, I've been casually collecting old Daisys as I've found them on our travels. I now own six Daisys.

Dating Daisys by Materials Changes
Late 1940 - cocking lever changed from malleable iron to die cast aluminum
Late 1948 - first molded plastic stocks (on Red Ryder)
Fall 1953 - heat blued barrels changed to electrostatic paint

1940s 102
[ NO. 102 Model 36
[ PLYMOUTH, MICH. U. S. A.
[ 500 SHOT

iron cocking lever (pressed steel trigger)
wooden stock
blued barrel - has aged to grey
3 bolts & square nuts replacing rivets - done by some previous owner
loading hole on top behind front site - cap-twist door
length 32"

1960s 99 Target Special
[ MODEL NO. 99
[ DAISY MFG. CO. ROGERS, ARK., U.S.A.

Purchased new in early 1960s
Plain wooden stock and forearm - very dark brown paint or stain
Oval cross-section forearm
Leather sling - front mount on metal tab ahead of forearm
Oil hole - top of barrel behind letter stamping
Oil arrow on under side ahead of cocking lever
Die cast aluminum trigger and cocking lever
No safety
Removable shot tube - 50 shot
Rear peep site on 2 " arm with screw adjust ahead of peep
Length 37"

1970s Model 99 Shooting Education special
[ MODEL 99 B-B GUN
[ Daisy ROGERS, ARKANSAS U.S.A.

In gold on sides of breech:

[ 99 Champion

wooden stock and forearm - clear varnish
5 sided cross-section forearm
"Official Shooting Education" medallion on right side of stock
canvas sling - front mount on metal tab ahead of forearm
Oil hole - left side of barrel behind letter stamping
Oil arrow on under side ahead of cocking lever
Die cast aluminum trigger and cocking lever
"Quality Products" sticker on right side of cocking lever pivot
No safety
Removable shot tube
Rear peep site on 1" arm with screw adjust behind peep
Length 36+"

1980s Model 99 Shooting Education special
[ MODEL 99B ROGERS, AR. U.S.A.
[ Daisy B-B CAL [4.5MM] STEEL AIR GUN SHOT

In gold on sides of breech:

[ 99 Champion

wooden stock and forearm - clear varnish
5 sided cross-section forearm
"Official Shooting Education" medallion on right side of stock
canvas sling - front mount on screw eye at front end of forearm
Oil hole - left side of barrel near middle of forearm
Oil arrow on under side ahead of cocking lever
Die cast aluminum cocking lever
Plastic trigger and cross-bolt safety
non-removable shot tube - loading door on left behind front site
Rear peep site on 1" arm with screw adjust behind peep
Length 36"

1980s (?) 840 Remington look-alike
[ MODEL 840
[ Daisy BB CAL (4.5mm) (s) .177 CAL (4.5mm) [pellet graphic]

about 300 fps for pellets
about 350 fps for BBs
Plastic stock and forearm
Adjustable rear site
BB loading door - left side above rear of forearm
Pellet loaded in breech on right side
Length 37"

1980s (?) Red Ryder
[ MODEL 1938B ROGERS, AR USA
[ Daisy B-B CAL [4.5mm] STEEL AIR GUN SHOT

Usage instructions on top of barrel, forward of rear site
Oil hole left side of barrel at front end of rear site
Wooden stock and forearm
Red Ryder brand on right side of stock
No forearm band nor any evidence of ever having one
Plastic trigger and cocking lever
Loading door on left side just behind front site
Length 36"


The standard Daisys that fired only BBs averaged between 250 and 300 fps when new. Age would bring them down under 250 fps.

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