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Originally Posted By: Geo. Newbern
Coosa...

...Aunt Carrie would cook our songbirds for us like your mother did. She broiled them somehow that they were delicious...Geo


You guys ever eat an Ortolan?
I could probably eat one if I was really hungry and had enough A-1.

Daisy was located in Plymouth, Michigan just ootside of Detroit.
There’s a bunch of shyte condos where the factory was now.


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In 1888 Lewis C Hough was president of the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company of Michigan. At this point in time windmills were in a declining market & the company was struggling. This same year an invented named Clarence J Hamilton brought a prototype airgun to Hough to examine. Hough looked it over, shot it & proclaimed "Boy, that's a Dasy".
He called a meeting of the bord & convinced them for the company to begin making the gun as a promotional giveaway for a windmill sale. Others saw the guns & began clamoring to buy them, but had no interest in the windmills. The decision was made to concentrate on making the airguns & dispose of the windmills & there name changed to the Daisy Manufacturing Company. The switch had been a gamble but proved to be an extremely wise one.

The first three models were all metal with spring-driven plungers & nickel plated with a wireframe stock. All subsequent Daisy rifles had either wood or plastic stocks. The first model had a cocking lever situated atop the barrel which was lifted to a vertical position for cocking. The third model (1891) was a mid-break action. Moel 2 is not listed. All fired a lead BB size pellet (.180") When the soft steel pellets were introduced the size was dropped to .177" which is technically air rifle shot & not true BB, but the name stuck & is still with us today.

In 1913 Fred Lefever was hired as an inventor & designer. During this first year with the company, he designed an all-metal water pistol & the model 25 pump BB gun. Fred would stay with the company for about 40 years while the model 25 would stay in continuous production for 65 years. This was the longest production of any Daisy & also the most powerful of all their spring-piston guns.

The Double was first introduced n 1939 as the model 104. It was dropped in 1941 due to WWII & made in only limited numbers. The double was reintroduced in 1968 as the model 21 with a plastic stock & forearm. It was also short-lived & both models were commercial Failures. Both currently though have very high collector value.


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The 1939 wood stock version (model 104) sold at auction yesterday for $3,700.00 with buyers premium. (not a misprint) The 1969 model 21 with a plastic stock sold for $1,300.00.
SOME COLLECTABLE !

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That is amazing. I started out looking for a $20.00 gun to amuse during lockdown. $3,700?? Really! Stan...dig that old Model 21 out from the garage!

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If I had only kept it ..... and the 20 hp Mercury Hurricane, and '56 Chevy two door, and the '69 Camaro SS, ad infinitum.

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nobody needs glasses for hind sight...


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my favorite summer(school)holiday fun was either fishing, or finding a new Wood Pigeons nest, I'd stake out underneath/nearby,& shoot both adults,as they came in separately, then I'd climb up n get the 3 or 4 eggs. Dear old Mum would make me pigeon pie (amazing pastry)with a side of hard boiled eggs. My weapon of choice, well actually no choice,as it was all I had then was a BSA Meteor under lever .22 air rifle, more than a BB gun, but it was one helluva pellet gun, even got a few rabbits (close back of the head shots) when stalked from the other side of the hedge...the rabbit pie was really freakin good
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I graduated from my numerous bb guns to a Crosman CO2 powered .22 pellet rifle. It likely wasn't as strong as your Meteor, Franc, but it accounted for small game as well. I got my oldest grandson one just like it when he was about 7. I still have several boxes full of the CO2 "Powerlet" cartridges and his rifle. There is a way to hot rod that rifle and make it use more CO2 each shot, increasing the velocity. I may try it someday.

One thing I still wonder. Why pressurized CO2? Why not just pressurized air? Anyone know?

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Stan, I think CO2 is used because it stores in the powerlet as a liquid and is released as a gas at a surprisingly high pressure. Maybe think fire extinguisher vs air compressor tank. It took me eight or ten pumps on my Benjamin to get good velocity.

When I was little, I had CO2 repeater envy and I ended up with a couple, but that old Benjamin had a good velocity edge for the day and was about as accurate as they came for the time except the fancy euro match stuff.

I bet I still have an old Daisy catalog, must be nearing fifty years since I've flipped through it, but I remember the FWB Daisy on the cover, and I believe the page with the model 21 had a picture of it staged with a few orange aspirin tablet clays. I might be remembering it wrong.

I still have the old Benjamin rifle, but I'm pretty sure I still have a Benjamin CO2 pellet repeater pistol. Didn't feed all that terrific, but I remember knowing it was rare back in the day when I talked my dad into getting it for me. Fake safari hunting for frogs and tweety birds, and fishing for hours made for some fun days.

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