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Category Archives: History

The history and origins of airguns

The HW Barakuda

I first came across this unusual gun in the pages of W.H.B. Smith’s Gas and Spring Air Guns of the World. (I traded my somewhat rare copy away, but I see you can now order a nice reissue from Stackpole books for much less than originals are selling for.)  Getting back to the Barakuda: It’s perhaps the […]

The Diana Model 27, by Ladd Fanta

Ladd Fanta was the the first American writer to take note of the high-quality air guns coming out of Europe, and did more to promote and popularize them in this country than anyone else. He was the first to suggest using silicone oil instead of petroleum oils in guns with leather compression chamber seals, and […]

The Daisy 717

The first quality air pistol I owned, back in the 1980s, was a Daisy 717. I paid around $40 for it back then, which wasn’t much, although it did strain my grad student budget. It was astoundingly accurate for a budget gun, and was actually used by many in serious competition. Bullseye pistol legend Don […]

An Assortment of Daisy Model 25s (and a 155)

In an unused corner of my basement there’s a locking metal cabinet that was my first gunsafe, and in it were a few airguns that hadn’t been taken out in over ten years. At the top of the image above is a Daisy 155 from the early 1940s. It looks like the basic Daisy that’s […]