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The Daisy Model 25

The Daisy Model 25 wasn’t the first of the Daisy BB guns, but to me, it was always the classic. A friend of mine who live a few blocks when I was young had one, and I long coveted it- but my father wouldn’t buy me a Daisy. It wasn’t the safety issue- I was allowed to carry a .22 in the woods when I was 9- but a union issue. Daisy had reacted to an aggressive unionizing campaign by closing shop and moving from Plymouth, Michigan- not that far from where I grew up- to Rogers, Arkansas, in 1958. Daisy was actually a very progressive employer- they paid to move 100 families to Rogers- but to my father, it was still inexcusable.

So it wasn’t until some time after my father passed away that I bought my first Daisy Model 25. One led to another, and eventually I had four Model 25s, covering all the major variations- Plymouth and Rogers models, plastic and wooden stocks, engraved (really, stamped) and painted models.

There’s another big difference between the oldest and newest models- power level. Modern BB guns spit out BBs at well under 300fps, a level designed to not break skin. But the earlier 25s were hard hitters, pushing 400fps. Some of my guns have been rebuilt with newer springs, dropping the level.

The Model 25 was produced from 1915 until 1979, with Daisy producing over 8 million examples during that time.  But it was brought back twice, in commemorative editions. First was the Daisy Model 25 Centennial (1886-1986) Edition, produced to celebrate the 100th anniverary of the company. Then in 1994, they produced a special run of the Model 225 American Legend- basically the good old classic Model 25- as a way of commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Model 25 itself. I thought about buying one both times, but the price- I think it was over $100- seemed a bit much then; now, a good example will cost you around $150, and I expect the price will go up over time.
If you come accross a clean, working 25 at a good price, grab it- even if you’re not a collector, or don’t have a particular interest in BB guns. The 25 is a fun, hard shooting airgun, as well as a unique design.

20 Comments

  1. Jack Ollila wrote:

    I’ve got an old no. 25 that my young son wants to use but I’m hesitant to do so. I’m 58 and this was my fathers gun when he was a boy, so I know this thing is old. It was made in Plymouth and the patents are pending….Dad was born in 1928. It looks and works great too.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink
  2. mje wrote:

    I wouldn’t worry about shooting then gun. I might worry about what your son does with it, depending on his age 😉

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  3. Jack Ollila wrote:

    When did they start putting the patent number on them? I would never sell this thing as it’s more than a BB gun to me. I have my dads first shotgun and it dates to the 1880’s. I’m wondering if he bought the BB gun used like he did the shotgun.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  4. mje wrote:

    The very first 25s had the patent numbers on them. There’s a good two-part article on dating the model 25 here:
    http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2009/12/daisy-25-dating-information-part-1.html
    http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2010/01/daisy-25-dating-information-part-2.html

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
  5. Amanda Caldwell wrote:

    I have a Daisy 25, that my mother gave me. It is a Rogers, Ark model, plastic stock, goldish hunting scene on the sides. Reg. No. A136343. I was just trying to figure out how to load it, and if the .177 cal BB’s would work in it, when I found your site. I would love to know more about this air gun. I’m pretty sure it’s a late 50’s model, but not positive what year it was made. Was also wondering if it only takes the round BB’s or if it can accept some others, like hollow points, pointed, or flat nose BB’s. Any info you could give me would be appreciated!

    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink
  6. mje wrote:

    It only takes BBs. You can find manuals for all Daisy guns here:
    http://www.daisy.com/online_manuals.html

    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink
  7. Oscar wrote:

    im looking for rear sight model 25 bb rifle

    please advice if you know where to find it

    Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  8. mje wrote:

    Daisy can supply this direct.

    Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  9. Clarence Long wrote:

    I have a 1st model daisy 25 made between 1914 and 1924 in NRA VG condition. I am betting it is worth 300.00

    Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  10. mje wrote:

    It may be. NRA VG for antiques specifies ” All original parts; none to 30% original finish.” I saw a 1914 Model 25 at GunAuction.com go for just over $500, but it had 100% finish and the original box, which would put it at NRA Excellent or better.

    Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  11. Wayne wrote:

    Is there such a thing as a parts list or parts diagram available?
    I have a trigger problem and would like to fix it.

    Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  12. mje wrote:

    Daisy 25

    Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  13. Leslie Jones wrote:

    My father found a Daisy 25 in a trash dumpster and repaired it. It had a dirt dauber’s nest in the barrel and he cleaned it out. It worked perfectly.He gave it to me for Christmas.

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  14. James G wrote:

    My Model 25 usually shoots 2 BBs at once. What can be done about that?

    Monday, January 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  15. Neal Rayborn wrote:

    I have a Daisy Model 25 dating to the 1950’s. The trigger spring is missing. Have purchased a spring, but having trouble installing it. Do you have any suggestions on getting it installed into the trigger?

    Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink
  16. Dan wrote:

    Looking for a stock screw for a Daisy 1986 model 25. If any one has one or knows where to get one, please let me know. Dlheeren@gmail.com
    Thanks

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm | Permalink
  17. Robert R. Reusch wrote:

    I am trying to get value of daisy rogers arkansas mod. 25 b-b gun has gold circle with quality products DAISY since 1886

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Permalink
  18. mje wrote:

    Does it have a medallion with a serial number set into a wood stock? If so, it’s a commemorative model, worth as much as $200 in like new condition with the original box and papers, and as little as $50 in rough condition. Otherwise it’s a run of the mill reissue that sells new for about $40.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
  19. chris wilborn wrote:

    how hard is it to repair a Daisy Model #25 (Plymouth, MI)

    Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  20. mje wrote:

    That’s a difficult question to answer, as it depends tire on the skills of the repairman. If you’re someone who’s comfortable with, say, repairing gas engines or sewing machines, and you’re patient, it’s not hard ar all. You just have to take your time and understand how things work and fit together.

    Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

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