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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.

65 Comments

  1. Lisa wrote:

    I have this Daisy Model 25 Centennial limeted edition gun that I would like to sell. It is in brand new condition – has never been out of the box or put together. The box itself shows signs of age but the gun has barely been touched. I would like to know how much it is worth and how I can sell it??? They do not allow them to sell on Ebay. Thanks!

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  2. mje wrote:

    The going price seems to be $150 and up, depending on condition, box, and so forth. Best place to sell is probably the classifieds at American Airguns:

    http://www.airguns.net/

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  3. Richard Hilotn wrote:

    I have a Daisy Model 25 airgun. The stock and pump hanle are wood. The pump handle has 5 groves and the pump rod is held on the gun by clamps not welded.
    Top of gun has Daisy No.25 Daisy MFG.CO. PLYMOUTH MICH.U.S.A. PANTENTS PENDING and there are no ID numbers. Adjustable rear site, fixed front site. Just wondering what year this gun may have been made.

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Permalink
  4. mje wrote:

    The wood stock says it’s pre-1953, when plastic stocks were introduced. There’s a good guide to details here:

    http://www.bbairguns.com/model25.htm

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Permalink
  5. Bill K. wrote:

    Picked up a 60s era Model 25, plastic stock, working condition but with a couple light rust spots. Was wondering what the typical value range on these would be, around $25-ish?

    Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
  6. mje wrote:

    Depending on condition and origin, $25-$150. Is it a Plymouth gun, or a Rogers, AR gun? How much rust? Scratches? Collectors look at all these things.

    Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Permalink
  7. kevin wrote:

    I would be very interested in buying a model 25 that is new in the box. That is the first air gun I owned, and I would like to have one for old times sake.

    Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 12:14 am | Permalink
  8. Charles Kelley wrote:

    I have an Daisy Pump Model 25.I call the paint gun matel gray looks new, Gold stamp hunting seen 90% there, platic pistol grip stock,rear sight is flip peep or v grove, Rogers, Ark. Reg.# M473475, two 1/4″ holes right side of receiver. What year made, and cost back then and worth now?

    Thanks Mr. Kelley

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  9. L. Moore wrote:

    I have a model 25 centennial collectors edition Daisy still in the box. The outside box and the inside box are in excellant condition and the unassembled gun is in mint condition. What is the probable value of it?

    Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  10. mje wrote:

    Lisa: I would expect that gun to go for somewhere between $150 and and $200. Prices seem to vary a lot. The last sale I saw was one sold by the Daisy museum that went for $175.

    Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  11. lester hokmes wrote:

    looking for a model 25 @reasonable price

    Friday, July 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  12. Airgun Ed wrote:

    Bass Pro has the new version of the Model 25. Looks great! And it’s under $40!

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
  13. Ed Pavlu wrote:

    Bass Pro Shops has the Model 25 new for $39.00
    I bought one and it is just fine, just like the 1950′s, or so I think it is.

    Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
  14. Ask Andy, Colorado wrote:

    Nostalgia wants me to go to Bass Pro Shops and get a Model 25.

    It was 60 years ago this Christmas that my dad gave me a Red Ryder at age 8. In college I got myself a Model 25 which was ballistically much superior, though plastic. I still have both but not in working condition.

    Now, because of the political climate, I have no one to teach gun safety and marksmanship, so a new purchase would sit in our basement after I punctured a few aluminum cans. Realistically I have to pass on the purchase.

    Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  15. Michael Dillard wrote:

    I just bought two Model 25′s at Bass Pro Shops yesterday, one for me and one for my buddy who had one as a kid. I gave it to him yesterday and he almost cried. I put 500 rounds through mine today, and after sighting it in, it shot great! I am 56 years old and have lots of weapons, to include BB guns and Pellet guns, and this by far is the most fun. It will shoot as fast as you can pump it and I had 0 missfires! They are on sale right now for $34.95 through Christmas. Get one…you won’t be dissappointed! Have fun!

    Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  16. Robert wrote:

    I got my first Daisy 25 for Christmas in
    1952 at age 9. It was the most powerful
    BB gun offered by Daisy and I loved it.
    I didn’t know at the time that it was the
    transitional model when Daisy introduced
    the synthetic stocks and pump handles. I
    hope Andy in Colorado gets his old Daisys’
    repaired and uses them again.

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  17. Larry wrote:

    I have a Daisy mod. 25 in a bubble pack that was made in Rogers, Ark. for Western Auto. It has a black molded Monte Carlo stock and fore end. The receiver looks like chrome, with a dog head, ducks, and scroll in black. What’s it worth?

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  18. Mike sMITH wrote:

    I have a Power line model 45 CO2 semi-automatic pistol Model 4500, 0.177 cal, Rogers AR72757. I bought this many years ago, and just recently decided to use it again. However, I cannot get the safety off. The safety lever will not move presumably without a safety detent pushed in first. I cannot recall how I got the safety off this gun, and the pictures in the manual show the safety below the hammer – this is wrong because it is on the right hand side, above and in front of the trigger. I’ve tried all sorts of things to release it to no effect. Can you remind me, please, how to get the safety off. Your help will be very much appreciated. Many thanks,

    Friday, May 7, 2010 at 1:22 am | Permalink
  19. J.A.Lankalis wrote:

    I have a 1914 model 25 with almost 2/3 of the original silver and black nickel finish on it. The shot tube is non functional. It shoots singly. What is its value?

    Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink
  20. jon atherton wrote:

    I have a Daisy 225 that wasn’t working rinht so I took it apart now I need a repair manual so I can put it back together. Is there a free online repair manual for the daisy 225

    Friday, July 16, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink
  21. Francis DePaola wrote:

    I have a Christmas Story gun NIB still in cellphane wrapped package so I know it’s legit. What can I get for it?

    I also have a Christmas Story gun that is like new, but I know there are counterfeits and I don’t know if this is one of them. It has a compass with a white background that says Japan on it . Is it legit? I bought it in good faith and assumed it was a legit and not a pieced together Christmas Story gun. Any help?

    Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  22. Francis DePaola wrote:

    I have a Daisy Model 25 rifle with a pistol grip wood stock made in Plymouth Michigan. These guns have many variants. This one because of the above description has to date between 1932 and 1852. Can I tell from the patent numbers to more approximate the date of manufacture? It is a powerful shooting gun.

    Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  23. Alfred Ristan wrote:

    I am in the process of gifting the Model # 25 ( circa 1960′s) to my step child and am a bit confused on how to load the BB’s in rifle , is the tube insert the way to do it. Thanks in advance.

    Monday, October 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  24. mje wrote:

    Correct. Unscrew the tube/barrel assembly and insert the BBs in the spring-loaded tube.

    Monday, October 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  25. Daryl wrote:

    Ten years ago, I sold my early 1960s Daisy 25 on a garage sale. I do not know what possessed me to sell it, but I did. Perhaps temporary insanity. It was like new. Now, I would like to buy an early 60s model 25 once again, in the same, like new condition of the one I received as a gift back in 1961. If you have one of this era, in newish condition, I am interested in buying it from you. Please contact me if you have one to sell. Thank you.

    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  26. Thomas Marchese wrote:

    I have an old daisy model 25 bb gun with scrolling on reciever,the stock was replaced with a homemade one it has a nice patina on reciever and barrel. It was made in plymouth mich.The last patent # is 1,573,383. Can anyone give me a ballpark value of this?.(I used this gun when I was a kid when I was around 8 or 9 years old I’m now 60 so, I know it’s pretty old. I also have a mod. 25 commemorative with bronze medalion in stock with dates 1886/1986 mint condition. If anybody could give a ballpark value on both of these guns it would be much appreciated…….Thanks…….Tom

    Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:10 am | Permalink
  27. DLP wrote:

    I have a model 25 that is very good in the original box from post 1953 (it has plastic stock). There is no rust that I can see and the picture of the hunter and ducks is good. There is more gold scolling on the top of the barrel. It says Rogers Ark on the receiver and M859202. It also says “Daisy pump gun” on the left side of the receiver in front of the trigger guard and “gold medal” on the receiver. The box is even in good condition. It shoots like new and has only slight wear mark at the screw in tube and another small one on the pump lever bottom Any guess as to value? Thanks.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
  28. mje wrote:

    Normally a gun like that would only go for around $40-60, but if the box is in very good condition, you might be looking at $100 or more from the right collector.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  29. Porker wrote:

    Daisy omitted an important “take-down” step from the “new”(reissued) Model 25 Pump Gun Manual.

    To properly take the gun down, in addition to removing the take-down screw there is a small Phillips head screw 3 1/8 inches back from the take-down screw on the left side of the receiver.

    This screw MUST be removed to take the gun down. The trigger might also need to be pulled slightly, but the gun can then easily be taken apart.

    Please pass this information on.

    Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  30. Bruce Schneider wrote:

    Would like to purchase a model 25 commemorative if anyone knows of one for sale.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink
  31. mje wrote:

    The 25 has been back in production since 2009. You should be able to find one at many of the Daisy dealers.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  32. Steve Douglas wrote:

    I have a Daisy Red Ryder Carbine No. 111
    Model 40 with a Daisy #300 scope and target with a bell. All in the original box. Purchased in 1953 or 1954??

    It is in good shape but shows usage from a kid shooting many packages of BB’s at tigers, wolves, bears, soldiers of foreign enemies and an occasional sparrow.

    Is it collectible? If so will someone please give me an idea of its value?

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  33. mje wrote:

    A 1930s Red Ryder, in the box, in excellent condition, can net $300-350. A 1950s gun is worth significantly less. I saw one in fair condition without a box sell recently for $80. Yours might be worth between $100 and $200, but much depends on where you sell. You might get more- you might get less.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink
  34. Eric Clifton wrote:

    I am looking for the trigger assembly instructions/photo/manual for a early Daisy No 25. I inadvertently removed the trigger screw when cleaning and now am stuck. Any help you may provide would be of great help. Sincerely, Eric

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  35. mje wrote:

    Have you tried Daisy? They have a good inventory of old parts, and exploded diagrams of everything they made.

    http://www.daisy.com/serviceform.html

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  36. Al Luecke wrote:

    I have a daisy mod.25 1938. Is my gun from a kid. I was cleanihg it up & took the bolt out that holds the triger. A littel spring came out. What would charg to reinstall? Thanks AL

    Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  37. mje wrote:

    Try one of these guys:

    http://www.daisyking.com/repairs/index.htm

    Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink
  38. Curt Ostman wrote:

    Question – can the piston spring be replaced (to increase power) in the new Daisy Model 25 introduced late 2010?

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  39. mje wrote:

    Probably. You might increase the power 20-30% without doing damage to the gun. I know of no one selling replacement springs, though. You’d have to search around for something the same diameter and length as the original but with slightly larger wire.

    I have read that there are two different spring strengths that have been used over the years- one of the the repair sites listed at http://www.daisyking.com/repairs/index.htm might have the stronger springs. The difference between the two springs is only about 50 fps, though.

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  40. Curt Ostman wrote:

    MJE:
    Thanks so much for your response. I’ve contacted a Daisy repair representative in Claremore Oklahoma (half an hour from my home in Tulsa). We are going to get together as soon as the winter storms let up. I’ll keep you posted…
    Curt

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  41. TIM INGRAM wrote:

    I HAVE A 25 DAISY WITH 6 RINGS ON FOREARM IT IS WOOD AND STOCK IS WOOD. IT HAS BOYS EGRAVED ON BOTH SIDES AND ENGRAVED SCROLL WORK. IT HAS SEVERAL PATENT NUMBERS ON IT. APPROX. HOW OLD AND WHAT IS BALLPARK VALUE?

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  42. mje wrote:

    Depending on condition, $40 (for a rough one) to $100 for a very clean one. An exceptional specimen in the original box could get as much as twice that.

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink
  43. dave wrote:

    just bought a “new model 25″ daisy. (2011) for nostalga. My aunt took my 1952 model away when I was a kid because I broke a window with it and she NEVER GAVE IT BACK!!! Now I’ve got this new one, and it won’t come apart the way the instructions say it should. Can anybody tell me why? peace-dave

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  44. mje wrote:

    I think we need more detail that “it won’t cone apart the way the instructions say it should” to diagnose the problem. Are you disassembling it cocked, or uncocked? At what point do you get stuck? Does it come apart partway, or not at all?

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink
  45. casey wrote:

    i was wondering where would i be able to find a place that could repair my model 225 at im 19 and ive had it since i was 10 it just recently broke but before that my grandpa who had it since new in 1958 so i would like to get it working again its 53 years old

    Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  46. mje wrote:

    You can find a list of such places here:

    http://www.daisyking.com/repairs/index.htm

    Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
  47. J D Bedwell wrote:

    Hi, I have 8 model 25 daisys and one model 225. The 25s are of various ages. All but one shoots(this one probably needs a new plunger). The 225 has such low front sight I dislike that about it. But they are really FUN guns. I may sell half of em if anyone is interested. JD

    Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  48. jtr wrote:

    i have a 1932 #25 its a stright shot at 40ft.dead-nuts

    Friday, June 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  49. jason ayer wrote:

    i have a model no 25 whith 6 rings on wooden handle it has birds and mam holding a gun on both sides from plymoth mich with these numbers 1097244, 1114491,pats 1136470,1220649,573389 . can any one tell me what i have and how much it is worth . thank you jay

    Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  50. mje wrote:

    Everything depends on condition.

    Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
  51. 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
  52. 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
  53. 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
  54. 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
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. mje wrote:

    Daisy can supply this direct.

    Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. mje wrote:

    Daisy 25

    Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  63. 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
  64. 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
  65. 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

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