Daisy Number 12, Model 29 BB gun: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

The history of airguns

Daisy model 29
Daisy Number 12 Model 29 is a vintage BB gun.

This report covers:

  • For Reb
  • The gun
  • Welded tube
  • Hard to cock
  • Sights
  • Single shot?
  • No chrome
  • Shot tube

This is about a BB gun you fondly remember, but never heard of.

HUH?

Today’s BB gun looks like many others from the turn of the century, especially the model H that lasted from 1913 until 1922. The No. 12 Model 29, however, is a single shot that was produced from 1929 until 1942, when Daisy put BB guns aside for the war effort. Although it is a later gun, it retains many characteristics of much earlier BB guns.

The most notable feature is the cocking lever that has a small finger loop, as opposed to the levers on most Daisys with full sized loops. The lever is cast iron, a vestige of guns made decades earlier. Because it lacks a forearm you can clearly see the sheet metal weld that seals the compression tube. This is where the soldered patch used to be — before Daisy figured out how to weld the thin metal tube airtight.

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H&N Excite Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Smart Shot BBs
H&N Excite Smart Shot BBs are the first lead BB in 90 years.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The point of the Smart Shot BB
  • Colt SAA
  • The test
  • First target
  • Splatology
  • Result
  • Wood is next
  • What to do?
  • Hard oak target
  • Weight retention
  • What have we learned?

Today’s test involves a very small number of shots Yet it is captivating! Today we find out whether the H&N Excite Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs really don’t bounce back. How timely is this, since Pyramyd Air has just listed the new John Wayne Duke single action BB revolver?

I tested these BBs against three hard targets. Two were planned and the third one popped up as the test unfolded.

The point of the Smart Shot BB

The Smart Shot BB is copper-plated lead. As such it should not rebound from a hard surface like steel BBs do. That’s is the whole point of this BB and why it is worth the money, if it really works that way. Because if it works, the Smart Shot BB allows airgunners to safely enjoy action shooting sports like Cowboy Action Shooting.

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H&N Excite Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Smart Shot BBs
H&N Excite Smart Shot BBs are the first lead BB in 90 years.

Part 1
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Colt Single Action Army BB gun
  • All SAAs shoot the same
  • Safety
  • Velocity Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Velocity Excite Smart Shot BBs
  • Accuracy with steel
  • Accuracy with lead
  • Conclusions

Today I begin testing the new H&N Excite Smart Shot copper-plated lead BB for you. There will be many tests of this BB. Today I will start with an airgun that I think will be ideal because of the way it is designed. I will test today with the Colt Single Action Army BB gun.

Colt Single Action Army BB gun

This BB gun is one that the world waited for. And when Umarex brought it out, they nailed it. It’s everything you could want in a BB revolver that is still affordable. And they didn’t rest on their laurels, either. The first guns were a blued model and a nickle-plated one — both with the artillery-length 5-1/2 inch barrel. Within a year, they added the trail-worn gun that shooters love so much. The first iteration was 500 U.S. Marshal’s Museum models, followed by 500 NRA specials with the same finish. The Marshal’s models sold out at the SHOT Show in 2 days. The NRA guns are all gone too, though Pyramyd Air did stock them until the last one sold.

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The rise of the BB gun: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

The history of airguns

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Return to normalcy
  • Modern production methods
  • Daisy changes manufacturing processes
  • The age of repeaters
  • Quick Kill
  • Two major BB guns
  • BBs get better through competition
  • Are we finished?

Return to normalcy

In Part 1 we ended our look at the progress of the BB gun just after World War II. I had mentioned that the war stopped the production of BB guns so the manufacturers could make wartime items. When the war was over, there was still a period of time when raw materials were hard to come by. They had been stockpiled for the war and were not in the general channels of distribution for over a year. The government sold most of its stockpiles, but these sales took many years to complete and the materials were often not located where they were needed the most. So a lot of time passed while things returned to normal.

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H&N Excite Smart Shot copper-plated lead BBs: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Smart Shot BBs
H&N Excite Smart Shot BBs are the first lead BB in 90 years.

Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Description
  • Safety first
  • Cowboy Action Shooting
  • Rebound test
  • Velocity test
  • Accuracy test
  • Compatibility with different BB feeding systems
  • Baseline testing has been done
  • Expensive
  • Anything else?

Have you ever wanted “them” to do something so much that you talked about it to everyone? And then one day you woke up and saw “they” had done what you asked?

What do you do then?

Today we begin looking at a product I never thought I would be reviewing. It’s the H&N Excite Smart Shot copper-plated lead BB. Yes, I said a lead BB. As in, “Mother, what will you complain about, now that we can no longer shoot our eyes out?” THAT kind of lead BB!

Description

Little boys used to buy lead BBs for their BB guns many years ago. But in the 1920s lead was taken off the market and the BB changed to steel. Lead BBs are good for shooting in antique BBs guns and for collecting, but if you buy BBs today, they are all going to be steel. Until now.

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Bersa BP9CC CO2 BB pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Bersa BB pistol
The Bersa BB pistol looks very much like the firearm.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Daisy BBs
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • Crosman Copperhead BBs
  • Shooting evaluation
  • Blowback
  • Summary

Today we look at the accuracy of the Bersa BP9CC BB pistol. Several readers are interested because of the small size of this BB pistol. And in Part 2 we discovered that it delivers all the power that’s advertised.

I decided to use the same 3 BBs for today’s test as were used in the velocity test. One of them — the Daisy Premium Grade BB — gave significantly lower velocity than the other 2, and I thought that might make it a little more accurate, because it is tighter in the barrel.

The test

The range was 5 meters and the gun was shot with my hand resting on the UTG Monopod. I have found this rest to be the handiest rifle and pistol field rest I’ve ever used. The way I hold it locks the gun solidly and is as steady as a bipod.

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Bersa BP9CC CO2 BB pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Bersa BB pistol
The Bersa BB pistol looks very much like the firearm.

Bersa BB pistol caliber
In fact, it looks like the firearm so much that they even put the firearm caliber on the slide (it’s really on what would be the barrel in the firearm)!

This report covers:

  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Read the manual
  • Blowback
  • Safety lever popped off!
  • Tactical sights
  • Striker fired
  • The test

Introduction

Today we begin looking at the Bersa BP9CC BB pistol in dual tone finish from ASG. This test was requested some time ago by several readers, and I’m glad to finally take the gun out of the box.

Description

The Bersa BP9CC is a small sidearm. It’s slightly larger than a pocket pistol, which is diminutive for a sidearm. It’s a close copy of the Bersa Thunder firearm that chambers the 9X19 (Luger) cartridge. The pistol I am testing is a two-tone gun with a silver slide and black frame. The slide is metal and the frame is polymer — similar to many new handguns today. Because the gun is small, the grip is both slim and comfortable for average adult hands.

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