Daisy 1894 Western Carbine: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Daisy 1894
Daisy’s 1894 Western Carbine is a classic BB gun. This one is an NRA Centennial model.

This report covers:

• Preparation for firing
• Daisy Premium Grade BBs
• Crosman Copperhead BBs
• Hornady Black Diamond BBs
• Trigger-pull
• How is the gun?

Let’s look at the velocity of my Daisy model 1894 BB gun. Several of you said you were glad to see this report, and I’m happy to do it for you. The 1894 is a BB gun I simply overlooked when it was available. All of you knew how nice it was, but until now I never had a clue.

Daisy advertised the 1894 as a 300 f.p.s. BB gun. That’s not too hot, but also not on the bottom. It’s a nice place to be if accuracy is all you’re concerned with, because 300 f.p.s. is enough to do everything you need.

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RWS Diana 45: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Diana 45
Diana 45 is a large breakbarrel spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Remove the barrel
• Barrel off!
• Remove the piston
• Disassembly is complete
• One last look

We have a lot to cover today, so let’s get right to it. We left the Diana 45 with the mainspring out of the gun at the end of yesterday’s report. The only thing left in the disassembly is to remove the piston. Do not disassemble a gun if you’re not 100% certain you can put it back together again in safe working condition!

Remove the barrel
The piston will not come out of the gun until the cocking link that connects it to the underside of the barrel (for cocking) is removed. To do that, you must first separate the barrel from the spring tube. That step is easy on some breakbarrels, but not so easy with this 45. On most breakbarrels, you remove the pivot bolt from the action forks and the barrel separates from the spring tube. The Diana 45 has another step; and unless you follow it, the barrel will never come off the gun.

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RWS Diana 45: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Diana 45 left
Diana 45 is a large breakbarrel spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Remove the stock
• Action out!
• Action in mainspring compressor
• Trigger assembly is free
• Spring bent!
• Gun is dry
• The rest of the powerplant
• Last word

I’m changing things for this report just a bit. In part 3, I told you that I would do a 25-yard accuracy test next. I’ve decided to forego that step and start working on the tuneup, instead. Today, I’ll show how to disassemble a Diana 45. Make certain the rifle is uncocked before you begin. Do not disassemble a gun if you’re not 100% certain you can put it back together again in safe working condition!

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Daisy 1894 Western Carbine: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Daisy 1894
Daisy’s 1894 Western Carbine is a classic BB gun. This one is an NRA Centennial model.

This report covers:

• History
• The rifle
• First impressions

I received a Daisy 1894 for Christmas this year, allowing me to test and write about a BB gun with which I have no experience. Every time the subject of the 1894 comes up, we get comments from many readers who fondly remember the gun from their youth. I never had one, so those weren’t my memories; but when I first saw the gift, I vowed to use it to set the record straight.

Actually, the gun I received wasn’t working. It was a used gun that came without any guarantees. Though it does cock and fire, no BB comes out. But seeing it was the motivation I needed to reach out and get one that worked. The gun I got is an NRA Centennial model. They were sold in sets that included a model 179 BB pistol and the rifle — both in presentation boxes. The rifle box could be taken apart and made onto a rifle stand for display.

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Diana RWS 34P breakbarrel air rifle: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Diana RWS 34P breakbarrel air rifle
Diana RWS 34P breakbarrel air rifle.

This report covers:

• First up — Crosman Premier lite pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets — 4.53mm head
• The hold
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Back to Premier lite pellets
• What now?
• Final observation

Today, we’ll look at the accuracy of the Diana 34P air rifle I’m testing. While this has been a conventional test for those interested in the Diana 34, it’s also a precursor to the next part of The great pellet comparison test. I needed a baselined powerful pellet rifle to test the accuracy of premium pellets against bargain pellets. When I finish that test, I’ll write a summary of what’s been learned about the differences between premium and bargain pellets.

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RWS Diana 45: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Diana 45 left
Diana 45 is a large breakbarrel spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Repairs first
• Accuracy test parameters
• Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• RWS Superdome pellets
• More pellets?
• How the rifle behaved
• Next

Today, we’ll begin to learn about the accuracy of the Diana 45 we’re testing. This rifle belongs to a friend of mine, and I want you to remember that the ultimate goal of this series is to completely tune this vintage air rifle to remove as much of the vibration as possible. We aren’t looking for greater power. We want smooth operation. What we’re doing today is just baseline testing.

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Walther’s new LGU: part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Baracuda Match 4.53mm pellets
• Baracuda Match 4.50mm pellets
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• And, finally — JSB 8.44-grain Exact pellets (for G&G)
• Overall evaluation

It was New Year’s Eve day, and all of you were still snug in your warm beds when I crept out to the frozen 50-yard rifle range to test the Walther LGU. I arrived when it was still dark. After a 20-minute setup, I began shooting. The morning sky was just brightening when the first shot went downrange. North Central Texas is usually a nice place any time of the year, but we had a cold snap that I believe the whole country was enjoying at the time.

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