A vintage Daisy Number 25: Part 2
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- Getting used to the Number 25
- Not a double feed
- Settling down
- The test
- First target
- Second target
- Third target
- Fourth target
I’m skipping the velocity testing on this Daisy Number 25 pump gun because I already did it in Part 2 of the report on the Dust Devil BBs. The two BBs I will use today are the Daisy Premium Grade BB and the Dust Devil. The Daisy BB averaged 360 f.p.s. in the vintage Daisy 25 I’m testing and the Dust Devil averaged 365 f.p.s.. That’s really too close to call.
Getting used to the Number 25
It’s been some time since I shot this BB gun and I forgot a number of things. The first was that the 50-shot forced feed magazine always fires two BBs on the first shot. They aren’t a double feed. One is already in the breech when the shot tube is installed and the other loads when the gun is cocked.
On the first target I shot two BBs instead of just one. So I threw that target out of the test. After that, each time I loaded 6 BBs into the mag and put it back into the gun. Then I held the muzzle down and caught the one BB that rolled out. This is a common practice with Daisy’s forced feed mags. It isn’t universal, but it happens more often than not.
Not a double feed
Let me differentiate what I just described from a true double feed, for which which the Number 25 Daisy is also famous. The early shot tubes were made for lead BBs, and instead of a wire spring to hold the BB in the breech they used a constriction in the barrel. If steel BBs were then used in that tube they eventually ironed the constriction out and the gun would shoot two BBs every time the trigger was pulled.
The first target with Daisy BBs was a throwaway because of the 2-BB shot, but I used that and the first Dust Devil target to settle down and become familiar with the gun. The trigger pull is single stage and very heavy, at around 12+ pounds. If I squeeze it slow it moves smoothly through its arc and I know about when the shot will fire. I had to get used to it.
I also noticed that the front sight has been bent slightly to the right. That can be seen through the peep sight. I’m holding the top of the front sight on the base of the bull.
I also noticed that the rear sight flops forward on each shot. So before I sight the rifle I push the rear sight back into position every time. It’s not unlike pushing a Unertl scope forward after every shot with a firearm.
I shot from a seated position at 5 meters and rested the gun on a UTG monopod. I decided to shoot just 5 shots per target because this BB gun requires so much concentration. Because of that I shot two targets with each BB. That should give us an idea of how the Dust Devils compare to premium BBs.
The point of today’s report is twofold. First, I’m trying to establish how accurate this vintage BB gun is and second, I’m comparing Dust Devil BBs to conventional BBs.
The first target was shot with 5 Daisy Premium Grade BBs. Four of the shots landed in a group measuring 0.874-inches between centers. The group is fairly well centered on the bull, too. The other shot unfortunately landed low and left, opening the group to 2.136-inches between centers.The entire group is ever-so-slightly left of the centerline.
Now I tried the Dust Devils for the first time. Five went into a group that measured 1.287-inches between centers. It’s also to the left of center.
The Daisy 25 put 5 Dust Devils in 1.287-inches at 5 meters.
This was the second group of five Daisy BBs, and it proved to be the best group of the test. Five BBs are in 0.935-inches and slightly left of center. Three BBs are in a tight little group between the other two BBs, but the paper is torn too much to measure it.
The second group of Dust Devils was similar to the last group of Daisys, in that 3 BBs went to the same place. This group measures 1.573-inches between centers.
The second group of Dust Devils measures 1.573-inches between centers.
This vintage Daisy 25 is about average in the accuracy department. It might do better if a larger BB was used.
Dust Devils seem to be about as good as regular premium BBs in this gun. They also fed through the magazine, and the 25 has the strongest follower spring I know of.
I had planned to begin the test of the Dust Devil BBs earlier this week, but the final SHOT Show report had to be published, so that report is still coming. But the Daisy 25 test was always planned for the Dust Devil, and I would say so far so good.