Parris Kadet 500 BB gun

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

The history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Saw it at my first airgun show
  • Fast-forward
  • I had to know!
  • Buzzy
  • Odd loading mechanism
  • Instinct shooting
  • How rare are they?
  • Today’s point

Collectors of anything know there are more things in the world than all the books acknowledge. That’s one of the things that makes collecting so much fun — the joy of discovering something other people knew nothing about.

I don’t consider myself to be a collector. I suppose that’s because I am willing to let go of almost anything. Most collectors have a vault from which nothing escapes while they live. I realized that I could never own all the things I was interested in at the same time, so I buy and sell as my interest changes.

Saw it at my first airgun show

That’s how I came to own today’s collectible BB gun — the Parris Kadet 500 Trainer. In 1994 I was at the very first airgun show I ever attended, which turned out to be the second show ever held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. That show migrated to Roanoke, Virginia several years later and then it moved on to Salem, Virginia and the Moose Lodge, where it was held for several years before ending. My point is — I have been attending airgun shows almost from the beginning. read more