Are you on a budget looking for a tactical lever gun? You say it must have a capacity of more than 500 rounds and cost less than $30?
After reviewing this video and doing additional research, I found that Daisy has been making air rifles for 125 years!
It was decided that the Model 1998 would be the perfect first gun for my daughter.
- Brand: Daisy®
- Length: 35-1/4 in.
- Weight: 2.2 lb.
- Action Type: Lever-Cocking/Spring Air
- Maximum Muzzle Velocity: 350 fps
- Caliber (in.): .177
- Caliber (mm): 4.5 mm
- Maximum Shooting Distance: 195 yd.
- Ammunition Capacity: 650 Shot
- Warranty: 1-Year Limited
Found one on Amazon.com, new with damaged box, paid $16 for it!
Now I should mention here that I didn't just give this to my daughter. She had to pass a test first. For months now I've been quizzing her on Eddie the Eagle's rules for gun safety.
- DON'T TOUCH
- LEAVE THE AREA
- TELL AN ADULT
Before buying ammo or even cutting the zip tie locking the action shut, I put the rifle in my office where she would see it and called her in. I asked how her day at school went and the usual stuff then told her I had to get back to work. As she turned to leave, she saw it and did exactly what she was supposed to do.
I've also been quizzing her on the four basic rules:
- ALL guns are ALWAYS loaded.
- NEVER let your muzzle cover ANYTHING or ANYONE you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger OFF the trigger until your sights are ON the target.
- Be SURE of your target, and what is behind it.
Today we went to Gander Mountain for ammo and paid $4.99 for 1500 rounds. That's enough to fill the magazine, TWICE, and still have 200 rounds left over. Don't let a down economy stop you from getting time in at the range. This is a very economical weapon system.
The rifle came with instructions for building your own range, a luxury I never thought I could afford. We followed the instructions and built a BB trap out of a cardboard box, bundles of old magazines, and crumpled newspaper. The backdrop was a heavy canvas painters drop cloth draped over our fence.
Before letting her come out, I tested that our range was doing a good job of ricochet mitigation. The target was trapping BBs and I shot a few into the canvas backdrop on purpose to test it. If she is far enough off to miss the backdrop, any ricochet would be at an angle so that it was headed away from us.
Once we got started shooting, I didn't keep count of how many rounds were fired. She did great and other than a few mosquito bites, it was a perfect day.
Awesome for what it is: Inexpensive, accurate, well made, and lots of fun.
As noted in the TNP video, if you're a lefty the tassels will get in the way. For a lever gun the action is stiff and you've got to remember to shake it when working the action to insure that a BB gets loaded. They have engineered a small window where you can see a BB being loaded so you know it's working right.
Good times today, we're both looking forward to the next range day at the Obscura compound. (tomorow)