A Short History Of BB Guns

 A Short History Of BB Guns

The term “BB” generally referred to the Ball bearings that were used as air guns projectiles 1886. These were a lead shotgun of BB size that is 0.180-inch in diameter. .38 special ammo  These BB guns were made up of maple wood mainly with very less metal on them.

In the year 1887 C. Hamilton who was the inventor of.22 rim fire, introduced a metal air gun. As he was demonstrating his new invention in front of the local industrialist, Mr Lewis Cass Hough, he exclaimed in surprise-“boy that’s a Daisy!” The design of the air gun was so clever that lead BB shots were also possible to use in it. This special feature made Mr Lewis Cass Hough commission the start of the production of hundreds of the little air guns in the year 1888. As the air guns gained popularity Mr Lewis Cass Hough iron mill began to produce the bb guns in full fledge under the name of “Daisy’s BB guns”. The windmill company of Mr. Lewis Cass Hough, reincorporated in the year 1895 as The Daisy Manufacturing Company and still continues production under the same name.

Till the initial years of the twentieth century, the lead BB shots were used as the projectiles for the Daisy gun. Later on Daisy started manufacturing its own lead shots that was smaller than the original ones and around 0.175 inches in diameter. These lead shots were exclusively the property of the Daisy Company and kids were to buy them from the company directly. With the reduction in the size of the new lead projectiles of the BB gun, there was an increase in the velocity of the projectile. This facilitated the use of spring wire that was smaller in diameter. This made the guns fire the projectiles with the same velocity and also cocked easily.

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