Daisy Red Ryder 60th Anniversary Edition (Daisy 1938B)


Comments:  This is the 60th anniversary edition (1998) of the most popular BB gun every made, the Daisy Red Ryder (originally the model 40 number 111). Daisy has sold more than 9 million Red Ryders since they introduced it in 1940 making it the largest selling BB gun in history. In 1940, the Red Ryder sold for $2.95. A new Red Ryder today sells for about $40. The "B" version has a relocated loading port, a plastic cocking lever. an improved safety, and retains the wood stock and forearm.

Article on BB gun mechanism by Tom Gaylord (.pdf)
Wikipedia article on the Red Ryder
Daisy Red Ryder Chronology
Daisy Museum history of the Red Ryder
History of the film character "Red Ryder"
Pyramyd Air Report on the Red Ryder (Part 1)

 Daisy Red Ryder 60th Anniversary Special Edition (1938B)
Replica Of:
 Not a replica
Made In:
 177, steel BBs, 650-shot gravity feed
Air Source:
 spring piston
Recommended Pellet or BB:
 Avanti Precision Ground BBs (5.5 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
 2.2, 35.25
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
 metal, black, wood

Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
 9.25, steel, no
Trigger Action:
 SA only

Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
 5.25 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
 fixed, adjustable for elevation

Velocity (fps):
  up to 220
Sound Level (dB):  87
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in):  N/A
Manufactured Dates:
 1998 (60th Anniversary Edition)
 98%, yes, yes
Serial Number:

Performance: Measurements were made on 4/13/07 at a temperature of 70 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Avanti Precision Ground BBs (5.5 gr). The highest velocity measured was 312 fps, the lowest was 295 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 302 fps). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.67". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.


Profile Left:
Right Side Markings 1:
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Left Side Markings:

Red Ryder Promotional Metal Sign: This sign is still for sale at the Daisy Museum.



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