Floyd Hyde Engineering, Automatic Model LS
Wamo Powermaster (.22 LR)
177, steel BBs, 5-shot spring magazine and 200 shot gravity feed
CO2, 8 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB: Daisy Avanti BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
metal, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled: 6.94, steel, no
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable: 5.2 (SA), no
fixed, adjustable for windage and elevation
Velocity (fps): not specified
Sound Level (dB): 96
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in):
Manufactured Dates: 1959
Condition/Manual/Box: 85%, no, no
The Hyde Automatic air pistol was manufactured by Floyd Hyde
Engineering of Alhambra, CA, in 1959. The Hyde air pistol used
the frame and other components from the Wamo Powermaster .22 cal
pistol. Daisy bought the tooling for the Hyde Automatic and reintroduced the
pistol as the
in 1962. The Hyde Automatic was produced for only one year.
The trigger on this gun feels like a true single action semi-auto
although it operates the elevator in addition to releasing the
sear. The trigger is single-stage and has a crisp break point. The
Hyde Automatic holds 200 BBs in a hopper from which 5 BBs at a
time are fed into a spring-loaded internal magazine. Getting BBs
into the magazine takes some patience. The 5 BBs in the magazine
can be fired as quickly as the trigger can be pulled. The
Hyde Automatic has good power and accuracy and represented
innovative engineering for its day. These air pistols are pretty
rare and a working model is even harder to find. The Hyde
Automatic is one of the few production air
pistols ever made from a converted firearm.
Pyramyd Air Report on the Hyde Automatic.
for Daisy CO2
(966 kB JPG).
Picture of boxed
Hyde Automatic Pistol.
History of Hyde Automatic Pistol (578 kB JPG).
Measurements were made on
11/7/09 at a temperature of 70 ºF and 14' elevation. A seven shot string was fired
from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy Avanti BBs (5.5 gr).
The highest velocity measured was 432 fps, the lowest was 407 fps
(average of the 10-shot string was 415 fps, s = 9). A six shot string
fired with open sights grouped at 0.64". Click the thumbnail below to see a
here for a description of the measurement methods.