Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy yqz
Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE Auction Ends April 6, 2015 9:32PM EST http://yqz.me/Chicago_AirRifle
Talking about rarities!! Up in this auction is a piece of history. The Markham Chicago wooden BB gun Sire to Daisy! This is the early model with the stock stamped: “Chicago Air Rifle – Markham’s Patent” on two lines, which many folks put as the very earliest model. It has an exterior that is all maple wood with rosewood stain, double cocking rods pass through the stock. Everything works. There are rubs, scratches and one chip to the wood at the connection near the hinge, all in line with its age. Missing its cleaning rod. It measures approx. 32″ overall length and has a 9.8″ brass barrel liner in the front section. WHAT A RARE PIECE!!
We found an article posted on the Airgun Academy Daily Blog by B.B. Pelletier (Great Blog and Article!!) Which we are quoting excerpts of here.
The Markham Chicago wooden BB gun Sire to Daisy!
Originally posted on November 9, 2007
by B.B. Pelletier
The Markham company, the inventor of the modern BB gun (not Daisy, as I will explain in a moment), started in 1886 with the Chicago model. Captain Markham, whose life story is quite interesting, began production of a spring-piston airgun made mostly of wood in Plymouth, Michigan. His plant was situated very near the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company that would soon start making an all-metal BB gun of their own, but Markham’s was first by two years.
The Blue Book of Airguns puts the start of the Markham presence in BB guns in 1887, but as you will learn, Daisy had a vested interest in the date this company began. And back in the early 20th century, they put the date at 1886.
The gun is made from hard rock maple with metal parts attached where needed, not that much different than modern polymer-framed handguns such as the Glock. It broke in the center, and a stiff wire pushed the piston and mainspring back until another bent and flattened wire formed into a trigger blade and sear caught it. The gun is unique in that there is no end to the compression chamber. The breech of the barrel serves that purpose! The metal piston rides inside an open-ended iron liner that serves as the compression chamber.
It feels light and toy-like and is proportioned for a child. There is no trigger guard or safety, because this is the most rudimentary gun possible, yet it’s constructed well enough to have lasted more than a century.
To make the gun ready to shoot, the action is unlatched, then the barrel is broken down the same as with any breakbarrel. Once the sear catches the piston connecting rod, a BB is loaded into the breech. The barrel is closed and latched, making the gun ready to fire.
The sights are extremely fundamental and fixed. Any corrections are made by aim-off, also known as Kentucky windage.
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Buyer must be at least 18 years old to purchase. ID proof of age is required.