Loved the Daisy Outdoor Tour!
Love The Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun?
You’ll be jealous then, because I got to tour the plant and build one myself! I love being able to see how things are made. I think it’s so interesting! Daisy Outdoor is a client of Collective Bias and when I was at our corporate office this last week in Bentonville, AR, Kim Janocko and I had the chance to go on a tour. We both were thrilled.
This was in the lobby of their offices. I thought it looked cool. I also found out how Daisy got it’s name. You can find this info on the Daisy Outdoor site, under “History”
“On March 6, 1888, Hamilton approached the windmill company with an all-metal airgun of his own design. He chose to take it to the windmill company because they had blast furnaces and they were equipped to mold and stamp the metal parts necessary to build his gun. The gun was passed around to members of the board. General Manager L.C. Hough test fired the gun and exclaimed, “Boy, that’s a Daisy.” ‘”It’s a Daisy” was a colloquialism of the time.) So the little gun was named Daisy.”
We went back in their warehouse where they assemble all the guns. This space is 80,000 sq feet (I think he said) If that isn’t correct, I just know the place is huge! lol
The parts to the guns aren’t made here, they are shipped in pieces and the guns are assembled in this space.
There are many stations that are used to assemble the guns. They can put one of the guns together in less than one minute. They said they move their employees around to different assignments to prevent work related injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome.
We loved the barrels full of BB’s! They were just plain fun.
Jon was in his happy place in these barrel of bb’s. lol They do feel really cool when you put your hands in them.
We learned that there are 2.4 million BB’s in a 55 gallon barrel. I know I sure wouldn’t try to lift a barrel either! Wow… 2,200 lbs!
Daisy Outdoor makes practice BB guns for the military. Who knew? They are the exact weight, feel and action of the real guns.
They also make BB guns for competition shooting.
This was something I was totally shocked over. I had no idea they made BB guns that look and feel just like the real thing. This pist0l is made for Winchester. It’s just like the Colt 1911 handgun. It is heavy, and looks just like the real thing. I texted a picture of this to my husband and he knew which gun it was designed from immediately.
We learned that Daisy Outdoor utilizes the help of some Special Needs adults to help pack BB’s. I love when I hear of a company that helps out this group of adults. They do a great job and love being able to have a job to earn money and give their lives a sense of purpose. Kudos to you Daisy!
Cool huh? I’m not sure what model of pistal this is.
Here is the Powerline 880 kit. They said this is their best seller. I can see why. It’s larger than their Red Ryder gun, but still a reasonable size for a young adult. I’m thinking it might make a great gift for the triplets for Christmas.
I learned that they do a lot of quality testing of their guns. They shoot a gun from each batch 10,000 times to check their products.
One of the things that is a necessity is to always wear eye protection when shooting. After all, you wouldn’t want to “shoot your eye out” or anything!
Kim and I went back the next day so that we could make our own Red Ryder BB gun. Paula was kind enough to guide us through making one. I’m amazed that she is able to make one of these in less than 1 minute. I think it took me about 8 or 9 minutes to do mine.
Each piece is put into place.
The screw guns are cool. You just put them into the screw and put a little pressure down on them and they work fast… really fast!
Here is my finished product. They made an engraved forearm for us. Mine said “The Jenney Family”. How cool is that? The triplets will be so excited! Since we were flying home, we had to ship the guns. We couldn’t put them in our luggage, even though we were checking the luggage.
I decided I wanted to guy Dave one of the Winchester 1911 pistols. I was told that I could find them at a local sporting goods store called Academy Sports, so Kim and I went that evening to check it out. We found a big assortment of Daisy Outdoor products.
I found the BB gun I wanted to buy Dave. It was $89.00. If you think about it, it is a great way to save money in ammunition. Right now ammunition is really expensive and actually hard to find. So this will be a wonderful way for him to get some target practice in.
What I also like about it is that he will be able to set up a target in our back yard. He is very safety conscious (thank goodness) and has taught gun safety before. He knows that he’ll have to find a place that he won’t have to worry about what is behind the target.
The gun was heavy enough that I decided not to buy it at the store and ship it home. I asked someone at the store about being able to buy it online and if he knew what shipping prices were like. He said it would be a much better deal for me to buy it online. That their shipping was either free or just $5.00. Cool!
As soon as we got back that evening, I got online and purchased this gun and a large container full of BB’s for Dave for Christmas! (shhhh!) I am going to talk to him to have him help me decide which gun we’ll get the triplets for Christmas!
Thanks Daisy Outdoor for the tour! I had a blast. I also thank you so much for the Red Ryder gun that you had engraved and let me build for my family.
I am an employee of Collective Bias and Daisy Outdoor is a client of Collective Bias. I was not asked or expected to do a post, I just wanted to share my experience and excitement for the Daisy Outdoor products.