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The Super Buzz Barton Special Part II

Daisy put out many models by 1933. And while most businesses were struggling to survive Daisy was going full steam ahead with a wide range of products to choose from to suit your budget.


From the no. 101 Daisy for a buck to the Buzz Barton and the no. 25 that would cost you a whole 3 bucks! This mint condition Buzz Model 33 most likely has the mahogany stock and does not have any branding upon it.


This may have been due to their machine being broke which led to them using paper decals on the first 1933 run of the Buzz no.195’s. It has a reverse cocking lever made of cast iron.


The under barrel is a defining feature of the early Daisy guns which helped to contain the air pressure.


The nickeling on the gun is 99-100%. I have not seen a nicer specimen of this model thus far.


The Buzz Barton no. 195 was in essence the low end Buzz. They came out with it at first in 1933 as well as the no. 103. The model shown below is a Buzz no. 194 model 36 from 1936.


This no. 195 is in good condition and was acquired in repaired condition. The repair was rough but seems to have been done many years ago. Sometimes this gives guns a nice aesthetic character.


The small sight aperture is hard to use on anything at close range. The addition of a sight on these guns was rather peculiar. It seems like the “sight” was more for looks than function.  But it did look cool and you could always knock the aperture out to get a better field of view when aiming.


This Buzz no. 195 was certainly the low end Buzz but this particular specimen has a great deal of charm with all its carvings, nicks and  era correct square nut replacements. It also is a good shooter after all is said and done.

I’m sure there much I’ve left uncovered with the Buzz Barton models. It represents perhaps a companies foray into diversification. The depression brought about great financial disparity and Daisy was able to take advantage of both the low and high end markets. The rare availability of the fancy no. 103 in comparison to the more common no. 195 model 36  is testament to what sold more and to whom.

Check out Part I of the Buzz Barton.

Check out Part III of the Buzz Barton.

Check out more Lever Action Carbines.

View the entire CaliAir Collection of Daisy’s.

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Daisy Super Buzz Barton Special No. 103

The new year brings in the 100th anniversary of the End of World War I. By 1933 America was suffering from the depression and in a little over 10 years will be going back to war in WWII. Daisy had put out the economical no. 101 and 102 Model 33 that where sold for around $1. However they also marketed a higher end product called the Buzz Barton Special named after the child rodeo star of the same name. Buzz’s future in the new media called “film” was limited but his name will forever be etched (literally) in the No.’s 103 and 195.


The first Buzz no. 195 in 1933 came out with a paper label on the stock and few survived with the fragile label in tact.  They also produced the No. 103 Super Buzz Barton Special that was nickel plated and featured the reverse cocking action that allows you to cock the lever and keep the gun shouldered. A cool but short lived design feature that proved to be a bit hazardous.


The Number 103 Model 33 from 1933 shares the same frame as the Daisy Model 27 from 1927 which also featured the “reverse” cocking action and similar cast iron levers.


The following year Daisy would produce their improved 1934 Number 25 Pump Gun and their new Buck Jones Number 107 Pump Gun and even the super rare No. 105 Junior Pump Gun (same gun as the Markham No. 5 Pump Gun). The lever action guns were now sharing the spotlight with the pump action lines.


I’ll be doing more articles and video episodes on this intriguing set of guns known as the Buzz Barton. The Number 195 model 36 was actually a re-purposed Markham King No. 55 which is also featured in the CaliAir Collection.

Check out The Buzz Barton Part II here.

Check out The Buzz Barton Part III here.

Check out all the Lever Action guns here.

View the entire CaliAir Collection here.