Back to Basics with the Daisy Model 25

As you know, the purpose of the United States Concealed Carry Association is to provide information and support for people who are engaged in a serious business—undertaking the defense of themselves and their families and friends in public or at home with firearms. However, there are times when we need to look at some recreational shooting topics, because any trigger time spent in recreational shooting is still trigger time—not wasted time. But I’m not talking just any type of recreational shooting time, but that carried out with a traditional spring-air smoothbore BB gun—in this case, the classic Daisy Model 25 pump-action BB rifle.

The Model 25 is a reborn classic Daisy, not having been in full production since 1978. I first saw the Daisy Model 25 in the hands of a neighbor youth when I was probably six or seven, and never forgot it. It was during a time when people didn’t get alarmed about kids running around the neighborhood with BB guns.

The Model 25 looked so sleek in his hands. I noted the engraved hunting scenes on the receiver as well as the wooden pump handle fore-end. It looked like an adult air rifle, and as I was to find out many years later, it really was.

Fast forward to now. Last year my wife and I moved from a rural home to a suburban area in a township. While shooting is permitted in our township, our property is not situated in such a way as to allow me to fire powder-propelled projectiles—so an air rifle was the only way to go.

I decided this was a chance to fulfill the unfulfilled wishes of youth. I found that the Model 25 was back in production after a nearly 35 year hiatus. Now made in China and priced at $50.00, the new Model 25 is as close to the original version as is possible to produce today.

I was thrilled to see that its stock was still made of wood. The receiver was still stamp “engraved” with the scene of a hunter pursuing birds with a shotgun. This is appropriate since, more than anything else, the Model 25 reminds me of my Ithaca 37 pump shotgun. Its stock dimensions are adult sized, but it is still youth friendly. The pump handle is positioned too far from the receiver to act as a support when shooting, so you actually hold it by the metal cocking arm while firing. There is a rear sight that can be used in an open or aperture mode. There is one addition made to the original Model 25 due to our modern litigious society: a cross-bolt safety, added at the rear of the trigger guard.

The Model 25 holds 50 BBs and loads through by unscrewing the muzzle cap and removing the magazine/barrel assembly. Cocking is easy and only takes one stroke—it is not a variable power model. Velocity is stated to be 350 fps from the smoothbore tube. Trigger is typical BB gun—spongy but serviceable. Shooting the 25 is retro fun. It is quiet and you can see the BBs flying to the target. I used a makeshift cardboard box for the first shooting session. Make no mistake, this is not a precision air rifle. But it is great for shooting in places or times where powder driven arms are not a possibility, and makes a great starting point for new shooters. Learn more at