Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rest-O-Mod Daisy Model 1938B Chinese Red Ryder Upgrade

There's a lot of angst about Daisy's current production Red Ryder built with Chinese parts assembled in the USA at Daisy. The up side is this is manufactured to Daisy specs and because it's made in the land of low production costs it's still really cheap. Especially if you haunt the aisles of your local Walmart and wait for the inevitable $24.95 mark down price. Be patient, it'll happen.

Once you spy your intended target, buy two of them and head home chuckling with glee as you now have two for the price of one which means you can mod them any way you want. When you get done you'll have a functioning one-off that'll do anything a factory gun will do but that has your very own style stamped on it. The perfect heirloom pass down.

The stock Walmart Red Ryder is as basic as it gets with Daisy. The standard unit is equipped with the plastic lever, bare bones front sight, annoying bear-trap trigger and safety and the legendarily inconvenient leather thong. A quick and dirty upgrade is to simply replace the plastic lever with a new cast aluminum unit from Daisy, replace the stock front sight with one of Daisy's nifty fiber optic front sight units and get that leather thong out of the way.

If that is enough and you're done, fine. But if you want to add a couple of easy touches that really make the gun stand out then redo the stock. The current production daisy has a Chinese hardwood stock of some description, I don't know anything about wood in China but this gun had something akin to poplar on it. The wood is very light and this unit had a tightish grain pattern hidden under the coat of stain/finish applied at the factory.

I decided that I would do some applique work on this one so I removed the factory stain with a wipe down with acetone followed by a light sanding to 220 grit. Next I went to the scrap bin and pulled out some trims from other stocks and glued them up on the wrist of the butt stock and fore end to provide some pop. I then hit it with two coats of my wood dye formulation for fiddleback maple and let it air dry for a day or two. Once dry, I applied a heavy coat of Danish oil followed by a light coat applied with 320 grit wet/dry paper to knock down the fuzz and let that sit long enough to dry. Then it's polishing time. The effect is pretty nice and very smooth to handle.

Every time you do a project, you'll discover something. This time I discovered I'll just replace the forearm entirely as the applique just doesn't cut it in my opinion. I do like the butt stock modification as it retains the Red Ryder logo and improves the grip.

So, there it is. A unique take on an american classic made in china. Cool, functional and ready to chase cans all over the back yard in style.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rest-O-Mod Daisy #102 Model 36 post 1958

Pretty ain't it?

Today's offering is a Rest-O-Mod Daisy #102 Model 36 built in Rodgers Arkansas sometime after 1958. This little gems registration number is J947883 which is the key to deciphering it's actual build date.  If one of the readership is possession of the holy grail of Daisy Collecting "It's a Daisy" by Cass Hough and can take a peek, let me know what you discover.

This little guy was in pretty fair nick from the get go, good paint, good compression and most of it's original screws. No reason to strip the factory paint and fireblue it so I slapped on a glue up fiddleback maple buttstock and fore end on it and called it a day.

This is a top shot of the buttstock showing the line where the stock halves are joined.

Same shot with the fore end. The slotted screw is attached to a flanged bolt that has been profiled to fit the barrel shroud and attached with black JB weld. Good secure mount without the need for a barrel band.

Here's a shot from the aft end of the rifle. I decided to use brass screws on this one as an accent.

This is close up of the right side of the receiver showing the polished aluminum lever and the two holes for mounting a Daisy model 303 scope if you were one of the lucky guys or gals whose parents added that dandy item to your Christmas cache.

Here's the roll stamp on the top of the receiver with all the pertinent data. Just a few scratches in evidence.

Finally, a left side view of the mini beast.

That's all for today, If you want to see more stuff, head over to my Ebay Store by searching Rest-O-Mod Daisy in the ebay search bar.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rest-O-Mod Daisy Rides Again!

Time to put up another effort by Rest-O-Mod Daisy. Today's feature is a Daisy Model 75 Scout made in Plymouth Michigan sometime before 1958.

This little gem was an outlier for my standard procedure of turning nasty, filthy, rusty, busted old Daisy's into objects of affection. This gun was pretty clean to start with. The plastic forestock was bowed but show me a 60 year old daisy that isn't. The butt stock was straight and the it shot hard enough to punch a hole in an aluminum can at 25 feet. Wonders never cease.

The trouble is I love messing with these Daisy's. So I restocked it in scrap fiddleback and had to configure the grip out of walnut. I'm happy with the result although it required some gap filling. I make no claim to being a Japanese craftsman although I can spell the word.

Slapped a Rest-O-Mod steel butt plate on with solid brass screws. I know it violates the dissimilar metals school of thought but, OK, so what?

I also imported the revolutionary reverse Schnabel fore end from my "Mares Leg" project I did a while back. When you're mounting the gun after the reload cycle your support hand will slide back to the bulge and stay put. Snap off the shot and repeat, it's wonderful way to build muscle memory.

The main drawback is that this little guy has a factory length stock. That makes it a chin gun for me but for 6 year old, it's pretty damn manly.

There you have it, another Rest-O-Mod Daisy in living color

They are the coolest stuff ever.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Remember your first BB gun In FallOut 3? Neither do I.

This is what it would have looked like.

One of the joys of being a parent is the fact that your kids come up with great idea's from time to time. Forget about that hole to China in the back yard, that was long time ago and they only made it down to 4 1/2 feet or so.

I have been tinkering with BB guns their whole lives and they, like most of their generation, have spent countless hours on first person shooter  gaming platforms. Behold the result!

There is a game called Fall Out 3 that is set in a post-apocalypto world that actually features a BB gun as the first weapon you master before venturing out of the security of your "vault" to adventures in the scarred and mutant filled landscapes of  the ruined country side.

The first gun thing appealed to me and the fact that it sure as hell looks like a Daisy piqued my interest. If I can upgrade the rusted, broken old Daisy guns that I convert to Rest-O-Mods, surely I degrade the more modern plastic lever/safety guns to look like they've been through the apocalypse.
And still shoot.

So there it is. A Fall Out 3 Tribute daisy.

What have you got in your vault?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Daisy Model 25's rebirth

Not much to look at is it? I got this Daisy model 25 as a basketcase years ago. No stocks, an odd Hodge podge of parts , mismatched receiver and barrel assembly and no shot tube. Lots of Daisy's end up in this condition because the owner/operators (young boys) have a penchant for taking things apart and not putting them back together. Then it's off to the closet/barn/shed where it sits dormant and forgotten growing a nice patina of rust.

The stocks on this one are curly maple and look OK but they didn't come with the gun. I just wasn't happy with the thinness as I built these as straight factory style replacements. I also wasn't too keen on the rusty receiver and painted barrel and decided to finish modding it.

Step 2, if you count the first set of stocks, was to remove the rust and paint from the receiver and fireblue them. After a couple of tries it got to an acceptable level and I started looking at the wood again.

I settled on doing a glue up curly maple stock with a finger groove wrist. Probably won't do that again. I do like the transition from the wrist to the butt stock proper and I'm gonna try that again in the future.

I also broke out the gold stick and drove myself nuts trying to fill in the  oh so faint roll engraving on the receiver. It finally stayed put and is quite a nice accent to the new stock set.

A slightly better picture with reduced glare.

 The total package. Quite a long way from photo number one and hopefully good enough to keep it over the mantle, not in the shed.

The next gun on the list is a Model 94 Red Ryder with no internals or stocks and my youngest son says I need to redo it as a Fallout Las Vegas tribute. What ever that is.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cap Guns Anyone?

As mentioned in my last post, I also do cap guns. I've always felt that your first rifle should be special and I've decided to do something about it.

Here's a few photo's of some of my cap gun projects.

 All handcrafted in steel, copper and a nicely figured stock. The lock works and clicks with authority.

Another one with not so bold a stock, but a good view of the steel butt plate.

One of the few guns I've done with walnut. They're quite pleasant and traditional but no pop.

This is one of my fav's. Sort of a muskatoon with a too skinny wrist,

Here it is full size.

That's all for today. Next post, Daisy Model 25 Rest-o-mod with new butt stock and highlighted engraving!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Some new Pix

Works in progress.

I've pictured this Model 25 before and was not happy with the stock I made to the factory pattern. It now has a glue up curly maple stock that is being roughed out for finger grooves. I think it'll finish up nice.

Same gun, different angle.

This is a salvaged Model 1938B Daisy Red Rider not more than 10 years old. I picked it up a at local yard sale for a buck because of it having a flattened muzzle due to a unspecified garage mishap. It's morphed over the years from a rude and  crude hacksaw Mare's Leg to it's current state. It's fireblued, in possession  of a classic cast aluminum lever and super jazzy curly maple grip and finger grooved forearm. Shoot's well too.

The shop rack. These are mostly done. I do cap guns too.

That's all for today.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Red Ryder 3 is done (ish)

Red Ryder #3 is Daisy Model 94 Red Ryder Carbine that got rode hard and put up wet. A number of times. This one survived a crushed receiver, a failed mainspring support that was replaced by a 16 penny nail that over time bent into a pleasant "U" shape and the worst pitting I've seen so far.

It's also missing the signature latigo loop and supporting hardware as well as the the flip over peep sight/v-notch rear sight. The existing rear sight bracket does have a notch filed into it for your convenience, not a factory solution but it does work. There are also two small holes drilled into the rear of the receiver to aid in butt retention or something. This photo gives some clues as to the abuse this Red Ryder has endured.

The stocks are glue-up curly (ish) maple. They are not as vibrant as I had hoped but that is the nature of wood. This side shows some more of the waffly nature of the receiver. Still and all, the little gun shoots and has enough power for range events but does not fare well in a "Cut to Can" match.

This is the bottle cap after filing and fire bluing. An excellent example of why you're supposed to wipe everything down before making photos.

Here's a group shot of the Red Ryder gang. From the top, a Model 94 Red Ryder Carbine missing a few bits, #2 is a #111 Model 40 Rest-o-mod Red Ryder and #3 a complete Model 94 Red Ryder Carbine.

I've got a Model 111 on the bench at the moment and rustled up yet another Model 94 receiver  with no internals as well. That'll top the Red Ryder Bottlecap gang out at 5.

Until I happen upon number 6.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Red Ryder #2 is done

Red Ryder #2 is off the bench and in the rack. Here are some pictures of the effort.

As you can see this is sporting my new Martini style cocking lever, it's also got a .250 thick all steel trigger that is finished bright but due to my deplorable 'Photo Stand' it looks blue. It's not, it's silvery shiny. The stock on #2 is a two piece glue up from roughly 1" thick curly maple. I like this style stock because it adds heft to these little guns and helps them really stand out.

I also hand file the bottlecaps to remove dents and dings and highlight the bronze ring around the bore. Not needed but much better appearance.

This is a view of the buttplate. All my Daisy rest-o-mods have buttplates. They're fire blued like all the other bits and do help keep the guns from getting damaged.

Here's the roll stamp lightly highlighted by some gold stick.

Red Ryder #3 is in process and should be finished by the weekend. I'll post when it's done.