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My FIRST Airgun.
« on: January 11, 2022, 09:53:14 AM »
Hello everybody. My absolute first airgun was a Daisy model 25 pump bb rifle with a Walnut stock. Approximately 1964. Then in 1968 the world changed for me. (And small moving objects) I got a old and worn Crosman 101. (borrowed pic) Within a mile radius of my house it looked like a Nuclear Test Field. I wish I still had them both. Sweet memories!

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Re: My FIRST Airgun.
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 10:15:12 AM »
My older brother got a 760 for Christmas in ’67 and that set the hook for me. He shared it with me occasionally and I treasure those memories. Unfortunately, he was a little less than responsible with it. So I didn’t get one when my twelfth Christmas came around.

So… I traded a couple of Cox .049 models for a Crosman 180 that belonged to a friend when I was fourteen. The parents let me keep it, and here we are.

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Re: My FIRST Airgun.
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 11:09:09 AM »
My FIRST airgun was a wood-stocked Crosman M1. Which, like the young dope I was, I sold to a neighbor kid way too cheap after Santa brought my first REAL airgun, a Benjamin.

I still have the Benjy and it still works great. I shot so many pellets through that (never-cleaned) brass barrel, that it's basically an 18 caliber smooth bore today LOL (no exaggeration...no rifling marks on pellets at all)! It's a very early 347 (they are kinda rare with the "Tootsie Roll" pump handle), and was re-built and re-finished at Benjamin in St. Louis not long before they sold out to Sheridan.

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Re: My FIRST Airgun.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 01:40:28 PM »
My FIRST airgun was a wood-stocked Crosman M1. Which, like the young dope I was, I sold to a neighbor kid way too cheap after Santa brought my first REAL airgun, a Benjamin.

I still have the Benjy and it still works great. I shot so many pellets through that (never-cleaned) brass barrel, that it's basically an 18 caliber smooth bore today LOL (no exaggeration...no rifling marks on pellets at all)! It's a very early 347 (they are kinda rare with the "Tootsie Roll" pump handle), and was re-built and re-finished at Benjamin in St. Louis not long before they sold out to Sheridan.
Just an Fyi, Benjamin actually bought out Sheridan in 1977.
Around '91 Crosman bought the companies.


Btw I say consider yourself lucky, the early M1 may be cool and they're pretty collectable today but that 347 is such a better gun.
Plus not many people can actually say they wore out the rifling on their childhood air rifle.
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Re: My FIRST Airgun.
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2022, 07:27:22 PM »
Thanks for the history update!

I sent the gun in for a rebuild in the mid-80's, just sorta had a vague memory that it turned out to be an "end of an era" time.

My brother got a Sheridan a couple years later, we shot both of 'em a LOT. He still has it - still works perfectly and has never been opened up. Took us about 20 years to figger out how to adjust the sight windage, though, LOL...
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Re: My FIRST Airgun.
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 08:59:46 PM »
Thanks for the history update!

I sent the gun in for a rebuild in the mid-80's, just sorta had a vague memory that it turned out to be an "end of an era" time.

My brother got a Sheridan a couple years later, we shot both of 'em a LOT. He still has it - still works perfectly and has never been opened up. Took us about 20 years to figger out how to adjust the sight windage, though, LOL...
It was more or less the beginning of a great but sadly relatively short era if you ask me.

At that time the Benjis got some pretty nice upgrades, the 342 and 347 rifles got those nice more substantial feeling stocks, and a more powerful benji pistol was introduced.
I do love the slim svelte tootsie roll benji's, they're great in their own right for sure, but I really really miss my '81 342.

The model F Sheridan rifles were introduced , the H and E pistols were introduced, the streaks eventuslly all came drilled and tapped for the William's peep, and the forearms eventually slimmed back down a little bit on the streaks.


Overall as far as the guns themselves go, the late 70's through 80's Benjamin-Sheridan/ Racine era was actually pretty good.
It's the time after that which was the end of an era, the early Crosman made offerings are well regarded but they're just not the same and I'm sure you know how it went 2000's+.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2022, 07:09:18 AM »
Other than a hand-me-down BB gun, many years ago, my first Air Gun was a $139 springer, with scope, that I purchased to entertain my grandson 8 years ago.
I have not stopped since, nor has my grandson who is now on a ROTC air-gun rifle team.
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