Gamo Acquires Daisy

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Daisy Outdoor Products (aka Daisy) is one of those iconic brands in American culture. The Red Ryder, along with dozens of other models through the years, have been made by Daisy.

It seems that at one time nearly every kid has either had or wanted a Daisy BB gun. I know that both of my kids have one of their own, plus I still have the one that my dad gave me many years ago.

Gamo Outdoor SL announced recently that they had acquired Daisy.

To me, Daisy has never lost its appeal as a company. However, in recent years other airgun companies – like Gamo – have made large strides in advancing airgun technology. When I was but a lad, spring fired BB guns and .177 caliber pump pellet guns were the most powerful non-firearm guns we could find.

In modern times, .22 and .25 caliber air rifles are common – frequently with muzzle velocities around 1,000 fps. Larger calibers and higher velocities are also available. Many companies also build their airguns with integral sound suppression. These common airguns offer near rimfire performance without the regulation that comes with a firearm.

Frankly, I’m not surprised that Daisy was bought out by another of the companies in the industry. The brand is solid with good retail penetration. For a company like Gamo, the acquisition may give them the ability to reach more customers with their own brand in addition to growing the Daisy name. I with Gamo the best in its acquisition, and hope the company is able to maintain the classic brand.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • thedonn007

    No, say it ain’t so. Daisy is such an iconic brand I was hoping that they could make it on their own.

  • Limonata

    I hope they do not screw up the Daisy competition line by “value engineering”

  • imtoomuch

    Sad. Another iconic American company purchased by a foreign company. When will it end?

    @Richard Johnson – you typed with a lisp. “I with Gamo the best…”

  • SimonSays

    Perhaps some good will come of this. I have a GAMO, for the price it is a very decent airgun. Daisy might be able to become the premium line for GAMO. Allowing them to keep turning out some classic models and making accessible quality rifles for new shooters. As long as they don’t try to make it in polymer they will sell just by the name on the rifle.

    • iksnilol

      We will see a Red Ryder with an extended banana mag and AR furniture (+ quadrail).

      Trust me 🙁

  • Great_Baldung

    As the Russians say… Au pizdez…

    But who knows, Gamo airguns aren’t THAT bad. Only their pistols have horrendously heavy triggers.

  • codfilet

    The only REAL Daisys say “Plymouth, Michigan” on the barrel

  • Jonathan Wright

    I grew up just down the road from the daisy factory in Rogers, AR. We had a game where we would try hitting targets by ricocheting the bb off of a stop sign.

  • Gary Kirk

    Ahhh.. The daisy red rider..My first introduction into the accuracy of NAA derringers..

    • Renegade

      My old Red Ryder is far more accurate than my NAA Derringer.

      • Gary Kirk

        No doubt.. Was just the first comparison that popped into my head.. My 3 year old daughter could hit a target with a brick a 5 yards before I’d even know where the naa was even going.. Hence, why she’s not even allowed in the same zipcode as that thing..

      • JuanEllisBush

        Mine as a kid was. The one I bought 20 years later was not. Took it back. They said lots came back.