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Daisy Outdoor Products grew from the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company out of Plymouth, Mich., way back in the late 1880s. In 1888, a watchmaker name Clarence Hamilton brought an airgun he’d invented to Plymouth Iron Windmill Company General Manager Lewis Cass Hough, who shot it and exclaimed “Boy, that’s a Daisy!” And with that comment the first Daisy BB Gun was born. For a few years, windmill salesmen used the Daisy BB Gun as a sales premium, giving one to anyone who bought a windmill, but it wasn’t long before the gun was a more popular item. Pretty quickly the company changed it’s name to Daisy Manufacturing Company and the windmills were history. Since that time Daisy has become America’s No. 1 BB gun company, producing classic guns that nearly everyone take their first shots with. In 1940, Daisy brought out the Red Ryder, named for a popular comic book cowboy. This gun became the standard bearer for quality, inexpensive youth airguns. The gun was further boosted by the classic holiday movie in which Ralphie dreams of the ultimate Christmas gift, a Daisy Red Ryder. The movie made the classic gun a icon of America, much like the Louisville Slugger baseball bat or Zebco 33 fishing reel. Today Daisy makes a variety of airguns, including youth BB guns, higher-power pellet guns, air pistols, targets, ammunition and more. In the late 1950s, Daisy realized its responsibility to provide safety instruction, and created the first gun safety curriculum that was taught in public schools and community/youth organizations. In 1966, the company held its first Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match to name the top youth BB gun shooters in the world. This event is still held every summer in Daisy’s hometown of Rogers, Ark. Daisy Outdoor Products is proud of its heritage as an honored American company and its position as the first gun most outdoorsmen and women shoot. Gun safety, shooting competition, informal plinking, hunting...it all starts with Daisy.