The Holy Grail Of BB Guns

Allen and Ton take their century-old air rifle to a specialist in wine country to see a specialist. They find out that this gun is extremely rare, and if Ton can break a bottle with it-- they'll be going home with nine grand.

WE'RE ON OUR WAYTO THE FESS PARKER WINERY

TO MEET WITH DAN.

- HI, YOU GUYS.HOW YOU DOING?

- HE'S A SANTA BARBARA LOCAL

AND A COLLECTOROF NON-LETHAL WEAPONRY.

THIS GUY'S GONNA KNOWIF OUR GUN'S TRASH OR TREASURE.

WHEN IT COMES TO MID-CENTURY,I KNOW MY STUFF.

BUT THIS IS THE WRONG CENTURYFOR ME.

- OH, WOW.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

THIS--HOLY [bleep].

THIS IS AMAZING.

THIS IS A DAISY FIRST MODELAIR RIFLE.

THIS IS JUST A CLASSIC PIECEOF AMERICAN HISTORY

THAT YOU GOT HERE.

IT'S A SPRING-LOADED ACTION

THAT COMPRESSES AIR.

SO, WHEN YOU FIRE THE TRIGGERAND PULL IT,

IT JUST RELEASES THAT AIRIN A QUICK BURST.

IT REALLY IS JUSTLIKE THE HOLY GRAIL OF BB GUNS.

YOU CAN SEE "DAISY, 1889,PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN."

SEE, ORIGINALLY,THE FOUNDER

OF THE PLYMOUTH WINDMILLCOMPANY,

THEY MADE IRON WINDMILLS,

CAME UP WITH AN IDEAFOR A WIREFRAME AIR GUN.

NOW THE PRESIDENT AT THE TIMELOVED THE IDEA

AND FIRED IT AND SAID,"WOW, THAT'S A DAISY."

THAT WAS A COLLOQUIALISMAT THE TIME

FOR "THAT'S REALLY COOL."

SO THE NAME STUCK,

AND THEY DECIDEDTO MANUFACTURE 'EM

AS A PROMOTIONAL ITEMTO GIVE AWAY WITH WINDMILLS.

- I CAN'T BELIEVETHAT THESE WERE ACTUALLY MADE

AS A PROMOTIONAL ITEM.

- THIS REALLY STARTEDTHE AIR GUN REVOLUTION.

- DOES IT ACTUALLY SHOOT A BB?

- ACTUALLY, WHAT THEYORIGINALLY SHOT WAS BIRDSHOT

FROM A SHOTGUN SHELL.

AND THE SIZE OF ITWAS BB.

THAT'S WHYTHEY GOT THE NAME BBs.

- WAS THIS THE FIRST ONE EVER?

- NO, THIS WAS NOTTHE FIRST ONE EVER.

AIR GUNS THEMSELVESHAVE ACTUALLY BEEN IN PRODUCTION

SINCE ABOUT THE 1700sIN EUROPE.

- WHAT DO YOU THINK THE VALUEOF THIS PARTICULAR GUN IS?

- THESE HAVE GONE AT AUCTIONFOR UPWARDS OF $10,000.

YEAH.LIKE I SAID, THIS IS

A CLASSIC PIECEOF AMERICAN HISTORY.

I'D SAY SOMEWHERE AROUND MAYBE20 OF THESE CURRENTLY EXIST.

- 1 OF 20?- ABSOLUTELY.

I CANNOT TELL YOUHOW MUCH I WANT

TO WALK AWAYWITH THIS THING TODAY.

- 10 GRAND WORTHOF WANT TO WALK AWAY WITH IT?

- NOT 10 GRAND WORTH.

IN THE CONDITION IT'S IN,AS LONG AS IT FIRES,

I'D SAY PROBABLYAROUND 7.5, 8 GRAND.

- I'M SCARED TO SELL YOU A GUN

THAT I MIGHT BE READING ABOUTFIVE YEARS FROM NOW,

HEARING THAT YOU SOLD ITFOR 20 GRAND.

- OKAY.I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT.

HOW'S THIS? IF THIS SHOOTSAND CAN BREAK A BOTTLE,

I'D BE WILLING TO GO AS HIGHAS 9,000 FOR THIS.

- AND IF IT DOESN'T SHOOT?

- HIGHEST I'LL GO--4,500.

- ALL RIGHT.

- ABSOLUTELY.

- AFTER WE SPENT ALL THAT MONEYAT THE AUCTION,

IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THAT GUN'SWORTH SOME SERIOUS CASH.

- YES, BUT PLEASE BREAKTHE BOTTLE.

OTHERWISE,WE'RE OUT 4,500 BUCKS.

- I GOT THIS ONE.

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