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Plinking Fun

Plinking Fun
The Daisy/Winchester Model 1911 Pistol And
M14 RifleProvide Inexpensive Shooting Pleasure In These Days Of Ammo Shortages.

The Daisy Company is well known as a pioneer in the manufacture and distribution of airguns. Actually, the name Daisy has been synonymous with “youth BB guns” for well over a century, something that still holds largely true. However, the company has also established a solid reputation as a maker of sophisticated BB and pellet guns patterned after popular firearms. Two of the latest examples in the latter category are the Winchester Model 1911 pistol and Winchester Model M14 rifle.

Daisy Outdoor Products is actually licensed to use the Winchester name on some of the company’s airguns. That’s why it may seem strange to have a spittin’ image of the .45 ACP Colt Govt. Model pistol bearing the name Winchester. Winchester does not appear to have produced any Govt. Model pistols, even in wartime.

In the case of the M14 rifle, however, Winchester did produce a sizable number during the early to mid-1960s, until the potent 7.62mm rifle ceased to be mass-produced for our armed forces, replaced by the redoubtable M16 rifle.

The distaff side also enjoyed shooting this superb 1911-style BB shooter.
Safety glasses are mandatory when shooting BB guns!

The Model M14 rifle is outwardly very similar to the real 7.62mm M14, albeit with a
walnut-colored plastic stock. Front sight and flashider also mimic those of the real
M14 rifle. Even the bayonet lug is there.

The Daisy Model 11 is a stunningly faithful look-alike of the legendary .45 Colt Govt. Model autoloader, while the Model M14 is a spittin’ image of the M14 battle rifle. Both models come in .177 caliber (4.5mm) and are powered by disposable 12-gram CO2 cartridges. Both use standard steel BBs. In addition, the M14 rifle can also shoot .177 lead airgun pellets. The rifle has a rifled steel barrel, while the pistol sports a smoothbore steel tube.

The Model 11 pistol loads up to 15 BBs in its slim grip-housed removable plastic magazine. In contrast, the M14 rifle can load up to 16 steel BBs or lead pellets in its novel removable magazine. The latter has a rotary cylinder on each end with capacity for eight pellets or BBs. The rifle’s actual magazine is housed in the dummy fixed “magazine” that mimics the mag of a real M14 rifle. This rifle also features a molded synthetic stock that, although rather plain, adds its share of realism to the Model M14. Incidentally, both of these amazingly realistic CO2 guns are manufactured for Daisy in Japan.

Both models feature mostly zinc alloy and some molded plastic in their construction and have a creditably solid “feel” that adds a lot to their incredible realism. The pistol, in particular, has a most satisfying firing behavior with its heavy metal slide and single-action trigger/hammer operation. The manual safety works in much the same way as that of the real boomer. There is also, for added realism, a moving “grip safety” just for looks. The fixed sights also imitate those found on the real deal. The grip sports molded checkered panels that feel great in the hand.

Each CO2 cartridge yielded approximately 45 shots in the pistol before shooting power declined. The muzzle velocity can reach a healthy 410 fps, which is plenty for most plinking and even dispatching small pests at short range. Training applications are also an ideal purpose for this pistol, due to its realistic blowback operation and low noise.

As mentioned earlier, the Model M14 is capable of handling BBs and lead pellets. One other feature of this rifle is the fact that it employs two CO2 cartridges as its power source. Both CO2 cartridges fit in the non-removable dummy “magazine” duplicating the looks of a real mag for the 7.62mm M14. Pressing a button in the fake magazine releases the holder for the twin CO2 cartridges. The same dummy mag also houses the actual BB and pellet magazine with its twin rotary ammo cylinders.

Putting both guns through their paces was a most pleasant experience. The Model 11 pistol produced a surprisingly stout cycling of its slide, spitting BBs without a hiccup, even in rapid fire. At a distance of 25 feet it made groups with an average spread of just under 3 inches, which is not at all bad for a general purpose BB pistol.

The rifle also gives a nice firing sensation with its self-cocking action. The twin CO2 cartridges produce a muzzle velocity hovering around 700 fps with steel BBs, while lead pellets fell a bit shy of that figure. As far as accuracy, however, the rifle usually would not miss a quarter-sized target at 30 feet with match-style flat-head pellets. The fully adjustable peep rear sight also mimics that of the real M14, adding a huge slice of realism to the BB/pellet rifle.

Impressive is the term I choose to describe my opinion of both the Model 11 pistol and M14 rifle. Fans of the real deals are also sure to be impressed by both of these authentic-looking and relatively potent airguns.
By J.I. GALAN

The Daisy Winchester 1911 (above) has capacity for 15 steel BBs and is powered by one 12-gram CO2 cartridge. The bottom of the grip pivots downward to allow loading a CO2 cartridge in the grip. The dummy magazine (below) is fixed and houses the actual BB/pellet mag and the twin 12-gram CO2 cartridges for power. The magazine has a rotary cylinder at either end to handle either BBs or pellets.

The Daisy Winchester 1911 is a dead ringer for the legendary .45 ACP Colt Govt.
Model autoloader. The manual safety, magazine release button, and slide stop all
mimic those found on the real 1911 pistol.

Winchester 1911 Pistol & M14 Rifle
Distributor: Daisy Outdoor Products
Rogers, AR 72756
(800) 643-3458

1911 M14 Rifle
Caliber: .177″ (4.5mm) steel BB .177″ (4.5mm) BB or lead pellet
Action: Semi-auto blowback Semi-auto
Capacity: 15 Twin 8-shot rotary magazine
Power: One 12-gram CO2 cartridge Two 12-gram CO2 cartridges
Barrel: Smooth bore steel Rifled steel
Weight: 1.9 pounds 4.4 pounds
Sights: Fixed Adjustable rear peep, fixed front
Safety: Rotary sear block Manual trigger block
Price: $149.99 $219.99

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