Daisy Red Ryder 1938 75th Anniversary Edition Review 2022: Is it for YOU?


American classic.

You can shoot one.

Your dad takes one.

One is shot by your grandfather.

Generations after generations have been enjoying the Daisy Red Ryder's fun for 75 years.

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For many, the BB gun is a part their childhood and brings back unforgettable memories.

Red Ryder rifles have incorporated a part of American history.

Here are the interesting facts that you don’t know about the history of the most popular air gun in the world:

1. Its original name was the Red Ryder Carbine Model 40 (from 1940 to 422).

Red Ryder production was delayed during World War II (1945-1954).

2. From 1954 to 1957, the model number 94 Red Ryder has been in production

3. In 1972, the 1938 Red Ryder returned to service and was made the 1938 A in 1973 and the 1938 B in 1979. This is when mechanical safety was added to the gun.

It received the model 1938 name from then on.

4. Model 1938 was chosen because that’s the year when Stephen Slesinger and western artist Fred Harman,

Daisy was approached by Red Ryder Comics artist, who suggested a Red Ryder pistol. This later became a well-known rifle.

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5. The 1938 conversation led to the most durable and still-existing licensing agreement ever reached in American business history.

In 1938, the licensing agreement was signed and the first gun was produced in 1940.

6. Some of the earlier special editions were built on the 1938 date.

Take 50.Th In 1988, Anniversary was released. The 60Th 1998 saw the sale of an anniversary gun.

7. Daisy began to celebrate anniversaries on the basis of the first date (1940) and a 65th-anniversary gun in 2005.

The 70th-anniversary version was introduced in 2010.

This 75th Anniversary Edition Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun is dated 2015. However, it was released just before Christmas 2014.

Alright, that’s enough for nostalgia, let’s check out this newest version of the Red Ryder!

Daisy Red Ryder 1938 75th Anniversary – Guntype

Daisy Red Ryder 1938 75th Anniversary

This air rifle is spring-piston and level-action.

You can read this post to learn more about the 5 types and benefits of air rifles before you buy.

This air gun has an underlevel cocking system. The level for cocking is located below the forearm.

This is not a break barrel gun, where you must open the chamber to load ammo.

This cocking mechanism allows you to quickly bring the Daisy Red Ryder into action by simply pulling one level.

These steps are so simple that even a 10-year old child can complete them quickly and easily.

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The bore's internal diameter, measured in inches, is the caliber. It is.177 (4.5 mil).

The most common caliber is.177. It has a flat trajectory, which means that the bullet travels a straight path before hitting the target.

Flat trajectory allows for accuracy even for newbie shooters (more details in this post).

The cocking level is made from aluminum, which is an upgrade to the plastic level on the standard edition of Daisy Red Ryder. However, the barrel is smoothbore steel barrel that allows the BB to fly smoothly.

(For more information about air rifle barrels and how to buy them, read this post.

You don’t have to worry about wearing out your barrel over time with BBs since there is no groove inside it.

This gun can fire multiple shots simultaneously because it is a repeater.

You don't need to manually reload after every shot, simply pour the BBs into your gun and have hours of fun plinking.

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Daisy Red Ryder 1938 75th Anniversary stock

The stock is made out of stained maple wood stock and has a golden band on the forearm.

It gives the gun a beautiful look, rigidifies the holding feel and creates a true connection with your air rifle.

(For more information on the in-depth comparison of synthetic and wood stock see this post.

What is the 75?Th The 75th Anniversary Edition stands out.Th Laser-engraved anniversary graphics are embedded in the stock

It catches anyone’s attention and reminds them of a proud history of this starter BB gun since 1940!

A hardwood stock can shrink or expand due to temperature changes so you may need to use glass bedding to fill in the gaps in your stock with epoxy-based material.

In the video below, MidwayUSA demonstrates how to do this.


Daisy Red Ryder 75th Anniversary uses.177 BB for its sole source of ammunition.

BB is dirt cheap: you can buy a thousand rounds of premium BBs for just a few bucks so it’s very cost-effective when you do target shooting and plinking a lot.


Daisy Red Ryder 1938 75th Anniversary sight

This gun has a traditional open sight. The front sight features a fixed blade with ramp, while the rear sight adjusts for elevation.

(For more information on the different types of airgun sights and which one is best for you, please see this post.

This disappointed me slightly. I had hoped that Daisy would have the fully adjustable rear sight at this special anniversary of the 3 quarters century.

But it seems that they don’t think it’s extremely important for shooters.

Cocking and loading

Step 1 Load BBs with the SAFETY ON

To ensure that no red is visible, push the trigger safety button from left to right.

Turn the gun so that it is on its right side. Place your thumb on an arrow to guide the load-door up and down.

Place your cup hand below the barrel, slowly pouring in Daisy BBs, and close the loading door.

Step 2 Cock the gun

When you cock, lift your muzzle and look up.

Hold the cocking lever tightly and pull it outward until fully cocked.

You can now load a BB into the ready-to fire position.

Now, close the cocking lever to make sure your gun is ready for fire

Step 3 Feed BBs

Your Daisy uses a gravity-feed system

You should raise your muzzle while cocking in order to ensure proper operation.

If the muzzle is raised, ensure that the front sight is facing upward. The gun won't work properly if the sight is on its side.

Step 4 Fire and ready

Place the SAFETY OFF on the target and aim for it. Then, release the trigger gently to fire.


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The Daisy Red Ryder 75 Anniversary rifle's velocity is 350 FPS.

This is not high velocity compared to other BB guns on the market and it doesn’t even have enough power to drop birds so this gun is suggested for fun plinking and target shooting only.

Shooting Ability

The effective shooting range of The Red Ryder is 5 meters away – about 16.5 feet.

This BB gun can also be used to shoot paper targets and plink, as well as for teaching new shooters how to safely and properly use an air rifle.


  • Caliber: 0.177” (4.5mm)
  • Velocity: 350 FPS
  • Loudness: 1- Low
  • Barrel Length: 10.85”
  • Overall Length: 35.4”
  • Capacity for shots: 650
  • Cocking Effort 13 lb
  • Smoothbore: Barrel
  • Front Sight: Blade & Ramp
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable for elevation
  • Scopeable
  • Trigger: Single-stage
  • Buttplate: None
  • This is suggested for Target shooting/Plinking
  • Action: Lever-Action
  • Safety manual
  • Powerplant: Spring-piston
  • Function: Repeater
  • Type of body: Rifle
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs

Customer review

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There are many positive reviews about the Daisy Red Ryder.

Nearly all reviews mention how much people love the BB gun. They also talk about how it brings back childhood memories and how they would buy for their children.

This rifle has very few negative reviews and there is no major problem.

Pros and cons


The Daisy Red Ryder75 priceTh The anniversary rifle costs only 50 dollars

It’s so cheap if you think about how much American history is imbued in it.

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Legends are eternal.

From comic books to big screens, the Daisy Red Ryder 75Th The Anniversary Special Edition is faithful to its original design.

This level-cocking rifle can be weighed in at just 3.5 ounces and is easy to cock.

It’s a great gun for introducing your kids to shooting sport and for displaying in your family room as part of the air gun collection.

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