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    Posted: May-07-2017 at 4:53pm
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I have Daisy Model 1894 that I was given as a child. How can I determine the actual year of this BB gun?
The Registrartion Number is: 1954963.

 I want to oil the gun before trying to see if it still works, but BBs are still in the chamber. I have read that the gun should be dry shot before oiling. Should I try to fire the gun and hopefully expel the six or so BBs that are in the chamber before trying to oil it?

I also still have the original box with slight wear. How much does this enhance the value?

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When you say BB's in the chamber you don't mean the barrel do you?
If they are not there I would try to oil it first through the oil hole before trying to shoot it.
30W motor oil is a good lube for the 1894.
These have a bad reputation for seals going bad due to the design.
Good luck.
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Are you sure that that first digit is not an I or an L? The Reg. # should have a letter in it.
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Hello,


Yes the bbs are just in the storage chamber. They were left there from the last time the gun was fired. I shall take your advise and try 30W to lubricate. I just want to see if the gun works and am a bit doubtful since it has not been fired for a long long time.

Thanks

The Registration Number does start with the letter I -- I954963. So I would like to know if the 1894 was made around the time I was 10 to 13 (1964-1967). ??? 

Again your response is appreciated.
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"I" supposedly wasn't used but the "9" in the 2nd. position should be '69. Could the "I" be a "J"?
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According to Mr. Garber, year coding was not part of the register numbering system till 1972. I have never heard that Daisy did not use the letter "I" in their register # system. 
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CAUTION;  Make sure that 30wt oil is non-detergent.
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Thanks for the input. I have just used Pellgun Oil and gave it a healthy squirt and shall let it set over night. I am not hopeful that it will shoot. BBs were left in the gun when last shot some 40 years before. I do believe that 1969 is when I thought that I received it as a birthday gift from my parents.

So if this is a working 1969 1894 Spittin Image in excellent condtion (complete with box) any guess as to its worth? I have seen quite a range of prices.

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Thanks Cobalt. I see it now! I wonder if Daisy didn't use "I" before 1972's big change. As to value of a good shooting early 1894 boxed......it depends. If you could list it on Ebay it might bring $400. Folk that buy there are a bit crazy. Problem is you probably wont be able to list it there. Everywhere else, it may bring as much as $200.....if it truly does shoot well and it is in better than 90% condition. By that I mean no dents, no scratches, and no lost paint but for minor edge wear. Lord I wish I could list on Ebay cuz airgun buyers there are out of their minds. 
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