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    Posted: July-24-2021 at 5:54am
Hi, yesterday I found a Daisy model 26 in excellent condition except for the missing little rear sight elevator, and someone drilled two very small holes in the top of the receiver for what looks like a scope addition. I would love to fix this one up because I have never owned one and I am guessing they are rather uncommon.

Does any other Daisy use the same elevator, and has anyone have any ideas on the two small holes. I was thinking of tapping them for two small screws.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you, regards, gkenny.
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gkenny,    I have 2 of the model 26....one is listed on e-bay, without the rear elevator. The other has a simple "straight" shape...not like the ones with  the oval shaped thumb cross hatched tab.

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gkenny (again)...JG Airgun has several elevators listed. I think their #   BEN34115 is the one on my model 26.   Outrageous price of $12.95. They have several others that are very similiar but only in the $3-4 range.

Interesting note about the Model 26. A very knowledgable Daisy collector here in NW Ohio told me "hang it on the wall and never fire it again". He said there are  interior parts that are plastic...they break easily...and replacements do not exist. 

Would be interesting to hear what others say about that model.

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Agree very prone to failure. I owned one back in the '70s and even though it was new and well cared for, it failed after about a year of casual use. This gun cocks by pushing the forearm forward then pulled rearwards. On my gun, the pump handle would go forward under spring pressure but would not "latch" when pulled rearward to allow the gun the be shot.

These are some photos of the internals of the 26/572:







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Originally posted by MarvMar MarvMar wrote:

gkenny (again)...JG Airgun has several elevators listed. I think their #   BEN34115 is the one on my model 26.   Outrageous price of $12.95. They have several others that are very similiar but only in the $3-4 range.

Interesting note about the Model 26. A very knowledgable Daisy collector here in NW Ohio told me "hang it on the wall and never fire it again". He said there are  interior parts that are plastic...they break easily...and replacements do not exist. 

Would be interesting to hear what others say about that model.

Thank you MarvMar, very informative info! 
I can probably make a sight elevator using flat stock, and I can tap the two scope holes and fill with proper screws, but now I notice that even allowing seals to get saturated with oil, the gun doesn't propel the BB more than about 2 feet, even though it cocks and locks up fine and fires loudly.

The guns finish and stock is at least 95%, any suggestions on what i can do next to get it together?
Regards, gkenny. 

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Originally posted by cobalt327 cobalt327 wrote:

Agree very prone to failure. I owned one back in the '70s and even though it was new and well cared for, it failed after about a year of casual use. This gun cocks by pushing the forearm forward then pulled rearwards. On my gun, the pump handle would go forward under spring pressure but would not "latch" when pulled back rearward to allow the gun the be shot.

These are some photos of the internals of the 26/572:

Great photos cobalt327! Thank you very much.
Please take a look at my response to Mark and please tell what you would do next on this gun.
As always, thank you for all of your help!
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Now, I do not know squat about working on these guns first hand, but the performance you describe is typical of a gun whose abutment seal has come loose and is no longer sealing the abutment. 

Another possibility is, if these guns have a tapered compression chamber like the model 1894, it could be that the piston has hardened to the smaller end of the chamber causing a loss of power like seen when this happens to a model 1894. But that's a total guess on my part because I don't know whether the chamber is actually tapered or not. I hope others can give more insight to the problem.

Good luck!

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Originally posted by cobalt327 cobalt327 wrote:

Now, I do not know squat about working on these guns first hand, but the performance you describe is typical of a gun whose abutment seal has come loose and is no longer sealing the abutment. 

Another possibility is, if these guns have a tapered compression chamber like the model 1894, it could be that the piston has hardened to the smaller end of the chamber causing a loss of power like seen when this happens to a model 1894. But that's a total guess on my part because I don't know whether the chamber is actually tapered or not. I hope others can give more insight to the problem.

Good luck!

Mark 

Thanks again Mark. Ken.
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I have two of these 26's.  One was new in the box another I bought at a farm sale about 20 years ago.
None of them shot the BB with any force.  In taking the farm sale one apart the abutment was in place and the plunger head looked good.  But not much compression was generated.  Cobalt is correct in assuming this has a tapered chamber like the 1894..  I assumed the plunger was compressed from years of sitting around in the fired position.   When I replaced the plunger head it worked much better.  But these guns are weak shooters so do not expect much.  They are also prone to plastic parts breaking like was previously noted.  The gear mech that is used to cock this is the main area where you will run into breakage problems. With mine the teeth have broken off the one gear mech and have made it unusable for me, with no parts in sight to fix these... Be very careful on cocking this gun to avoid plastic damage.  Just my experience with these.
I will post the original instruction manual scans for the 26 next .....
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Here is the Original manual from the 26. Actual manual is 7.5 inch by 11 inch unfolded ,Printed doubled sided on a single sheet of Newspaper type paper then... It was folded in quarters...  
Right click on the images below than select open in new tab.. then right click and select save image to your computer.. Than you can print or view.

Please note parts list differs from Cobalt's listing above since that was the model 572 parts diagram.
I do not know if there are any differences between the 26 and 572.  I am not an expert on these guns, and do not have any 572's to compare.   But I believe they were the same... 


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