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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gumslinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-01-2020 at 3:36pm
So, my neighbor says, what you want to do is polish them. He grabbed bit of sand outside the garage, put some on his open palm, dropped a few BBs on top, and then rubbed his palms together while we were talking. Dropped them on a towel and ...voila! Clean enough! 
Looking at them I don't know if they were even supposed to be BBs.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cobalt327 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-01-2020 at 4:18pm
Polishing them like that was very clever!

Early BBs all had those tell-tale flat spots on them, so to me, they do look like culled BBs. Tossed out of the production line before plating. What do you think?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gumslinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-01-2020 at 9:29pm
Well, of course I had to look it up--me knowing nothing about BB history. In Cass Hough's book "It's a Daisy" (p222) he mentions that in the 1970s, under Air Force contract, Daisy pumped out 35-billion BBs. That is "B" as in billions. So, yeah, there might have been a cull or two...Smile
As an aside, it turns out the only way to manufacture a perfect sphere (like a ball bearing) would be to do it outside of earth's gravity....(and here I thought learning about BB guns would be simple).
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So that's what those UFO's have been doing , should be a bunch of them near Roswell Wink
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Now I'm REALLY curious as to why those BBs are there in the first place.   Extra weight?   Disposing of unwanted BBs? Stability of the foam? I can't imagine.   Someone must know.   
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In the book "The American BB Gun" (p81) it says: (regarding improvements on stocks) "the hollow plastic thump is gone, thanks to a styrofoam and steel ball filling, which provides a real gun heft and stability".
So I'm guessing it was all cosmetic...?
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