ntroduced in the spring of 1940, Daisy’s Red Ryder BB-gun was an instant hit. Combining forces with the star of a western-themed comic strip made Daisy a household name. In less than 10 years, the Plymouth, Michigan-based company was selling one million Red Ryder guns per year. With such success, the company could have very easily coasted through the decades on the popularity of that single creation. Daisy’s company leaders, however, were not content to rest on their laurels. In the early 1960s, Daisy ventured into something that was completely different than anything they had previously made.