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Cannot clear a jam yourself - must throw it away
on August 21, 2013
I agree that when this gun fires, it is lots of fun, and perfect for a 10-year old. But should have listened to MANY many reports of these guns jamming after a day, a week a month. Bought this for my son and after 4 weeks, got a BB jam, had to throw the gun away.
The main reason NOT to buy this gun is that when a jam occurs, unlike most other guns, you CANNOT simply clear the jam by passing a ramrod through the muzzle into the breech. You CANNOT disassemble the gun and clear the jam yourself. Unfortunately once it jams, you either throw it away, or yes, you can send it back to Daisy in Arkansas - but for me that is $20 shipping fee, obviously not worth it.
Read the tons of reports of jams: google this: "reviews cabellas(dot)com red ryder". And you'll see I'm not making this up.
Do your research, download your air rifle manual before you buy - and get any one of the following. In all of the guns I mention below, you can clear a jam merely by inserting a 1/8" steel rod through the breech, and pushing the deformed jammed BB into the breech where you can dump it out. You can buy a 1/8" steel rod at Lowes for $2. You cannot do this in a Red Ryder. Here's a list of some quality guns that CAN be cleared by the user, in somewhat order of those for children vs. adults: Crosman 760 Pumpmaster ($40, 625 FPS), Crosman 2100B ($53, rifled barrel and claimed 755 FPS), Daisy Black Grizzly 840 ($44, 335 FPS), Daisy Powerline 880($50, 36" length, BB 800 FPS claimed, rifled barrel)
I've had bad experience with the Crosman Copperhead BBs - many are deformed and cause jams in any one of my 3 guns. If that happens just once in a Red Ryder, the gun has to go to the trash. My working theory is that the Zinc-coated BBs may be better, so I'll only use those for now. Wish the Red Ryder were made differently - but no one wants to see that look of disappointment in your son's eyes when his prize possession breaks after only 4 weeks. Get him a gun where you can open the breech to remove a jam yourself.