I have heard of most of the guns we use on Blasts from the Past, but I’ve got to admit the C.J. Hamilton pump is a new one on me. Yet there were millions of Hamilton “boy’s rifles” made, from 1898 to 1945.
Clarence Hamilton is best known as the inventor of the Daisy air gun. In the late 1880s his invention saved the company he founded, the Plymouth Windmill Company, which was struggling to sell the vaneless windmill Hamilton also invented. The guns were produced in the windmill factory and originally given as premiums to windmill buyers, but they soon became more popular than the windmills. The company switched from being a windmill company that gave away air guns to an airgun company called Daisy, and the rest is well-known history.