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Old 01-22-2020, 11:19 PM
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Default # 2446 out of 2500 Daisy compass/sundial gun

Daisy museum sells these for $60 with shipping and tax about $80. These are just like the $30 1938 red ryder except two attractive large embossings in the stock, a copper barrel band and metal lever instead of plastic. And the compass and sundial. The compass is small but works perfectly.

# 2446 is the gun we got for Christmas so not many left out of the 2500. 35th anniversary of the movie gun (1983 - 2018). I'm guessing in 2023 they might make a 40th anniversary gun.

To use the sundial you have to find North with compass, mark North on ground with stone or pinecone, point 12 noon line on gunstock sundial north, stick twig or straight copper rod in the hole in the middle of the sundial, tilt gun to the dihedral angle (see below), and read the shadow on the time lines etched on the gunstock.

You also have to correct for longitude. (4 minutes per degree) based on your estimate of how far East or West you are from the edge of your longitude time zone. Each hour time zone like Pacific Time is 60 minutes apart and 15 longitude degrees wide. 60/15=4. (Because e.g. Truckee and San Francisco have the same time but the sun is positioned different).

Dihedral: Tilt the gun (i.e. the sundial) to the correct dihedral. You can find the correct dihedral in a chart online. Once you practice you will know the amount to tilt the rifle because it will always be the same unless you are way far up North or South.

A sundial flat on a garden lawn has a blade permanently tilted at that same dihedral angle so you don't have to lift the heavy sundial up and tilt it. But you have to tilt the gun sundial because you have a temporary straight 90 degree stick instead of a permanently tilted sharp blade sticking outward annoyingly from the gunstock.

It really is simple once you learn. Read gunstock compass, mark North on ground, rotate gun so Noon sundial line points North, poke something in the hole, tilt the gun about the same amount you have memorized to always do, and read the shadow on the gunstock time lines.

If you aren't near the Eastern edge of timezone, then adjust 4 minutes per estimated degree West of edge. But this takes no time, because you will have memorized the correction minutes based on where you are that day.

In Reno you are right in the middle. Nevada/Utah border is on the edge (0 minute correction). San Francisco almost an hour correction 4x15=60.

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