You Won’t Shoot Your Eye Out

Daisy, bb guns, air rifle, Collective Bias, Rogers, Arkansas

Until last week, anytime someone mentioned Daisy BB guns, I would hear every adult from Ralphie’s life saying in unison, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

Daisy, founded in 1886, has called Rogers, Arkansas, it’s home since 1958. As part of a meeting between Daisy’s management team and Collective Bias, I had a unique opportunity to tour the company’s Northwest Arkansas warehouse and spend the afternoon shooting with some really fun air guns.

I’ve never been a gun enthusiast, although I’ve always loved shooting. I got a combination BB/pellet gun for Christmas one year and spent at least one afternoon during every visit to my Mamaw and Papaw’s house target shooting with their 22.

As an adult, I’m a strong believer in gun control and strict licensing, and I agree with hunting as a necessary means of animal population control. I tried hunting once or twice with my cousins but soon discovered I’d rather sleep late on a Saturday morning than be in the woods before the sun rose.

As I discovered last Friday, I still love the sport of shooting, and Daisy makes a wide range of products that parents can use to safely and will little intimidation introduce their kids to the activity. The company emphasizes safety at every step and provides a lot of education and training to its customers on proper gun handling techniques. Their products are not toys and should never be treated as such.

We started our day shooting targets in Daisy’s mobile target ranges. They have dozens of inflatable shooting ranges that they use to introduce kids and parents to shooting with low-powered air rifles like the iconic Red Ryder.

Daisy, bb guns, air rifle, Rogers, AR, Collective Bias

They also have a trailer they use to demo higher powered specialty rifles used by competitive shooting teams and military training groups across the country.

From there, we moved out behind the warehouse to fire a number of high-powered guns that Daisy is producing through a licensing agreement under the Winchester brand. They had everything from a semi-automatic handgun to a replica M-14 rifle.

Courtney, Daisy, BB Gun, Rogers, Arkansas, Collective Bias

These guns were fun! Our group spent the next hour shooting Shatter Blast targets set up in the grass. I could definitely see spending some quality afternoon with my kids teaching them how to shoot.

Daisy, bb guns, shatter blast, Collective Bias

Along the way we also learned some fun facts like how much a barrel of BBs weighs!

Daisy, bb guns, Rogers, Arkansas, Collective Bias

Daisy, bb guns, Rogers, Arkansas, Collective Bias

You can read more about the trip from Joan Cook on the Collective Bias blog.

I really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this iconic local company and look forward to working with them soon.

Disclosure: Daisy is a prospective client of Collective Bias. I received no compensation to write this post, and all opinions are my own.

Discovering Fayetteville – Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail

AR, Fayettevill, hiking

I’ve lived in Fayetteville and explored the Northwest Arkansas region for over 20 years. Amazingly, I can still discover hidden gems in my hometown that surprise and delight. Last weekend, I discovered for the very first time the Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail.

What started as a simple stroll around the streets and sidewalks of the Cliffs Apartments turned into so much more when we happened upon the trailhead off Happy Hollow Road. Not quite prepared for a full-on nature hike, we found the unexpected availability of a trail winding before us irresistible.

The well-groomed trail led to a small picnic pavilion perfect for spending a quiet afternoon with a small group of friends. We ventured further into the woods and as the trail closed in around us with tall grasses and low-hanging limbs we quickly wished we had planned better for the hike. A quick spray of Deep Woods Off is a minimum requirement for this trail as the many small bugs climbing through our shoes proved.

Despite that minor challenge, we enjoyed every minute of our quick trip into nature. We discovered rockfalls, a number of turtles and even a small family of deer.

 

AR, hiking, Fayetteville, Mt Sequoyah

AR, hiking, Mt Sequoyah, Fayetteville

 

AR, Hiking, Fayetteville, Mt Sequoyah        AR, Fayetteville, hiking, Mt. Sequoyah

We walked only a small part of the trail and still spent a solid hour out in the woods. We returned home dirty and sweaty but already planning our next venture out the back door and into the wild woods of Fayetteville.