The Daisy Champion 499B is built for extreme BB accuracy.
What could be more American than fireworks, kids, and Daisy BB rifles?
That’s exactly what’s in store over the next several days because it’s time for the Daisy 2018 National BB Gun Championships. Starting June 30 and continuing through July 3, 2018, youth teams from across the country will gather in Rogers, Arkansas to compete for top honors while having some serious fun. I'll give you 2:1 odds that they’ll be eating some apple pie in the process.
You can read more about the Championships in this week’s issue below, but here’s the short skinny. Teams compete using muzzle-loaded, single-shot Daisy Champion Model 499B BB guns from a distance of five meters. Shooting scores aren’t the only determining factor: competitors must also take written safety and procedure tests, and that makes up 25% of their final scores.
In the spirit of the coming games, we decided it was high time to take a closer look at the world’s most accurate BB gun – the Daisy 499B. Ready?
The aperture peep sights are high-tech. The large dials adjust for windage and elevation.
First, you’ll notice some high-fallutin’ accouterments like professional aperture sights. The front is a hooded aperture, just like those used on Olympic air rifles. In English, instead of a simple post for the front sight, you’ll see a hollow circle which surrounds the bullseye of the target. When using the official NRA 5 Meter BB Gun Target at 5 meters, that front ring appears a little larger than the black bullseye, so you center the aim point in your view. The rear sight has large dials to adjust the point of impact for windage and elevation - that's side to side and up and down.
I love the placement and operation of the safety. It's clearly designed to encourage and develop excellent safety and trigger discipline habits.
The 499B Champion has a wood buttstock and fore-end. The buttstock has a Monte Carlo shape, so the comb is raised to provide a perfect cheek rest that lines up with the peep sights. While we’re talking about the stock, the fore-end has a hollow section that can be filled with lead shot or even molten lead to provide some extra weight and stability. The serious shooters and coaches will also drill out areas in the buttstock to add some weight there too. As an additional stability aid, Daisy includes a competition sling with the 499B Champion for use in the prone, sitting, and kneeling stages of competitions.
Of course I had to use the official NRA 5-Meter BB Rifle targets and Daisy Match Grade BBs in my testing.
Lawrence Taylor of Daisy describes the bottom line of the 499B this way, "It's the gun used in the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match, so it had better be the right gun for top-level, national competition. The 499B is a real competition gun. If you're shooting 5-meter events, this is the gun you will shoot.