Part 1 of this series about the Apache airguns discussed the National Cart Corporation and the Apache Fireball air pistol. But the air pistol was not the first airgun that the company produced. Initially, Fogel, Vice President of Design and Production, designed an air rifle that became known as the Apache. Fogel didn’t just pluck his rifle design from the air. He studied current designs by the established and successful airgun manufacturers Crosman and Benjamin. Fogel may have also gained inspiration from a multi-purpose pump up air rifle that had been described in the June 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics. Interestingly, this rifle was designed by Mike Nagy and Tom Willoughby who, just like Fogel, were also aeronautical engineers. Continue reading “Apache Airguns – Part 2: The Apache Air Rifle (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation”
Apache Airguns – Part 1: The Apache “Fireball” Air Pistol (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation
The Apache “Fireball” air pistol was part of a small range of airguns produced towards the end of the 1940s by the National Cart Corporation in Pasadena, California. I’m sure you are wondering why a company with such a name would consider manufacturing airguns. I know I certainly am. Before the introduction of airguns and employing around one hundred workers, the National Cart Corporation’s product line was a range of golf carts which, according to one of their advertisements, were known as the “famous tag-a-long golf carts”. In 1947, Stuart Klingelsmith, the public relations director of the National Cart Corporation, wrote an article in which he predicted that the potential earnings from the rental and sales of golf carts could reach multiple millions of dollars in that year. With such signs of significant revenue earnings, why would the company consider branching out into airguns at all? Continue reading “Apache Airguns – Part 1: The Apache “Fireball” Air Pistol (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation”
Can’t find No. 4 Buckshot (.240) for your Apache airgun? Make your own with this cavity mould from Lee Precision Inc….
Lee .240 Buckshot 18 Cavity Bullet Mould
Trevor Adams, of Trev’s Airgun Scrapbook, is a very good source of Apache airgun paraphernalia and magazine articles…
Trev’s Airgun Scrapbook
John Groenewold, of JG Airguns, wrote a brief article about the Apache Fireball air pistol. In his article he shows a photograph of a disassembled Fireball and some advertisements of the Apache airgun range of products…