Although Clarence Hamilton had started Plymouth Air Rifle with his partner Cyrus Pinckney, and the pair got two patents on air rifles, Hamilton took his third design to a company in which he owned stock, Plymouth Iron Windmill Company. He proposed to the company president that they give an air rifle away with each purchase of a windmill. The president, Lewis Cass Hough, took Hamilton's prototype, and shot a BB into the wastebasket in his office. Zing! It was an impressive shot. Next he took the gun outside and shot into a wooden shingle, and zing, the bb went through the shingle. Hough said "that's a Daisy!", and the name stuck. It wasn't long (1894) before the company dropped windmill sales, and changed the name of the company to Daisy Manufacturing.