A great many shooters who are adults today shared the same dream as kids in the 1980s and 1990s. We wanted to wake up Christmas morning to find a particular present waiting for us, left under the tree by Santa Claus and inspired by Ralphie Parker, as portrayed by Peter Billingsly in the 1983 classic holiday film “A Christmas Story”. You know the one. We wanted an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. We didn’t care how many people warned us, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” We would have triple-dog-dared you to try to find a better gift for a kid.
Although many of us cut our shooting teeth on a beloved old Daisy Red Ryder, the exact model and configuration from that holiday classic movie wasn’t actually a production version at that time. While Daisy did once make a BB gun with a compass and sundial (this thing that tells time) in the stock for intrepid young adventurers, that was a different pump-action “Buck Jones” model, and those features were unique to the famed lever-action Red Ryder in the film only. That is, until now. Nearly four decades on, you (or your children) can finally have Ralphie’s special Red Ryder in all its vintage nostalgia, starting this holiday season. Daisy has announced this Walmart-exclusive “Christmas Dream” Red Ryder BB gun with the following press release.
Special Edition Christmas Dream Red Ryder
NO. 1 Holiday Gift – Special Edition Daisy Christmas Dream Red Ryder
Rogers, AR – Daisy Outdoor Products announces the new Special Edition Christmas Dream Red Ryder, just like the one from the classic cult holiday movie. This BB gun comes with a compass in the stock and a sundial for telling time. While it may not be the gun of choice for protecting the family from Black Bart or taking ducks on the wing, the new Daisy Christmas Dream is the perfect tool for teaching gun safety and marksmanship skills to the youth in your life.
This Special Edition Daisy BB Gun features the traditional fancy Red Ryder logo engraving on the left side of handsome wood stock. On the right side is an embedded working compass and a deep-set engraved sundial (a gnomon is included).
All Daisy Red Ryder BB Guns feature top-quality craftsmanship and wood stocks and forearms, and shoot at 350 feet per second. For more than 80 years the Red Ryder has been tops on every youth’s Christmas Wish List, and this Special Edition makes that dream come true. Generations have depended on Daisy to manufacture the tools that allow beginning shooters to learn gun safety and marksmanship in a safe manner, and the Christmas Dream Gun is made for that job. With a manual crossbolt safety and an adjustable rear sight and ramp/blade front sight, this lever action provides the experience of shooting a firearm in a low velocity, airgun situation.
The Christmas Dream Red Ryder BB Gun is available at Walmart and www.walmart.com.
Photos courtesy of Daisy and Walmart.
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