A Tribute To The BB Gun

We all need to stop a moment and give tribute to an invention known as the BB Gun. It has taught millions of young kids gun safety, how to hunt and shoot at targets.

As a young boy growing up in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, some of my fondest memories was shooting my Red Ryder BB Gun.
I remember one day in the early 1950’s my brother and I were each sitting at a window in our garage with our guns pointing out the windows waiting for a clear shot at any sparrow that landed on a nearby fence. All of a sudden, a sparrow lit on the barbed wire fence and both of us cocked or guns and aimed carefully at what we thought was a big game target. I don’t remember if he hit the sparrow with his BB gun or not, I know I couldn’t have because I was shooting my stopper gun. You see, my brother was 7 years old and I was 6. Since he was 1 year older, our parents allowed him to own a BB gun before me. I was like “Ralphie” in the wonderful Christmas classic movie “Christmas Story”. I could not wait for that year’s Christmas so I could get my own BB gun and retire my trusted carbine stopper gun.

When Christmas morning finally arrived, my brother and I quietly entered the room where the Christmas tree was and on my side of the tree, there it was in a box with Red Ryder’s name and picture on it. This was one of the most memorable Christmas mornings I can remember.

I know I am not the only one that has had this wonderful experience owning your own BB gun and hopefully not the last. Thank you Daisy Mfg. for making this great and memorable product for so many kids and for so many years.


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