I don’t know about all of you, but at our house, the movie The Christmas Story is a must watch during the holidays.
You’ll shoot your eye out!! Almost everyone knows that line, right?! If you don’t, please watch The Christmas Story for me this season and then let me know what you think!
When I was given the opportunity to shop for a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun for our oldest for Christmas, I was excited! Not only have they been a respected name since the 1800’s, it’s the same bb gun Ralphie had… it can’t get better than that!
My brother and I had a bb gun when we were kids and we had so much fun shooting at cans or whatever else (not alive) in our backyard.
To get the same bb gun from The Christmas Story is so super cool!
So, I went to our local Wal-Mart, and headed straight to the Sports department.
Hmmm… No Daisy bb guns…
Ah, but off to the left of this picture, on the end of an aisle…
See that one in the middle all the way to the back??
It’s the LAST ONE!!!
Eek! I grabbed that quickly! I was afraid someone else in the store might get it before me!
I really wanted the pink one, but my Wal-Mart didn’t have it. One of the sales associates said they had the pink one last year, but never got them this year. I may be able to find one at another store, but if not, I’m very happy with the old traditional brown and black. In fact, I kind of like it even better now that I have it. Ralphie’s wasn’t PINK!
I especially like this picture on the packaging:
Call me crazy, but it totally made me think of the scene in The Christmas Story where Ralphie was daydreaming and saw himself in a cowboy outfit protecting his family. That is such a great scene. It helps to show the depth of his desire to own a Red Ryder bb gun. I’m sure that scene is a result of this picture, but I didn’t realize it since I had never seen the packaging.
Okay, next I grabbed some safety goggles (so she won’t shoot her eye out), Notice there are also not many of these left. I guess lots of other kids in our area are getting a Daisy Red Ryder bb gun for Christmas! Lucky kids!
This bb gun is for my daughter. Daisy Outdoor Products suggests the bb gun be used for ages 10 and up and she is 11, so it’s perfect. Our son is 8, so not quite there yet. I did also buy another pair of goggles for my son, though so that he will be safe when he is outside with my daughter while she is using it, as well as some bb’s for the gun.
These are my daughter’s shooting glasses. I got a red pair just like them for our son.
Speaking of gun safety, here are 10 safety rules written out by Daisy to help keep you and your kids safe.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.There are several safe “carries” depending on the situation. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO POINT IN THE DIRECTION OF A PERSON.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.You can never be positive that you were the last person to handle the gun. Never take anyone’s word about whether or not a gun is loaded. Always check a gun to see if it is loaded when removed from storage or received from another person. Even if you have fired an airgun one or more times and no pellet or BB was expelled from the barrel, it does not mean that the magazine of the gun is empty of ammunition. Any airgun can fail to feed for any number of reasons. Continue to treat the airgun as loaded and ready to fire. ALWAYS TREAT A GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED EVEN IF YOU KNOW IT ISN’T.
- Only load or cock a gun when you are shooting.A loaded gun has no place in your home or other place.
- Check your target and beyond your target.Be sure all persons are well clear of the target area before you shoot. Check behind and beyond your target to be certain you have a safe backstop and that no person or property could be endangered.
- Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses.Also, all other persons should remain behind the shooter.
- Never climb or jump with a gun.You can’t control the direction of the muzzle if you stumble or fall. You should safely lay the gun down or hand it to a companion while you climb or jump over anything.
- Avoid ricochet.Never shoot at a flat hard surface or at the surface of water. Ammunition can ricochet off of water just like a skipped rock.
- Keep the muzzle clear.Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a gun. Don’t allow the muzzle to come in contact with the ground.
- Guns not in use should always be unloaded.Keeping guns unloaded when not in use is critical to the safety of you and others. When you are finished shooting, put the trigger safety in the “on” position and unload the gun. Store guns so that they are inaccessible to untrained shooters and store ammunition separately from the gun.
- Respect other people’s property.Whether you’re target shooting or hunting, if you’re a guest on others’ land, you should leave it exactly as you found it.
Solid rules. If I’m not mistaken, I believe my dad taught my brother and I those same rules when we were kids (except for maybe the protective eye gear… I don’t remember that…although it is a good addition to the list of rules).
Anyway, if you can’t tell, we are big fans of The Christmas Story! I can think of nothing more cool than our kids having the same bb gun that Ralphie did!!
Would you like to have a Red Ryder bb gun under your tree (or behind it) for someone in your family this year?? You can win one right here! This is a quick giveaway, because we have to be able to get it out to the winner before Christmas. So enter now!! Good luck!