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December 27, 2013

BB Gun for Christmas

By Phil Bourjaily

Here’s a video Christmas card from the Gun Nuts blog. I’ve posted a video like this before, this one is different, but also the same, because the joy of a child opening that long, skinny box on Christmas morning never changes.

I  hope this was a good year for all of you and that 2014 is even better.

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from wittsec wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

"You'll shoot your eye out" - sorry I just watched A Christmas Story, so it kinda had to be said.

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from JRE716 wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Glad to see the happy reaction...

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from .30-06Hunter wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I look forward to my son opening one in a few more years! I sure remember the Christmas morning I opened my first deer rifle, a Remington 700 in .243 Win. That gun will always have a special place in my safe. There is nothing quite as wonderful as seeing the joy in kid's faces at Christmas. It's easy to become cynical and forget the simple yet important things like this.

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from VicF wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

That never gets old.

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from Douglas wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Good Lord does that ever take me back. I got one for Christmas exactly 50 years ago.
A large pack of BB's cost 25 cents, but I could only afford the dime packs.
After one year, no one could get within 50 yards of an English sparrow on our farm.
Thanks for this post Phil.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Mine was a Daisy pump action BB gun. Lot's of memories there. Great video. Thanks.

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from JamesD wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I remember getting a BB gun for Christmas. It was that first step to manhood. The days of cap guns and toy trucks was over and I was ready for the next phase of life. Merry Christmas.

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from Joe Sixpack wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

And another gets hooked.
Good post.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Every year Santa would get the same request from me. But I'm sure Mom and Dad informed him that there were four boys in the house that all too often were scrapping amongst themselves. Visions of BB gun battles were no doubt floating through their heads!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Correction: "... WHO all to often were scrapping ..."

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from Happy Myles wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

My, my, brings back memories. Usually for Christmas I received Levi's or socks. Then when I was around seven man o man I got a Daisy Red Ryder carbine, quite possibly the finest gift in my life. By the way I loved Red Ryder and Little Beaver in the newspapers. Happy New Year to All.

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from Happy Myles wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Fred Harman was the artist? Not quite the Lone Ranger, but close.

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from jjas wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I'll never forget when I received my Daisy for Christmas. I was 10 years old, we had plenty of woods around and I shot the heck out of it.

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from MReeder wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I'll never forget my first BB gun (it was Christmas) or the first one I gave my son (also Christmas).
It's sure not hard to remember the last one I gave him either. It was a Daisy Red Rider and it was two days ago. He's 30 now and I think he got nearly as big a kick out of it as he did the first one. He and I had been shooting my own Red Rider out in the backyard the last time he was at the house and I was, to put it charitably, smoking him. He's a high school coach now and hasn't been getting out to shoot much since September, so he was sorely out of practice. I thought about giving him one of the more powerful adult guns, but I've got a couple of them, too, and they're not nearly as much fun or user friendly as that Red Rider. Until I bought it I think I had nearly forgotten how much fun they were to shoot, and I think my son had, too. Turns out you're never too old for really good toys.

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from Happy Myles wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

MReeder,
A great sentence.. "Turns out you are never too old for really good toys". Thank you and a Very Happy New Year.

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from NHshtr wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

My folks just wouldn't get me a BB gun when I was young, so I went shooting with my two buddies that each owned one. We shared almost all of our stuff as kids.

After I was first married (decades ago), I had my "moment" when my wife bought me my first rifle as a surprise Christmas gift. That was a great morning! Still use it for deer hunting.

BTW, I bought my son a Red Ryder for Christmas when he reached 10! Then I had a second "moment"!

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from MReeder wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Thanks Happy. Best to you and yours, too.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

At 54, I still act this way even when I buy myself a new gun!

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from bhartman wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I remember my first red rider. got it at the age of seven. great bonding experience for me and my dad. made me a dead eye later on from all the experience i got from it. i still remember phil you coming to pick me up for a trap meet and even at the age of 17 i was sitting in my driveway picking off a target in a tree at the edge of my lot haha.

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from Tim Platt wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Yeah I watched the "A Christmas Story" marathon, it was on all day at my house on Christmas, you'll shoot your eye out Ralphy...

My first BB gun was a Daisy but not a Red Ryder. I guess I was spoiled it was an 1894. It looked just like the Winchester 94's and it was really nice. You poured the BB's right in the side just like you load a real rifle. Fell down on the ice one winter and broke the fore end. Wrote Daisy a letter and they sent me a new one free of charge. Those were the good old days.

Of course to be perfectly honest I have two friends that are in their 50's that both bought a 1,000 fps break barrel air rifle in the last month. I have had one for close to 20 years. We spent half of last week with a 3/4" piece of plywood propped up in the back yard having shooting contests. My 1990's RWS is way better that the new Crosman and Remington they bought, I will say that.

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from deadeyedick wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Getting your first gun was a rite of passage in my family. I was born and raised in a small town where being a hunter was the greatest accolade a boy could get from his pears. I got a daisy 99 when I was 14. Better late than never. I can't tell you how many grizzly bears, lions , and tigers I killed with my trusty gun. Hunting was a heritage in my family. Handed down to me and my brothers from my father, who was probably the greated hunter since Dan'l Boone. I will treasure those day until I day.

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from deadeyedick wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

So sorry about the typos. I guess I can shoot better than I can write

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from huntenthusiest wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Received my Crossman 760 way back in '69', when I was nine, and still have it today.

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from Tim Platt wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I bought both of my son's Crosman 760's as their first rifle. They are a true classic. The kid across the street had one when I was growing up and I was always jealous...

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from 99explorer wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I never go to the point of wishing for a Red Ryder BB carbine, because I was always hoping to find a horse under my Christmas tree, and I didn't want to seem greedy.

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from elmer f. wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

been there, done that, but it was 50 years ago! i still remember feeling the same way. i slept with that gun for a month straight! i still have it. and it still works.

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from RES1956 wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

There is nothing more special than the look on a child's face when they unwrap a new gun, whether it is Christmas, birthday or any other occasion (regardless of the child's age). I know this to be the truth because my wife and sons said my face was all aglow as I unwrapped a new synthetic/black Browning Maxus this Christmas, which BTW dropped a ringneck with the first shot fired through it (just luck).
Kids will be kids, regardless of age,,,

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from jcmesq wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yep! (Another one of us...)

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from nc30-06 wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

I bought mine when I was about 11 years old. I had a choice of buying a pet rabbit or the BB gun. I told my dad I would take the BB gun and I could shoot a rabbit. The next Christmas, dad gave me his 20 ga. Mossberg bolt action. I wore the BB gun (it had the plastic stock which seems to be rare), but I still have the shotgun.

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from TheWoodsman wrote 14 weeks 5 days ago

Rite of Passage. I still have mine. My kids each have theirs*. Hopefully they'll still be in production when my grandkids come along.

*stupid plastic cocking lever, replaced two of those already.

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from Tim Platt wrote 14 weeks 5 days ago

Now another friend has come out of the closet and he has a Stoeger pellet rifle that has only been fired twenty times. We are all there together now, the Remington has come into it's own and the new Stoeger may be more accurate than my RWS that has been abused by three sons for more than ten years.

We are shooting 3/4" shoot n see targets at 25 yards and the most anyone can hit in a row is three. Triggers are a nightmare. I may have to get a new RWS 34 .22 cal air rifle... they have a new trigger.

A BB gun for Christmas. My smile will be bigger than that little boy's.

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from Happy Myles wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

My, my, brings back memories. Usually for Christmas I received Levi's or socks. Then when I was around seven man o man I got a Daisy Red Ryder carbine, quite possibly the finest gift in my life. By the way I loved Red Ryder and Little Beaver in the newspapers. Happy New Year to All.

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from wittsec wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

"You'll shoot your eye out" - sorry I just watched A Christmas Story, so it kinda had to be said.

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from .30-06Hunter wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I look forward to my son opening one in a few more years! I sure remember the Christmas morning I opened my first deer rifle, a Remington 700 in .243 Win. That gun will always have a special place in my safe. There is nothing quite as wonderful as seeing the joy in kid's faces at Christmas. It's easy to become cynical and forget the simple yet important things like this.

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from Douglas wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Good Lord does that ever take me back. I got one for Christmas exactly 50 years ago.
A large pack of BB's cost 25 cents, but I could only afford the dime packs.
After one year, no one could get within 50 yards of an English sparrow on our farm.
Thanks for this post Phil.

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from Happy Myles wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Fred Harman was the artist? Not quite the Lone Ranger, but close.

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from VicF wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

That never gets old.

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from JRE716 wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Glad to see the happy reaction...

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from Happy Myles wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

MReeder,
A great sentence.. "Turns out you are never too old for really good toys". Thank you and a Very Happy New Year.

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from elmer f. wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

been there, done that, but it was 50 years ago! i still remember feeling the same way. i slept with that gun for a month straight! i still have it. and it still works.

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from MReeder wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I'll never forget my first BB gun (it was Christmas) or the first one I gave my son (also Christmas).
It's sure not hard to remember the last one I gave him either. It was a Daisy Red Rider and it was two days ago. He's 30 now and I think he got nearly as big a kick out of it as he did the first one. He and I had been shooting my own Red Rider out in the backyard the last time he was at the house and I was, to put it charitably, smoking him. He's a high school coach now and hasn't been getting out to shoot much since September, so he was sorely out of practice. I thought about giving him one of the more powerful adult guns, but I've got a couple of them, too, and they're not nearly as much fun or user friendly as that Red Rider. Until I bought it I think I had nearly forgotten how much fun they were to shoot, and I think my son had, too. Turns out you're never too old for really good toys.

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from Joe Sixpack wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

And another gets hooked.
Good post.

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from JamesD wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I remember getting a BB gun for Christmas. It was that first step to manhood. The days of cap guns and toy trucks was over and I was ready for the next phase of life. Merry Christmas.

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from jcmesq wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yep! (Another one of us...)

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from Tim Platt wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Yeah I watched the "A Christmas Story" marathon, it was on all day at my house on Christmas, you'll shoot your eye out Ralphy...

My first BB gun was a Daisy but not a Red Ryder. I guess I was spoiled it was an 1894. It looked just like the Winchester 94's and it was really nice. You poured the BB's right in the side just like you load a real rifle. Fell down on the ice one winter and broke the fore end. Wrote Daisy a letter and they sent me a new one free of charge. Those were the good old days.

Of course to be perfectly honest I have two friends that are in their 50's that both bought a 1,000 fps break barrel air rifle in the last month. I have had one for close to 20 years. We spent half of last week with a 3/4" piece of plywood propped up in the back yard having shooting contests. My 1990's RWS is way better that the new Crosman and Remington they bought, I will say that.

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from Tim Platt wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I bought both of my son's Crosman 760's as their first rifle. They are a true classic. The kid across the street had one when I was growing up and I was always jealous...

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from Tim Platt wrote 14 weeks 5 days ago

Now another friend has come out of the closet and he has a Stoeger pellet rifle that has only been fired twenty times. We are all there together now, the Remington has come into it's own and the new Stoeger may be more accurate than my RWS that has been abused by three sons for more than ten years.

We are shooting 3/4" shoot n see targets at 25 yards and the most anyone can hit in a row is three. Triggers are a nightmare. I may have to get a new RWS 34 .22 cal air rifle... they have a new trigger.

A BB gun for Christmas. My smile will be bigger than that little boy's.

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from jjas wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

I'll never forget when I received my Daisy for Christmas. I was 10 years old, we had plenty of woods around and I shot the heck out of it.

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from nc30-06 wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

I bought mine when I was about 11 years old. I had a choice of buying a pet rabbit or the BB gun. I told my dad I would take the BB gun and I could shoot a rabbit. The next Christmas, dad gave me his 20 ga. Mossberg bolt action. I wore the BB gun (it had the plastic stock which seems to be rare), but I still have the shotgun.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

At 54, I still act this way even when I buy myself a new gun!

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from huntenthusiest wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Received my Crossman 760 way back in '69', when I was nine, and still have it today.

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from 99explorer wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I never go to the point of wishing for a Red Ryder BB carbine, because I was always hoping to find a horse under my Christmas tree, and I didn't want to seem greedy.

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from deadeyedick wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Getting your first gun was a rite of passage in my family. I was born and raised in a small town where being a hunter was the greatest accolade a boy could get from his pears. I got a daisy 99 when I was 14. Better late than never. I can't tell you how many grizzly bears, lions , and tigers I killed with my trusty gun. Hunting was a heritage in my family. Handed down to me and my brothers from my father, who was probably the greated hunter since Dan'l Boone. I will treasure those day until I day.

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from deadeyedick wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

So sorry about the typos. I guess I can shoot better than I can write

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Every year Santa would get the same request from me. But I'm sure Mom and Dad informed him that there were four boys in the house that all too often were scrapping amongst themselves. Visions of BB gun battles were no doubt floating through their heads!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Correction: "... WHO all to often were scrapping ..."

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from MReeder wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Thanks Happy. Best to you and yours, too.

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from RES1956 wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

There is nothing more special than the look on a child's face when they unwrap a new gun, whether it is Christmas, birthday or any other occasion (regardless of the child's age). I know this to be the truth because my wife and sons said my face was all aglow as I unwrapped a new synthetic/black Browning Maxus this Christmas, which BTW dropped a ringneck with the first shot fired through it (just luck).
Kids will be kids, regardless of age,,,

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from DSMbirddog wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Mine was a Daisy pump action BB gun. Lot's of memories there. Great video. Thanks.

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from NHshtr wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

My folks just wouldn't get me a BB gun when I was young, so I went shooting with my two buddies that each owned one. We shared almost all of our stuff as kids.

After I was first married (decades ago), I had my "moment" when my wife bought me my first rifle as a surprise Christmas gift. That was a great morning! Still use it for deer hunting.

BTW, I bought my son a Red Ryder for Christmas when he reached 10! Then I had a second "moment"!

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from TheWoodsman wrote 14 weeks 5 days ago

Rite of Passage. I still have mine. My kids each have theirs*. Hopefully they'll still be in production when my grandkids come along.

*stupid plastic cocking lever, replaced two of those already.

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from bhartman wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I remember my first red rider. got it at the age of seven. great bonding experience for me and my dad. made me a dead eye later on from all the experience i got from it. i still remember phil you coming to pick me up for a trap meet and even at the age of 17 i was sitting in my driveway picking off a target in a tree at the edge of my lot haha.

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