Have you ever watched Christmas Story with Darrin McGavin, Melinda Dillon, and Peter Billingsley? At the beginning of the movie they are downtown at the Christmas parade. Downtown Kenosha looked just like that at Christmas time. The street looked the same, the department Santa looked the same, and the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle was what I wanted for Christmas, every Christmas. Doesn’t every kid want a BB gun?
After all I was weaned on a 12-gauge shotgun my dad let me shoot when I went pheasant hunting with him one time. I aimed at the ground and shot the branches off the tree. I think I ended up on the ground too. Hell, I was only 8 or 9. My dad is probably still laughing about that one. Did I get the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle? Nope, everyone said “You'll shoot your eye out”.