We make stainless steel guide rods for just about any gun you might want to put a stainless-steel rod in, from a Beretta 92FS Compact to a Smith & Wesson SD40VE and a Glock 19 Gen 3 guide rod.
We do not, however, offer a stainless steel guide rod for the Red Ryder BB Gun that Ralphie has his heart set on in the 1983 holiday favorite A Christmas Story.
As the folks at Harpers Bazaar say in their roundup of the funniest Christmas movies ever, “It should be called A Christmas Staple, as no holiday is complete be without Bob Clark’s 1940s-set family comedy. A festive story about a kid who spends the season rattling off to anyone who will listen that he wants a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa, it’s the gift that keeps on giving laughs.”
Of course, getting that one thing you want Santa to bring more than anything is no laughing matter. Maybe that’s why the Red Ryder BB Gun is still popping up in letters to Santa.
The Red Ryder 1938 BB Gun
This isn’t some plastic toy made to capitalize on the popularity of the movie. Daisy has been making air guns for more than 125 years.
They might be playing off the popularity of the movie when they claim the Daisy Red Ryder is, “the most famous BB gun in the world,” but who cares? The Red Ryder is iconic in gun circles as well as to movie buffs.
The original was introduced in 1938 and many a marksman learned marksmanship and gun safety with a Red Ryder in his – or her – hands. (You’ll just have to explain about the benefits of using stainless steel guide rods when they get a little older.)
We are sure there will be many happy kids who discover a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun waiting for them under the Christmas tree this year.
From all of us at Stainless Steel Guide Rods, best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!