A single of the more famous scenes from the film A Christmas Story is, of course Ralphie’s “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.” This line alone can be heard 30 times in the film. Naturally, the well-loved BB gun is always the most sought-after prop for fans of the movie.
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Up until November of 2015, the prop been removed from A Christmas Story House and Museum’s collection. On display in its place was one of the limited edition Christmas Dream rifles, which was created in 1983 in homage to the real gun used in the film.
Even though Daisy produced six guns that were used in the movie, before then , the Red Ryder version with sundial and compass been invented. Author Gene Shepherd had created this fictional rifle and may have confused the model with that of the Buck Jones rifle that Daisy produced, which does have a compass and sundial. It’s true that Red Ryder just rolls off the tongue with a bit more ease as Buck Jones!
Following the film’s production, the 6 Red Ryder prop rifles were divided among the various team members, one went into film archives and one went to little Ralphie the actor, Peter Billingsley, never to be seen again. That is, until a fan reached out to us with a promising lead!
The fan contacted us with an exact link to a listing from a collectibles company, The Prop Master. They had obtained one of these precious gems, and wanted to purchase it for 10,000 dollars. Through a bit of research and investigation, we discovered that the particular firearm was owned by a gentleman named Gary Meck. Meck was the director of production assets for the movie, was trying to sell the gun he owned as A Christmas Story memorabilia!