The story on this carbine is hilarious and typical of Hollywood. It’s yet another cult of celebrity tie in. I have not seen it but the gun commemorates the movie “A Christmas Story” from 1983. The signature line of the movie became commonplace even if you didn’t see the movie. “Ralphie: No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! Santa Claus: You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
The Red Ryder never came with a sundial or a compass. That was a feature on the 1934 No.107 Buck Jones Special. Also the Red Ryder logo was put on the right side of the stock because the actor was left handed.
This 2018 Model 1938B “A Christmas Dream” is a 35th Anniversary 1983 repro LE #0639 of 2500 made. The first one I got from Daisy died after a couple months or so. Lucky they were happy to replace it with an even lower serial number. Supposedly the guns are assembled in Rogers Arkansas but the parts are from “overseas”.
Regardless of where the parts are made and that the lever, trigger and front sight are plastic – the gun is a great shooter. Hitting out at 50 yards all day long. Super quiet and plenty of power to lob the bb where it needs to go. The hi tech ability to navigate and tell time with the gun using solar energy is an awesomely stylish mod. Firearms manufacturers haven’t even caught up with that level of badass!
Of course we’d all like to see this gun with a blued barrel, cast iron lever and an old school loading port. But the wood quality is good unlike their Chinese pressboard stocks and fore grips. Who knows the faux wood may last forever but I’m glad they went with real wood on this model. Although the new style loading port negates having a copper band front sight they did include a copper barrel band. Nice touch.
I think the Rogers factory is more geared toward custom stocks and commemorative reissues. Perhaps someday they will bring manufacturing back to the US. If they do I’m sure the prices will come way up on their new and vintage guns.