Children are dreamers by nature, but while other kids might see their fantasies crushed by failure and disappointment, Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) from A Christmas Story never gave up hope that he would receive his Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas. Of course, after he finally did, he realized that his parents and teachers may have been right to point out that the toy is also very dangerous.
However, in his fantasies, Ralphie is the best sharpshooter in the West, or, at least the backyard. In the most memorable dream sequence of the film, Ralphie's mind justifies wanting the gun, as he's able to save his grateful family from Black Bart's notorious gang of thieves using nothing but his trusty carbine-action model air rifle.