Hokie, not one spot in the blog do I use the term "BB" gun. Daisy made BB guns, the kind that you work the lever once and shoot. Benjamin made the air rifle I got back that day. You pump the forearm on it from 1 to 8 times, each pump increasing the speed and force at the muzzle. The owner's manual states specifically NOT to use BB's as it will possibly ruin the brass barrel.
And I got the reference to "Christmas Story", but can't make a connection to the rumored marble game at the doughnut tree.