Gordie, is generally seen as the most intelligent of the four boys, giving guidance and answers to the other boys.Then there is Chris, the peacemaker of the group, Teddy, the comic relief for the group, and Vern, the loner of the group.The gun in this film is a symbol of adulthood, as it is an adult weapon and carries the weight of being able to kill, or at least injure someone.
This connects to the boys' longing to "be their own man," not always staying on the path that was already paved by their family members, their friends, and society itself.
He knows what death can do, and he isn't afraid to let Ace know of his newfound maturity.
The hat is an important symbol to Gordon because it is the proof of his brother's love for him and it is a reminder of Denny.
The first one appears when Chris shows Gordon the gun that he stole from his dad's supply while he was sleeping and/or drunk.
Gordie, impressed, as any 12-year-old would be, pretends to fire before asking Chris if it's loaded.