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    Any Opinions on the Cricket 22 Rifle?

    I was out with my daughter looking for a rifle to teach her on, she is 7. I have an old Remington 22 (model 582) but it is a bit heavy and awkward for her to hold. We came across a Cricket 22 (in pink which is a big plus for her!). She held one at the gun shop last weekend and was able to handle it fine. I'll be starting her off on 22 shorts with it and go to 22 lr after she gets a feel for it.

    I like that it is light, a bit shorter barrel and, that it is a single shot bolt action. I don't want her on a semi auto rifle yet, but that could just be me, when it comest to rifles I prefer a good bolt or lever action anyway.

    Does anyone have them? How do you like them?
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    The little rifles are to scale for a young person, not just a cut down stock and a short barrel. These little rifles become family heirlooms and hand me downs to brothers and sisters and grand children. They are really a several generation heirloom. Our family has .22's .410s, 20 gauges, and single shot .223's for this purpose. A few are still being used by my youngest grandson and are available for the grand daughters. They will be put up for a few years until my youngest son has kids and once again be brought out to put a smile on their faces, and I will really be an old fart then.
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    I think you found a good learning single shot rifle to consider, Texas Aviator. I've also seen Henry's single shot rifles and think they would be good, too. Henry Repeating Arms | Fine Rifles Made in America and Priced Right

    Here's an article I've seen with a resurrected Crickett pistol that is interesting to read. Educational Zone #118 - Cricket Chipmunk Pistol - A Project Gun - Page 1

    They mention using this ammo, which I have quite a bit of for fun "quiet" shooting. Aguila Super Colibri Ammunition 22 Long Rifle 20 Grain Lead Solid Point Box of 50 - MidwayUSA and even quieter Aguila Colibri Ammunition 22 Long Rifle 20 Grain Solid Point Box of 50 - MidwayUSA .

    I don't have either rifle though. I did get my daughter a larger and heavier Remington Model 5 (Zastava Z5) a year ago. She is 12 now and can handle the extra weight. I do agree with you on a bolt gun for a 1st rifle. The autoloaders can wait.

    Here's her rifle with the original stock and the full size stock mounted.


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    Thanks for the photo chicharrones, that is exactly what I am thinking for her in a couple of years. I am also told, by her, that we need to "accessorize" with pink hearing protection and some pink glasses (I saw a nice Browning set at Academy). Ahh the differences to shooting with a daughter vs a son.. I don't remember asking my dad if I could color coordinate with my rile when I was a kid !

    I'm leaning towards the cricket I think. I am thinking a larger Remington when she gets older. At $100 for the cricket, I can't see why not to get it now. When she is older if she doesn't want it i can change the stock (yeah not much for carrying a pink rifle for myself! )

    As for Henry, they have a great looking lever action 22 I was just looking at for me , the model H001 - Henry Repeating Arms | Fine Rifles Made in America and Priced Right I just have to justify to my wife why i "need" another 22.. It does look like alot of fun to shoot!
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    I love my Henry .22 lever action. More than I love any of our other guns. It has the smoothest lever action I have ever tried. They make a youth model as well that's 4 1/2lbs. Either way she'll be happy with whatever you get her. And Dad, just remember that a little pink paint can make a lot of pretty accessories.

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    At my range about a month ago they had a class for kids with the Cricket....They all did very well with it. TOTAL novice class. I did fire it but obviously too small for me.
    As to Miss Kitty's post: I have a Henry Golden Boy. Beautiful, accurate, great to use, and very popular with other people at the range. " I'll let you play with mine if you let me play with yours" kinda thing....have shot so many different weapons since I got it.

    Reminds me of this: YouTube - ‪Cuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling‬‏

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodfair View Post
    At my range about a month ago they had a class for kids with the Cricket....They all did very well with it. TOTAL novice class. I did fire it but obviously too small for me.
    As to Miss Kitty's post: I have a Henry Golden Boy. Beautiful, accurate, great to use, and very popular with other people at the range. " I'll let you play with mine if you let me play with yours" kinda thing....have shot so many different weapons since I got it.

    Reminds me of this: YouTube - ‪Cuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling‬‏
    I have that song on my Ipod, she found it when she was about 4... Wanted to sing it for class.... we talked her out of it
    "Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem" (I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery) Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissKitty View Post
    I love my Henry .22 lever action. More than I love any of our other guns. It has the smoothest lever action I have ever tried. They make a youth model as well that's 4 1/2lbs. Either way she'll be happy with whatever you get her. And Dad, just remember that a little pink paint can make a lot of pretty accessories.
    If only I could find pink ammo she would be thrilled!

    Dad is most likely going to "accidentally" buy himself the Henry this summer... usually Academy has some good sales around labour day... better to ask forgiveness!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasAviator View Post
    If only I could find pink ammo she would be thrilled!

    Dad is most likely going to "accidentally" buy himself the Henry this summer... usually Academy has some good sales around labour day... better to ask forgiveness!
    I bought the Golden Boy because I was given a hell of a deal. They are about $130-150 more expensive.
    But, man oh man what a sweet toy!

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    We started our daughter on a Cricket and wish we had gotten something a bit more quality. There are a number of makers doing youth .22 rifles that will outperform a Cricket mechanically.

    While the Cricket is still here, she shoots her Rossi Combo gun way, WAY more! Break action, auto eject, plust the extra 410 barrel.

    There are also bolt guns by Savage, Marlin, CZ. Have her try them and see what she thinks.

    Jon

 

 
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