Well, I can't tell you what 22cal. rifle to get YOUR girl, but I can tell you what 22cal. rifle I got for MY girl last week..
First let me say "my girl" is 67 years old, and has been "my girl" now for over 43 years..
I'm sort of a "gun nut", and she has supported me in my little hobby since day one. In fact many times she has loaned me money to buy another gun when my gun budget was bankrupt..
She did that recently in fact.
I saw a 22 cal. Marlin Model 39 (Century Limited) on gunbroker a few weeks ago I thought I could not live without and she was kind enough to add to my kitty so I could afford it.
I had wanted a nice 22 with an octagon barrel and this one was calling my name..
While we we in the gun store picking up my Model 39 she asked the owner if he'd seen any of the little "funny" 22cal. rifles lately.. He didn't have a clue what she was talking about, but I did..
She had seen a Stevens Favorite in a gun store in Fl. back in the early 1970's but at the time we couldn't afford it (apparently we could only afford guns I wanted?).
During the ensuing years many times when we were in gun stores buying or just looking, she'd ask the salesman or owner about the gun, but they never seemed to have any available.
Anyway, when we got back home I got online, and found her a like new Stevens Favorite Model 71 (Centennial version) in Washington State and bought the sucker for her.
My buddy (ffl transfer dealer) called me when the SF came in, and we went down to his store.. She thought we were going to see a gun for me. My buddy showed her the SF and she said HOW MUCH ARE YOU ASKING FOR IT?
He told her, "twenty-five dollars" should do it. (that's what he charges for an ffl transfer)...
Then we laughed and told her it was already paid for and all HERS..
She got her cc permit and DI out and filled out the paperwork, and we brought that sucker home.
We took it out back yesterday and shot it and it is surprisingly accurate.. We only shot from 15 yards or so, but it'll put 'em in the X ring if the shooter will do his/her part.
JoAnn absolutely loves it.. It is a bit unusual, it has the gold plated & brass bling that kinda makes it unique, and the wood and metal finish was surprisingly good.
We lucked up in that it came with the original cardboard box and molded styrofoam case..
I should think for a young girl, or boys first 22cal rifle the Stevens Favorite would be a very, very good choice.
In fact we have a 4 yr. old g-granddaughter who will be getting some plinking with the SF done as soon as she's a few years older.
P.S. It doesn't hurt that our Son's name is Stephen.. Oh yeah, and it also has an octagon barrel..