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Old 03-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Looked at youth guns yestereday...

Cricket and Stoger so far... I have a grandkid on the way and it doesn't hurt to shop

Looked at a break open, but.....

At present I am leaning for safety sake to a single shot bolt action to teach safety, and to make that one shot count.

So from the BTDT crew what have you looked at, bought, why, and how did your kid like it

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Kid? I looked for a pink Crickett for myself and ended up with the adult walnut-stocked one!

OK, it was for a project and I thought they'd have a pink one laying around for half price. I had to wait many months for a run of .22 Mag actions to be produced which is all I really wanted. Very simple gun. OK quality. Reminds me a little of one of the old Winchester Boy's rifles of yesteryear...

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Go with a youth model Henry. Beautiful gun and definately more of a keepsake than the other stuff. Still a lot of manipulation goes into running the lever action for the safety teaching.

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Got my kids a Rossi combo a few years back it has been a good gun they have a good time shooting the 22 and it's very accurate and my oldest boy squirrel hunts with the 410 and u can pick them up very cheep

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Cricket vote here..

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Go with a youth model Henry. Beautiful gun and definately more of a keepsake than the other stuff. Still a lot of manipulation goes into running the lever action for the safety teaching.
I vote for the Henry lever repeater Youth model. I'd like one myself.
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Check ot the youth guns from Savage & Marlin, nicely made firearms. My preference is the Savage with the accu trigger. Cliff

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I vote for the Henry lever repeater Youth model. I'd like one myself.
I have heard of the youth Henry lever but have decided that a repeater for a first gun is off the list.
As a kid I learned on an old SS bolt action .22 and it taught me discipline, safety, and to make my one shot count, that and a box of 50 lasted a very long time.

Up to that point all I knew abut was the cricket n the Henry, two different gun shops two different guns, Stoger and the Cricket.
The Cricket actually had a mediocre scope factory mounted in the $200. ball park, the Stoger was pocket change low at $159.

My kids had no such options but I still have the Savage .410 / .22 over under SS I bought them to learn on. Good gun but the action is a tad long for a kid, I was at one point tempted to have the stock cut down, but fortunately decided against it.
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I vote for the Henry lever repeater Youth model. I'd like one myself.
I have heard of the youth Henry lever but have decided that a repeater for a first gun is off the list.
As a kid I learned on an old SS bolt action .22 and it taught me discipline, safety, and to make my one shot count, that and a box of 50 lasted a very long time.

Up to that point all I knew abut was the cricket n the Henry, two different gun shops two different guns, Stoger and the Cricket.
The Cricket actually had a mediocre scope factory mounted in the $200. ball park, the Stoger was pocket change low at $159.

My kids had no such options but I still have the Savage .410 / .22 over under SS I bought them to learn on. Good gun but the action is a tad long for a kid, I was at one point tempted to have the stock cut down, but fortunately decided against it.

Savage and Marlin have youth guns too... Cool!! I definitely appreciate the feed back and ideas! I mean the first gun although it does not need to be a hi / low dollar gun, it does need to be reliable, accurate and fun to shoot while teaching them good handling practices and safety!
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I have heard of the youth Henry lever but have decided that a repeater for a first gun is off the list.
As a kid I learned on an old SS bolt action .22 and it taught me discipline, safety, and to make my one shot count, that and a box of 50 lasted a very long time.
As always, I'm looking to learn something new. Why would a lever action not be a good first gun? You can only shoot one round then you have to "lever" it. Just like a bolt action. I think maybe a bolt action might be easier for a child to work, I don't know. I have shot my Dad's Marlin bolt action and I suppose, in time, I would get good at working the bolt but I always find it to be 'choppy' and not very smooth.

But I have noticed no one really buys their child a lever action as a first rifle so there must be a reason why.
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