Tell Annie Oakley that lever-actions suck...LOL..she'd dot yer eyes!!
While it is an older design, so is the Bolt-action!! Equally Antique!!
I actually would suggest an OLDER, Used Marlin 39A/D-series...they last Forever, and if need be, can be brought back from the dead
Plus you can always say "Hey, that was Great-Grandpaw Blank's rifle, do NOT abuse it!! Treat it like it was your best friend!!"
Those old Marlins will last longer than you or the boys or their sons, if properly cared for
The Marlin Youth XT22 is a SWEET rifle...those Microgroove barrels produce unreal precision for an inexpensive rifle!!
Adjustable trigger, nifty new stock, and Boyd's Riflestocks carries some really nice styles of Laminate Wood for getting older...
Boys being boys, they are going to drop 'em a time or two...I prefer the Military Method here...
"If the rifle hits the ground, you hit with it and start doing pushups until I'm Tired!!"
Positive Re-enforcement...they will positively remember not to drop it