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Old 12-23-2011, 01:44 AM   #21
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A little update... while in Wally world today, I seen this classic beauty sitting on the shelf and thought to myself that not only will I teach my son to shoot but I think I should teach my niece as well. She is a year younger then my son and she is very advanced (mentally mature wise) for her age... not to mention she is attached to my hip and would never allow me to teach my son without teaching her (its pretty funny catching hell from a 7 year old). Of course I will make sure she wears her safety glasses and not "shoot her eye out".
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Better keep her away from the bears; she could end up in club fed.
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I started young with a Daisy BB gun.

I still have it. It still works.

Many fine memories.
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I haven't owned a BB gun in many years. Is the daisy name still as good as it was 15 years ago?
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I can say that Kids, ammo and automatic cocking bolt guns scare me, I love the manual cocking feature of the Crickett single shot.
I believe the Henry single shot rifles are the same way, and the henry comes in all sorts of calibers (.22Lr, .22Mag, .17HMR)


Ive collected a number of single shot .22's over the years and had my kids shoot them, one thing I can tell you is the J.Crickett single shot has been the best investment as a learner Ive ever seen.
If a kid can master the rifle comfortably, it builds up there confidence and they really take off in the accuracy department with the cricket peep sight, I have 4 kids they all shoot, they all love the 2 cricketts we have, I scoffed at the crickett initally but when two your preteen daughters get excited about any firearm in a gun shop, esp a learner .22, Buy it quick!!

Ive tried starting them off with The Ithaca model 49, the Stevens 73y and model 30, the marlin model 101 (all single shots) with medocre sucess as compared to the crickett.

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I can say that Kids, ammo and automatic cocking bolt guns scare me, I love the manual cocking feature of the Crickett single shot.
I believe the Henry single shot rifles are the same way, and the henry comes in all sorts of calibers (.22Lr, .22Mag, .17HMR)

Ive collected a number of single shot .22's over the years and had my kids shoot them, one thing I can tell you is the J.Crickett single shot has been the best investment as a learner Ive ever seen.
If a kid can master the rifle comfortably, it builds up there confidence and they really take off in the accuracy department with the cricket peep sight, I have 4 kids they all shoot, they all love the 2 cricketts we have, I scoffed at the crickett initally but when two your preteen daughters get excited about any firearm in a gun shop, esp a learner .22, Buy it quick!!

Ive tried starting them off with The Ithaca model 49, the Stevens 73y and model 30, the marlin model 101 (all single shots) with medocre sucess as compared to the crickett.
After browsing the cricket website, I found a few models that im sure id be pretty comfortable with buying. As I had stated previously.. I felt that the ones I had come across had a look and feel of a toy. I didnt want to associate that in any way with his teachings. I wish I had found the site sooner. But it still seems I have a pretty decent rifle to start him out with. Also I dont really have time to try and track down a Cricket that id think suitable in time for Christmas. Ill go ahead with my original plan and surprise him on Christmas morning with this one... if I dont think he or I are comfortable with this one, then I guess I'll be making a trip to Cabela's next weekend in search of one of these little single shots.
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Update: my son lit up brighter than the Christmas tree when he seen the .22 . Almost the exact scene from "a Christmas story" when Ralph gets the Red Ryder. I will post some pictures later tonight. Once again, thanks to everyone for the comments and encouragement. Hope you all had a great holiday and Happy New Year to you.
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Archery first...teaches ballistics, eyeball ranging for distance, & windage better than anything.
Also shows how well they take orders & pay attention to detail...not to mention how consistant they are.

Then BB-guns.

Then a nice .22

Then...Centerfires
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Just measure his arms and cut the stock to fit his needs. It will take a few tries but it allows a new shooter to have a rifle that fits. useing a .22 semi auto is really not a bad idea as you will be the one loading the rifle the first time he begins shooting. You will know where all the bullets are because you will put them their one at the time. Try the NRA saftey classes for youth shooters and then progress. You as his father will also learn new things along the way. And as i taught all of my three shooters. "SAFTEY, SAFTEY, SAFTEY. Your boy is at a perfect age to begin shooting and if brought along kindly he will do this the rest of his life and think of you...

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