Daughter wants her own .22

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by VitSports6, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Hi all.
    Ive been pouring over the internet the last few days looking at different .22's I think my brain is about to melt...
    Anyhow, My daughter (9 years old) thinks she wants her own .22 rifle, She said "Max(7 years old) has his own and I'm older" So I have been thinking I should look into a somewhat less expensive rifle, Well, The Davey Cricket is running between $125-150 locally, Do any of you have a reason NOT to purchace one? Dont get me wrong I would love to buy her a $300 Henry .22 like her brother, But if its just going to sit around I would rather save a little, I like the idea of a bolt action, But I think a rifle that held more than one bullet at a time would be more beneficial.
    Just for a little back ground, My daughter is legally blind so she obviously doesnt need the most acurate rifle made, She is very good with her hands so I dont think the single shot bolt action would give her any issues, I think I have a bigger hang up on that option.
    If you have any thoughts please feel free to post up.
    Thanks
     
  2. jetgirl

    jetgirl New Member

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    If you think it will be something that she'll retain interest in, you can probably pick up a Savage MKII for that price range (pre-accutrigger). If not local to you, then on gunbroker or a similar site.
    Same functions, but something she won't outgrow size-wise. I picked one up for my daughter a couple years back for around $80 bucks (again, no accutrigger) and it shoots comparable to my CZ 452 that cost considerably more.
    Hope that helps...
     

  3. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Ruger 10/22. Inexpensive, relatively; with fewer moving parts.
     
  4. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Nutnfancy recommends Crickett single-shot .22 rifles for youth, since every shot needs to count and it is a great way to build repetitions for handling ammunition. I'm not sure you know who I'm talking about, but he has a complete video series about training children into responsible gun handling.

    Crickett Youth Rifles

    They even have one in pink.:)
     
  5. steve666

    steve666 New Member

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    Bolt action, look at a Mossberg 702 Plinkster for under $200. You can even find one in pink if that's how she rolls.
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  6. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    I'd suggest looking into that cricket rifle as well.
     
  7. orangello

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    My first was a bolt .22, single shot. It was very safe, even with me using it.

    Honestly, though, if she has trouble seeing, maybe a paintball gun would be more entertaining. .22's make teeny little holes in things while a paintball hit is a bit larger and easier to see (colorful too). If not, then consider the nicer targets with the "splat" effect.
     
  8. CHLChris

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    And anytime you can shoot something that goes --plink-- or --tang-- or something is much more satisfying than just punching holes in paper. Even making dirt clods fly is more fun.
     
  9. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Thanks for all the input, I have taken my daughter shooting a few times, She liked shooting my sons rifle, But what she really liked was my Sig pistol.
    Side note, I took 2 other blind kids shooting last week, They had a blast as well.
    Anyone have any idea what this is?

    ksl.com - Classifieds for Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming

    Not that I would be getting it, I have seen a few good buy's on that local classified.
    Thanks again all.
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    That is a semi auto 22 intended to look like a WW II German MG 34 machinegun.

    For your daughter, depending on her size physically, the Cricket may be good- or a used Marlin or Mossberg bolt action- they can be found with box magazines or tube mags. Gives the option of single shot, or multiple as she gets older.

    Depending on the exact vision problem, a decent sized scope may help (not one of the dinky little 15mm scopes).
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I'd look for a Savage bolt action. I can't remember who it was on here that talked about wanting a child to have to cycle the bolt before they can pull that trigger again versus pull trigger - BANG - pull trigger - BANG. It's an added safety element that a 10-22 or Model 60 doesn't have.
     
  12. neil-v1

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    I just bought a Marlin 795 last week and the next day, I brought my 11 and 12 year old daughters shooting and they loved it. It's under $150 and will last forever. It's not a gun that she will outgrow. Throw a scope on it and she will have it forever.
     
  13. VitSports6

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    Thanks again all, I wandered over to a gun shop today to see if they had anything, They only had a pistol type(or something) Cricket @ $207.00 and a Mossberg 702.
    I have a couple other places to have a look, I would like to see one firsthand before I purchase, Obviously, I found an online add for a pink Cricket at Impact guns for $107, We have one in town I may stop at tomorrow to see how they would work an online price.
    I am leaning towards the Mossberg 802 in pink, But we shall see.
    I appreciate all the thoughts.
    FWIW, My daughter mostly had peripheral vision, I haven't let her try a scope yet, She tends to put her eye right up to a lens, Which is probably one more thing I will need to work on, Everything in good time.
     
  14. big shrek

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    Here's my El Cheapo Grande route...it's also how you Kiss Up to yer Wifey...hehehe

    a $60 Marlin 60 from a Pawn Shop...
    a Boyd's Natural laminate stock...(on sale for $49, regular $69)
    Pink Rit Dye...($5)
    Clearcoat...($5)
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    This one is a work in progress...I painted the front sight light pink & added swivel studs & a slip-on recoil pad.
    (Wifey's had two right shoulder surgeries)
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    You've probably noticed the Gold trigger guard...I was testing out the DIP trigger guard & Adjustable Target Trigger.
    Diversified Innovative Products - Product Detail - Trigger Guard & Trigger Kit - Sliver - $68.97
    I'm ordering a set in silver to have it anodized Pink to replace it.
    the Gold one will return to another rifle..

    Next major project will be having the barrel & action Dura-coated or Cera-coated in Pink,
    as well as the scope she picked out recently.

    Will update as we get the major portions of this build done ;)

    I DARE you to show this post to females!!
     
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  15. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply Big Shrek, That looks like a good build.

    I found the rifle, Pink Mossberg 802 Plinkster, I just need to get to the place to order it while the manager is in(9-4) only issue I work from 7-5, The rifle is only $166.00 +tax, Did I mention it was at Wal Mart :p
    Thanks for all the suggestions, I will post up when I get it and also after hitting the range.
     
  16. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    So it begins...

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    I havent decided when she will get it yet, But its here.
    Man I look old :p and crazy :D
     
  17. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    Oh man! She is going to be so excited!
     
  18. ninjatoth

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    I think single shot guns are the best for kids,you can teach them well and stress what not to do,but kids being kids will make mistakes sometimes,like hitting the target and swinging the gun back at you in excitement that they hit it without even thinking about it.If it were me I would certainly not want them to be holding a semi auto at that particular moment in time.
     
  19. moneymaker17

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    The Daisy Cricket is a really good gun.
    Single fire bolt action, it makes you want to aim and shoot, not just point and bam bam bam bam bam bam bam, "did i hit it?"
    i have one and i love it. ofcourse im just shooting little targets with it right now. but i really like it and i would deffinally reconmind it.
    And very easy to clean!
    Good luck!
     
  20. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    I forgot to post up the happy little princess, She even dressed to match.

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