First rifle for a child

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Yunus, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    I'm thinking that next year for Christmas that I may get my daughter a rifle, she will be almost 4. I'm considering a Crickett .22 because they are single shot and inexpensive.

    Any comments or suggestions on the crickett or other ideas for a first rifle?
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It depends on the kid. My son was very young when I started him on a 22. He tried my bolt action before he got his own. I am thinking he was more like 5. He is 14 now. I honestly dont remember him not shooting. The main thing is they must absolutely posivitively 100% listen to what you say. I am thinking at 4, I would be doing a bb gun first. I have a grandson that just turned 3. There is no way I will take him shooting in a year. He is just too much of a 3 year old.

    Keep in mind there is a big difference between 4 and 5.
     

  3. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    Get her a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. It is like a right of passage. Once she handles the Red Ryder without constant reminders she will be ready for a firearm.
     
  4. ResidentialPyro

    ResidentialPyro New Member

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    They even come in pink like the cricket.
     
  5. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    My first was a single shot, bolt action .22 (short, long, or long rifle), a Stevens 15A. I still own it and really enjoyed it. I had been given a BB rifle the year before.

    If you aren't sure she is ready, maybe you could start her on a pellet rifle to learn marksmanship and safety. The .177 break-barrel i have can use practice pellets that are flat tipped for less danger of penetrating things other than paper. It also will fire pointy pellets that will kill a squirrel with decent shot placement.
     
  6. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    You know that will probably go over better with the wife as well. :)
     
  7. sirhc

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    I can't for the life of me remember the brand, but I once had a single shot .22 lever action that loaded from the top. It was a great gun. The top load made it was easier to load for little hands than a bolt action would be. My step dad liked it so much that it ended up on permanent loan.
    On another note: Growing up my mom wouldn't let me have a BB gun no matter how much I begged. When I was 12 my dad gave me a bolt action shotgun that his dad gave him when he was 12, but I was still not allowed to have a BB gun. :confused: I didn't get my first BB gun until I was in my 30's.:cool:
     
  8. IDVague

    IDVague New Member

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    Go ahead and buy her a .22, just wait until she's ready for it before you give it to her. Make sure you are giving it for HER and not YOU. I'd start her with a BB gun as well. Let her shoot it until she demonstrates an understanding of what it is for and is not for. Then let her know that the next step is BB safety times 10,000.
     
  9. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    get her an AR and a .22 conversion from CMMG ... when she wants to step up from the .22lr she will already have the platform for .223 ... and when she want's to step up from .223 she can choose almost any caliber she wishes :D


    that and your daughter will become a member of the Black Rifle club ... it's a really kewl klub ;)
     
  10. krosskelt

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    The cricket is a great starter because of all the steps you have to go through. Also they are pretty accurate. I have to keep my sons fairly clean or the bolt gets hard to close. Which is always a good training on proper care for the kid.
     
  11. krosskelt

    krosskelt New Member

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    Bolt gets hard to close. Need to proof read.
     
  12. semperfi666

    semperfi666 New Member

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    My first gun was a cricket 22 and I will never get ride of it and it is a great little gun
     
  13. mrt8110

    mrt8110 New Member

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    I am with those who suggest the BB gun in pink. BTW the top loading single shot lever action I believe might have been an Ithaca Model 49.:)Cliff
     
  14. dalefan88

    dalefan88 New Member

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    Got this for Christmas for my daughter she's 8. If she does good with it this year I'm going to get her a cricket next Christmas.

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  15. krosskelt

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    Looks excited
     
  16. dalefan88

    dalefan88 New Member

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    Ya I had to freeze my a$$ off for a hour to take her out to shoot it. It's the pink red ryder BB gun.
     
  17. SmallCaliberGuy

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    Definately start with the Red Ryder. Teach safety with it, then move up.
     
  18. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Active Member

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    starting kids out

    I'd say get a BB gun like a Daisy first (red rider or a buck or a model 25) then graduate to a Crossman 760 pellet/BB repeater, around 9 or 10yro move them into a .22 cal of their own, have them learn safe shooting, wear shooting safety eyegear, safety infractions they lose privlages.
    I had a few single shot .22's they got to try but they never really seemd too compatable (marlin 10, itcha 49, Stevens 30, Stevens 73Y, H&R handi rifle) the kids (2girls) were very excited when they went in the gun shop with Dad (to buy ammo) and spyd a youth model Cricket sitting on the rack, It went home with us that day, it was a blue/black one, they used to argue over who got to shoot it, later on we bought another Cricket (pink/stainless).

    its a great littel .22 for the money, later on you can get a adult stock for them.

    for a first .22 having it manual cock bolt action is the best safety feature from a parents point of view, the marlin 25 scares the bejezzus outta me, cock the knob when your ready to take your shot, easy to uncock and unload as well.

    Id taught all 4 my kids to shoot and they are pretty good shots, as kids you still have to keep an eye on them, even the 16yro bears some watching & reminding ones in awhile.

    Its best they learn early on just what these firearms can do wither a BB gun like a red rider (painfull welt if accidently shot) or a .22 holes through trees and 2x4's.
     
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  19. Rex in OTZ

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    hand guns and kids

    hand guns in the hands of children scare the hell outta me, My father (Nebraska Rancher) never had a hand gun or wanted one and would never allow us kids to own them while living at home.

    hand guns are like tatoos and body pierceing, you get your own when your old enuf and live with the consiquences.

    I know of 2 adults that sport some interesting self inflicted gunshot leg wounds from handguns (both from holsters) and know of 3 or 4 stories of accidental discharges in homes and auto's
    the 410 shotgun that took off 3 fingers of a HS class mate, the truck with a hole in the floor (neighbors truck)and a AK hunting cabin chair leg with a .22 size hole nobody is admitting to, also some fatalities from assuming they were empty .
     
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  20. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My girl started with a pink red ryder, then I got her a pink savage rascal. The rascal is far better than a cricket, imo. It comes with the accutrigger, has a rear peep sight, and is drilled and tapped for a scope mount. I had shots almost touching at 20 yards with winchester bulk, open sights.

    I showed it to a buddy at work, who is a backpacker. He is considering the rascal as a cheaper option to a breakdown .22